Comprised of Nai Palm, Paul Bender, Perrin Moss and Simon Mavin, Hiatus Kaiyote are a Melbourne, Australia-based neb-soul quartet, who have quickly become something of an international sensation as “Nakamarra,” a single off the band’s full-length debut Tawk Tomahawk was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.
I know a few people who are huge fans of the Australian quartet and have actually seen the band live twice, and i have to admit that personally I wasn’t as impressed as my friends and colleagues were. Although the musicianship is obviously there, I found their sound to be frustrating – it’s funky but it manages to possess sudden time signature changes, key changes and at times is so angular that it’s difficult to get into a vibe. Interestingly enough, Hiatus Kaiyote were on Triple J’s “Like A Version” a weekly series in which Australian bands are invited to cover a song of their choosing. And during this particular session, the Melbourne-based quartet covers Gorillaz’s synth and sample-based “Dare” and loosen the song up, giving it a sultry and soulful jazz-based feel – and their cover breathes a new life into a familiar song, while still being funky.