kidkanevil has been an integral part of First Word since day one. Creator of the opening notes of our debut compilation, kidkanevil has gone on to produce 3 full-length albums for the label, as well as a remix album, and numerous other bits and pieces. Debut album ‘Problems & Solutions’ featured guest vocals from Lateef, Yarah Bravo, Andreya Triana and Jehst, swiftly cementing his position as one of the key new beatmakers in the UK scene. His sophomore effort, the fantastically titled ‘Back Off Man, I’m A Scientist’ had more great collabs, including a track with Ninja Tune’s Bonobo.

2009 saw 17 Samurai, kidk’s remix album released, which included mixes from Jehst, Vadim, Natural Self, Eliphino, Illum Sphere, Mr Thing and J Star. This was swiftly followed by album #3 ‘Basho Basho’, an entirely instrumental work, described by Wire Magazine as ‘a record of borderline psychopathic focus’, and led Knowledge Mag to compare the beanie-hatted beatmaker to Flying Lotus.

Following on from his stint at Red Bull’s Music Academy in 2010, kidkanevil has numerous projects lined up, including a 3rd album from the critically acclaimed Stateless (kidk has been a member of the band since 2006) on Ninja Tune late this year. He recently released a collaboration with Daisuke Tanabe – the inimitable Kidsuke on Project Mooncircle, and has also contributed to UK legends Foreign Beggars’ new album. Look out for more remixes and his neck-snapping DJ sets at a venue near you soon.


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