Keyboard Kid’s AnimexMe (Anime Me) tape is all set to release in the next few days//weeks. KBK whets our appetites with three singles from his eventual masterpiece. I organized the them below as a mix for you to stream//taste. As a whole, this tape doesn’t seem (for now) to have a distinct character, just a hodgepodge of thoughtfully-complimentary pieces to feel the waves of the Water Prophet. And that isn’t to say that this is messy, disjointed, or flatly unappealing collection. Quite the contrary. We might get to hear an unrestrained study of music and sound created by an artist who is constantly masticating new tastes.
“Keyboard Will You Pilot This Gundam” is a softly-looped set of orders for KBK to navigate outer space. Winding through static cries, shaken electricity, steel-drummed snares, glistening trails of supercharged chimes, sad piano keys, and a crying response to KBK’s orders, we get out just fine. With this schizophrenic set of sounds, we need an agile KBK to juxtapose them with precision, guiding us through tones and densities that keep the adventure exhilarating.
“Sesshōmaru’s Demon Dance” is not as dark as we might guess from the title. Opening to the soft tones of a chant, KBK quickly moves us to piano keys tripping over puffing bass, roundly-beaten drums, and a flutelike whine. He takes pauses to reintroduce the pleading chant. Its amorphous freedom doesn’t register as a cappella, even when it stands alone. An adventure in its own right, we follow the story of a demonically-overwhelmed persona, unable to fully stabilize, carrying music into its voice, and a voice into its music.
“MAGIC (ANIMExME Bv$ed REMIXXX)” is a reimagined version of Future and T.I.’s, masterpiece. Trading between cupped and bulging resonance, KBK’s version retains the strength and orientation of the vocals on all levels. KBK’s new environment for these bo$$ed up, fi$htailin, blunt $mokin vocals warps the floor beneath. Trading between reticent and forceful tones, KBK propels Future and T.I. above his sounds, only to gently pull them back. One part turnup mu$ic, one part organ austerity, KBK perfectly manipulates sounds to toy with spatial energy.
We get a guided passage through sound(s), the convulsions of a dark soul, and a beautifully-formatted remix(xx). Three examples of the diversity we can hope to hear on AnimexMe, burning a hole in our iTunes.
-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE