Fourteen years ago, at the tender age of 19, Miguel De Pedro, a kid from San Diego began fiddling around with electronic music production. Taking a natural liking to beat crafting, it wasn’t long until he paired up with J Lesser, another San Diego musician of some renown. Upon releasing a split CD together in 1998, Kid606 was born.
Today, Kid606 is far from any interpretation of a kid and utilizes an army of drums above and beyond 606s. He does routine international tours on top of managing the record labels Tigerbeat6, Shockout, and Tigerbass. His latest release, Lost in the Game, is an 8 track EP of remixes from artists like Kingbastard, Magic Panda, Beachside, and more in addition to several live versions of old favorites.
Kingbastard’s remix of “Godspeed you African American Emperor” is the first remix on Lost in the Game and arguably one of the best. Its melodies are catchy, its heavy on the bass in all the right places, its drumming is fast, furious, and a little funky, it is sure to get your feet moving, and it’s fucking groovy. This trend continues on Beachside’s DnB remix of “Gimmie Summer,” another jam that is sure to put your dancing shows to the test while demonstrating both Kid606 and Beachside’s versatility in music production.
Slowing things down a bit for the interlude, Kid606’s Bliss Crunk remix of Magic Panda’s “Tokyo” is the first song on the record that doesn’t involve a drum and bass style tempo, instead, half-time dubstep drumming is used alongside analogue synth loops and simple-yet-catchy keyboard melodies, which become progressively more prominent and deeper throughout the song. The song “Left Hand Pathfinder” follows, starting out with the same tempo as its preceding track before smoothly speeding up to a house tempo beat while haunting keys pulse away in the background. Beguiling horns and winds accompany Kid606’s brilliant drum loops on “Step into the light you fucking idiot!,” which closes Lost in the Game Remixes on a playfully upbeat note that will leave listeners with a smile.
Let’s face it – it’s hard to not have a bias when you’re in love. Coming from someone who religiously listens to drum and bass and whose temple is anywhere directly in front of a subwoofer, Lost in the Game Remixes absolutely blew me away. For all of the bassheads and audiophiles out there, you can’t go wrong with another Kid606 record in your collection, and Lost in the Game Remixes is no exception.