Karate Boogaloo – Family Song (Sing-A-Long)

10th July 2024 · 2020s, 2024, Funk, Music

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a tune from (and I quote) “the core of Melbourne’s burgeoning movement of cinematic instrumental soul.”

A mainstay of the Melbourne underground over the last decade, Karate Boogaloo’s roots go deep into the fabric of DIY soul, recording a series of LPs – KB’s Mixtapes – delving into hip-hop sample culture and its relationship to funk music.

Taken from Karate Boogaloo’s album Hold Your Horses, Family Song (Sing-A-Long) is a triumphantly melodic funk cut with harmonized guitar and basslines atop heavy mid-tempo drum breaks.

Henry Jenkins, Hudson Whitlock, Callum Riley, and Darvid Thor began playing music together during their high school years, drawing inspiration from instrumental bands like Booker T & The MG’s and The Meters.

Their latest album, Hold Your Horses, is their first album of all originals since Carn The Boogers (which I’m guessing means something to Aussies) which was recorded back in 2017 but not released until 2020.

The band’s style is rooted in instrumental funk, drawing influences from the deep funk of the late ’60s and early ’70s, European film music, and the new wave of instrumental soul, using drums, guitar, bass, and organ.

I’m intrigued to learn there are others forging a similar path of instrumental funk and soul, such as Surprise Chef, Magic In Threes, The Rugged Nuggets, and Ikebe Shakedown.