We are thrilled to premiere Khari Mateen’s debut track, “These Dates” (track 11) from the forthcoming Really Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)—out September 17, 2021 via Lakeshore Records. The 16-track album will be available digitally on all major music services worldwide. Listen to the full song, view the album track list, purchase links, and more below.
The emotive score by composer Khari Mateen is led by rich horn playing and backed by strings, keys and jazz-inflected drumming, succeeds in capturing the joys and challenges of an all-encompassing love affair. The MACRO film directed by Angel Kristi Williams and starring Kofi Siriboe, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Uzo Aduba, Mack Wilds, Naturi Naughton, Suzzanne Douglas, Jade Eshete with Blair Underwood and Michael Ealy.
“Khari Mateen’s profound jazz score, which probably owes some inspiration to Nicholas Britell’s work in the aforementioned ‘Beale Street,’ though its swooning horns, beautifully fills Isaiah and Stevie’s love to the brim.” (The Playlist)
The new drama directed by Angel Kristi Williams (now streaming on Netflix) from MACRO—the studio that brought you Academy Award®-nominated film Mudbound—is a timeless romance set in a gentrifying Washington, DC, a rising Black painter tries to break into a competitive art world, while balancing a whirlwind romance he never expected.
Says Mateen: “This film truly let me express how love sounds to me. It gave me a chance to express that feeling in your gut when someone you are deeply in love with walks into the room. Where all emotions converge on this single individual and you both share a moment.”
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Really Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
01. Black Complexities
02. Art Together
03. First Moment
04. Paint Over
05. As We Meet
06. Hang the Art
07. Isaiah’s Paint
08. On our Own
09. The Paint Dries
10. This is Love
11. These Dates
12. He and She Together (feat. Christopher Michael Stevens)
13. We Brothers
14. First Date
15. Remember These Dates
16. What We Do After
ABOUT KHARI MATEEN
Khari Mateen is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, whose creations span genres, pop culture, and current events.
Originally from Bakersfield, California, Mateen moved to Philadelphia at 17 years old, where he began his career in the music industry. As a budding producer, Mateen observed the music business through his talented collective of mentors turned friends. Thanks to this first-hand music education, Khari’s first credits of note came at 19 years old with The Roots’ 2006 Grammy-nominated album Game Theory. He contributed to their subsequent albums Rising Down and Grammy-nominated, Undun. Between his time in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, he has worked with artists such as, Jill Scott, James Poyser, J*Davey, Son Little, Shaun Ross, and Kiah Victoria.
Mateen, who also sings, plays cello, bass, guitar, and drums, has played on stages in various roles, touring as band member, bass player, singer, and in 2015, as Cody Simpson’s Musical Director. Over the last decade, Khari released 4 solo albums and one collaborative album with Atlanta rapper, STS.
In 2008, Mateen added composing for films and TV shows to his repertoire, with his first feature film, Explicit Ills. He went on to work with Emmy-winning producer Mark Levin on the Sundance TV series, Brick City (Emmy-nominated & Peabody Award Winner). Since then, Khari has scored an array of critically acclaimed film and TV projects for major networks and streaming platforms, including ESPN, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
Most recently, he wrapped up scoring several compelling documentaries, including LulaRich (Amazon Prime), The Price of Freedom (CNN), and Stockton on My Mind (HBO).
More at Khari Mateen online.
The MACRO film directed by Angel Kristi Williams and starring Kofi Siriboe, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Uzo Aduba, Mack Wilds, Naturi Naughton, Suzzanne Douglas, Jade Eshete with Blair Underwood and Michael Ealy is streaming now on Netflix.