News: Hanni El Khatib to release his second album ‘Head In The Dirt’ this 3rd May!
Californian singer-songwriter Hanni El Khatib is due to release his sophomore album, ‘Head In The Dirt’, this 3rd May on Pod through Inertia.
After his debut record ‘Will The Guns Come Out’, Hanni El Khatib showed up to record his second album with just the clothes on his back—no guitar, no fancy almost-finished demos, and only about three weeks time to get from start to finish. While on tour, he’d met Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) in a bar in Paris and after some whiskey got involved, they decided to partner up in Auerbach’s studio in Nashville. The idea was to erase everything he’d become comfortable with and to make an album out of only raw instinct and inspiration.
The result is ‘Head In The Dirt’, produced by Auerbach, in which El Khatib takes eleven tracks and reflects an entire history of rebel music. He’s got cut-to-the-bone rhythm ‘n’ blues (“Save Me”) and overcranked Stooges-style stompers (“Family”). He’s got bottomless Black Sabbath riff-outs (the back half of “Pay No Mind”) and dub-a-delic garageland rockers (“Nobody Move”) that call up the spirits of both The Clash and The Equals. His “Low” is just one Andre 3000 remix away from a club anthem, “Penny” is his stuck-in-your-head pop hit and “Sinking In The Sand” is his smash-your-head freak-out. The plan that first day in Nashville might have been to make something out of nothing—but by the end of ‘Head In The Dirt’, you’ll realize that Hanni El Khatib actually made something out of everything.
‘Head In The Dirt’ is due out May 3rd on Pod through Inertia