Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues (CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. Electronic
  3. Electronica
Number of Discs
Number of Items
12 Bit Blues
Country of Origin
Ninja Tune
Q (Magazine) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opener '1 Bit Blues (10,000 Miles) establishes the surprisingly upbeat mood with stuttering funk built from crackling bass and piano fragments, modulating synths and frenetic scratching."
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] 1 Bit Blues (10,000 Miles)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] 2 Bit Blues
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] 3 Bit Blues
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] 4 Bit Blues
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 5 Bit Blues
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] 6 Bit Blues
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 7 Bit Blues
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] 8 Bit Blues (Chicago to NY to LA)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] 9 Bit Blues
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] 10 Bit Blues
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] 11 Bit Blues
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Denouement
Pop / Rock
41m 15s
South Africa

Personnel: Kid Koala (mini-Moog synthesizer, turntables); Vid Cousins (mini-Moog synthesizer, drums).
Audio Mixer: Vid Cousins.
Recording information: The Record Room, Montreal.
Photographer: Paul Labont‚.
The blues is the wellspring of American popular music both figuratively (as a source of inspiration and influence) and literally (as a source of raw materials constantly plundered by young artists). What's interesting is how consistently this remains true even as popular music changes in pretty radical ways. The progression from Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix is relatively continuous and logical -- but from Robert Johnson to Moby? This album from DJ Kid Koala bridges a gap even wider than the one Moby jumped for his highly influential album Play: while Moby embedded samples of field recordings into his house and techno pieces, with 12 Bit Blues Kid Koala is taking almost the reverse approach. Using a sampler to fold, spindle, and mutilate old blues recordings, he embeds technology into his source material. In the interest of keeping the sounds raw and fresh, Koala decided against using any sequencing software; instead, he multi-tracked layers of samples, manipulated them, then added final tracks of scratching and cutting over the top. The result is full of familiar elements, but very odd juxtapositions: despite the frequent incursion of virtuosic turntablist flourishes, there are no breakbeats and there is little that can reasonably be called "funky"; the voices and guitar sounds are archetypal, but in many cases they are also radically deconstructed. This is the kind of album that Skip McDonald might make if he were a DJ rather than a guitarist. It's intriguing and at times vaguely unsettling. ~ Rick Anderson

Redeye Music Distribution
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Video Disabled
Kid Koala
Vid Cousins; Kid Koala
  1. Kid Koala
Date Released
2012-09-01 00:00:00
Vid Cousins
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