It takes incredible talent to make any contemporary acid jazz or funk-based music rise above its cheesy rep to sound hip. Montreal's Kobayashi do just that with a tasteful sense of minimalism. With their arsenal of unorthodox rhythm patterns, strong but chilled-out vocalists (Hadiya Roderique and guest Rosina Kazi), horns galore and cuts and scratches, smart violins, weathered organs, Rhodes and spooky/futuristic synth sounds, they could have gone crazy, flaunting the funk all the livelong day. Instead, Kobayashi temper their sounds, landing them on the way cooler Morcheeba/Portishead side of the fence.
Kobayashi light up Dundas Square Friday (August 26) at 6 pm.