Melbourne outfit Karate Boogaloo play by their own rules; laying out a set of limitations to force a particular outcome. Made up of musicians who play in the rhythm section for soul band The Cactus Channel, the four-piece wield their own distinctive sound; a union of deep funk, library music and off-kilter soul recorded and mixed on tape, with no plugins, no edits and released exclusively in mono.
Their debut mixtape ‘KB’s Mixtape No. 1’, a collection of interpretations of their favourite hip hop tracks, was self-released last year and rapidly sold out solely via word of mouth. Now they’re gearing up for Mixtape No. 2, this time via Hopestreet Recordings, which focuses on reimaginations of 80s tracks that were sampled into hits, including cuts from Stevie Nicks, Blondie, Kraftwerk and our pick, Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit”. Its impact on the R&B and hip-hop scene was huge having been sampled by over 100 artists, most notably in Notorious B.I.G’s “Juicy”, Keyshia Cole’s “Let It Go” and Warren G’s “This D.J”. Karate Boogaloo put their own spin on it, adding a dose of slide-guitar and sleazy synths turning it into a wonky, mellow number.
Juicy Fruit is out on 27 September via Hopestreet Recordings. Grab your copy.