“Australian seven-piece Koi Child break all the rules: their outrageously joyful, jazzy, psych-y hip-hop colors all the way outside the lines, with its breezy flow and rich production strokes from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.” The Fader
Koi Child’s highly anticipated debut self-titled LP was released on March 18th, and is available now as digital download, vinyl, CD, and stream:
Watch the music videos for Touch 'Em, 1-5-9, and Black Panda:
Koi Child is a seven-piece hip-hop group based in Fremantle, Australia. Birthed in 2014 from the collaboration of two local bands, Kashikoi and Child’s Play, their electronic hip-hop and prog/jazz-rock fused to create something unique, establishing them as one of the most impressive emerging acts in Australia. A chance witness to the band’s first performance, Kevin Parker of Tame Impala offered the band a support slot and mixed their debut LP, recorded on a small island shack south of Perth.
The album’s thunderous second single ‘Black Panda’ has made waves, receiving high rotation on triple j and Apple Music’s Beats 1 with Ebro Darden, heavy US college radio play including KCRW, and reached 2015’s most-played lists across Australian community radio. Online, the track received apt praise across notable sites such as Earmilk, The Fader and Noisey, whilst their first single ‘Slow One’ received big love from Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, who formally branded the group “Future Radio 1 Artists”. The band also featured in Spotify’s ‘Spotlight on 2016 Australia & New Zealand’, and won ‘Most Popular New Act’ at the 2015 WA Music Awards.
In March 2016, the band released their self-titled debut LP via Pilerats Records / Warner Music Australia to great critical reception, as well as debuting on the ARIA charts at #6 in the Urban category and #25 overall. The album was nominated for the 2016 ARIA Award for Best Urban Album and won four 2016 WA Music Awards for Best Album, Best Urban Act, Most Popular Act, and Most Popular Video.
The unlikely hybrid has excelled in the live arena, selling out headline shows across Australia; supporting Tame Impala along their national tour and playing for Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Young Fathers. After hitting festivals such as the esteemed Golden Plains and State Of The Art, they’re in the midst of a huge summer including the St. Jerome’s Laneway tour, Southbound, and Strawberry Fields.
PRAISE FOR KOI CHILD
“Fremantle seven-piece Koi Child are breathing new life into the hip-hop genre.”
The Guardian Australia
“…the freedom of The Roots’ Illadelph Halflife-era soul/rap duality and the rhythmic hybridity of the early-90s Native Tongues collective.”
Rolling Stone Australia
“Koi Child are fruit loops in a world of cheerios. They are colorful, unique, and entirely themselves. They transcend genre and are willing to take music in directions that are unprecedented in the scene today.”
“…the beauty of this exciting self-titled debut is that it doesn’t feel like a patched-together Frankenstein creation but rather a single, strong, rhythmic entity, with different facets that catch the light depending on which angle you approach it from..”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Koi Child’s dynamite execution of their music shows that the hype is absolutely authentic.”
“If Koi Child’s upward trajectory continues at its current velocity, then it’s surely only a matter of time before the group begins charting a path to world domination.”
“One of the most compelling live acts in the country”
“Koi Child have carved out a space of their own in the Australian music landscape.”