Kids and Explosions
Shit Computer


4.5
superb

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
December 8th, 2010 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Girl Talk wished he was this creative. The quintessential plunderphonics release of 2010; musical perfection.

It's hard to say exactly what Kids and Explosions produces on his debut release; his dense, textural mixes seems to divert from the blatant "sample combo" method of fellow mash-up artists. However calling tracks such as "Winning Is Easy" a genuine song seems to be missing the point. The man behind the moniker, Josh Raskin, is in the business of destroying samples, manipulating them and beating them up to the point where they're still presentable, but stripped of all the context of their original creation. Raskin has no problem with tangling John Cale's emotive performance of the classic "Hallelujah" and degrading it into mere instrumentation, but what vocal performances are kept in their human form sound like echos, making rap verses sound like nostalgic memories over somber pop instrumentation. Perhaps the most stunning aspect of his mash-ups is the constant reminder that he is the producer, leaving no samples safe from his palette of glitch effects and choppy layering. Shit Computer is not a reflection of society, but rather a parallel universe to modern pop culture, a separate world composed entirely from past events.

A point where Josh Raskin truly outdoes his peers is his approach to the instrumentation of the tracks; instead of using a basic motif to lead through songs, or even sections of songs, he hazily mixes small clips of varied instrumentation and layers them to a near indistinguishable point. His musical compositions are akin to the techniques of The Books, filled with small atonal clips and melodic intertwinements that peak at numerous, isolated moments. While the preemptive goal of pluderphonics musicians often aims for creating what sounds like genuine songs, Raskin's mixes exceed the point of mash-up art and feels like inspired music. While the album wastes little time giving special attention to certain artists, "There Is A Burning Ball of Fire In Outerspace" is a beautiful exception, a sublime duet between the keyboard works of "Untitled 1" and the depressive rapping of Biggie's "Suicidal Thoughts". It comes off as the only song on the album and it's pure musical bliss, a truly miraculous, emotive creation that is one of the easy contenders of song of the year. Shit Computer sets new standards for mash-up artists, bringing a sound that's been explored by internet artists throughout the years and perfecting it in one solid LP. Josh Raskin's debut will have you spending minimal time on sample guessing, but rather entice the listener with a tour-de-force of fractured sounds and pop samples that have been decimated permanently. This sinks in faster than most feel-good music.



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Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mind=blown

my second favorite album of the year

point out typos plz

and fucking get this

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so fucking serious though

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tbh this is musically like a 4-4.5, but i can't describe just how hard it hit me.

thebhoy
Emeritus
December 8th 2010


4461 Comments


I could never give a mash-up artist this high of a rating.

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but i thought that too keelan!

gonna bring it down to a 4.5 though, just so people take me seriously

sniper
December 8th 2010


19077 Comments


Okay seriously this better be so much better than Girl Talk.

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

added in a sentence to beef up the second paragraph

and naw my aoty is the tallest man on earth

and it really is sniper

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010


15052 Comments


consider my interest piqued

"I could never give a mash-up artist this high of a rating."

avalanches

Hep Kat
December 8th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmm guess i'll give this a listen since i was thoroughly disappointed by the new gt


i asked for teh neg to be banished btw since it's gay

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks kat

album murders new girl talk though.

everybody needs to hear "There Is A Burning Ball of Fire In Outer Space" at least

sniper
December 8th 2010


19077 Comments


Listening to Burning Ball right now pretty classy.

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

those negs, they bring my approval rating down from a bold 93% to a pitiful 92%!



Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i have actually, the page turn on the thread sort of hides it

sniper
December 8th 2010


19077 Comments


I don't get negs for this.

Hep Kat
December 8th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:{


i can prolly count the amount of negs i've given out in almost 6 years on my fingers and toes. and i can only think of maybe 1 or 2 i didn't explain. people suck

sniper
December 8th 2010


19077 Comments


Probably got negged by GT coz he's mad.

Hep Kat
December 8th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

GIIIIILLLLIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i didn't mean to be too harsh on girl talk, their approach is a bit different really.

to me girl talk is meant to be very pop-like and revolves around entertaining listeners with the various sample combinations.

sniper
December 8th 2010


19077 Comments


From the two tracks I've heard so far I doubt my rating will exceed 3.5 but I'll get this. Good review nonetheless.

Enotron
December 8th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank yah sniper. can't wait to see your reaction, think you'll dig some of the layering.



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