Hiatus Kaiyote – Ocelot


Sometimes a really beautiful and musically talented friend will tell you to listen to a band that they know you’ll love, like really love, and sometimes, you space out and forget to do that for months. And then one day, you re-discover the band on accident and it just happens to be the same week that another really lovely friend tells you that they have an extra ticket for you to go see said band in a sold out show at the Knitting Factory on a Monday night.

I haven’t felt so lucky in a long time.

Hiatus Kaiyote hails from my favorite place that I’ve never been to — Australia. Nai Palm, the exquisite lead singer that I photographed above, stole my heart several times on Monday night, but I would be committing a crime if I said she was solely responsible. The entire band’s on-stage chemistry and truly deep rooted soul tactics boxed my heart far away. I wasn’t even expecting to have my heart stolen this week. Alas. 

My friend and I saw an opportunity to get closer to the stage shortly after we entered the packed venue, and as soon as we did, I felt that much more connected. A girl next to me grooved in the same rhythm as me for almost the entire set. A smile slowly crept up on my face and plastered itself there for the rest of the performance. The band brought out a couple of beautifully talented guest singers, who warranted an uproarious response from the crowd. One of the guest appearances was a man from France named Spleen. As he shuffled on stage with his hands held in front of his stomach shyly, Nai Palm asked us to welcome him with the Brooklyn warmth that she knew we had. I had no idea what to expect, and I’m glad because the surprise was incredible. Orchestrated belts and screams came out of this beautiful man’s mouth with the intensity of a punk rocker but the delicacy of a classical musician. He later came out on stage for the encore and proved to be one of the best hype men I’d ever seen, demanding the audience to scream louder and louder. And the encore itself was a magical moment where both the audience and the band were jamming together as one, audience led by the band and instructed to do specific vocals which matched the bands syncopated rhythms. 

The band was as in love with the audience as the audience was with them, and at one point in the performance, Nai Palm received the most heartwarming note from an audience member. She read it aloud, and while I can’t remember exactly what it said, the words followed the lines of poetry and warmth. Not only was it a praise for the band, but an expression of love for the music that they put out, begging the musicians to never stop.

Hiatus Kaiyote performed this song, Ocelot, and I think it was my favorite of the set. Coincidentally, it’s my favorite song on the album, and also the shortest. I wish it was longer, but it’s just enough to woo you in love with this band. They’ll be back in November and I urge you all to drop most of the important things you’re doing, and go see them perform live. Buy your tickets early though because they’ll be sold out again, guaranteed.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Ocelot


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Aout

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1.    Big Boi – Feel Me (Intro)
2.    Juiceboxxx – 100MPH (AC Slater Remix)
3.    Star Slinger – Mornin
4.    Big Boi – Daddy Fat Sax
5.    Fiveng – Jonah (Star Slinger Remix)
6.    Pictureplane – Double Sets Of Lungs Now
7.    The Hoof and the Heel – Fireworks
8.    Ocelot – Beating Hearts (Louis Laroche Remix)
9.    Error Love – Nightlife Souveniers
10.   Star Slinger – Minted
11.   Bronze – Horses


Down Here, It’s Our Time

I’m running on fumes and have to DJ a party with Kevin Casey  so it looks like I won’t be getting any sleep for a good two days. There was a time when I looked forward to catching Zz’s but being awake is becoming way to interesting to be worrying about that. It’s hard to explain but the more I’m thankful for everything around me the more I want to do and the more I want to take advantage of being alive. Seems ironic since we’re alive by default but that’s one gift we sometimes take for granted…

It drops deep as it does in my breath,
I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” – Nas, Illmatic

I’ve always been intrigued by those lyrics but it’s finally starting to really make sense. I feel like our generation is finally getting ready to play significant roles and it’s time we start making the final push and work harder than ever to get in those positions. All the bloggers, all the musicians, all the fashion people, all the corporate kids, all of us are bringing that raw taste, and freedom only underground can harvest but it’s time to light it up…

Don’t you realize? He was a pro, he never made it this far! Look how far we’ve come, we’ve got a chance.
A chance at what Mikey getting killed?! Look if we keep going someones gonna get hurt, maybe dead…
But still don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us.
But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there!
Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here… – Goonies

Anyways, I was getting music ready for tonight and came across this remix of Beating Hearts and since I need to keep my music fast life to stay up I decided to post it. The original version of this song is a little intense and kinda plagued by that typical big synth electro house sound but the Louis La Roche is version is different story. With no compromise for excitement, the arrangement on this remix is much more complete with an array of buildups and climaxes that keep you on your toes the entire four minutes. I first heard about the La Roche on the infamous Annie Mac show and he’s been killing the remixes ever since. I highly recommend checking out his catalog. Alright, I gotta finally eat something if I plan to do some uprising but check it out the jam and if your out tonight stop by Le Souk, I’ll be there with Kevin from 10 on, peace.

Ocelot – Beating Hearts (Louis La Roche Remix)