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.
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.
A1. All News Is Good News
A2. Herbie Hemphill
A3. Blyth Street Nocturne
A4. Have You Fed Baby Huey Today
A5. Yung Boi Suite
B1. Crayfish Caper
B2. Flip Shelton
B3. Drinking From The Cup Of Bob Knob
B4. Mario's Lament