The Roots have appealed to your sonic palate with their new music, releasing two versions of a new song that you can “taste.”
Titled Bittersweet, the song has been released in two alternate versions in collaboration with Belgian beer company Stella Artois to commemorate the partnership between the two.
Version A of the song is the “low” version. Opening with a trashy, driving drum beat, the song descends into a relentless groove that matches the aggressive delivery of Black Thought perfectly. A rhythmical, intense song, the band opt for the ‘loud’ dynamic throughout, making the most of their talent in the hip-hop arena.
Version B opens much the same way, but rather than dropping into the dirty bass groove of version A, trumpets and saxophones take center stage, giving the song an Afro-Cuban feel.
Where version A felt like a late-night party in the clubs, version B feels like a summery street celebration, with the breakdown of the song easing up for a few seconds before launching back into the fiesta.
Speaking about the project, drummer Questlove noted how the song fused the band’s love of music and food together. “As someone who loves to experiment in the studio and in the kitchen, this crazy unique collaboration inspired by Stella Artois was the perfect challenge. You really have to try it to believe it; it will change your perceptions of food, science and entertainment.”
It’s not the first time we have seen The Roots pump out a novelty song this year, with the group producing the funky Champion for the NBA playoffs earlier this year.
In addition to releasing new music, the band have been busy jamming with the likes of Justin Bieber on Jimmy Fallon, as well as reminding people why Prince is one of the most important musicians ever.