King Kong Company album review - 1990s vibes with 21st-century swagger

King Kong Company
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Artist: King Kong Company
Genre: Alternative
Label: Self-released

It’s not difficult to see why King Kong Company have become Irish festival favourites in recent years.

The Waterford six-piece’s music is both an energy-inducing pick-me-up and a woozy late-night come-down– an untidy bundle of electronica, mid-’90s dance music and blissed out, stoner dub-rock.

For a debut album, this is surprisingly accomplished; the enlisting of Prodigy producer Neil McLellan on mixing duties pays dividends on the spacey, brass-infused Free the Marijuana and the clean, high-octane club beats of Sins of Freck.

True, there is more than one dated aural reference to the glory days of 1990s club anthems – not least the Shamen- meets-Daft Punk mish-mash of Pol Pot Rock.


With so much devil-may-care swagger in the mix, it’s a forgivable transgression.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. She writes about music and the arts for The Irish Times