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Your Mom's Favorite DJ, NINJA TUNE
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The Independent Culture

Eric San, aka DJ Kid Koala, is that oddest of hyphenates, a turntablist-cartoonist. Not to mention an illustrator, film-maker and puppeteer. All of these save the last two were well to the fore on 2003's Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs, a scratch-mix extravaganza issued with a comic-book. There's no such bonus item here, Your Mom's Favorite DJ focusing squarely on Koala's forte of scratching, to which he brings an unrivalled artistic grace, the result of combining dazzling technique with irreverent humour and, most important, an aesthetic overview that enables him to present these 16 tracks as two continuous 15-minute mixes. This sense of structure is what animates the album as he darts between spoken soundbites, heavy guitar riffs, slowed-down blues, rippling piano runs, clipped soul guitar, jazz flute and horn loops, the latter at times scratched and treated to sound like kazoos. It's a bravura performance, capped with a fascinating demonstration of the standard moves - laser, scribble, chirp and stab - that make up the turntablist's craft.

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