Photography by: Kelly Blackmore
KONG is the instrumental dub reggae moniker of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist and producer Jack Kong.
KONG immersed himself in the classic period of dub reggae music on long walks along the Moonee Ponds Creek during the 2021 lockdowns. The resulting record ‘The Yellow King’s Revenge’ is an immersive, instrumental journey inspired by dub pioneers such as King Tubby, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Scientist.
The record traces the forgotten landscape of the West Melbourne Swamp, incorporating real and fictional places and characters into the track titles, including Dudley Flats, Blue Lake, and, of course, the Yellow King.
“It felt natural to use the creek and its stories as the backdrop for the dub reggae-inspired music I’d been recording.” – Jack Kong
After a decade of playing in bands including The Prize, Beans, Gonzo & Traffik Island, the project sees him take on writing, performance, and production duties to craft his own eccentric take on the dub genre.