Known for his work in groups like Antibalas, The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar founded the band Low Mentality in 2011. The group merges elements of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and rock music to create deeply funky compositions that balance a compelling new style of songwriting with propulsive, danceable grooves. Their dance video for "Run Fast" premiered on Okayafrica in 2013, and the song was featured on the Afropop Worldwide radio program as well as on the ParisDJs compilation Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? While working on an exciting collaboration with the legendary Ethiopian keyboardist and bandleader Hailu Mergia (Awesome Tapes From Africa), the group released their debut vinyl single “Reel It In” on 3rd Generation Recordings in 2014, getting featured on the likes of WFMU, PRI and KEXP, where it was named Song Of The Day.
Nikhil and Low Mentality released their debut full length album, Everything Lasts Forever, on April 22, 2016. The record renders debates about genre moot, weaving between dozens of styles and flavors to create a well-curated collection of personal memorable and danceable songs. The first offering, the dark and vibrant “Jazz Now,” premiered on Stereogum, and was followed by the darkly comical video for the cumbia and dub-influenced tune "Six Shooter AKA The History Of Dance," which features the soulful voice of Kendra Morris on the bridge. “Six Shooter” premiered on Relix Magazine, and has received over 700,000 plays and counting on Spotify. “Rep Where You’re From,” the funky ode to a changing NYC, also received a Song Of The Day nod, this time from KUT Austin. Since the album’s release show at a packed Brooklyn Bowl in April, Low Mentality has continued to rock parties and expand minds with its unique live show party experience all over the East Coast and beyond, with more releases in the works today.
“Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality make some of the best music coming out of NYC. Not the best Afrobeat, not the best post-highlife, not the best South African psychedelic disco. Some of the best music, period.”
“The band’s funk was crisp and disciplined, informed by American soul but also at home with the rolling six-beat vamps of Ethiopian funk.”
"Like the album cover, Nikhil seems to capture the temperature and tempo of New York with a sprawling sound that marries the rhythm and grooves of Antibalas’ afrobeat and infuses it into all sorts of interesting pop and rock motifs. It’d be hard to capture everything going on in this album in a quick capsule review, but rest assured it is literate and fun and funky; familiar and yet utterly unique. Everything Lasts Forever is a hidden gem and highly recommended."