Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Check In Before SummerStage

 

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Before they rip it at our upcoming SummerStage showcase on this Sunday, August 11, the guys of Hiatus Kaiyote check in with us on their latest.

Giant Step: Hiatus Kaiyote’s fanbase has grown incredibly in a very short time. How does the rush of success feel?

Pez: It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes. The more I think about that stuff, I get goosebumps. It’s definitely overwhelming.

GS: What’s been your most humbling/unreal moment to date?

Bender: Being backstage at the Dour Festival in Belgium with Robert Glasper Experiment, Guilty Simpson and Flying Lotus, while I’m simultaneously hanging out with my parents and trying to be cool.

GS: We’re proud to have supported Hiatus from early on, along with countless other acts we’ve had the honor of introducing to larger audiences; How does it feel to be invited to perform at SummerStage ?

Bender: It’s an honor to be on the same bill as Jose James and Shuggie Otis and awesome to be playing in Central Park. To be included amongst all the amazing artists who have played Summerstage over the years is mind boggling.

GS: When people hear your music for the first time, it’s immediately unlike anything they’ve ever heard; what are your plans for future recordings? Are we going to get a divergence in sound or are you going to dig deeper into the sound you’ve already built?

Simon: It’s important for us to keep exploring new sounds and new ideas. Keep it moving and not keep it stuck in one form of expression.

The fact we’ve just built a new recording studio is exciting because we can extend on our sounds and ideas more so than the possibility we had at our last studio. Playing this much live and touring I think will change the way we’ll approach recording; there will definitely be a lot of live material included on the next record.

GS: A Hiatus show is definitely one of energy; what would you say has been the most profound reaction you’ve received from the crowd while performing?

Pez: XOYO in London, but it’s up there with a couple of other ones. They pretty much sang the words to every song (including songs only on YouTube), singing along to even guitar riffs. They were showing they were true fans.

Simon: I was almost on my knees holding my ears because of the screaming.

GS: Along with the new Sony reissue, are there any plans for new music or projects soon? Anything you can share?

Pez: We want something to come out as soon as possible

Simon: When we finish this tour, we’re going straight into the studio; looking at new release in 2014.

Video: Quakers – “Fitta Happier”

 

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The 35-member hip-hop collective known as Quakers is out with a video for their debut single, “Fitta Happier.”

Guilty Simpson and M.E.D. take center stage with the Quakers All-Star Brass Band on this triumphant tune. Fitted in all black suits and complemented by glistening brass, glowing lights, and an old school mic, these gentlemen mean business.

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New Track: DJ Soko – “Biters” (ft. Guilty Simpson)

 

There basically might not be a such thing as too much Guilty Simpson. So of course we took a listen when we saw this “Biters” track appear in our inbox. Detroit native DJ Soko’s nostalgic scratching and Dallas producer Gensu Dean’s triumphant production provide the perfect backdrop for a gangsterly wobble or two. And Guilty? Is just Guilty.

Purchase “Biters” (Limited Edition 7″) on UGHH

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Quakers To Release Self-Titled Album

 

Quakers is a 35 member hip hop collective, which centers around producers Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. Fuzzface is known to many as Geoff Barrow of the lauded Portishead, 7-Stu-7 is Portishead’s engineer, and Katalyst hails from Australia rounding out the trio for some massive sound. Peep the tracklisting for Quakers on the Stones Throw website.

Set out to make music they cared about, the producers sought out “genuine collaborators” to form this impressive project. Their hard hitting beats seemed to have done some serious talking with the line up these guys have scored, which includes legends and up-and-comings alike. Amongst the many talents, there are: Prince Po, Booty Brown (The Pharcyde), Dead Prez, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, MED, Lyric Jones, Raydar Ellis, and Buff1, just to name a few.

Take a little peek into the release with the stream for “Fitta Happier” with Guilty Simpson below! Look for the album to drop March 27.

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New Release: Eric Lau – ‘The Mission’ EP

 

Obviously, you are still grooving to Eric Lau’s “Yesterday” like we are – and how could you not? But now there is more where that came from.

The Mission EP includes seven tracks with the overarching theme including Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson on the majority of the tracks. Simpson is sounding pretty incredible against these Lau beats. Folks are going to need to get to work to try to compare to these joints. Loving this!

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