Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote has been setting the music world on fire following the release of their neo-soul, intergalactic album Choose Your Weapon (2015) and their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk (2012).
The four-part group primarily gained popularity after their track “Nakamarra,” was released as the closer for “Tawk Tomahawk,” giving them their already formidable position in the industry. Hiatus Kaiyote self-defines its sound as “multi-dimensional, Polyrhythmic Gangster Sh*t.”
The powerful vocals of frontwoman Nai Palm, reminiscent of the divine energy of Erykah Badu, teamed with the electronic vibes of Hiatus Kaiyote’s vision has breathed raging life into modern jazz and electro-soul. So it seems only appropriate that modern music magnificos Anderson .Paak and Taylor McFerrin chose to rework “Laputa.” Although this phrase is over-utilized by Internet aficionados, this remix is wavy in all the right ways. Anderson .Paak’s verse pours into the track’s fissures at the prime moment, while McFerrin’s layers add a textural and even jazzier vibe to “Laputa.”
This fiery track is just one part of the new EP that Hiatus Kaiyote will release this Friday (April 15), appropriately titled Recalibrations Vol. 1, sharing with the world a handful of dynamic remixes.
Fans of the pure, modern jazz of Robert Glasper, as well as the fierce melodies of Lauryn Hill will fall head over heels for Hiatus Kaiyote. Their sound insinuates the almost sacred experience of being in the staggering Australian outback.