When Fish Ride Bicycles CD (2011)

Artist: Cool Kids

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Label C.a.k.e./burnside
SKU 223414665
UPC 614511784627
UPC 14 00614511784627
Format CD
Release Date 8/16/2011
Author Cool Kids
Technical Info
CatalogID GLS 015
Lable Name Burnside
Released 08/16/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00614511784627
Musical Guests
Travis Barker
Ghostface Killah
Bun B
Mayer Hawthorne
Chip Tha Chip The Ripper
Boldy James
Asher Roth
Maxine Ashley
Album Notes and Credits
Photographer: Chuck Inglish.
Taking their name to heart, the Cool Kids took a three-year stroll from their beloved 2008 EP The Bake Sale to this 2011 debut album. "Aloof", "meandering", and "unwilling to 'seize the moment'" prove to be positive elements for this alt or underground hip-hop crew, both in their career and on album, as this sneaky yet rewarding, De La Soul-esque experience displays. Still, it's a new "Daisy Age" as When Fish Ride Bicycles shakes off some of the group's love of retro and enters the slick, post-Neptunes, post-N.E.R.D. world where anything goes, and it often goes pop. Pop-punker Travis Barker is behind the boards for "Sour Apples," offering a production where new wave meets Odd Future as the Kids spit the skeptical hook "I met a couple honeys in my line of work/Some sour apples, some sweet as desert." Save a couple choice cuts from the Neptunes themselves, Kids member Chuck Inglish handles the rest of the vivid production, which is flashy and backpacker all at once, and if Bun B and Ghostface don't seem at home in these surroundings, it's the Kids' thug wit and prime punch lines ("I'm Park Place, you're Marvin Gardens") that welcome them as friends. The kinetic, mini-funk monster "Swimsuits" with Mayer Hawthorne puts it over the top, making the long wait forgivable and the album highly recommendable. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Rappers Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks are a pair of mellow charmers, trading good-humored boasts about cars and clothes -- and, remarkably, holding their own alongside heavyweight guests..."
Spin (p.72) - "[A]n innate casualness is their defining characteristic..."
CMJ - "The album is an exercise in restraint. Cool Kids pulls away from excessive studio flair and in the process shows off just how much talent its two members have.
Pitchfork (Website) - "The production, mostly from Cool Kid Chuck Inglish, is straightforwardly spacey, a crisp and bright take on minimal mid-1980s drum-machine boom."
Disc 1
1 Rush Hour Traffic
2 GMC's
3 Freak City
4 Sour Apples
5 Bundle Up
6 Boomin'
7 Penny Hardaway - (featuring Ghostface)
8 Get Right
9 Gas Station
10 Flying Kites
11 Swimsuits - (featuring Mayer Hawthorne)
12 Roll Call - (featuring Chip Tha Ripper/Boldy James/Asher Roth)
13 Talk of the Town
14 Summer Jam - (featuring Maxine Ashley)
Product Attributes
Artist Cool Kids
Music Format Compact Disc

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