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Kid Loco

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In the late '90s, it may be seen as obsolete to try and release a compilation that is neither 1) trance nor 2) trance. Yes, while the popular dance world was spinning on its own narrow axis, there were still musicians like Kid Loco bucking the trends and releasing chill-out albums like this: his own clandestinely mischievous installment in the DJ-Kicks series. The problem is that despite such a non-conformist stance, there's something wrong in its unpleasant mesh of moods. This means that while including songs such as the easy-breathing trip-hop of Jazzanova's "Introspection" or the cycling mantra of Underworld's "Blueski" make for an interesting mix, the fact that they are so close next to so many songs centered around childish jabs (a porno-sampling track by Common Ground, the cartoon-squealing track by Tom Tyler, etc.), the tones tend to cancel each other out. Loco seems lost in deciding whether to make a straight-forward, jazz-centric, chill-out album or a slightly nutty experiment. If he went confidently into one direction, the results would have been much better. Because, again, for every magnetic track like Boards of Canada' "Happy Cycling," there is a silly track like a remix of Deep Season's "Jesus Christ Almighty" right next door. In other words, right when the mood is being set, the listener is covertly being taken into another. Which isn't such a bad plan. It's just poorly done since these exact shifts seem sadly slipshod instead of effective. This methodology of going for the chill-out and simultaneously trying to tickle your ribs just grates after awhile. So in the end, Loco's mixing skill and urge to fiddle with chill-out templates are laudable. However, the entire compilation still feels defective, and an opening sample probably best explains the reason why: a man asks, "Don't you know I'm loco?" While the answer might be, "yes," it might also be, "not loco enough."
© Dean Carlson /TiVo

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1
Don't You Know I'm Loco
Kid Loco
00:00:43

Kid Loco, Main Artist - Kid Bravo, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 1999 !K7 Records

2
Om Namah Shivaya
The Bill Wells Octect vs.Future Pilot
00:02:55

The Bill Wells Octect vs.Future Pilot, Main Artist - Traditional arranged by Dade/Wells, Composer - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 2000 Domino Records

3
Continuum
The Cinematic Orchestra
00:02:34

The Cinematic Orchestra, Main Artist - J Swinscoe, Composer - Just Isn't Music

1999 !K7 Records 1999 Ninja Tune

4
Dark Light (Underdog Mix)
Emperors New Clothes
00:06:05

Emperors New Clothes, Main Artist - Knight; Hannam; Restall; Keyse, Composer - Rufus Music

1999 !K7 Records 1995 Acid Jazz Records

5
Mr.Flakey
The Ted Howler Rhythm Combo
00:03:16

The Ted Howler Rhythm Combo, Main Artist, Composer - Pure Plastic Records

1999 !K7 Records 1995 Otherworld Recordings

6
Theme From Conquest Of Irrational (Rmx)
Dj Vadim
00:03:33

Dj Vadim, Main Artist - V. Peare, Composer - Just Isn't Music

1999 !K7 Records 1997 Ninja Tune

7
Introspection
Jazzanova
00:05:17

Jazzanova, Main Artist - A Rainemer; S Leisering; A Barck, Composer - ED. SONAR KOLLEKTIV

1999 !K7 Records 1998 Jazzanova

8
Dark Soul
Common Ground
00:04:44

Common Ground, Main Artist - Jadell; James Hatt, Composer - ULTIMATE DILEMMA PUBL

1999 !K7 Records 1998 Ultimate Dilemma

9
Blueski
Underworld
00:02:44

Underworld, Main Artist - Emerson, Smith, Hyde/Underworld, Composer - Copyright Control, Sherlock Holmes Music, Underworld

1999 !K7 Records 1995 Artic Records

10
Grimble
Grantby
00:02:44

Grantby, Main Artist, Composer - Sherlock Holmes

1999 !K7 Records 1995 Cup Of Tea Records

11
Jesus Christ Almighty ((Pylon King+Dunderhead Remix))
Deep Season
00:03:56

Deep Season, Main Artist - James Jamieson, Composer - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 1999 Cherry Red

12
Happy Cycling
Boards of Canada
00:05:07

Boards of Canada, Main Artist - Sandison, Eoin/Boards of Canada, Composer - Warp MusicEMI Music

1999 !K7 Records 1999 Warp Records

13
One
Pelding
00:02:52

Pelding, Main Artist - Pelder; Thor; Jonas, Composer - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 1997 Jazz Fudge

14
Attitude Adjuster
Tom Tyler
00:05:47

Tom Tyler, Main Artist, Composer - Schnozza Music

1999 !K7 Records 1999 D.C. Recordings

15
Culture Customers
Tongue
00:03:39

Tongue, Main Artist - T. Withers, H. Dodd, Composer - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 1998 Series 500

16
Lovesick (Underdog Rmx)
Lisa Germano
00:03:01

Lisa Germano, Main Artist, Composer - Emotional WenchPolygram Songs BMI

1999 !K7 Records 1996 4AD

17
Slo Jo
Stereotyp
00:04:28

Stereotyp, Main Artist - Morth, Le Bubu, Composer - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 1999 G-Stone Recordings

18
Flyin' on 747
Kid Loco
00:04:52

Kid Loco, Main Artist - Kid Bravo, Composer - Copyright Control

1999 !K7 Records 1999 !K7 Records

Album Description

In the late '90s, it may be seen as obsolete to try and release a compilation that is neither 1) trance nor 2) trance. Yes, while the popular dance world was spinning on its own narrow axis, there were still musicians like Kid Loco bucking the trends and releasing chill-out albums like this: his own clandestinely mischievous installment in the DJ-Kicks series. The problem is that despite such a non-conformist stance, there's something wrong in its unpleasant mesh of moods. This means that while including songs such as the easy-breathing trip-hop of Jazzanova's "Introspection" or the cycling mantra of Underworld's "Blueski" make for an interesting mix, the fact that they are so close next to so many songs centered around childish jabs (a porno-sampling track by Common Ground, the cartoon-squealing track by Tom Tyler, etc.), the tones tend to cancel each other out. Loco seems lost in deciding whether to make a straight-forward, jazz-centric, chill-out album or a slightly nutty experiment. If he went confidently into one direction, the results would have been much better. Because, again, for every magnetic track like Boards of Canada' "Happy Cycling," there is a silly track like a remix of Deep Season's "Jesus Christ Almighty" right next door. In other words, right when the mood is being set, the listener is covertly being taken into another. Which isn't such a bad plan. It's just poorly done since these exact shifts seem sadly slipshod instead of effective. This methodology of going for the chill-out and simultaneously trying to tickle your ribs just grates after awhile. So in the end, Loco's mixing skill and urge to fiddle with chill-out templates are laudable. However, the entire compilation still feels defective, and an opening sample probably best explains the reason why: a man asks, "Don't you know I'm loco?" While the answer might be, "yes," it might also be, "not loco enough."
© Dean Carlson /TiVo

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