Started in Year
Fonke Knomaads – appeared on the compilation 15.Oz Vinyl 15 Years Of Australian Hip-Hop On Vinyl
members include – Teop
The Fonke Knomaads formed in the late 80’s released in the early 90’s & have been providing raw hip hop funk eversince.Being Influenced by Gang Starr, Native Tongues, Talking Heads, Madlib, AD, Funk Inc, The Meters, Prince Paul, Laurie Anderson to name a few the DJ Soup & TeOp have crafted product to create their own unique blend of raw funk based hip hop
Heading back to Sydney we collide with the wacky FONKE KNOMAADS who release an EP on coloured vinyl. With song titles like “The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of… /You Can`t Deny Genetics/Flavourite” plus remixes, they remained an offbeat mishmash until rhymer TEOP became a born again Christian and absolved himself from Hip-Hop (Luckily SOUP is still producing and will soon burst out again on wax soon.) But before TEOP bowed out they appeared on the Jazz Funk Hip-Hop “Undertones” compilation with the track “The Big One Drops”. – Blaze
A duo named The Fonke Knowmaads were doing their thing, too. They had a really developed sound that was pretty much inspired by the east coast US hip hop. Their style and approach to music was almost on the other end of the scale to what DWC were doing. So there was a broad spectrum beginning to develop in ol’ Sydney town. – Hau
The long-awaited, full-length debut album from Aussie hip hop pioneers, Fonke Knomaads does little to disappoint. Released in 2008, ‘Cleopatra’s Bath Milk’ represents the first work undertaken by duo, MC John TeOp Riley and John ‘DJ Soup’ Blake as Fonke Knomaads since they parted ways in the mid-90s.
It is a record exuding all the best qualities of the pair: Riley’s poignant, homespun lyrics are underpinned by Soup’s mastery of beats and samples, resulting in an audio feast for the ears. Opening track, ‘We Took A Trip’ builds a sparse soundscape with chirping insects and the crackle of a campfire as a wizened bushman recounts a strange desert tale. The short monologue segues into a laidback blues guitar sample which sets the tone for this guitar groove-driven record.
Riley’s prowess on the mic is evident from the first line of ‘Chicken & Watermelon, dropping flowing, rhythmic lines with honed skill and precision. Things take a jazzy turn with ‘It Seems To Me’, while tracks such as ‘Lift Your Lid’ and ‘Souperhuman’ serve as sonic evidence of Riley and Soup’s unique interpersonal chemistry. Behind the decks, Soup balances the duo’s vast musical influences between hip hop, rap, rock, soul, blues and jazz to create layered rhythms which demand you get up and dance.
The record also features collaborations with Abz & Nick Knowledge (‘Cut To The Chase’) as well as The Posse on ‘How Did We Get Here’. Overall, ‘Cleopatra’s Bath Milk’ is a party album with a distinct inner-city flavour.
Whether gearing up for a night on the dance floor or just kicking back with mates for a weekend chill session, Fonke Knomaads have got you covered.
Thadeus Rimshot, Elder Oracle, R.E.L.
Arrested Development, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Kings of Pressure, Jurassic 5, George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, Pete Rock, Gang Starr, Omega Watts, The Meters, Average White Band, The Bamboos, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, De La Soul, Talking Heads, Tackhead, Lots of other bands with the word Head in their name, Diggable Planets, Def Jam, Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Native Tongues, Del, Madlib, Prince Paul, Urban Poets, Def Wish Cast, Brethren