Photos by Seher Sikandar
Quadron performed in front of a captive and packed crowd at Le Poisson Rouge last Thursday. And yes, we got to hear Coco O perform some of her favorite songs from the upcoming album, too. Watch the photo slideshow below!
For a band that formed in 2011 and released their first album less than a year ago, Hiatus Kaiyote has enjoyed a whirlwind of accomplishments in a remarkably short period of time: a backstage serenade of their own song “Nakamarra” by Erykah Badu at SXSW; a long and forceful reiteration of support from ?uestlove at his party at Brooklyn Bowl; a sold-out show at their debut performance in New York City.
Hiatus Kaiyote, comprised of Nai Palm, Simon Mavin, Perrin Moss and Paul Bender, is also a perfect example of the limited utility of the “genre” in characterizing an album’s sound or capturing its integrity. But nonetheless, the sources of inspiration for their music are unmistakable. “Atari” takes cues from Flying Lotus’s fractal spidering of digital sounds. The keyboard section on “Jekyll” draws inspiration from Fela Kuti and afrobeat. The woozy space sounds of “Shaolin Monk Motherfunk” are reminiscent of Erykah Badu’s latest album, New Amerykah Part 2. And Nai Palm herself sounds like a blend of Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse.
Their inaugural performance at LPR was also remarkable for the depth and loyalty of the fan base they’ve already amassed. Here’s what some fans had to say of last night’s show:
Naikhoba Munabi: “The power of the performance was in the immersive experience. It felt like performance art. Each song individually carries its own weight, but the concert felt like a complete feast as opposed to just one ingredient or one meal. Also, sonically, their tones are extremely well refined so that no one artist is the star of the band. All four of them complimented each other so well and fit together seamlessly. When you listen to their music, it consumes you; I felt like I was a part of it.”
Fuel up on this cloudy Monday with a nearly four hour live mix compliments of our wonderful pal Gilles Peterson. The dreamy set is from Gilles’ appearance at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC after leaving us in waiting for a year following the epic Cielo show. The set ripples and flows effortlessly making you want to twirl about in a carefree ecstasy sprinkled with some wiggle breaks.
For a very special treat, Leron Thomas also joins in for a live performance not to be missed.
And because we love you so, the whole mix is available for stream and a free download below.
Gilles Peterson @ LPR on October 25 [Download]
The week is finally here! Gilles Peterson is blessing NYC with another special appearance this Thursday, and before he does, he’s setting us up with plenty of treats per usual. Today, Time Out NY released an upbeat. groovy mix by Gilles, which can be streamed in its entirety below.
And while you’re at it, cozy up to our interview with Gilles in case you missed it!
Get the lowdown on this Thursday’s party with Gilles and get your affairs sorted to make sure you’re present – you’re going to need to be there – seriously.
Gilles Peterson Live
Thursday, October 25
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
October 25 will mark another unforgettable NYC night with the return of Gilles Peterson to NYC! We checked in with the legendary wearer of many hats before the much anticipated gig. More details on the event after the jump. Dig into the interview below!
Giant Step: How’s the transition been going moving from BBC Radio 1 over to Radio 6? How’s the new experience?
Gilles Peterson: Apart from missing my Saturday afternoons watching my team (the mighty ArsenalFC) play its been a perfect transition for me. Still being on the BBC network and in particular on a network that ‘gets’ what I do is special. I really appreciate the freedom I’ve always had as a broadcaster, especially when you see what little else in radio there is about. being able to play music as diverse as Philip Cohran or Roland Kirk alongside Daphne and Angel Haze is a great place to be and I appreciate every minute!
GS: Looks like you’ve got a lot going on with the festival circuit. Any highlights to share?
GP: The festival in France that I’ve been hosting for the last seven years has definitely become my favourite time of the year. It takes place over a week every July in the town of Sete near Montpellier in the south of France and has become a magnet for a great multinational crowd of music fans. The Portico Quartet and Machinedrum were particular highs at this year’s event.
GS: We see that you recently released the Black Jazz Radio in Japan. Can you tell us more about the idea behind that project and when we can expect it in the US?
GP: To be asked to make a compilation album of the legendary black jazz catalogue was something I couldn’t turn down. I have all their releases from the Doug and Jean Carne stuff to the Calvin Keys and Rudolph Johnson albums. It’s a label a little like Impulse or Strata East – conscious Jazz music. In fact, you should check the book Freedom Rhythm and Sound I released 2 years ago with Stuart Baker from Soul Jazz to see how passionate I am about this music! Black Jazz Radio should be in stores now – in fact, it’s been out in Japan since before the summer – I was quite surprised to see it already in the record shops of Tokyo when I was there recently.