Tiana! you're prowess is unmistakable, you are the epitome of exquisite. Loved seeing you at that Digable Planets festival gig in Footscray recently, you may recall I was somewhat disappointed you didn't perform 'They Call Me'; the first track I ever heard of yours. Your breadth and depth of melifluous harmony and adept lyrical expression is majestic your body language: phenomenal. I'd be honoured to collaborate with you; Keep making music. Jah Bless. -Stuee Dee aka NzyM Oneski!
Big things from this team, Sampology doing his stuff. Takes me back to the days of binge listening to the likes of Directions In Groove and Erykah Badu. Incredible stuff.
Favorite track: Meghalaya.
Pain creates great art when the voice expressing it is this sweet. This EP takes melodic revenge to ever more highly finessed standards. Including the surprisingly cathartic couplet on the sarcastically entitled Georgia’s Track: “Who the fuck is Georgia? Baby loving you is like real life torture”. Classic! Lyrical and poetic and soothing.
Favorite track: Nuketown.
DJ V From CHICAGO
This entire project as a whole is RIDICULOUS it's so damn great, from funky to emotive to Afro-tinged, she's doing the MOST at a HIGH level in Modern Soul. And the songwriting?? COP THIS. 🔥🔥💖💖✊✊🏆🏆
Favorite track: Bitterness.
A beautifully crafted debut with amazing songwriting! "I remember / when you told me that you needed time / so I bent my hands back / the ones you used to hold and call mine" - 'Georgia's Track'
With a celestial voice that's been streamed over 3 million times thanks to acclaimed features with The Kite String Tangle, Golden Vessel and label mate Sampology, Brisbane-based artist Tiana Khasi (Kah-see) shares her debut EP, ‘MEGHALAYA’, out now via Soul Has No Tempo.
The Sampology-produced debut is a rich tapestry of styles and influence, with inspiration drawing from themes of self-empowerment, family and heritage, collaborating with contemporary musicians while studying jazz. “‘Meghalaya' is both geographic and spiritual. It's a place I creatively resort to seeking affirmation of my identity and for true holistic inspiration. I wanted to create a body of work that honestly showed where I was at musically and personally. I felt the growing pains of being a young woman, mixed race/Australian born and studying jazz. I was neither here nor there.”
Her debut single 'Nuketown' received praise from Complex UK, BBC 1Xtra, Worldwide FM and Gilles Peterson, who handpicked the track to feature on his most recent compilation, Brownswood Bubblers Thirteen, via Brownswood Recordings. The second single 'They Call Me' is a syncopated, stomping refusal to yield to shame, a reclamation of her own narrative, and an ode to the women who made both possible. "'They Call Me' was written to challenge the problematic depictions of women in history and literature. It’s also a tribute to the fierce women whose rebellion, fire and strength inspires me, especially my Tinā ole Tinā (Nana). I wanted this song to to become an anthem for myself and other women to abandon shame, reclaim and redefine the names they have been given and be the authors of their own story"
released March 29, 2019
All vocals performed by Tiana Khasi
Produced and mixed by Sampology
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy
Cover artwork by Sean C. Bate
Jessi Dunbar: Drums, Rohan Seekers: Keys, Piano, Rhodes & Juno, Sam Maguire: Bass, Synths & Rhodes, Sam "Sampology" Poggioli: Programming, Percussion, Synths, Moog & Effects, Imraan "Street Rat" Paleker: Guitar, Jason "Paprika" Bell: Percussion, Maru Elias Nitor: Percussion, Matthew Luff: Saxophone, Tristan Rogers: Trumpet, Meraki Quartet: Strings