Das Koolies aka four-fifths of Super Furry Animals have announced their debut album DK.01 for release on 22nd September 2023 and released their latest track, Best Mind F*ck Yet featuring Rhys Ifans today, an idiosyncratic odyssey into their genre bending experimental sound.
DK.01 was made with the help of contributors and influences as diverse as MC Killa Kela,17th Century composer, Henry Purcell and their four decades together as Super Furry Animals. The album promises a genre-bending expansion of their most electronic-leaning and experimental ideas. Quickly following up the SELL OUT success of the release of their debut The Condemned EP in March, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciarán, Dafydd Ieuan and Guto Pryce return with DK.01’s first blast of friendly fire in Best Mind F*ck Yet, forming an instant connection between their past and future. Embryonic versions having played the Furries off the stage during their MWNG tour in the mid-00’s, and featuring actor/former-SFA front man, Rhys Ifans on vocals, any band biographers will be compelled to furiously update their records as the strings-laced kraut/techno pounder is born into the band’s border-free land of possibility. Best Mind F*ck Yet’s earthquake release comes with a new video emerging as part of the band’s creative link-up with artist, Edwin Burdis/Dah Dit Dit(Arctic Monkeys, Blossoms,The Coral), continuing to develop a visual world to complement the audio following the release of an animated video for The Condemnedat the start of this year.
The release of the fifteen track DK.01 this autumn re-opens the book on the quartet’s long-term friendship and musical union at the next chapter, with their meandering tale together having begun in the vortex of north Wales’ illicit rave scene in the early-1990s. Last seen onstage together as the Furries’ final tour concluded in 2016, Bunford, Ciarán, Leuan and Prycere convened Das Koolies around poker nights and half-remembered riffs.
Looking forward to the album’s release Das Koolies say: “The return has been welcomed.Unanimously. Dissent, however, will betolerated. An abundance of ideas, new inventionsand old friendships percolate, produce and persist. Come this way as a dead end iscircumvented to show an open road.” Alongside Ifans, guests set to appear on the album include influential British MC Killa Kela and the physical infrastructure of Cardiff, Wales’ capital city itself, as field recordings ofpercussive strikes on metallic structures make their way onto the record, symbolising the freedom with which ideas entered the studio from all possible sources.