Review: Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe - Kidsuke [Album]

Review: Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe - Kidsuke [Album]

Project Mooncircle // "A splendid release that ought to become a mainstay of late nights and early mornings"

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire November 13th, 2012.

Never one for suspenseful teases, let’s get right to it.

This quirky electronica record from Yorkshire’s Kidkanevil and Tokyo’s Daisuke Tanabe is an audio gem that deserves to be installed post haste into even the most cynical acoustic fascist’s album collection. Christ, it’s good. It’s only been in my inbox for 48 hours and has enjoyed near constant rotation.

Publicised as a hymn to the abstract and the childish, “the things that remind us we were all young one day and things were simpler,” Kidsuke manages to avoid being vague and immature despite the slightly crass mission statement. Indeed the resulting album is implicitly purposeful without taking itself too seriously and speaks as much (if not more) of the present as it does of the past.

While comparisons could easily be drawn with Four Tet, Flying Lotus, Múm et al, I’m not sure that influences are overly relevant; with Kidsuke, the interest is in not what it sounds like but how it sounds. Now, before you bowl on over to Youtube all dosed up on the Kool-Aid that Bainbridge is selling right here, it is worth stressing that this is going to sound bolloxy through laptop speakers or similar (even yours Mac boy). Step away from Youtube and grab some reasonable headphones, even better – plug it into a subwoofer set-up. Thou balls shall disintegrate into atomic space dust.

Throughout Kiduske bright clicks and beeps flicker over sparse dub bass, and while there is a clear pulse and momentum, the beats are fractured and sporadic. Rather than section changes, choruses or riffs shift through textures and tones. While the majority of Kiduske is devoted to drifting soundscapes, there are moments where solid hints of Kidkanevil’s remix and solo productions are bought to the fore with Tanabe’s industrial strength low end, ‘SGstep’ and the above linked ‘Tiny Concrete Block’ are prime examples.

With all 16 tracks having clocked out at 46 minutes, Kidsuke expresses a pop sensibility in its bitesize accessibility and warmness, however this is the pop school of Bowie, Eno and Bjork. Off-kilter and, at times bizarre Kiduske often lacks a central focus, but for those who have ever had a bent for screwball stuff Kiduske works by offering a sloppy eclecticism that helps to avoid the soporific wave that has been known to sink mightier ships by album mid-point. A splendid release that ought to become a mainstay of late nights and early mornings.

Kidsuke came out on November 5th 2012, give your speakers some affection and get it HERE

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