Kid Loco is a relative newcomer as a professional DJ, the opportunity springing up initially from his success as a producer and remixer of laid back tunes. This mixed set of songs reflects both his eclectic taste in downtempo or psychedelic instrumental hip hop (as the CD aptly labels it), and a competent skill of track blending. The result is an album that stands above his "Jesus Presents..." collection and upholds the quality of the DJ-Kicks series.
The CD begins with a clever little intro, "Don't You Know I'm Loco," then really starts with the slow beats and India chants of "Om Namah Shivaya," a melancholy tune that works even if ethnic vocals aren't your thing. It turns to a series of hazy hip-hop instrumentals predominately off the Ninja Tune label, but thankfully lacking the label's signature too-lazy abstract jazz/funk sound. The highlight of the bunch is DJ Vadim's "Theme From the Conquest of the Irrational," followed by the equally stellar "Introspection" by Jazzanova. The album now begins to take a turn for the worse, as the odd, male off-key chanting of "Dark Soul" is unsettling, and is followed by the bagpipes (!) mixed into and screwing up the subdued guitars of Underworld's "BlueSki." But order is quickly restored on subsequent tracks (with the jarring exception of the painful horns and chanting of "Attitude Adjuster") and ends with Kid Loco's exclusive "Flying on 747."
The scoreboard: there are a few clunkers amidst the 18 tracks you get, but it's as consistently a dreamy-smooth set as you'll find, and without rappers getting in the way. For those who want a mix that's relaxing but not lethargic, or who want to try his best domestic release to date.