Authenticity is that rarest of components; the most wanted, yet the hardest to come by. The one that can’t be bought. The one that can’t be faked. Bristol’s Scott Hendy has it. Twelve years of hard work, plying his trade, fine-tuning his art have seen to this. A DJ and producer who has remained creative through it all – before Bristol’s musical name meant something, while genres were being created, and after the dust settled – he shows no signs of slowing down. None whatsoever.
Scott’s most recent project is Malakai, a two-piece fronted by vocalist and lyricist Gee, whose genre-defying debut album Ugly Side of Love (Domino Recordings and Invada UK) has been released to great acclaim; described as “musically daring” by the NME and receiving serious praise from the likes of Radio 1 and MTV’s Zane Lowe and Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno. Mojo went with “a stand alone Bristol sensation” but however described, Malakai’s ingenuity has been received like a breath of fresh air, with their sound a reflection of Scott’s emersion in hip-hop, 60s psych, dub and a hundred and one other musical forms.
Malakai have supported Doves, Groove Armada and Mr Hudson in recent times and several of their tunes are featured in the upcoming Film4 sc-fi feature Franklyn. Scott and Gee are currently working on a second album for Domino, ready to build on the solid foundations laid by Ugly Side of Love.