BY FIRE – Hiatus Kaiyote Melinda Ransom January 17, 2015 CD Reviews (Sony Music) Mesmerising, Funkadelic, Hip-Hop-Jazz-R&B Fusion – a double decaf with a twist of Melbourne Okay, so the editor or Pearl asked me to do a review on Hiatus Kaiyote. I thought – hey no problems at all! All I can say is listen to this morsel of neo-soul perfection when you have a day to yourself that you haven’t planned lunch, afternoon meetings or possibly a dinner….it is just so easy to listen too. It feels like just a few minutes have passed and you realize you have missed every appointment for the day! What an uplifting & exciting experience; I really love hearing music that makes me feel and remember experiences. The funkadelic sounds of this Melbourne four piece group are just mesmerising. The electro synth-laden intro to ‘By Fire’ is nearly as attention grabbing as lead singer Nai Palm’s super-strong pulsating vocals. ‘Laputa’ puts you in a grand ball during the time of the Great Gatsby. It is full of scatty vocals and plucky bass, which complement each other superbly. The beautiful rhythms of ‘Molasses’ are very much the Hiatus Kaiyote I have now heard and love. This EP is the perfect mix of hip-hop, jazz & R&B fusion. Melbourne to the core! It’s easy to see why they have been nominated previously for a Grammy. You seriously will be wishing & pleading there was more, don’t worry there will be soon! This three track EP ‘By Fire’ is a prelude to their new album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ due out early 2015.