KID KOALA

Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs

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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. 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.

This album includes the all-vinyl-assembled ska track “Skanky Panky” as well as Kid Koala’s version of the New Orleans jazz classic “Basin Street Blues,” plus the John Hughes-inspired “Flu Season,” consisting of 47 coughs and sneezes scratched off of records. 

Tracklisting

  1. Strat Hear 
  2. Basin Street Blues 
  3. Radio Nufonia 
  4. Stompin' At Le Savoi 
  5. Space Cadet 2 
  6. Grandmaphone Speaks
  7. Skanky Panky 
  8. Flu Season 
  9. Robochacha
  10. Elevator Hopper 
  11. Annie's Parlor 
  12. On The Set Of Fender Bender
  13. More Dance Music
  14. Vacation Island
  15. Negatron Speaks