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FRESH VID: KID KOALA “2 bit Blues”



Not usually my thing to step into the world of turntablism and come out with something that has intrigued me, but that is certainly what has happened here.  Montreal’s legendary KID KOALA, veteran of many NINJA TUNE releases, has created a record made completely using old blues records as source material. Using the classic drum machine and sampler, the E-mu SP-1200, he messes with these samples, slowing them down, speeding them up, scratching over them, and in the end creating a very enjoyable collage of sounds across the album’s, wouldn’t you know it, 12 tracks. Anyone looking for a new way to enjoy some of the old blues that you’ve perhaps run from throughout your life: here’s your chance. The samples seem to span from Delta/country blues (which is one of my true musical loves) on through Chicago electric blues, but I couldn’t find a rundown of the samples in question anywhere. Definitely something different, made using very familiar sounds, basically the perfect formula as far as I’m concerned, no matter what music you are talking about. Below is a stream for “2 Bit Blues” one of the more uptempo tracks on the record, and one of my favorites as it just oozes movement with that beat and the tinkling piano. This record is one great idea.

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