Long-term readers of the blog will probably remember the time we thought very highly of 80Kidz, when they arrived on the ‘scene’, they were a whirlwind of activity, especially on the remix front. Going back to some of those remixes, more than a few haven’t dated all that well. However, some have remained rather great and you won’t be surprised I’m kicking off this weeks ‘revisit’ with their remix of Hey Champ’s “Cold Dust Girl” which is still immense and a great twist on the whole ‘French-Touch’ sound. If I were ever to do a “Top Twenty Greatest Remixes Ever”, this would probably make that list with ease….
Their debut, “This Is My Shit“, was very highly anticipated by us and yes, that is terrible name for an album. We’ve had enough time to get over that small detail though. It’s a mixture of distorted electro and pop. And to a certain extent, it’s still a rather endearing effort which has it’s faults but still manages to have more than a few delightful moments.
One of those moments comes in the form of “Miss Mars” which still really holds up well and is a nice fusion of a cute melody, some guitars and electro. If you missed this the first time round, prepare yourself for a treat.
The more ‘distortion electro’ elements of the album have dated quite badly and that includes tracks we originally really liked. Which isn’t that much of a surprise. It was also surprising that their biggest ‘electro banger’, “Life Begins At Eighty”
isn’t actually featured on this album, it’s worth a look if you are looking to relive that era of music though.
For the most part, the pop-song sections of the album still work. They are the collaboration tracks on the album and come from the likes of; Hey Champ, Ghostape, The Shoes and Autokratz.
But, as an album it’s a bit difficult to recommend it for purchase, especially as it’s a bit pricey on import. It is worth a look on digital download to pick-up some of the albums better tracks though. You can do that here.