It’s been a while since I have been ushered into the uninhibited creative space of veteran turntablist and graphic artist Kid Koala. The last time I saw the simian sprinkle his magic on the public was at the Village Underground where he treated the audience to a live rendition of his "Space Cadet" graphic novel and needless to say I left the place utterly charmed by the experience.
When I heard he was returning to the stage I felt a resurgence of giddy emotions from the last show, but this time he is going to be touring in support of his new album 12 Bit Blues out 17 September via Ninja Tune. For the collectors of tangible things, get excited because there's a limited edition run of the album that will come with a cardboard, hand-powered turntable kit, which you can pre-order now at the Ninjashop.
What makes Koala shows so special is the fact that he puts himself into his performance and when I say himself, I mean the actual man behind the koala outfit, there is no pretences, no pompous mysterious musician attitude, just a friendly funny bloke there to conjure up a sophisticated night of good electronic music and good vibes.
His new album seems to have evolved into something quite unique too, those familiar with his work will know his speciality lies in scratch DJing. With his new album he has cut up and reassembled the bed tracks, but in typical Koala fashion—no software was used instead he used the pads on the machine and a multitrack.
The resulting sound is raw, infectious and strangely beautiful.
He is going to be performing his original music at a much grander stage since the last time I saw him too, this time it’s at the 02 Academy Islington on 11 October, believe you me, it’s a night EDM culture fans don’t want to miss.
Here's the official video for Kid Koala's "8 bit Blues," taken from the album 12 Bit Blues.