Malachai are a two-piece band from Bristol, England. They were renamed Malachai in 2010 from the previous spelling Malakai after the band discovered that the name Malikai was already owned by an American rap artist. The members of the band are Gee (vocals) and DJ Scott Hendy (music). Their sound is a mix of beats and samples, drawing on a wide range of influences from BBC Radiophonic-type Experimentalism through 'Golden Era' Hip Hop to 1960s Psyche Pop], all tied together by Gee's distinctive voice.
Discovered by Geoff Barrow from the Bristol based band, Portishead, Malachai(then as Malakai) released a limited edition [12 on Barrow's Invada Records record label, called Fading World. This track was used as the music to accompany the I Count: Stop Climate Chaos video, that first aired at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival. It was directed by Gerald McMorrow whose film, Franklyn also contained four Malachai tracks. In 2012 'Snowflake' provided the background 'ambience' for the Lexus 'Walk the Walk' All Weather Drive TV commercial.
Fading World was followed by their major label debut EP 1 on Island Records in September 2007. The lead track from EP 1, entitled The Battle was BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's Single of the Week for the week commencing 9 July 2007. The song was made available to buy digitally in July 2007. On 30 July 2007, The Guardian newspaper featured Malakai as their New band of the day.
The band were featured on the Lily Allen And Friends television programme when they were voted in to play the show out.
They released their debut album, Ugly Side Of Love on Invada Records in February 2009. Malakai were the support for Doves UK tour from April to May 2009. They released Ugly Side of Love in North America and worldwide territories in early November.
The band, now billed as Malachai, is signed to Domino Records' Double Six label, and the album Ugly Side of Love, was reissued in April 2010.
Their single, Snowflake, was featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 11.