A Boy And His Turntables
On track 13, “More Dance Music,” a WASPy-sounding gentleman informs us that, â€šÃ„ÃºEveryone loves koalas; theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re cute, theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re furry, and theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re remarkably like a little teddy bearâ€šÃ„Ã¹â€šÃ„Â¶ but letâ€šÃ„Ã´s not forget, they scratch! Well, one of them does at least. This marsupialâ€šÃ„Ã´s name is Kid Koala, and you wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t find him Down Under grubbinâ€šÃ„Ã´ on eucalyptus leaves, but rather up north cuttinâ€šÃ„Ã´ up 12â€šÃ„Ã¹ LPs. And while the name may sound unfamiliar to some, youâ€šÃ„Ã´ve probably heard his magic. Besides being an accomplished turntablist, Eric Sans (a.k.a. Kid Koala) is also Skiznod the Boy Wonder (Deltron 3030â€šÃ„Ã´s resident DJ), a soldier in the Gorillaz platoon, a renowned collaborator (w/ Lovage, Bullfrog, and just about anything involving Dan the Automator), an opener for artists such as Radiohead, and a gifted cartoonist. With so many projects on the table, one wonders if Kid Koala could come up with an album as tight as his debut, 2000â€šÃ„Ã´s Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.For those of you fortunate enough to be familiar with CTS, Kid Koalaâ€šÃ„Ã´s sophomore effort, Some of My Best Friends Are DJâ€šÃ„Ã´s, will not disappoint. Koala basically sticks to the same formula of mixing and scratching and fading obscure melodies, imaginative samples, and vintage sound-bytes. Listeners will marvel at the cognac-soaked Bourbon St. jazziness of “Basin Street Blues,” theyâ€šÃ„Ã´ll get out of their seats and shake their booties to the Jamaican sounds of â€šÃ„ÃºSkanky Panky,â€šÃ„Ã¹ and all will bob their heads to the funky â€šÃ„ÃºMore Dance Music.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s kind of like DJ Shadow meets Louis Armstrong meets the Skatalites. My only gripe is that itâ€šÃ„Ã´s only 35 minutes long! Oh wellâ€šÃ„Â¶ itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a fun ride while it lasts.