12 Bit Blues
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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!
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.
Buy it if you're a Kid Koala fan and/or love the idea of the flat-pack phonograph
Skip it if you just want the music and would toss the packaging anyway, I'm sure it's cheaper to just grab it digitally
When I came across this and read the description... it sounded too good to be true. I got it and started listening, and braced myself for the letdown...instead, I was absolutely blown away....it surpassed my expectations in every way. Catch, hooky, mesmerizing...and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the choice of blues samples.
This really showcases the artform/creativity of this genre/these artists. The original music shines through... I would even argue that it's enhanced by the recontextualization... Many accuse samplers of disrespecting original material. When I listen to this, I hear it being respected and lovingly placed in a new light. Ironically, I like the original stuff so much, I will now make it my mission to find out who these artists are and buy their original material... EVERYBODY Wins!
Like the other reviewer...I'm a relatively old guy (48)....and I think that if you took an old school blues aficionado who was open minded...and played this...they would get it...Just like the other reviewer.
To me, this is shaping up to be a classic... right up there with DJ Shadow's Endtroducing.
Update: For God's Sake, Someone please tell me who the blues artists are on this album...especially 2 bit blues... I'm kinda disappointed that I'm unable to locate the credits anywhere (I HOPE this is just an oversight!). I need to buy some of this original material!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Kid Koala's albums, and this is by far the most musically traditional album he has released. It's great. Fits a lot of moods. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic album. I was able to see his show when he was promoting this album. Can't wait to see what he does next. A real talent.Published 16 months ago by AR
Does not include the build-your-own-phonograph. Would've purchased this anyway, but electronically. The cool factor is lost here, so go to iTunes and get the music. Solid album.Published 18 months ago by Christopher A. Finigan
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. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by rsf
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. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by irishauthor
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 on August 15, 2013 by Bill S.