It’s rare—and usually a good sign—when a debut album is met with acclaim from such well-respected hip hop names as Questlove, Erykah Badu, and Q-Tip. So it goes with Hiatus Kaiyote, the “future soul” group from down under, fronted by the stylishly mesmerizing Nai Palm. The “enigmatic” vocalist names among her influences Bjork, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. Palm adds her honeyed voice, reminiscent of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, to “Nakamarra.” The final track from their 2013 debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, features guest lyrics by Q-Tip. Listen to it here.
Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program.