Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote gets some love from Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Questlove
After its first American tour this spring, (including stops at SXSW and Questlove's big-deal club night at Brooklyn Bowl), Hiatus Kaiyote signed a contract with Flying Buddha records, a subsidiary of Sony, which re-released Tawk Tomahawk last week, featuring a guest spot from A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip added to their breakthrough track, "Nakamarra." A sophomore LP is in the works as well; however, the band doesn't plan on significantly altering its homegrown, independent recording process.
"Sonically, the reason we signed this record deal is because it enables us 100 percent creative freedom, even down to the point of mixing it," Palm explained. "So, we're gonna be recording it in our own setup... same home studio vibe."
The magic of Hiatus Kaiyote can be found in this balance between the otherworldly thrust of its music, and its insistence on this humble, DIY approach to songcraft. By rejecting the interference of producers, engineers, and other outside forces, Palm, Mavin, Bender, and Moss have generated a sound that bears the single-minded vision of a great auteur, yet with the richness of ideas allowed by the collaboration of harmonious minds.
If Hiatus Kaiyote's ascent continues, Erykah Badu could end up with some serious competition atop the soul pyramid.
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