My Record Collection - June 23, 2015

My Record Collection by Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm
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My Record Collection by Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Nai Palm, gloriously named singer/guitarist with Aussie jazz/funk/soul/kitchen sink quartet Hiatus Kaiyote whose latest opus, the acclaimed Choose Your Weapon, is out now. Let’s see what she picks out.


The first record I ever bought with my own money was...

“The Who - Tommy and Tupac Shakur - All Eyes On Me. Tommy is a rock opera about a pinball wizard. My love of Tupac came from my mom who was obsessed and had me listening to him way younger than I should have been.”

 

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was...

“Stevie Wonder - Innervisions. The musicality on that record is incredible, and Stevie always manages to capture the refined combination of both soulful and intellectual expression. He is the reason I write music… he was my first sonic love.”


 

The record I've played more than any other is...

“Worotan by Malian singer Oumou Sangare. I first heard it on the radio when I was 15, and I was homeless at the time. That record was so nurturing that whenever I felt alone or troubled, the music on the album gave me a strong sense of sanctuary that has stayed with me to this day.”



The record that always makes me feel good is...

“John Wizards - John Wizards. My bandmate Simon Mavin (keys) picked it up from a record shop purely because of the types of synths they used, and I fel in love with it. It’s my favourite music to put on first thing in the morning because it’s super-fun and intricate. I like music that stimulates my imagination and makes me feel like cotton candy on the inside.”



The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is...

“Bjork – Vespertine. It’s deeply emotive and allows you to sit with your grief in the most magical way, because you feel like she understands you with her sonic expression. It’s an excellent bath-time album, and it sounds like a thousand snowflakes resting on your eyelashes.”


 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is...

“Bilal - Love for Sale. His name should be up there with the great icons, but that album was leaked prematurely, and his label failed to back it, so it went under the radar. But in my personal opinion, it’s the greatest album he’s released to date. The compositions are out of this world, and his understanding of vocal harmony inspires me deeply.”


 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

“Miles Davis - Bitches Brew. Mati Klarwein created a lot of iconic album covers for a plethora of amazing musicians, but Bitches Brew is the most haunting. If he were still alive today, I’d track him down and hold him hostage in a cave to make him paint wondrous murals for my personal viewing pleasure.”


The record with my favourite title is...

“Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power. Because it’s simple, direct and potent, which sums up Iggy Pop.”


 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is...

“Anything by Credence Clearwater Revival. CCR is overplayed - it’s like cardboard. It has no real characteristics, but people still get really into it. It’s tepid, and I feel like art should move you or make you feel something. But to me, CCR is safe, and not in a poetic way; in a run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter kind of way.”



The last record I bought was...

“William Onyebar. He’s from Nigeria and wears a cowboy hat. He makes excellent Afrobeat aerobics music. My friend Cosi got me into him, and he’s basically the best thing ever. I’m so stoked that I got a double vinyl recently of his shit. Check out ‘Good Name’ and ‘Atomic Bomb.’”



The record I'm most looking forward to hearing is...

“Bilal’s new record. He came to our show in NYC and he showed me the new album artwork which is stunning. He’s an artist who always reinvents himself, but still manages to keep his signature sound. He is a very innovative composer and arranger, and a hyper-creative individual.”


The greatest record of all time is...

“D' Angelo – Voodoo. Because it’s probably responsible for a large peak in the population increase. Whenever you ask somebody what music they play to GET DOWN to, the answer is Voodoo. Always. The musicians he collaborated with on that album are world class - super tasty without ever showing off. The production level is timeless.”


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