ko aka koala’s “Sorry In Advance” is Ironically Unironic DIY DnB-Propelled Hyperpop

Photo by ko aka koala
November 1 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)

Sorry In Advance” is out now, buy/stream it here.

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

Today, ko aka koala — the DIY pop-star who’s shared stages with CharliXCX, 100 gecs, and Troye Sivan — shares “Sorry In Advance.” The “talented, captivating, beautiful, and extremely creative” (Galore) DIY hyper-pop artist whose honest, experimental songs elate fans” (Untitled) is prepping for the December 1 release of her Chef’s Kiss EP, which looks to build upon her sizable cult following with her sly songwriting and “signature twist on ultra-sweet, soft sounds” (PAPER).

“Sorry In Advance” is a tongue-in-cheek, Shrek-referencing introduction to KO’s “ironically unironic” pop aesthetic. Propelled by DnB breakbeats and candy-colored synths reminiscent of Nicki Minaj circa Pink Friday, it’s a worthy theme song for KO’s unpredictable charms, packed with some choice brags (“I catch a flight to Milan / you’re stuck on your Peloton.”)

Watch the KO-directed “Sorry In Advance” video, a send-up of The Office that depicts the banal evil and barrage of sexual harassment that a real life Michael Scott might impose on his employees, here.

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), and more. The LA-based creative stitches together k-pop, techno, and hip-hop while doing her own makeup, photography, and design work — she’s a true emerging DIY icon.

Last month, KO shared two tracks from Chef’s Kiss:

The first was “Chef’s Kiss,” a fizzy pile-up of overt, ever-more-absurd sexual innuendos that results in a winking, winning inversion of pop-star hypersexuality. Listen to “Chef’s Kiss” here.

She also shared “Mankiller,” a track inspired by Britney Spears’ club-crushing electro era. Its chorus is towering, a stack of robotic harmonies fit for a femme fatale’s murder montage. Listen to “Mankiller” here.

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