Kid A reworked (Blucu Uktan)

1. The velvet teen - Everything in it's right place
2. Steve Jaunzemis - Kid a
3. Meshell Ndegeocello & Chris Dave - The national anthem
4. Lunasect - How to dissapear completely
5. Fuzzyste - Treefingers
6. Radiohead - In limbo (Boo Maga living in a fantasy remix)
7. The Tallywood strings - Optimistic
8. Radiohead - Idioteque (BBC remix)
9. The Randy Watson experience feat. Don Bell - Morning Bell
10. Christopher O' riley - motion picture soundtrack

"Shadowing everything they’d done heretofore like a cold black monolith, Kid A was the ultimate encapsulation of a band held firmly in the grasp of the blue-steel g-forces of technology. One October day in 2000, Radiohead stripped their threads completely, and offered us this, an album consistently devoid of context and thus one that provides its own for the decade. In its dark-hued unfolding, we began to see ourselves as faint and flimsy and perhaps even glowing with the toxicity of our own immense need for progress, detached from ourselves and those around us via the depth of our future and the inevitability of its emergence. And, yet, this wasn’t mere detachment, a leap out of step with anything we’d come to learn from OK Computer. This was linear progression via spastic EKG line, as the band slipped free from both academic IDM and mournful Brit-rock. Kid A is restrained and chained in all the right places, and boiling with such a ragged distrust of us all and all that is in us that we can’t but claim its place in our own lore. We acknowledge the same awkwardness, and understand its isolation now. That is what they’ve forced us into. And that, above everything else, is why Kid A is the most important album we’ll see this decade". [Derek Miller]


  • At 5:50 PM, May 04, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    I was curious about how this album would sound reworked so I went for the hunt of kid a covers and remixes. Surprisingly enough the most bog-standard rock song on the album, optimistic, hasn't been covered or remixed by anyone yet (I'm aware of a certain Hanson live cover, but I've heard it and it's hideous) so I decided to upload the somewhat poor string quartet tribute version, it's not that bad but it's a drum-driven song and the tallywood strings lack, of course, of drums on their ensemble, so...

    One of my favorite songs, in limbo, was covered by Sa-ra and creative partners for the "exit music" tribute but the cover is so unpleasant that I had to include the mediocre breakbeat remix that some Boo Maga did for the song (almost no trace of the original song remains) I just had to include them for completing purposes, just skip them if you don't fancy them.

    I also have the set that Johnny Greenwood conducted on the ether festival one year ago, which included Thom Yorke's participation on "arpeggi" and "where bluebirs fly" as well as compositions by Mr. Greenwood himself and modern classicals such as Ligeti, Dutilleux, Messian and Penderecki. Just comment if you'd wish me to upload it (I must warn you that the recording quality on the ether festival songs is really low, apparently it was recorded by someone in the crowd that night).. mmm, let me see if I can find the complete playlist... ah yes here it is:

    Part 1
    01 - György Ligeti, Ramifications
    02 - Olivier Messiaen, La fête des belles eaux
    03 - Henri Dutilleux, Ainsi la Nuit ‘Miroir d’Espace’
    04 - Jonny Greenwood, Piano for Children
    05 - Henri Dutilleux, Ainsi la Nuit ‘Litanies’
    06 - Mohammed Abdel-Wahab, Enta Omri

    Part 2
    Radiohead.tv excerpts

    Part 3
    01 - Henri Dutilleux, Ainsi la Nuit ‘Nocturne’
    02 - Jonny Greenwood, Smear
    03 - Farid El-Atrash, Tuta
    04 - Krystof Penderecki, Capriccio
    05 - Henri Dutilleux, Ainsi la Nuit ‘Litanies 2′
    06 - Radiohead, Arpeggi
    07 - Radiohead, Where Bluebirds fly

    Ah yes, according to Thom Yorke, the title "Kid A" referred to the first human clone born after the apocalypse or something along the lines, subsequently Yorke said that this wasn't a serious subtext for the whole album. I remember reading that this kid a's name is Blucu Uktan but I've searched some information on the matter and I haven't found any yet... must have dreamt it...

  • At 6:43 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok Computer for the 1990's and Kid A for the 2000's... the history books are already written

  • At 7:12 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yes the best album I've heard this lustrum, I can still remember that october 2000 when I bought the album... keep a secret, it's also one of the last albums I've bought, I haven't heard anything that good to buy since then...
    at first this post didn't make sense to me, why rework such a great album, but I'm hearing some of the songs and most of them are good and helps revalue the goodness that the original kid a is. Good post moka, thanks.

  • At 7:45 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i think i just died after seeing the words "velvet teen" and "radiohead cover" in the same post. wow wow wow! thank you!

  • At 9:59 PM, May 04, 2006, Blogger Eric said…

    The Chris O'Reilly piano reworkings of Radiohead tunes are really good. I recommend them.

  • At 4:20 PM, May 05, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    ...and then you thought "Am I Blucu Uktan dreaming I am Moka, or Moka dreaming I am Blucu Uktan".

  • At 7:18 PM, May 16, 2006, Blogger NonStopPop said…

    Come on now, the Hanson cover isn't THAT bad. Hell, they deserve props for even ATTEMPTING it...

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