With a name inspired by French New Wave cinema, Pablo Nouvelle has taken control of KOKO’s debut single Freak and turned it into a head bopping, disco infused jam.
Dark and dynamic, the original was a spiced electronic indie banger awash with oceans of feeling and a hip hop swagger. The track set out the band’s stall, extolling the virtues of being yourself to a silvery web of beats.
“It’s a FU to the man! We’re telling you to be whoever, or whatever, you want. Embrace individuality”
High up on KOKO’s list of influences are The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott. The trio take inspiration from the freestyle element of hip-hop, often applying aspects of this to their own organic songwriting method, which is sometimes a trial and error process. “We’ll make some beats in the studio and then lay stuff down. If it works, it works—if not then we just move onto the next thing”.