Kid606 / Kid Spatula 

Who Still Kill Sound? / Meast

These Kids are more than alright; they're in robust health. Even their archival detritus packs more excitement than most artists' slaved-over magnum opuses. Oakland PowerBook gadfly and Tigerbeat6 honcho Kid606 (Miguel Depedro) hasn't met a style he can't warp to his own impish designs, with no qualms about copyright or cultural imperialism -- all is fair game for his omnivorous, recontextualizing mind. His new odds-and-ends compendium rounds up bastardized rave anthems, unfinished remixes, genre homages, and pisstakes: basically, miscellaneous shit too strange for other labels to issue. While ruffneck ragga-jungle burners with Caribbean alpha-male toasting dominate Sound?, its most memorable piece is "Robitussin Motherfucker (DJ Screw RIP)," a cough-syrup tribute to the deceased Houston producer who slowed hip-hop to an eerie crawl that made you think your batteries were dying: Imagine crunk stunned to a stupor.

Kid Spatula is one of the many aliases for British IDM workhorse Mike Paradinas, best known as Mu-Ziq and owner of Planet Mu Records. Meast gathers 34 tracks recorded between 1994 and '98, a fertile period during which Paradinas must've daily birthed two tracks by teatime. Despite an occasional weakness for teeth-rotting synth tones and tunes, he creates some of the most swoonworthy orchestrations and otherworldly, exotic atmospheres in electronic music (he's surprisingly funky, too). Meast flaunts these attributes, but the double disc is mainly for completists who can't get enough of his zanily warped textures and fascinatingly finicky beat programming. While lacking the dazzling peaks of 2000's Full Sunken Breaks, the 140 minutes here reveal a workaholic so creative, he compels even with a 70 percent success rate.


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