Surprise Chef is one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Australia. Delivered with confidence and flair, the quintet generate instrumental funk for hip-hop heads, delivering evocative moods through a mixture of soulful melodies, driving bass lines, haunting keys and hip-hop inspired drums.
The quintet’s latest album (and first for seminal NYC funk imprint Big Crown Records), Education & Recreation, builds upon Surprise Chef’s singular sound, delivering a heavy batch of instrumentals that mix the mood of 70s film scores and soulful jazz with psych-laden hip-hop grooves. The result is an imaginative genre-bending sound that pulls you into their world.
Education & Recreation features 12 original tracks that explore the full breadth of Surprise Chef’s talent. With this latest release, the band has improved their sound with a unique style that can only be described as cinematic funk with a splash of hip-hop and psychedelia. Taken as a whole, the album seamlessly merges genre influences with an experimental, improvisational style to create immersive soundscapes that evoke BadBadNotGood and El Michel’s Affair.