Kid 606 Resilience

Kid 606 Resilience
Miguel Depedro, better known as raggacore sample-masher Kid606, may have just turned 26, but in techno-time he’s already considered the granddaddy of the modern mash-up and the original breakcore revivalist. Give credit where credit is due; Depedro started pumping out records when most of his peers were still trying out for boy bands. His first claim to fame came five years ago when his second album, the Ipecac-proofed Down with the Scene, clobbered ears and baffled everyone in its wake. So you wouldn’t be wrong to think that the subtle and meditative lead-off track on Resilience, the obviously titled "Done with the Scene,” is primed to push in a different direction than the assaultive militia funk of his last few records. Upon first listen, those who know Depedro’s work will find this album most jarring for how inviting it is. The 12 tracks here constitute an affable mid-tempo excursion that borrows equally from Depedro’s previously established hip-hop and dancehall leanings. Drawing on spare warm tones and simple hooks to build each track, he’s also revisiting the quasi-minimalist terrain he first explored with his Mille Plateaux album, PS I Love You. This one’s bound to confuse long-time fans and maybe make a few new ones out of listeners who were turned off by the cleverness of his past work. By keeping us guessing though, Kid606 is still on the right track.

"Resilience” can be a pretty loaded idea to bring to an album. What does the word mean to you? It goes hand in hand with the word survival and just not giving up, which I feel I always planned on doing — in music and in life. This album is definitely the first album I’ve made that didn’t feel like my last and where I don’t feel like I’m killing off a part of myself in making it. I feel like I could keep going with music in my life now, as opposed to constantly trying to make music just to purge myself of excess energy and an overactive imagination.

You started off quite young in the public eye. Given everything you've accomplished, how do you feel about the age you're at these days? I think I always did things too soon and without enough practice or preparation and I can’t handle thinking about age or birthdays or growing up without some kind of discomfort. All that matters to me is I’m doing better stuff now than before, and that it’s always been a climb, a ramp up without lots of artistic or creative lows. As far as attention and criticisms over age and productivity, I need to just not think about it or I get too paranoid and defensive. (Tigerbeat6)