Koi Child
Australian group choose some tripped out sounds...

Psychedelia isn't so much a sound, as an approach.

So whereas many people think of psych groups as black rollneck jumpers and guitar pedals, the reality is somewhat broader.

Australian group Koi Child are definitely psychedelic in their approach - hell, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker has produced and mixed their new album.

The band's sound, though, is a little different. Pared down beats and squelching electronics, they have more in common with hip-hop's left field than a Pink Floyd B-side.

With that in mind, Clash invited Koi Child to pick out some truly psychedelic pieces of hip-hop.

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Nickelus F & Shawn Kemp (AKA Lil Ugly Mane) - 'Protein'

Lil Ugly Mane takes the chopped 'n' screwed aesthetic to a particularly strange place - the office machinery drone; the messy, chaotic delay on Nick Fury's vocals; the strange sonic objects popping into the side of the frame; the triangle-wave synth break at 1:38; the peculiar piano ostinatos.

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Vulture St Tape Gang - 'Unlimited Isn't It' feat. Ali (of Brisbane outfit Astro Travellers)

Vulture St Tape Gang has the most interesting process: it's a three-piece that records gigantic beat tapes out of improvisations, where the keys player also does extensive live sampling/looping. The odd, almost arbitrary points at which the loops cut combine with Chris Dave-esque drum work to make the most glitched-out, oddball beats. All super talented individuals working with a crazy sense of group intuition.

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Dimlite - 'Fridge-Note'

Dim has a pretty wide body of work, including a couple of more conventional hip-hop beats albums, but hey, you asked for psychedelic, so I chose this abrasive head-fuck of a track. Dimlite is a true genius - he can make sound do things to your brain that you've never felt before; it's like he can reach into a dimension unavailable to us mere mortals.

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@Peace - 'Matter'

This album ('@Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony') is probably the best expression of the intersection between psych and hip-hop I can think of, and it's also just an incredible piece of work. It's gigantic, both in lyrical scope and in Christoph el Truento's sprawling, cosmic productions. This is the closing track; go cop a fair slice of existential nihilism and crazy pitched vocals.

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Kirkis - 'Bumpsweat'

This probably comes closer to neo-soul or whatever than hip-hop, but it's too easy to imagine someone adept rapping over this and it sounding fantastic. Kirkis has all the good parts of Thundercat - indulgent weird-arse synth noodling interlaced through phat-as-hell odd-time grooves and the tastiest of chord changes. He's playing bass for Floating Points now, which is amazing and well-deserved. This tune has so many surprises... v. trippy mayne.

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Koi Child's self-titled album is out now.

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