Welcome To The Fam: Koi Child
A seven-piece psych-hip hop outfit from Freo are our newest children.
“Neck-snapping linguistic battles untangled at every opportunity by the experimental jazz jam contingent. It's a merging that recalls the freedom of The Roots 'Illadelph Halflife' era soul/rap.”
- Rolling Stone
By now, the breezy port of Fremantle, WA has a reputation for birthing some of the world's best alternative music. Enter Koi Child, the combined forces of local hip hop party starters Childs Play and nu-jazz quartet Kashikoi, the brains behind the smooth as silk debut single Slow One and riotous new offering Black Panda, both of which produced by Kevin Parker (Tame Impala). Since the single dropped in April (check our premiere, exclusive BTS photos and interview HERE), Black Panda has been played on BBC Radio 6, triple j, double j, and community radio across Australia. Pilerats Records are pleased to welcome Koi Child to the family and announce that Black Panda will finally be available for sale digitally via iTunes this Friday 5 June.
The 7-piece have already had a seriously busy first year of formation. Their very first show went down well enough to catch the ear of one nearby Parker, landing them a support with Tame Impala at Rottnest Island for Koi Child’s second gig, and it's been a rapid march since then: Capacity local shows, a coveted spot on the Groovin the Moo in WA, and support slots with Tame Impala and The Preatures followed.
At the end of 2014, Koi Child teamed up with Parker, coaxing the visionary producer to a remote island south of Perth to work on their debut album, set for release through Pilerats Records later this year. As comfortable on stage with NY rap punks Ratking as they would be with modern soul stars like D'Angelo, combine that with the magic aural touch of Parker, and you've got something worth paying attention too.
Koi Child are one of the most promising up-and-coming collectives in Australian music, and we're bloody excited to welcome them to the Pilerats fam.