Suggested Listening: Hiatus Kaiyote's 'Choose Your Weapon'
Hiatus Kaiyote‘s sophomore LP Choose Your Weapon, is one of our standout records this year, even with all of the dope-ness that 2015 has offered thus far — from Kendrick’s critic-proof opus to the arrival of some choice full-length debuts from the likes of Action Bronson, Ibeyi and Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment — it feels only natural to squeeze out a little more juice from the year that keeps on giving. Which brings me to what may be the first venture of this nature in the site’s 16-year history; a look into the records that may have inspired some of our favorites and are now cemented as not just suggested but essential listening as the music-loving maniacs we all know you are. So with our inaugural compass piece, we’re tackling one of the year’s most dense and musically rich pieces, none other than Hiatus Kaiyote‘s sophomore LP Choose Your Weapon, as the first of what I’m hoping to be many companion scripts and scores that we’ll be churning out this year. So sit back, and let the records run. Here is our suggested listening for the Aussie avant-soul giants to take you a bit deeper into the sonic wizardry they’ve wielded and a bit farther into their headspace.