Listen: Sampa the Great - Weapon Chosen
Sampa works her magic on Hiatus Kaiyote's Choose Your Weapon to create six tracks of pure bliss.
Hiatus Kaiyote have been on the rise for quite some time now, and this year's release Choose Your Weapon was nothing short of amazing. The full-length studio album was a sparkling fusion of genres, which sat among the top ten of The ARIA's Australian Albums chart. Its complex neo-soul stylings have proved the perfect plaything for Sydney artist Sampa the Great and her producer and band-leader Godriguez, who were asked to work their own magic on Choose Your Weapon for a remix after touring together. Godriguez talked about the process, saying "I arranged the beats into one long-flowing track and then Sampa came over and jammed one long take of vocals over them. There was a special energy to the music we were flipping and the way the beats turned out and how Sampa put down her parts. Seven odd days after they'd asked if we wanted to do a remix, we’d finished a lil’ mixtape!"
The unique collaboration is a rippling journey that pays homage to Sampa's African roots, from the earthy vibe of Shake It Off to the breathy and soulful sounds of Owl Chant. Throughout the mix, Sampa's voice takes form in whispers, rap and lyricism, even serving as scattered instrumentation at times; the result is beautiful. This is a set that will stay with you long after listening, and you can keep it with you by downloading it for free via BANDCAMP.