Hiatus Kaiyote: Silky-Smooth Future Soul

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Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote performs in the Soundcheck studio.

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Hiatus Kaiyote makes a sort of enigmatic, genre-defying music that the band calls "future soul": a fun blend of electronic sounds, African grooves, silky smooth neo-soul, and hip-hop beats. (Think Erykah Badu mixed with J Dilla mixed with Oumou Sangaré mixed with Flying Lotus.) 

The band formed in 2011, and after a ton of SXSW showcases, touring in the U.S., and even a guest spot at Brooklyn Bowl during Questlove’s DJ set, Hiatus Kaiyote self-released its debut Tawk Tomahawk in 2012 and re-released it this past July. The record is a progressive collection of R&B and jazz-infused songs -- like "Mobius Streak" and "Nakamarra" -- that showcases lovely instrumentation and singer Nai Palm's alluring, gorgeous voice soaring above the mix.

Hear the band perform songs from the album in the Soundcheck studio, and watch them playing "Nakamarra" below. 




Set List:

  • "Lace Skull"
  • "Nakamarra"
  • "Building A Ladder"