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Boomkat Product Review:
Pleasantly low-slung jazzy beat tape fodder from Aussie group Hiatus Kaiyote, who are best known for being sampled by everyone from Jay-Z and Beyonce to Kendrick Lamar and Drake.
'Mood Valiant' is the Melbourne four-piece's second album and follows up their successful 2015 record "Choose Your Weapon". While the backing tracks were pretty much finished back in 2018, Hiatus Kaiyote's vocalist Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield was diagnosed with breast cancer before she could record her parts. After receiving life-saving treatment in Australia, she and the band looked back at their work with a freshly altered perspective.
After working with Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai in 2019 on single 'Get Sun', the album's mood shifted. Verocai added strings and horns to the tracks, and the band recorded two more in Brazil after being inspired by the sessions. The result is a record that's incredibly hopeful in the face of adversity, and goes beyond the jaunty jazzy sample material of its predecessor. Sort of like Stones Throw x tropicalia, arranged for a Hollywood blockbuster.