Koi Child’s debut album is just the first step on their path to world domination

In order to reach the makeshift studio where they recorded their self-titled debut album, Fremantle’s Koi Child had to run the gauntlet – or at least cross a river. Hopping in a dinghy, the group would cart their gear over to a tiny island south of Perth, where they set about making their first LP, which was produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.

An amalgam of the hip-hop trio Childs Play and nu-jazz quartet Kashikoi, Koi Child tread the line between collective and band. Consequently, the seven-piece exude an energy normally reserved for freeform collaborations. With a monotone delivery, Cruz Patterson allows the band to take up his raps with their horn flourishes, startling electric piano runs, and pristine grooves serve to animate the his lyrical imagery. ‘Wumpa Fruit,’ the second track on the album, sees Cruz Patterson riding a tempo-change like he would his prized longboard, hurtling into the spotlight with a veteran’s ease. At the song’s conclusion, spacey synths launch the band into the stratosphere.

Cruz Patterson reflects on his humble beginnings in ‘Cruzy P.’ “Lookin’ at the map / Anything can happen if you put it in a rap,” he says. 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.

With co-signs from several industry bigwigs – Parker, Mark Ronson, and Theophilus London, to name a few – Koi Child should have little difficulty mapping a course for global success. Navigation, after all, has been a part of the band’s narrative since the very inception of their debut. Time will tell whether making the passage to worldwide acclaim proves more treacherous for Koi Child than trudging across an island stream.

8/10 Stars