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12 bit Blues

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1 bit Blues (10,000 miles)
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2 bit Blues
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3 bit Blues
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4 bit Blues
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5 bit Blues
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6 bit Blues
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7 bit Blues
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8 bit Blues (Chicago to LA to NY)
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9 bit Blues
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10 bit Blues
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11 bit Blues
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Denouement
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 41:21

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09.12.12
A blues album made entirely out of samples
2012 | Label: Ninja Tune

It seems like a joke at first: A blues album made entirely out of samples – like a reverse-negative of Moby’s Play. But Kid Koala’s 12 bit Blues doesn’t simply lay crackled old vocals over new beats. Instead, the Montreal hip-hop DJ has constructed actual blues tracks (not songs; no one on Delmark or Alligator is going to cover them) via bits and pieces of what may or may not have been actual blues recordings… read more »

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Album of the year?

JohnnyHypothesis

I thought the samples sounded pretty cool so I decided to check it out; but after repeated listens, it gets better and better. One of my favorite releases this year, for sure!

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12bit blues

rfrew

loved it! definitey worth downloading. IMO

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I like it.

Whimper

Verdunguy makes a good point about chopping up brilliance, but when you go into a turntablist record, you can't treat it like a greatest hits compilation. The point isn't to hear all your favourite parts the way you've heard them before, but to hear the new thing that Kid Koala has created here. As Freecarvejunkie said, you cannot compare it to the original tracks and decide which is better or more effective. On its own merits (and there are many) this can be judged an exciting and listenable album. I like it!

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A Whole New Work of Art

freecarvejunkie

I haven't been this excited and instantly drawn to a turntable mash-up since Madlib's Blunted in the Bombshelter. For me Madlib made old trojan cuts sing again, and Kid Koala has done the same with old blues tracks...creating a musical work of art that cannot be compared to the original tracks. It is a musical journey that needs to be judged on it's own merits and creativity.

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Love it

BigMoo23

I hear what Verdunguy is saying, but as I'm more of a turntablist fan than a blues fan (not saying that I don't like the blues, as I do), this works very well for me. I guess it's all a question of aspect and we see it from different ends, for me, this is a fantastic album and is worthy of all the accolades.

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for what it is

Verdunguy

I downloaded this one to listen to an experiment. It works, after a fashion. It holds together in a background kind of way. But I was struck by the sample of JB Lenoir's "Eisenhower Blues" an angry blues it took great courage to sing in the McCarthy era, when it was recorded. The sample bails right before Lenoir said what got him into trouble - and that's where this release goes wrong. It's blues for a freight elevator, but it has little of the guts or passion it was cut out of. It has broken blues grammar, but no street poetry. It was worth the download as a clever art project, but clever creativity chopping up brilliant creativity is limited. The collage has its moments, and is worth downloading as long as you take it for what it is.

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