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Classic Album Review: Kid Koala | Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs

Montreal's acrobatic turntablist works his prestidigital magic on the wheels of steel.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Pity the poor DJ. Nobody takes him (or her) seriously — not as a musician, not as a producer, not as a songwriter and certainly not as a performer.

Well, chin up, plate-spinners. Acrobatic turntablist Kid Koala (aka Montreal’s Eric San) feels your pain. And with his smartly titled Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs, he’s out to win some props for those who work the wheels of steel. If anybody can do it, he can — chiefly because he can do anything with two turntables, a stack of old wax and his two talented hands. On these 15 cuts, that includes reproducing a New Orleans funeral procession, mimicking the sound of a DJ with a code in da noze and quick-fading tracks into woozy, offbeat reggae riddims — not to mention painting his usual assortment of comedic, groovadelic soundscapes and audio collages, most of which are geared to headphone-and-herb introspection. Anyone who doesn’t respect the DJ after this will certainly be no friend of his. Or yours.