All News is Good News

All News is Good News

There is something simultaneously both brand-new and retro about All News Is Good News - the debut album from Melbourne’s instrumental soul group Surprise Chef.

Artist: Surprise Chef

Genre: Contemporary Soul

Label: Mr Bongo

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It sounds like something dreamt up by lo-fi cousins of David Axelrod and Janko Nilovic, with dramatic Library-music-eqsue cinematic arrangements echoing both light and dark, delving into moments of dissonance and positivity. There is a meticulous education of 1970’s soul on display that touches on the legacies of the great composer / producers, yet at the same time this is a truly contemporary record that could have only been made now.

The warm-raw-authenticity of the album was captured in the recordings live to tape over a handful of sessions in the band’s home studio in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburb of Coburg. The results are a captivating journey of instrumental cinematic-soul that will connect with the hardened Axelrod, Truth and Soul, El Michels Affair, and Daptone’s fans, as well as the open-minded first-time listener.

About the artist

Surprise Chef are Coburg's cinematic soul journeymen, pushing moody shades of instrumental jazz-funk with a DIY mentality. 

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