Malachai are a two-piece from Bristol UK, fronted by vocalist Gee, with music by Scott. That’s the easy part of the description. It’s the bit that follows that’s tough. The bit where their sound is captured in a concise fashion, and placed alongside a list of other artists, past and present, that they sort of sound like, used to validate the original description.
The truth is Malachai aren’t easily defined. If human nature dictates that we need to label, then file them under ‘Genre-Defying’. Or better still let others do the talking.
There’s certainly no repetition on Ugly Side Of Love. They claim that “We’re two minute and out men.” That’s why some of it sounds like an ADHD kid flicking through the load of used dusty vinyl. At other times, Malachai’s music sounds like the apocalypse itself. Fading World was written after watching a news report on Hurricane Katrina. “I suppose I was taken aback by just how much at the mercy of the elements we are, but mostly at the plums who run things and where their priorities lay” says Gee.
But as exciting as the record’s journey is, the road it travels on is built on solid foundations; the ability to weave seemingly incongruent influences into the most cohesive of sounds is no accident. This sound – ‘Malachai’s sound’ – is a reflection of many things. Of a complete emersion in hip-hop, 60s psych, dub and plenty of other musical forms. Years of crate-digging and creativity – before Bristol’s musical name meant something, while genres were being created, and after the dust settled – and perhaps most importantly, a need to just simply make music.