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CMU #77: Kid Koala

Canadian turntalbist Eric San has achieved a lot in his Kid Koala guise since the turn of the century. His two albums, ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’ and ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs’, gained fast critical acclaim for his unique style, far removed from most other turntablists. He uses samples ranging from old jazz records to sneezing, blended with comedy sketches and new melodies created by speeding up and slowing down a single sound, or quickly moving the needle between different points on a record. His live shows, as you might imagine, are pretty special, too.

As well as his solo work, he’s also collaborated with the likes of Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom, and he formed turntable ‘rock band’ The Slew with fellow scratcher Dynomite D, a set up later joined by former Wolfmother rhythm section Chris Ross and Myles Heskett for live shows.

Also a talented illustrator, next month he publishes his second graphic novel through Ninja Tune, ‘Space Cadet’. Like his first, ‘Nufonia Must Fall’, the book comes with a soundtrack album (or “still picture score”, as it’s being called), in this case a full album of gentle piano-based music.

Summarising the book’s story, Kid Koala said: “He’s the guardian robot programmed to protect the sweetest astronaut on this (or any) planet. But when she blasts off on a solo mission of outer-space adventure, he is left to wonder… What now? A tomorrow-days lullaby about finding your place in the universe”.

CMU asked Kid Koala to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist. Not only did he do it, but he put a new twist on it, too. We’ll let him explain: “I’ve done so many of these lists over the years but none with a theme… so here we go. These are some of my favourite songs. They also all happen to have the word ‘cry’ in their titles”.

Find out why Kid Koala picked these particular crying-focused songs <a href="http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/kid-koalas-powers-of-ten-playlist/">here</a>.



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