Australian seven-piece Koi Child break all the rules: their outrageously joyful, jazzy, psych-y hip-hop colors all the way outside the lines, with its breezy flow and rich production strokes from Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. If their "Black Panda" video is anything to go by, they like literally breaking stuff too—watch above to see frontman Shannon Patterson swing a giant mallet into a grand piano, before the group hold a symbolic cremation for it.
"When I was a kid, Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' was my favourite video," Patterson told The FADER over email. "I guess that had something to do with the idea for 'Black Panda'. We just wanted something bad ass to suit the track so we got all gangsta on a piano. The track pretty much speaks for it self. Everything about it shouts: 'I'm huge and heavy and I'm gonna sit on your birthday cake.' If anything, it's about the attitude of something as big, rare and dark as a black panda."
Tour dates (supporting Tame Impala):
Saturday 7 November - Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Saturday 14 November - Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth
Saturday 21 November - Riverstage, Brisbane