Fresh off his in demand “KK” promo 45, Krikor Kouchian delivers 11 tracks of expertly executed, shimmering boogie funk. Think of the neon lights of the boulevard or a late nite drive through the lonely hills, Krikor Kouchian’s “Pacific Alley” propels you to a world of sleaze and excitement, where passion, money, and illicit substances take precedent and the sun beats down in a relentless unforgiving fashion.
Spending time as a youth in Southern California, the Frenchborn Kouchian developed an obsession with this Americana and the magic of everything California. The music on the radio, from pop, to funk, to hip hop fueled his impressionable mind, later on taking influence in his own music.
Pacific Alley is a snapshot of this lost period, full of juicy low slung basslines, slow bpm cruisers, Linn drum crashes, and ride or die melodies. The elements all meld together through this 11 track lp, it’s equal parts uplifting and melancholic, downtrodden, yet not without rays of light; the soundtrack for days hanging in front of the corner stores and nights on the strip, both a naive love affair and backstabbing doublecross. This is boogie funk for the grift, a dollar here buys a bottle there so step into the shade, pop the tape in the deck and enter into the concrete dreamworld. Undoubtedly this is Kouchian’s most engaging work to date which we are proud to present.
‘Pacific Alley’ is out on LIES on October 2nd.