Hanni El Khatib Dials It Up on 'Family' – Song Premiere

California rocker teams with Dan Auerbach for scorching tune

Hanni El Khatib
Nick Walker
February 4, 2013 10:00 AM ET

Click to listen to Hanni El Khatib's 'Family'

Hanni El Khatib grew up a California skate rat, and on his new track "Family," the rocker throws down a scorching garage burner the way a skater shreds pavement. Relentless power chords, smashing drums, teetering piano and Khatib's disaffected delivery combine for a snotty, scuzzy heater that features a sharp solo before pulling back into a delightful handclap interlude.

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The song comes from Khatib's forthcoming album, Head in the Dirt, on which he teamed with kindred rock spirit Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who produced record at Auerbach's Nashville studio. The process was natural as could be, with everyone plugging in and playing. "We just hit record and ripped right through," Khatib tells Rolling Stone. "We had everyone in the room at once and just went for it. It was really loud in there."

Head in the Dirt is due April 30th.

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