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Kid Koala

Chinese-Canadian turntablist Kid Koala was born Eric San in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1975. Classically trained on the piano, San instead put his fingers to work on a pair of Technics 1200s starting in the late '80s. He was a college pub DJ and bedroom turntable manipulator for nearly a decade before landing a recording deal with U.K. experimental hip-hop duo Coldcut's Ninja Tune imprint in 1997. San's eclectic approach to sound collage is actually closer to the latter's far-flung beat experiments than the old-school New York and L.A. references that most often form the canon of the scratch DJ's art. It's also a circle-closer of sorts: San's nascent mixing aesthetic was influenced early on by classic Coldcut records such as "(Hey Kids) What Time Is It?" and their "7 Minutes of Madness" massacre of Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full." The coincidence of Koala signing to his heroes' label, despite the fact that it was based thousands of miles away, and home mostly to instrumental trip-hop and computer funk producers, was less a coincidence than it would at first appear. San managed to arrange an "inadvertent" car ride with the group when their label's Stealth tour passed through Montreal in 1996, making sure his mixtape, Scratchappyland, was in the car stereo well beforehand. Excerpts from that tape doubled as Kid Koala's identically titled solo debut when Ninja Tune, duly impressed, released it as a 10" in July 1997. Koala also appeared on the second volume of the Bomb's Return of the DJ compilation with his track "Static's Waltz," another excerpt from his mixtape. Subsequent Ninja Tune releases included Kid Koala remixes of DJ Food's "Scratch Yer Head" and (fittingly) Coldcut's classic "Beats and Pieces." From there, Koala became a major member of the Ninja Tune roster, as he released several warmly received projects. His first full-length, the bewildering yet seamless Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2000), was quickly regarded a turntablism classic. After collaborations with Dan the Automator, Gorillaz, and Deltron 3030, he released a follow-up, Some of My Best Friends Are DJ's (2003). Live from the Short Attention Span Audio Theater (2005) was a brief CD/DVD set, quickly trailed by the mixtape-style Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006). Something of a diversion, Phon-O-Victo (2007) found Koala teaming with experimental turntablist Martin Tétreault. The subdued, piano-driven Space Cadet (2011) accompanied his graphic novel of the same title, inspired by the birth of his daughter. 12 Bit Blues (2012), perfectly titled, was made with an SP-1200 sampler and a multi-track recorder. ~ Sean Cooper & Andy Kellman
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  1.   Song
  2.   Basin Street Blues
  3.   2 Bit Blues
  4.   Grandmaphone Speaks
  5.   Space Cadet 2
  6.   Page 275
  7.   Roboshuffle
  8.   11 Bit Blues
  9.   Main Title Theme: Open Your Book
  10.   Page 278
  11.   Godzilla a les Blues
  12.   Void: Page 86
  13.   Naptime
  14.   8 Bit Blues (Chicago to LA to NY)
  15.   Strat Hear
  16.   L 'Ile aux Trésors?
  17.   6 Bit Blues
  18.   Drunk Trumpet
  19.   Denouement
  20.   5 Bit Blues
  21.   Right Side: Slew Test 2/Gimme a K!/Mosquito vs. Waterbuffalo/Slew Test
  22.   Annie's Palour
  23.   Elevator Hopper
  24.   Skanky Panky
  25.   Emperor's Main Course in Cantonese
  26.   Barhopper 2
  27.   Barhopper 1
  28.   Fender Bender
  29.   Scurvy
  30.   Speed Of Light: Page 102
  31.   Recyclotron: Page 110
  32.   No, Fantasy Island!
  33.   Negatron Speaks
  34.   Stompin' At Le Savoy
  35.   Radio Nufonia
  36.   Strut Hear
  37.   1 Bit Blues (10,000 Miles)
  38.   9 Bit Blues
  39.   4 Bit Blues
  40.   Window: Page 25
  41.   Today Tomorrow: Page 37
  42.   Return: Page 125
  43.   Remembrance: Page 10
  44.   Goodbye: Page 8
  45.   3 Bit Blues
  46.   Slew Test 2
  47.   Left Side: Start Heeeeears Koala/Stoppin' Traffic/Tracks Etc./Slewtest
  48.   Vacation Island
  49.   More Dance Music
  50.   Like Irregular Chickens
  51.   Nerdball
  52.   Music For Morning People
  53.   A Night at the Nufonia
  54.   7 Bit Blues
  55.   On the Set of Fender Bender
  56.   Birthday: Page 71
  57.   Michel au Pays des Merveilles
  58.   Dawn: Page 97
  59.   Robochacha
  60.   10 Bit Blues
  61.   Third World Lover by Dynomite D.
  62.   Drum-O-Scope
  63.   Expedition: Page 45
  64.   Pluto Attack (La Revanche des Exclus)
  65.   Connectivity: Page 129
  66.   Hope: Page 115
  67.   The DJ Factory Turn Crazy
  68.   Roll Credits
  69.   Flu Season
  70.   Cardboard Stars, Seashells: Page 100
  71.   Temple of Gloom
  72.   Static's Waltz
  73.   Emperor's Main Course
  74.   Exciting Excerpts
  75.   Tremors, Knife in Back, Birdhead
  76.   Spanky Panky
  77.   More Dance Music
  78.   Bonus Cricket
  79.   Eternity Is Past by DJ Dave
  80.   Starthear
  81.   Thank You, Good Night, Drive Safe
  82.   Tubanjo
  83.   The Prank Call
  84.   Dinner With Yoda
  85.   Static Waltz
  86.   Tricks N' Treats
  87.   Made from Bjork
  88.   Made from Scratch
  89.   Capone's Theme Park
  90.   Fashion Lesson
  91.   Medieval Retrowax
  92.   Jhaptal
  93.   Taboo Soda
  94.   Almost Easy Listening
  95.   The Mushroom Factory
  96.   Emperors Crash Course in Cantones
  97.   Bar Hopper 3
  98.   Bugs and Beats
  99.   Space Cadet
  100.   Scratchappyland
  101.   Barhopper Z