Album title: Lost in the Game
Release date: Sep 18th 2012
Format: CD + Digital
“Fuck Up Everything You Can Before You Plan On Slowing Down”. There’s a mouthful of youthful hubris, originally expressed by a 21-year-old Miguel De Pedro aka Kid606. In the 12 years since that statement, things have definitely been fucked up. Here’s the stats: 10 albums, 10 cats, two failed engagements, countless psychedelic and chemical revelations, lapping the world multiple times to play in more countries then he previously knew existed, a hairline that would make a franciscan monk proud, Buddhism and physical fitness (remember how Miles Davis turned himself around and got into boxing? That).
It’d be tempting to use some cliché about reflection – “Kid606’s Blood on the Tracks!”; “now it’s Adult606!” – but that’s not the case. Lost in the Game is a sea-change, but it’s not Sea Change. Instead, it’s a revised focus. Everything’s been fucked up, and you can create the world’s most headphucking fuck-ups with any number of plugins. Anyone can be an "anti-DJ" sound artist. Mashups have gone to the posh clubs. Here is De Pedro confronting an unlikely new partner – melody. The beats on Game don’t disintegrate every second bar anymore. The Kid could spend the rest of his life playing “I love the 2000s” to nostalgic audiences, but what the hell kind of creative life is it when you stop evolving at 26?
The formerly self-destructive present-focus gives way to future focus, and so line-by-line explosions give way to built progressions. The eccentric titles are still there, but opener “Godspeed You African American Emperor” lays down the new ground rules. Distorted organs and snakey arpeggios with a beat that’s more there to keep the party going than to piss in the punch. Game rolls deep with emotion, too – dig those wordless reflections in the “it’s gonna be alright” chord progressions of “Meeguk So Horny”.
The Kid’s also been through some spiritual upheavals, as suggested by track titles “Left Hand Pathfinder”, “Big Black Ketamine Jesus”, and the book-ends “I Want to Join a Cult” / “I Need to Start a Cult”. The most important approach is the direct one, however – “Step Into the Light You Fucking Idiot” is a track as concise and direct as its title, with layering psychedelic organs and flute-y synths slapping your ears with divine truth. The aforementioned “Cult” tracks have a bit more to wade through, with somber pads fighting for space and hip-hop beats making this a silkier identity crisis.
And what of aging and the old persona? Well, things have changed, but . “Night Club vs. Book Club” isn’t something 21-year-old De Pedro might have thought much about. The two clubs battle it out over an ethereal set of tight stabs that evoke the sheer bliss of reading in bed at night. Neither side wins, but the Kid’s balanced happiness means that sometimes you retire earlier and wake up feeling refreshed with the light. So, this isn’t the prophesized slow-down - there’s still lots more to fuck up (and what’s more fucked up and fucking up the fuck-ups in favor of melody?), but the six-month binges have been done already. Closer “I’m Sick but I Ain’t Dead” might just be better understood as, “I’m alive and aware and shining lights from places you didn’t even know you had. Motherfucker”.
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1. Godspeed You African American Emperor
2. Gimme Summer
3. New Boss Same as Old Boss
4. Cardamom’s Gone Soft
5. I Want to Join a Cult
6. Meeguk so Horny
7. Big Black Ketamine Jesus
8. Sept Into the Light You Fucking Idiot
9. Left Hand Pathfinder
10. Night Club vs. Book Club
11. Baroque and Out of Money
12. I Need to Start a Cult
13. I’m Sick but I Ain’t Dead
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