Fatty Koo: Joshua , Eddie B, Gabrielle, Marya, Ron , Valure.
Audio Mixer: Toby Gad.
Recording information: John Lennon Educational Bus; Strawberrybee Studios, New York, NY; The House Of Fatty Koo.
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Fatty Koo were introduced to the world via a reality TV show (BET's BLOWIN' UP!: FATTY KOO) long before their debut album came out, which might create the wrong impression about the six-member hip-hop act. While they're all telegenic, in or just barely out of their teens, and their undeniably catchy first single, "Bounce," has become a familiar NBA theme, Fatty Koo formed long before their life became TV fodder. They have talent running beyond looks (including virtuosity on the cello and saxophone), and create a sound far more rich and diverse than their youth and hit single would imply.
HOUSE OF FATTY KOO seems to constantly reinvent itself while dancing over pop hook after pop hook. Incorporating hip-hop, soul, Latin beats, opera, and anything else that may strike their fancy, Fatty Koo recalls early Black-Eyed Peas. The record opens energetically, with "Bounce" sandwiched between two similarly appealing dance anthems. Then the group shows off the breadth in their arsenal. From the jazzy R&B of "Chills" to the funky "Lust" to the borderline-goth-opera of "H.O.F.K.," Fatty Koo displays impressive songwriting skills and a startling pop ear. This debut release shows what the intriguing new group can do better than any 30-minute show could.