Data Breaker: Kid Koala's 12-Bit Blues, Eric Duncan at Trouble, Mount Kimbie
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM
KID KOALA'S GOT THE 12-BIT BLUES
Kid Koala (Montreal DJ/producer Eric San) loves a cute concept and a clever gimmick. Now, both of those qualities normally irk me something fierce, but in Kid Koala's dexterous hands, juxtaposing, say, Hawaiian slack-key-guitar lullabies with nostalgic reminiscences of old hi-fi gear sounds golden. On albums like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Some of My Best Friends Are DJs, KK combines quirky spoken-word chatter; hyperkinetic scratching; deft pitch-bending; dusty jazz, blues, and pop samples; and good ol' funky beats for charming ADD thrills. Koala's new album for Ninja Tune, 12 Bit Blues, ushers that old, earthy genre into the quick-cut realm of turntablism and makes it strut with renewed vigor, even as it's being slowed and warped into a molasses-y menace. Tonight's date is part of the Kid's 12-Bit Blues Vinyl Vaudeville Tour; don't expect a po-faced re-creation of the album, but rather a fun, interactive experience that will inspire responses like "Adorbs!" With Adira Amram & the Experience. Neumos, 8 pm, $13 adv, 21+.