Ishan Cooper, Melbourne-based guitarist has collaborated with American hip-hop Legend Kokane, George Clinton, members of the PFunk All-Stars, fDeluxe (formerly The Family) and world-renowned mastering guru Brian ‘Big Bass’ Gardner on his electrifying debut album Mannequin Moonwalk. At just 33, Cooper has been a solid fixture of the Australian hip-hop scene for more than 12 years, having written and played with artists such as Phrase, Jade MacRae, Nadav Zisin, Council of Elders, Traffik and Still Thinking. The album, which made its US debut on New Year’s Eve, features legendary recording artist Kokane — a pioneer of the West Coast funk and hip-hop sound who is most well-known for his work with Eazy E and Above the Law.
Joining Cooper and Kokane are Australian musicians Graeme Pogson on drums (The Bamboos, Mondo Freaks), Luke Hodgson on bass (Gypsy and the Cat, Mondo Freaks), Gideon Priess on keyboard (Husky), Damien Smith on keyboard (Kimbra) and Rebecca Ari on vocals (Blue King Brown, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra) Recorded mostly live by Mike Benson at Raretone Studios in Melbourne, Australia, Mannequin Moonwalk was mastered by top producer and sound engineer Brian ‘Big Bass’ Gardner (Prince, Michael Jackson, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, DJ Quik, Eric Clapton) at Bernie Gundman Studios in Hollywood. Influenced by Parliament Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, Mannequin Moonwalk offers a wide variety of sonic experiences, from the up-tempo boogie track ‘Irresistible Bitch’ to the blues fusion of ‘Mannequin Moonwalk’, social-conscious soul of ‘Freedom’ and the psychedelic space funk of ‘Hazel Nutt’ (a tribute to Eddie Hazel).
Ishan Cooper says, “I wanted to try to capture the vibe of where a lot of my favourite music comes from: that 70’s funk! The talented people involved in making this also shared my vision and passion for this music.” Ishan Cooper’s Mannequin Moonwalk is available for digital download via iTunes, the world’s number one music store, and special limited edition 180gm electric-blue vinyl (complete with digital download) from JB Hi-Fi Online and BandCamp.