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Who Still Kill Sound? (Tigerbeat6)

This Kid is more than alright; he's in robust health. Even his 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.

Kid606's 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 raga-jungle burners with Caribbean alpha-male toasting dominate Who Still Kill 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.

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