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As his alter-ego, "Kid Koala," might suggest, Eric San applies a joyous childlike vision to his music on Some of My Best Friends Are DJs. Following turns with Money Mark, Deltron 3030, and Lovage, Canada's cheekiest mixologist defied weighty expectations with his beguiling debut album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Three years later, and Kid Koala has retained his youthful verve. Packaged with a 52-page, self-penned comic and a travel chess kit, Some of My Best Friends Are DJs offers less in the way of music, with the 35-minute running time meaning the restless sonic snippets wisely end before his humor has a chance to grate. Mixing sleazy whisky-bar vibes with adolescent antics, his second album never allows the listener to settle. Moments of playful mixing magic are at times followed by baffling inanity as "Skanky Panky"--with its wonderfully shattered Ska rhythm and frantic scratches--runs into "Flu Season", ostensibly a series of beat-accompanied coughs, sneezes, and sniffs. Blending blues, jazz, and funk with a myriad of bizarre samples, moments of pure eccentric genius such as "Robochacha" and "More Dance Music" make this a flawed yet fascinating slice of beat-driven bravura. --Christopher Barrett

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Eric San is not the man he appears to be. During concerts and interviews, San (aka Kid Koala) comes across like an oversized kid, punctuather than sampling a bass line, he createsigns on sneaking through the club's back door. Lexicon gets serious (well, sort of) on "Brokenhearted," musing about failed relationships; a smooth "These Days" hits the mark as well. Youth brings several feel-good tracks sure to get things moving.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B0000CC88D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Some of my best friends are djs' is too weird for normal listeners.
If you are one, better skip it.
If you are a turntable/mix maniac, you'll just have to have it.
For milder fans like me it's some crazy stuff
that I like and appreciate, but can't fall in love with.
Kid koala is definitely a genius - extraordinary
turntablist, dj, programmer, musician. Being such,
he delivers a truckload of beaty scratchy funny
witty entertainment...
..And a lot of headache too. ;)
You'll listen to the album with a lot of attention
and interest, but you'll never choose it for
a whole-day-long company.
The kid is smart, he's funny, and he is playful,
creative and naughty ... sometimes irritating ... like
all kids, eh? Nay.
Jazz, swing, rhythm and blues, vintage-like voice samples
and load of funky feeling. It's all there and out there.
Crazy mixing, crazy fades and pitch downs.
Black belt mastery. After all it's Ninja Tune.
Favourite track: More Dance Music.
Remember: Don't Do This At Home!
Just buy the disc.:)
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Unlike Carpal Tunnel, this album is much more orderly. Which isn't much of a compliment, because Carpal Tunnel was an awesome experimental album. Kid Koala could've gone in that direction, but he chose not to, and I can respect that. These tracks have a beginning and an end, where Carpal Tunnel was an experience and should be treated as 1 track, this new album definitely can be broken up. Comparably, the sounds and beats are somewhat orderly as well. Unlike continuously turning the knob of your radio, passing through different sounds every 10 seconds, these new tracks stick with a seperate theme for each track. So? Kid Koala has matured and so has his sound. He's still a turntable/electro god in my book.
-TarTar
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Those who became acquainted with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will buy this album and be pleased, but not surprised. This one comes through with more beats and more layered work, especially the innovative MASTERPIECE of Basin Street Blues. Anyone who complains about this cd just because it's weird and silly should really listen to that song and realize that behind all the jokery, Kid Koala is a serious artists who is pushing the bounds of turnablism and truly using the machine as an instrument, as fluidly as a voice. There are lots of funny vocal samples like the first cd, and although the format is simillar, this one is more fun and accessible than the other one. Hats off to him for making songs like Basin Street Blues and More Dance Music that build and climax like real songs by using music instead of just loud drums...this kid is going places. No one else is doing this stuff.
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Eric San is one creative guy. He makes music, writes comic books and can even make a chess board. He doesn't necessarily do these things seperately either. Some of my best friends are djs comes with the lot. The comic makes for a good read and the chess board ... well I just can't bring myself to cut up the cd packaging. These are side issues really though, what I'm interested in is the music.

I'm not that familiar with 'carpel tunnel syndrome', a previous album, but i would say this album is a little more cohesive. There's a sense of beginning and end and a little more structure. 'Basin street blues' kicks of the album and it's a piece of genius. It's got a slow looping drum with a trumpet (sic) sample strectched out over the top. The beat rolls in about 1 minute into the tune. It's brilliant, especially the bit about epileptic chram. The jazz theme rolls on through to 'elevator hopper' and 'annies parlour'.

I've never met him but i'd say Kid Koala must be a pretty fun guy. Some of my best friends is full of jokes, crazy statements and animal noises. It's also a pretty laid back affair, there are no guest MC's and no huge banging club hits. Is subtle turntabelism, not some over the top scratching for scrathing's sake hip hop. This is a very enjoyable album.
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The work of Kid Koala is so impressive and creative that I can't give less than 5 stars...this album is a masterpiece because it does not look like any other album...it's a mix between jazz, blues, scratch with hip hop beats...
The real plus for kid koala is the spirit of the album, exclusively positive...
True fans of hip hop don't miss it
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If your looking for something different then this is a must have CD. Its a combination of well, all sorts - a sort of raw mixed funky jazz flavour - I think!
By far my favorite track on the CD is Skanky Panky, with a sort of really heavy Ska-style bass rythm and twisted trumpet effects its deffinately a must-listen. Unfortunately not all the tracks do it for me, infact only a couple do, and its a bit short at just 35:07.
However, as far as 'something different' goes, this is a must have album and it has a certain honesty that many superstar DJ albums don't have, a sort of charming neivety, almost as if you are in the room having a laugh with the DJ himself. Try it, it can't hurt!
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By penname on January 30, 2013
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it's a pretty good CD - borderline 3/4 stars. 18 bit blues much better. Need six more words to be able to post
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