56th Annual Grammy Nominations

 

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Such a pleasure to see all these amazing Giant Step clients, partners, and fam getting recognized on this year’s list of Grammy nominees. Hats off to all!

The 56th Grammys will air on January 26. Visit the Grammy website for a full list of nominees.

Record of the Year
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album of the Year
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise – Lana Del Rey

Best R&B Performance
Nakamarra – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Song
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Album
Love In The Future – John Legend

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Settle – Disclosure
A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

Best Urban Contemporary Album
One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi

Best Dance Recording
Atmopshere – Kaskade

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

New Track: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” ft. Q-Tip

 

Pretty exciting news that the much loved Hiatus Kaiyote will be re-releasing their Tawk Tomahawk debut on July 16 with Sony. To go along with the release is a new version of “Nakamarra” featuring none other than Q-Tip, who simply compounds the flavor on one of our favorite Hiatus songs.

Hear the track on Noisey.

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Hiatus Kaiyote Rocks Sold Out NYC Debut

 

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.”

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Video Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” (Acoustic) + Exclusive Interview

 

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Ever since Hiatus Kaitoye released their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk, we’ve been playing it nonstop. The soulful love song “Nakamarra” was an instant favorite, so it’s fitting that the Melbourne-based band decided to make it a single. They shot this video for the acoustic version while road tripping through the desert in Australia. We are excited to premiere the video here, and give you a few more reasons to keep Hiatus Kaitoye on your radar.

The below exclusive interview was conducted by Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton.

Giant Step: How many members are there in Hiatus Kaiyote and how did you come together to form a group?

Hiatus Kaiyote: Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Nai Palm on guitar and vocals, Simon Mavin on the keys, Perrin Moss is our drummer and Paul Bender is the bassist. We also have three backing vocalists named Jay Jay, Laura and Jace. Our formation was quite organic. Bender saw Nai play a small gig and knew immediately he had to work with her. Perrin met Nai independently and also wanted to work with her. Everyone ended up in a room one day and started jamming. Bender knew Simon quite well and asked him to be involved. They then worked transcribing Nai’s original songs and began writing together as a quartet.

GS: What was the inspiration behind your debut, Tawk Tomahawk?

HK: We were working and really vibing off of each other. Each member’s input and individual influences really shines through on the EP. We’d never heard our stuff recorded before, so it was a really inspiring process just finding out what we actually sounded like.

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Video: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra”

 

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“Nakamarra” is undoubtedly one of our favorite tracks off of Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote’s debut project, Tawk Tomahawk. The song speaks about building bonds with our chosen family, the kind that remain strong even after long periods of physical separation. The group traveled 5000 kilometers back to the original location in Alice Springs where lead singer Nai Palm was initially inspired to write the song. Hiatus Kaiyote details their journey:

“We walked through red and yellow deserts, swam in freezing waterholes, slept in abandoned mine shafts, wrote off our hire van after hitting a kangaroo, camped under thousands of stars, salvaged eagle feathers, saw emus, dingos, ate camel burgers, made music and bonded all while making our very first film clip.”

Here’s to love. Enjoy the colors.

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