Canadian Music Corner: Tokyo Police Club & Kid Koala

Tokyo Police Club
Travis Persaud, Contributor Ω

Whether it’s Dave Monks’s standalone voice or an ever-catchy element present in each track, Tokyo Police Club’s sound boasts a distinct unifying thread with a thirst for experimentation. Cue “The Nature of Experiment” off of the A Lesson in Crime EP, the band’s recording debut. From A Lesson in Crime to the final track on Champ, Tokyo Police Club’s second and most recent full-length album, the band progresses towards a polished coming-of-age sound.

With the success of 2010’s Champ, Tokyo Police Club secured its spot on the Canadian indie scene.  As of early 2013 the band has been back in the studio working on its next album.  This release will mark the band’s first album since the 2011 studio effort Ten Songs, Ten Days, Ten Years, a recording project that saw the band cover 10 songs from the 2000’s over a 10-day period.

As a starting point with Tokyo Police Club check out “Gone” off of Champ. If that doesn’t do it for you and you happen to be a fan of remixes, Tokyo Police Club still has what it takes to win hearts.  With the release of its debut full length, Elephant Shell, the band added a five song remix CD featuring tracks off the album redone by musicians outside of the band like Tom Campesinos of Los Campesinos! and another, of “Your English is Good,” spun by k-os.

Kid Koala
Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

Turnatablism may not be the biggest genre out there, but it has got a global fan base. It’s what many picture old hip-hop DJs are doing, using the basic turntable elements to mix and remix albums and songs to create new ones. Perhaps the most notable turntablist to come from Canada is Kid Koala. He’s a master at this art, using a variety of old vinyl to create new music for the new generations since 1996.

His latest contribution was 12 Bit Blues, a notable contribution to both Canada’s music scene and the turntablism culture. It brought together classic blues and the more modern ideas found in scratching and remixing, creating a unique sound. Each track follows the pattern of the track number, followed by “Bit Blues.”

If all this sounds like something contrived in a garage and impossible to bring to the stage, take a chance on a ticket and see the one-man band live; he may just break out four turntables, running them like a chess master at a mall.

For more, check out “Two Bit Blues” off of 12 Bit Blues.