Kidkanevil And Daisuke Tanabe: Kidsuke (2LP, Orange 12 Inch, Digital)

A child agrees then screams the name. Kid-o-suke. Did you hear that right? The music trickles in. It sounds like it was made in a toy factory. Hold on. Let me reach for the button over there. Childhood memories. The magical sounds of a roundabout sending you to sleep. The wonders of the world seen through eyes that don’t yet fully comprehend and ears that find musical potential in everything. Two kindred souls find each other, distance never the issue, they share and laugh the only way they know how.

The wonderful pixelated world of a video game. Where does reality end and where does the imagination start? Somewhere in the distance an explosion can be heard, or was it a booming bass drum? There are birds singing a crystalline melody. One I heard before, in a dream perhaps. All of a sudden a child exclaims ‘come, let’s go’. Where did he come from? Is he real or another pixelated fragment of imagination?

Yokatta desu. There’s a castle in the sky. Two boys team up to reach it, carried by the power of their dreams. The same dreams that marked their childhood and brought them to be men. If ever there was music worthy of becoming the soundtrack to a Ghibli movie this could be it. There’s a girl asleep on a plastic deer, going around and around. She reminds me of the hand drawn versions of the pixelated heroes of my childhood. I imagine her dreams filled with exciting adventures.

I swear I heard the sounds of Tokyo’s public transport. It told me we’d arrived at Shibuya yet I can’t see the neon bright lights when I look around. Oh well, I’ll just have to imagine them.

It’s an album, so of course it’s real. The music is the result of a desire to create regardless of outcome, for the simple fact that there is a story to tell. People will consume it whichever way they want. Is it this sound or that sound? Does it really matter? Stop for a minute and enjoy the music for what it is. A synthesis of two aesthetics joined not just by a love of music but also a love of the abstract and the childish, the things that remind us we were all young one day and things were simpler. Things like dancing as if no one was looking or making music as if the outcome never mattered.

Kidsuke is a collaborative project between the UK’s Kidkanevil and Japan’s Daisuke Tanabe. Their self-titled debut is released by Project Mooncircle in November 2012 on double colored vinyl LP and digital.

All tracks written and produced by G. Roberts and D. Tanabe except…
The Other Day We Thought Of Our Friends…’ written by G. Roberts, D. Tanabe and Darren Ng
Ghostgirl‘ written by G. Roberts, D. Tanabe and M. Roosevelt
The Last Train (Eki)’ written by G. Roberts, D. Tanabe and G. Wood

Mixed by G. Roberts, D. Tanabe and Rod Buchanan Dunlop | Mastering by Sven Friederichs | Published by Just Isn’t Music | Original artwork by Yura Komine | Text by Laurent Fintoni | A&R: Gordon Gieseking

You can pre-order the vinyl version at | Rush Hour | Cargo UK | Diskunion | Jet Set Records | Crosstalk | Juno | Boomkat and more.

Digital download at Bandcamp | Itunes | Juno | Zero Inch | Beatport | Amazon | Boomkat | BLEEP.COM and more.

DJ / Artist Comments:
Sounds incredible! Congrats! (Ta-Ku – HW&W / Australia)
The album is very good, but entirely bonkers sounding (Tom RavenscroftBBC Radio 6 Music / UK)
Kidsuke is god… (Quarta330 – Hyperdub / UK)

Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
BBC November 1st, 2012 review READ. BBC Radio 1 October, 14th 2012 Diplo & Friends (Tokimonsta set) with the song SgstepLISTEN. BBC Radio 1 October 13th, 2012 hosted by Rob Da Bank with the song SGstepLISTEN. Resident Advisor October 11th, 2012 featureREAD. Brownswood September 24th, 2012 electr*c 3 with the song Tiny Concrete Block LISTEN. Gilles Peterson September 5th, 2012 interview READ. XLR8R October 29th, 2012 exclusive free dwnld with the song WanjuLISTEN/DWNLD. Red Bull Music Academy October 25th, 2012 exclusive free dwnld with the song Toy Jam & EarlLISTEN/DWNLD. Mag September 11th, 2012 feature READ. Beat Wolf Radio September 3rd, 2012 Groovement with the song Tiny Concrete BlockLISTEN. Pinboard Blog September 24th, 2012 feature with the song Tiny Concrete BlockLISTEN. Flowmotion Radio September 16th, 2012 hosted by Nick Luscombe with the song IntroOoOoO / MoOoOoOnLISTEN. Electronic Beats / Slices Magazine September 16th, 2012 DVD Feature with KidkanevilLISTEN. BBC Radio 6 Music September 28th, 2012 hosted by Tom Ravenscroft with the song SGstepLISTEN. Deftune September 28th, 2012 review READ. BBC Radio 1 September 28th, 2012 hosted by B. Traits with the song SGstepLISTEN. Tiny Mix Tapes October 2nd, 2012 review READ. BBC Radio 6 Music October 6th, 2012 hosted by Gilles Peterson with the song MoOoOoOnLISTEN. September 11th, 2012 featureREAD. Earmilk September 25th, 2012 stream with the song Tiny Concrete BlockLISTEN. Groovement September 14th, 2012 featureREAD. BLN.FM October 9th, 2012 Finest Ego Radio with the song Cherry ChimesLISTEN. Clubbing Spain October 15th, 2012 featureREAD. The Basic Soul Show October 15th, 2012 hosted by Simon Harrison with the song The Last TrainLISTEN. XLR8R November 2nd, 2012 Top 10 dwnlds October 2012 with the song WanjuLISTEN/DWNLD. RoundHouse November 2nd, 2012 Electronic Dimensions with the song MoOoOoOnLISTEN. Tempoclash November 4th, 2012 Podcast #3 exclusive setLISTEN. BLN.FM November 9th, 2012 review READ. GROOVEMENT November 13th, 2012 interview, bonus track dwnld and exclusive mix READ. Altsounds November 13th, 2012 review READ. BBC Radio 6 Music November 16th, 2012 hosted by Tom Ravenscroft exclusive guest mixLISTEN. Red Bull Studio | London November 13th, 2012 interview READ. Nutriot November 16th, 2012 review READ. NTS Live / You’ll Soon Know November 16th, 2012 hosted by Tim Parker exclusive show & interviewLISTEN. Indie Shuffle November 24th, 2012 feature READ. Music Is My Sanctuary November 24th, 2012 feature READ. Cosmopolyphonic Radio / Japan November 16th, 2012 hosted by Nobu guest mixLISTEN. Wave Magazine / Poland November 24th, 2012 review READ. Ninja Tune / Solid Steel November 16th, 2012 by Coldcut guest mixLISTEN. Groove Merchants / PLAY.FM November 25th, 2012 hosted by Majestic Mood with the song MoOoOoOnLISTEN. Beyondjazz #435 Dezember 2nd, 2012 hosted by Lennart with the song MoOoOoOnLISTEN. Red Bull Music Academy December 3rd, 2012 interview READ. BBC December 4th, 2012 The Best Albums of November 2012 READ. Knowledge Mag December 5th, 2012 Top 3 Essential Albums of November READ. DJ Mag December 5th, 2012 feature READ. CDM January 2nd, 2012 feature READ. URB Magazine January 9th, 2013 hosted by exclusive mix LISTEN. Hash Magazine January 1st, 2012 review READ. Red Bull Music Academy Radio April 11th, 2013 Sonar Sound | Tokyo live set LISTEN.


A02Nanotrees (Out In The Woods)
A03Frogs In A Well
A04School Chimes
B07Sine Flowers
C09Tiny Concrete Block
C10The Other Day We Thought Of Our Friends...
C11Cherry Chimes
D13Harmonics Pt1
D14Harmonics Pt2
D15Super Deformed
D16The Last Train (Eki)

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Title: Kidsuke
Artist: Kidkanevil And Daisuke Tanabe
ID: PMC107
Format: 2LP, Orange 12 Inch, Digital
Date: 02. November 2012


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