Independent Artist of the Week: Karate Boogaloo

November 4th 2019

Image credit: Greta Richmond

As their name suggests, Melbourne four piece Karate Boogaloo bring the boogs with their finely crafted and funky instrumental interpretations of iconic floor fillers.

Born out of the rhythm section of The Cactus Channel, the delightful Darebin’s Karate Boogaloo are David, Henry, Callum and Hudson – four dudes keen on putting out music that’s locally made and international in flavour.

With endless experience playing together on stage and in studio, the quartet spent the better part of their early 20s reimagining the classic, instantly recognisable tracks sampled by modern artists on even more instantly recognisable tracks.

Over the past few years, these groovy reimaginations have found their way onto 12”, fully mono and self-produced, but not before being recorded and mixed straight to tape, edit-free. 2018’s KB’s Mixtape No. 1 features hip hop gems which have cropped up on songs by Kung Fu Kenny and Beyonce (among others). The LP quickly garnered a cult following, selling out in local record stores and resulting in a second pressing.

Last month, the boys brought out KB’s Mixtape No. 2 and TBH, it’ll make you feel like swilling a fine whiskey in a dimly let, velvet-walled, fully-stocked home bar straight outta the movies. Or at least maybe imagine so while chilling on your couch. Covering an assortment of 80s classics also later sampled on modern hits, KBMN2 completely respects what came before with a delightfully distorted spin.

See how many tracks spring to mind via their single ‘Juicy Fruit’ below.

WHO: Briggs, Bob Moses, CC:DISCO!, DRMNGNOW, Gordon Koang, Karate Boogaloo,  Mildlife and more.
WHAT: Strawberry Fields Festival
WHEN: Friday 29 November – Sunday 1 December 2019
WHERE: Tocumwal, NSW
HOW MUCH: From $334, available via Tixel
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