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Suggested Listening: Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘Choose Your Weapon’

Suggested Listening: Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘Choose Your Weapon’

Suggested Listening: Hiatus Kaiyote's 'Choose Your Weapon'

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9. Steely Dan – Aja 

Here’s where we step sideways a bit. It’s not that Aja, in all of its sampladelic glory, has a sound that is particularly prevalent on HK’s latest. Rather, that the standard of musicianship upheld on what is perhaps Steely Dan’s most recognizable work, is precisely the bar that HK hits and then transcends both on record and in the flesh. Showing absolute mastery and poise, while breaking free of standard 4/4 time signatures and showing us a world where everything is infinitely more complicated than we could have ever imagined. But it’s the simplicity of HK’s complexity that makes the four-piece such a treasure and a tour du fonk for years to come.

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