Despite the internet’s constant ribbing of its audience, there’s no doubting that Boiler Room, the London-based roving dance party, is responsible for some of the great DJ sets of recent years (see the disco genius of Motor City Drum Ensemble or Ben Klock’s intriguing groupie in Nina Kraviz).
Similarly, Red Bull Music Academy has been fostering music talent since 1998, running workshops, music events and its influential 24/7 radio station, with notable alumni including Aloe Blacc and Flying Lotus.
Starting on November 21, the Red Bull Music Academy x Boiler Room Chronicles series will see the sonic reins handed over to one Australian act, asking them to curate a line up of artists who have influenced their sound.
First in the series is Hiatus Kaiyote, the Melbourne neo-soul quartet who formed in a Northcote sharehouse in 2011, before becoming the first Australians to be nominated for an R&B Grammy this year. The nomination was for Nakamarra, a laidback love song featuring Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest), and bolstered by the arrestingly soulful vocals of one-time fire dancer Nai Palm.
Hiatus Kaiyote has included Brooklyn-based jazz and soul producer Taylor McFerrin – who has played a pivotal role in the rise of their popularity – on their Chronicles session, as well as collaborators and local friends Clever Austin and Silentjay w/Jace XL.