Auckland based hip-hip funk soul outfit Kong Fooey have earned themselves a solid and loyal kiwi fan base with their positive vibes, funky beats and high energy crowd-pleasing performances.
Over the past couple of years the band has come to the fore with singles such as the 2013 Loop release ‘Let Go’, which amassed over 6,000 plays on Soundcloud, the hard-hitting frenetic groove of ‘Be Like Water’ and their recently dropped old school funk track ‘Right As Rain’.
All of these steps in their journey have led to Final Destination – their debut full-length album, out December 11th in time for the NZ Summer and all the possibilities it holds.
“I’m a fan of old school funk acts like The Meters, The Commodores, Chuck Brown and Parliament,” says producer, Jason Peters. “Those acts and other influences find there way into all the tracks I make, and then the other collaborators bring their unique flavours as well”.
All beats and music were written by Peters with some live guitar overdubs by David Haslett, who also contributes his soulful vocals on several tracks. Peters invited other collaborators to share their talents on the album including fellow Cantabrians Jamie Greenslade (aka Maitreya) and cousin Alice Egan (aka Topaz), plus Auckland vocalists Katerina Theo and Ella Rose.
“Most of the album was recorded in my home studio with the guys coming over and recording vocals when they could do so.” Says Jason. “With everyone’s other music and work commitments plus Jamie residing in Europe half of the year, recording remotely and sharing ideas online works really well too. It feels great to finally have these tracks in one cohesive album to showcase our hard work over the last 3 years or more”.
The result is a collection of funky feel good songs with powerful and positive messages, sure to make everyone shake their moneymakers and have a good time.
Final Destination is now available for purchase from iTunes, Amplifier and all good digital service providers.
Kong Fooey celebrate the album release at The Leigh Sawmill on December 11th where physical copies will be available for purchase. CD’s are also available to buy online via Bandcamp.