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Audio: The Very Best ft. K'naan 'We OK'


Johan and Esau bring out the big-feature-guns on the newly released "We OK" from their upcoming MTMTMK LP. The synth-flanked uplifter features vocals from K'naan, was co-written with Bruno Mars and boasts an addictive bright guitar chorus to seal the whole deal. Stream the track below, which premiered on NPR's All Things Considered a minute ago. MTMTMK is due July 7 via Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music. Catch the guys on their U.S. tour in August, dates below.

The Very Best US Tour Dates

August 10 Rock N Roll Hotel Washington, DC*

August 11 101 Lee Street Bristol, VA†

August 12 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA*

August 13 Irving Plaza New York, NY*

August 16 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI*

August 17 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL*

August 18 Page Park Dixon, IL‡

August 20 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO*

August 22 The Crocodile Seattle, WA*

August 23 Holocene Portland, OR*

August 24 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA*

August 25 Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA§

August 27 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA**

August 28 The Casbah San Diego, CA*

* with Seye

† with Mumford & Sons, Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, Apache Relay, Simone Felice and Haim

‡ with Mumford & Sons + Gogol Bordello, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, Apache Relay and Haim

§ with Mumford & Sons + Gogol Bordello, Apache Relay and Haim

** with MNDR

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