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Album Review

French trip-hopper Kid Loco has been more or less silent since the release of 2001's subpar effort Kill Your Darlings. That record trashed the promise of his stellar debut, A Grand Love Story, by tossing out the subtle beauty of his laid-back, relaxed, and melodic tunes and replacing it with a clattering and decadent sound almost bereft of any value at all. His 2005 soundtrack to the film The Graffiti Artist regains much of the ground Kid Loco lost with Kill Your Darlings. The disc plays as one long song stretching out over 79 minutes of tuneful, flowing music that is dynamic, peaceful, and never boring. The first half of the record is heavily influenced by Indian music, with a snake charmer clarinet (played by Jerome Benoussan) and sitar providing much of the atmosphere but also loads of mellow guitars, relaxed beats, and tablas. It then shifts into some moody downtempo sounds that tread more closely to an accepted soundtrack style with lots of strings and dramatic shifts in tone before heading back into a more frenzied take on the Indian sound to conclude the disc. Luckily, there are no vocals to mar the proceedings and the record has a lovely grooving psychedelic feeling that gently enfolds you from the very beginning of the disc and doesn't let go until the very end. The disc succeeds both as a soundtrack and as notice that Kid Loco is back to doing what he does best.

Customer Reviews


Thanks to watching a new favorite film of mine, Graffiti Artist, I was also introduced to Kid Loco. I couldn't imagine any other soundtrack for the movie. You know you have a good soundtrack when you can continue to listen to the music without watching the movie. Fits in both worlds (on and off screen) perfectly! Looking forward to researching Kid Loco's other material... very cool!

great music for a great movie

not only was the music great but the movies was realy cool and featured my home town of Portland. music is cool and some of the most relaxing stuff you will ever hear.

That dude's crazy

Kill Your Darlings was the BEST release of 2002. This record is a continuation/extention of that groove (minus lyrics, of course).


Born: June 16, 1964 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

An easy-listening trip-hopster similar in style and intent to his countrymen Air and Dimitri from Paris, Kid Loco has an even stronger kinship with the long tradition of French pop characterized by Serge Gainsbourg. Otherwise known as Jean-Yves Prieur, he began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and played in several French punk groups during the early '80s. He moved on to production as well by the end of the decade, and moved on to reggae and hip-hop with a band named Mega Reefer Scratch. By 1996,...
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