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12 Bit Blues

Kid KoalaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has made a name for himself not only with his music, but also with his visual art. He has released three solo albums on Ninja Tune: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2001), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), and Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006). He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. He has toured with ... Read more in Amazon's Kid Koala Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B008IEDX3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

A really raw, immediate and strangely beautiful album, much like the music it draws on for its inspiration. In attempting to outplay and out think the technology he is working with, he revives the unworldly oddness of blues music before it became a staple of beer adverts and the jam fantasies of middle aged marketing executives. This is the music, ripped and scratched and distressed until all those souls sold down the crossroads rise up and send shivers down your spine. It's that real and, yes, that made up.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hah!!! Dig this the most... from an old guy. September 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's just say I was born BEFORE the Brittish invasion, and my record (and CD) collection contains very few recordings made after 1965... I'm all jazz and blues. And I sure as heck don't own any rap or hip hop, no "house", nothing like that. Plus I play saxes, flutes, and clarinet professionally; I'm all about natural sound in the air, and not about electronics.
That said, I have to say this record by Kid Koala really is great... I can recognize a lot of the samples, but there are a lot of sounds I can't place. The way he put everything together is so hip.
New wine, old vines, baby.
To all my old guy friends: stretch a bit and check this out -- you'll definitely dig it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Joshua
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The title "12 bit Blues" gives you a good hint of what you're going to get here. Kid Koala uses the iconic E-mu SP-1200 sampler to hack, slash, and glue back together an old-school blues-based masterpiece. This is particularly impressive considering the powerful sequencing software that modern music makers have at their disposal. This modern reinterpretation of very vintage blues tracks gives 12 bit Blues an eerie quality. Using the E-mu, Koala mixes up a series of 10 seconds (max, due to the old hardware) samples with distinct DJ wobbles, scratches, and quick rewinds. The music quality is excellant, and gives you the warm feel of old vinyl. Most of the tracks are down-tempo, and have just a hint of noise. With the heavy reliance that most modern DJs and electronic musicians have on advanced computing technology, 12 bit Blues provides you with a dream-like quality and a great listen.

Koala also demonstrates a bit of his playful side with this release. If you examine the sample image of the cover provided by Amazon you see a number of references to the included hand-powered cardboard turntable. Yes, this adorable, quirky turntable is actually included as a bonus, with a "15 blues bits flexi disc battle record" that contains the "Slinky" track from the film Looper. As long as you provide your own pin or needle, this acts as a tiny hand-powered gramophone. For music lovers, this gives you a great conversation starter. Of course, I can't bring myself to punch out the pieces to create the gramophone, but videos provided online by Koala demonstrate that it actually works.

In 12 bit Blues, Koala plays with everything from a blues band complete with vocals to an interesting experiment with solo blues guitar on 9 Bit Blues. If you're not familiar with Koala, I would highly recommend this record as a starting place. If you are a fan of vintage DJ's or of classic blues, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incomplete package January 4, 2013
By pending
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase

I CONTACTED NINJATUNE AND THEY WERE VERY HELPFUL AND SENT OUT THE BONUS TRACK RIGHT AWAY (at no additional cost!! The following is my origanl review:

The album is good - quite good.
I did not, however, recieve the " BONUS TRACK FLEXIDISC AND TOOLS TO BUILD A HAND POWERED TURNTABLE (see artwork) " This was my main reasons for purchasing this album.
I've been a fan of Kid Koala for a long time and was very disappointed at this oversight - I don't know who is handling the sales but I will be contacting Ninja Tune and updating this review based on there action/inaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know... October 16, 2012
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If you know what Kid Koala does, than you know already: Great Album. If you don't know what Kid Koala does then have a listen... check him out on youtube and his website. He is a great turntablist and consistently brings his music to new places with a high level of craft and commitment to a sense of fun even when those cold Canadian winters give all their indigenous marsupials the blues. In this case he turns his nimble digits toward the blues and executes something that both is and is not the blues in the denotative sense. Regardless: His music is uncommonly interesting and fun, good-timey and funky. Furthermore- He ALWAYS gives fans something interesting weather at a live show or in his hand drawn album art, inclusion of a flex-vinyl and hand powered turntable kit, or in his graphic novels. Like his stuff or not, it cant be denied he is a multimedia talent with a keen sensibility and great relationship with his fan base and great integration into whatever collaboration he ends up in. See: lovage, handsome boy modeling school, the slew etc. I look forward to the rest of the dudes career. THANKS FOR ANOTHER ONE KID!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this awesome dude April 24, 2014
By rsf
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I like music that's different and creates its own genre. Maybe a stretch, as scratching vinyl DJ remixing has been around but Eric San AKA Kid Koala is one of the best. It is such a groovy flow of bluesy samples that put me in a good mood instantly. Dig it, check out his earlier albums to experience his amazing talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Kid Koala LP So Far April 21, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I have been listening to the digital album since it came out and I just received the vinyl LP today. After listening to this album again (for the twentieth time) I will still have to say that it's fantastic. A high quality, cohesive LP from a scratcher is hard to find. Though he is having fun and jamming out on some tracks, he never loses focus and keeps everything nice and tight. I also love the instructions for how to make my own cardboard record player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 10, 2013
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One of my favorite albums I bought this year. Strangely singable/danceable/drum-on-your-steering-wheel-able, both freshly original and somehow nostalgic at the same time. Fun, funny, and a little touching too. Plus when I tweeted out how much I was enjoying the album, @KidKoala himself Favorited it, so that was cool too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The only turntablist I am able to find who is able to truly article through scratching. Everything this man touches is gold. I recommend this album to everyone.
Published 13 months ago by Bill S.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way music should be delivered
It is wonderful to open a package like this. A lot of effort colored by passion about sound. More over the music is really enjoyable and I still have my home assignment which is to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by yanacona
5.0 out of 5 stars The kid is in rare form
Love this album!!! I've followed Kid since his debut "Carpel Tunnel Syndrome". This is by far his best album to date. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Fi in the best sense
As others have said, it's fun to try and identify the samples and refreshing to hear an under-produced, simple production.
Published 20 months ago by Ian R. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! A weird and incredible way to aproach the blues and Hip Hop
I have been listening to this weird record and all I have to say is that it is amazing, a very good and new aproaching to blues from Hip Hop. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Javier
5.0 out of 5 stars best blues album of 2012
this is the best blues album of 2012. yes, it's remixes. but it's a lot more than that too. it's live samplism, and kid koala adds more than he takes. Read more
Published 20 months ago by isaac
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Koala at his finest
Been a fan of Koala's for a couple years now. This is by far some of his best work. Bluesy goodness.
Published 20 months ago by Monica Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great music and you can play with the turntable. Very glad I made this purchase. My daughter got a kick out of the nostalgia factor.
Published 21 months ago by Paul Vining
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a sucker for gimmicks and gadgets and gimmicky gadgets.
Let me just open by admitting, there is no way I would have purchased this if it didn't have the working manual phonograph included in the packaging. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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