– by Tom Bolton
Last Saturday, Queen Victoria Street in North Fremantle was a fairly quiet place, a few people getting dinner at Flipside or settling in at Mrs Brown’s… the small bar next to the burger joint. That was of course unless you stepped inside Mojo’s. Having played host to local live music for many years, this weekend proved no exception for the vibe packed venue. The headline act was nu-jazz cross hip hop trio Child’s Play who, celebrating the release of their new EP Absent Minded, were supported by Corduroy Club, Henry Kissinger and others, as well as a crowd of live music fans.
From 8pm the live music bar was serenaded with DJ sets by Slothkraft and Henry Kissinger, showcasing works by Bad Apple; a music collective encouraging hip hop and other progressive sounds in Fremantle. Their well nuanced sets spanned a collection of different sounds; from jazzy, funky hip hop beats to more trap influenced tracks. Bad Apple have clearly been hard at work. Throughout, there were intermittent emcee appearances from local artist PowNegro… whose energy on stage and developed flow kept the crowd head bopping until the introduction of Corduroy Club.
Still making a name for themselves, some may be unsure of what to expect from Corduroy Club… but from the opening sounds to their vibey closing track Free Trill Estate; their music was absorbing. The set had a real element of fun, emcee Strangelove’s cheeky lyrics and constant gun sounds had an engaged crowd basking in the band’s music. However producer Leon Osborn’s sound really stole the show, with experimental beats not too far away from being Flying Lotus-esque.
Their set was only eclipsed by the jazz hip hop fusion that is Child’s Play. Celebrating the release, the trio brought to the stage the smooth sound of live sax and trombone coupled with catchy drum loops, samples and rapper Shannon Cruz Patterson’s infectiously rhythmic vocals. With half of the members from GTM-bound Koi Child, Childs Play’s new EP delivers a minimalistic, sample oriented collection of smooth tunes with Cruz Patterson’s bright wordplay interspersed over the top. This is very much a band which revels in playing live and the performance was more than just the new EP Absent Minded. Childs Play brought out some of their older tunes and also several freestyle improv performances to the delight of the crowd. Definitely a band to watch, the event showcased a sneak peek into Freo’s up and coming arty hip hop scene.
If you haven’t heard their EP yet, don’t waste time. It’s up on Bandcamp for free or for the more generous, any donation at: http://childsplaymusicperth.bandcamp.com/album/absent-minded