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SURPRISE CHEF: Iconoclasts

SURPRISE CHEF:  IconoclastsAussie cinematic soul fiends Surprise Chef present another musical hors d’oeuvre before serving up the main course of their first LP on Big Crown, Education & Recreation in the form of new single Iconoclasts. A subdued affair, it almost evokes certain types of traditional Japanese music both in the arrangement and, at times, even the instrumentation. The sort of thing you’d have no
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SURPRISE CHEF: Suburban Breeze

SURPRISE CHEF:  Suburban BreezeOk, so maybe the monkey was a bit slow on the uptake with previous Surprise Chef single Money Music, but there’s a lot less slacking with the new one since here’s a post about Suburban Breeze, which hove into view just as the bank holiday weekend began to kick off. On this one the band rock the bells in the mellowest manner possible with additional flute theatrics and a soporific drum
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SURPRISE CHEF: Money Music

SURPRISE CHEF:  Money MusicSomething that got missed in the holiday rush at MB Towers was the latest single by Surprise Chef in the run-up to the release of their Education & Recreation LP on Big Crown Records. That’ll be Money Music then, a mellow slice of soundtrack funk – as is the band’s modus operandi. It begins with an blaxploitation-esque drum break before the vibraphone and piano kick in and we suddenly
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SURPRISE CHEF: Spring’s Theme (Vinyl 7″)

Actually the flip-side to the previously covered Velodrome on Surprise Chef’s forthcoming 45, Spring’s Theme is arguably the monkey’s preferred track of the two. That title Spring’s Theme though – an ode to the season of regeneration? Or is ‘Spring’ a character in a retro crime flick of the band’s imagining? It could pretty much function as both but either way – don’t
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SURPRISE CHEF: Velodrome

SURPRISE CHEF: VelodromeMelbourne’s Surprise Chef get on their soundtrack bikes for latest single Velodrome, laying down boom-bap drums over which they deploy mellow guitar and flute and keys. This one’s all about the synth lead though which’ll go round in your head like a bike with no brakes and no gears – in a good way, obviously. Velodrome is the band’s first cut for Big Crown Records, having previously
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SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good News

SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good NewsNext from Melbourne’s library music-influenced instrumental outfit, Surprise Chef, is All News Is Good News – the title track and second taster of their imminent debut LP. If you heard previous track Blyth Street Nocturne, you’ll know that is very good news indeed. For having shown with that they can rock it with the likes of NYC’s cinematic soul crews with that one, they go a bit
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SURPRISE CHEF: Blyth Street Nocturne

SURPRISE CHEF: Blyth Street NocturneYou might have thought Melbourne had already given more than enough to the world of contemporary funk and soul given the number of bands of that ilk hailing from there but it seems the city isn’t done just yet. Say hello then to Surprise Chef who enter the fray from the left field with the library music-inspired Blyth Street Nocturne the first taster from the band’s forthcoming debut
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