kid606: Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You
Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You
This is a collection of songs by Miguel Depedro aka kid606 recorded from 1999-2003 and inscribed 'no thanks to all the haters.' Certainly he was heckled somewhere during these highly prolific years for not putting out some more palatable house or trance or downtempo or something predictable like that, but one would doubt kid606 would care one bit, effortlessly rendering track after track of mindblowing future beats from his collection of laptops.
Right from the get-go, with "The Illness," you're in for standard kid606 fare: madcap non-stop breakdowns, sfx and sample mayhem, and seriously hard hyperdrive club kid hysteria, punctuated by brain stem shaking square waves and glitched out hamster pitched snare glissandos. This collection seems to be aimed at dancefloors and large soundsystems, based around zany beat music, avoiding the longer winded pixelscapes or more laid back experimental stuff he's also capable of, yet brief excerpts of those flavors appear here as well. Even restricted to beat structures, there's no shortage of twists, tricks and turns in the audio signal, blissfully chopping bytes inside out between barrages of kick drums and dubby warp engine meltdowns. From time to time the jungle and drum and bass references start to gel, but then it will break down again into something other and throw you off the trail of known rhythms. You'll get some detroit techno, some hip hop, crazy hardcore, video game sounds, drum breaks galore, snippets of mcs, more kick drums than you can shake your hips at. And stuff that's something else too. Imagine a stampeding herd of Energizer bunnies raving on in the toy factory, after hours, long after the factory workers have all gone home for the weekend.
For sure, kid606 is a visionary, and that includes some harsh terrain. If you're more about self-induced seizures than yoga or meditation, or more about strobe lights than disco balls, this will rock your world; otherwise, it's gonna sound like pots and pans and car alarms.