Kid 606 Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You Review

Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Difficult third album time for label owner, remixer and electronic enfant terrible Kid...

Olli Siebelt 2004

In the overcrowded and fickle world of the modern electronic musician, it is somewhat of a miracle that Miguel Depedro (aka Kid 606) has been so consistently prolific over the past seven years, especially when you consider the strictly anti-commercial sound he's come to be known for.

Now back on Mike Patton's Ipecac label for only his third official full length release, Kill Sound... sees Depedro dipping into both his back catalogue and commercially available sample CDs to come up with a fun, adrenalin-fuelled ride that acts more like a remix album than a proper new release.

"Who Wah Kill Sound", the most technically impressive track here, could be a B-Side from DJ Soundmurderer or countless other ragga jungle producers with its whirlwind of gabba backed drum and bass mayhem. "Woofer Wrecker" goes all old-school on us, deconstructing what sounds like several T99, Swamp Terrorists and Joey Beltram records into the usual Kid 606 cut and paste destruction.

Rob Base and EZ Rock's "It Takes Two" even makes an appearance in the happy hardcore-ish Ecstacy Motherf**ker. The signposts here are numerous as they are obvious. and while the more upbeat tracks at least create some worthwhile and fun DJ fodder, the slower tracks sadly fail to impress. "Andy Warhol Is Dead But We Can Still Have Hope" simply reworks one of the acoustic guitar tracks from P.S. You Love Me and "Site Specific Sound Installation" is nothing more than a collection of digital feedback and random noise that leaves little to return to.

Hip-hop producers have long known how to manipulate even the most obvious of samples into something completely postmodern, bringing the old into the new, albeit on the next level. We should get that here, but we don't. What we do get is just a bunch of samples thrown together without any of thrill oftheearly mash-up releases. It's a little disappointing to seeDepedro take such an easy way out instead of really pushing the envelope on his own flagship brand.

It's admittedly great fun and I've even rocked to"Who Wah Kill Sound" several times at parties but sadly Kill Sound... as a whole ultimately becomes just another disposable product for the ADD generation. That's perhaps even more ironic than all the cleverly placed samples contained within it. Fun, but ultimately forgettable over the long run.

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