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Tuesday 30th August 2022

Worm Gigs: Surprise Chef

— The Jam Jar
Funk and cinematic soul from this Melbourne band signed to Mr Bongo & Big Crown Records.
price: Tickets Below


“Imagine Madlib raiding 70s film grooves for instrumental stoner soul with a dusky boombap kick. Surprise Chef are an instrumental four piece bringing Melbourne’s neo-jazz scene alive with infectious keys and riffing flutes. For fans of Khruangbin, 30/70, David Axelrod, J Dilla, BadBadNotGood.”
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Surprise Chef’s cinematic soul is based on evoking mood; their vivid arrangements utilize time and space to build
soundscapes that invite the listener into their world. The quintet’s distinct sound pulls from 70s film scores, the funkier
side of jazz, and the samples that form the foundation of hip hop. Humbly blurring genre lines and seamlessly weaving
elements of yesteryear with today, they push the boundaries of instrumental soul and funk with their own approach honed
by countless hours in the studio, studying the masters, and perhaps most importantly, the ‘tyranny of distance’ that
dictates a unique perspective on the music that guides them.

Their first two albums All News Is Good News and Daylight Savings amassed a die-hard fanbase and brought their sound
from Melbourne, Australia to every corner of the globe. The band now has a home on Big Crown Records, joining a
lineage of contemporary and classic sounds that have influenced Surprise Chef’s music since the band’s formation in

Surprise Chef work out of their sharehouse studio, dubbed The College Of Knowledge. The 100-year-old house is the
namesake of the artist-led grassroots independent record label that has served to release the band’s now-coveted
pressings, alongside other key releases from Melbourne’s emerging scene of left-field instrumental funk and soul.

As they put the finishing touches on their next album they offer a glimpse of what’s to come with their new single
“Velodrome” which is as tough as it is gorgeous and infectious.

“Killer” – Gilles Peterson
“One of the finest soul and funk releases of the past 18 months.” – Clash Magazine
“Daylight Savings is an effortlessly lovable album” – NME
“Soothing, atmospheric, disquieting.” – MOJO Magazine
“Wonderful deep grooves.” – Shindig
“Daylight Savings confirms the band is equally as perceptive as it is layered” – Stamp The Wax

Event photos for Worm Gigs: Surprise Chef:

Worm Gigs: Surprise Chef at The Jam Jar
Worm Gigs: Surprise Chef in Bristol 2022

Artist Videos:

Surprise Chef - Remote Live Session on Worldwide FM - College of Knowledge Studios, Melbourne
Surprise Chef - All News Is Good News (Full Album)
Surprise Chef – Daylight Savings (2020 - Album)
Small Time TV Live Artist Sessions - Surprise Chef
Surprise Chef - Velodrome
Surprise Chef - An Introduction

Artist Audio:

Surprise Chef
bandcamp - Surprise Chef