Brownswood electr*c 3 // Artist Focus // Kidsuke
September 5, 2012
As we ready the next instalment in the Brownswood Electr*c series, we’ll be profiling the artists featured in the weeks leading up to the release on 24th September. Alex Patchwork is on compiling duties once again, alongside Tom McCarthy (Black Atlantic / Earnest Endeavours) and the pair has unearthed another remarkable assortment of underground talent.
Listen to a teaser of the compilation below.
Jammed with exclusive, previously unreleased material – the rewards of endless online trawling, Soundcloud sifting and Bandcamp rummaging – Brownswood electr*c 3 unveils brand new heat from a host of electronic artists.
Kidsuke is Kidkanevil and Daisuke Tanabe, whose track ‘Tiny Concrete Block’ features on the comp. Kidsuke have an album forthcoming on Project Mooncircle on November 2nd, and will be touring Europe shortly after. Keep eyes and ears peeled!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please. Who are you, where are you from etc.?
KK – kidkanevil from Tokyorkshire, I make beats and sounds, press buttons and DJ and stuff.
DT – My name is Daisuke Tanabe, musician from Japan.
KK – And together we are kidsuke. Pow.
How would you describe your music?
KK – I’m not sure, for me I think it’s some kind of introverted socially awkward daydream version of hip-hop.
DT – Multiple personality music.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
KK – Anywhere really. Daydreaming, cinema, anime, getting spaced out, imaginary friends. I’ve never had a problem feeling inspired to be honest, there’s a lot of cool stuff in the cosmos.
DT – From anything, friends, food, weather, and more.
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
KK – In no particular order…
RZA, his production was so raw and DIY but sounded so amazing and honest. For someone self-taught that gave me huge confidence to just be me. RZA showed me there is no ‘correct’ in music, just what feels right to you. The emotional depth and heart his beats displayed, and the way he adopted eastern culture and philosophy into his own environment and thinking, remains an inspiration.
Dilla, hip-hop’s true genius. I miss waiting to hear what he was gonna do next so much, still not found someone to fill that hole to be honest. Up there with the likes of Hendrix and Miles Davis, it’s unarguable to my ears. Anyway, his work and influence has been discussed no end at this point huh, so I’ll just speak on him from a personal perspective. I was a kid when I first heard Tribe, Pharcyde and his early Busta work and the quality just stood apart like a million miles to me even then. Then when Fantastic Volume 2 dropped it was game over. A lot of his genius is subtle and tasteful, which is why I think he was slept on for so long. Dilla taught me about taste, quality, style, feel, humility, focus, dedication and most importantly vibe and honesty. And snares, oh lord.
Timbaland, I don’t think anyone has ever been so unique, progressive and adventurous within the spectrum of mainstream music. Even the dopest most progressive beat heads today I can hear the ingredients and influences that have gone into their thinking, with Timbo at his peak he was in a complete field of his own, it really sounded like nothing else. Nobody saw that shit coming ever, it’s really amazing when you think about it. Timbo taught me about exploring beat patterns, always striving to find that unique groove, about musical personality. I think the way I mix tracks is rooted in listening to Timbo half of my life too, the balance of the drums against everything else. Dude is a beast, and a unique one at that. Plus he’s got bare silly raps.
Photek – I was a complete hip-hop purist in my early teenage years, but Jungle really struck a chord with me too and started to open my mind to more electronic and dance based shit. I remember all the hard kids in the neighborhood would only bump Biggie, Bashment and Jungle, haha. Photek stood out to me though, whilst everyone else was soundtracking their council blocks he was on some samurai shit. He felt like Jungle’s RZA in that respect, but their was nothing messy and unhinged about the music. That intricate programming and unique sonic quality he had, his work was so precise and focused, some kind of perfect.
DT – Anyone who got own style, too many to pick one person.
KK – Damn, I shoulda said that.
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
KK – kidsuke!! Which you guys have so kindly introduced to the world on this compilation, thanks for that! The album drops in autumn on Project Mooncircle. I have a few beats on the new Foreign Beggars album. Right now I’m in the middle of co-producing the next Stateless album for Ninja Tune. Aside from that just the usual stream of remixes and productions and all that. And then next year I start my next album, I’ve been in training hard for that one! Bunch of shows around Europe, including kidsuke tour in November hopefully.
DT – I’ll playing in Vietnam, Ukrainian photo gallery, and will do Europe tour this year after.
Do you have a current DJ mix or any tracks that are available for free download right now that we could point folks to?
KK – There’s a bunch of free beats and pieces on my soundcloud and bandcamp, and I just completed an all vinyl Kankick tribute mix for any Kanzulu fans out there —> here
DT – Check my soundcloud, I got bunch of freebees there.
Where can folks go online to check out you and your music?
What are you going to do after this interview?
KK – Funnily enough I’m gonna set the kidsuke album premasters uploading, and then I’m gonna go to bed. Last couple nights I’ve had super trippy dreams about colourful forests, so hopefully that’ll continue.
DT – Going to sleep.
KK – You’re so minimal brother.