ko aka koala’s Mischievous DIY Pop Reaches New Planes of Subversion on ‘Chef’s Kiss’ EP Out December 1

ko aka koala
October 11 2023

PRAISE FOR ko aka koala

“A signature twist on ultra-sweet, soft sounds”


“Her honest, experimental songs elate fans”

The Untitled Magazine

“The LA-based creative doesn't hesitate to explore”


“Her music is an art to express more of herself, but it's meant to stand on its own”

Riff Magazine


Sorry In Advance

To The Moon



Chef’s Kiss


friends (cover)

feel things

sorry in advance (chill)

Chef’s Kiss EP is out 12/1, preorder it here.

“Chef’s Kiss” is out now, buy/stream it here.

“Mankiller” is out now, buy/stream it here.

Today, ko aka koala — the DIY pop-star who’s appeared alongside CharliXCX, 100 gecs, and Troye Sivan — announces her Chef’s Kiss EP, out December 1. Two singles from the EP also arrive today: listen to “Chef’s Kiss” HERE, listen to “Mankiller” HERE, and preorder the Chef’s Kiss EP HERE.

To celebrate the announcement, she shares two tracks from the project: “Chef’s Kiss” is a fizzy pile-up of overt, ever-more-absurd sexual innuendos: KO flaunts that she’s got “cake like the Great British Bake-Off” and orders the listener to “slurp me like a Slushee ’til your tongue’s blue.” Is she horny or is she hungry? It’s a winking, winning track that toys with hypersexuality with KO’s signature post-irony. She also shares “Mankiller,” a track inspired by Britney Spears’ club-crushing electro era. As KO puts it: “The song describes the journey of a woman who was at first innocent and naive but becomes burned by bad romantic experiences and turns into a monster.”  The chorus is towering, a stack of robotic harmonies fit for a femme fatale’s murder montage.

ko aka koala has built up a sizable cult following (including her 122k Instagram followers) already with her outsized and self-styled aesthetic, sledgehammer hooks, crisp production work, and mischievous approach to pop ingenue sexual tropes. Folks have taken notice: ko aka koala already has fans at PAPER, Untitled (“exploratory, innovative pop music…her honest, experimental songs elate fans”), and Hypebae.

The new Chef’s Kiss EP is a crystallization of her refined and wickedly sharp pop vision, and features collaborations with producers Stefan Ponce (Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino), Shintaro Yasuda (Ariana Grande, TheWeeknd), Taydex (Joji, Anderson Paak) and SweaterBeats (Missy Elliott, Lizzo), and more. While KO’s humor and sense of whimsy shines throughout, the project also features blunt discussions about sexual harassment, particularly on the brilliant kiss-off “stoptryingtohavesexwithme.”

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