Crack in the Road

So I’ve mentioned before our boy Hot Sugar, and that he was working on the new album from The Roots. Well they’ve been posting tracks one by one in video form for a while, but it was the album opener I was waiting for – Sleep. Hot Sugar has masterfully produced this track to classy effect. It’s moody, dark, and lo-fi – not particularly things you’d usually associate with The Roots, but they’ve really been trying hard to top the bar they set for themselves in ’02 with Phrenology.

Aaron Livingston – one half of Young Vipers with Hot Sugar, and also half of Icebird with RJD2 – follows his Occupy Wall Street anthem with a spot on this track. Both ghostly and soulful, the tension is beautiful. I haven’t heard every track from the new album, but from this opener it could be a return to form for The Roots. The video is as unglamorous and contemporary as you can get, and brilliantly edited. Let’s hope Jimmy Fallon’s house band will someday be a cherished household name – they do deserve it.

Watch the video for Sleep below. The Roots’ new album Undun is due December 5th via Def Jam Records.