Kid Koala – Solid Steel Mix
In the lead-up to Ninja Tune’s XX Boxset release, which marks their 20th birthday, the label have been giving away a selection of free downloads via their XX mini-site. Each week a new artist is highlighted and some free music is given away. Over the past few weeks there’s been some fantastic tunes from the likes of Bonobo, Daedelus, Todla T and Roots Manuva (to name but a few). By concentrating on established artists as well as new comers to the label such as Eskmo, whom was signed literally a few weeks into the promotion, Ninja Tune have been able to illustrate the diversity and quality that the label has become so renowned for.
This week they made available Kid Koala’s Solid Steel Mix. Never released due to licensing issues, the label thought it a fitting time to bless our ears. A big-fan of everything the Canadian marsupial touches, I have to say that this is some of his finest work. Lush, down beat, atmospheric beats, blended and scratched with subtle samples that intertwine and unfold to tell a story. It’s Koala to a T. Which makes it very good. And something I think everyone should give a chance.
If you haven’t heard of Kid Koala this is a great starting point. If you have, well there’s probably a large chance you haven’t heard this mix yet.
Anyway, I could be here all day praising it. So instead, I’ll let the music do the talking. Direct download link below.
Boards of Canada – “Everything you do is a Balloon”
Jay Jay Johanson – “I’m Older Now”
Isan – “Recently in the Sahara”
Bjork – “Amphibian”
Buckminster Fuzeboard – “Return of the Pretzel Stretch”
Autechre – “Krib”
Radiohead – “Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Air – “Le Voyage de Penelope”
Amon Tobin – “Natureland”
Bonobo – “Magic man”
Land of the Loops – “Single Girl”
The Herbaliser – “Mrs Chombee Takes the Plunge (PC Mix)”
Fembots – “John and Irene”
Funki Porcini – “Purrrfect”
White Mud Freeway – “Man With Gun Man With None”
Henry Mancini – “Moon River”
Dan the Automator – “Lonely Man”
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