The Video Kid: Prototype
By Shaun Chait
Bret McKenzie seems destined to be famous, one way or the other. If his work with The Black Seeds or Flight of the Conchords hasn't had your attention, and you missed him in LOTR, then meet The Video Kid, McKenzie's latest project. Starting off with The Flaming Lips-sounding Video Kid, McKenzie proceeds to take us on a little journey through a melting pot of cross-bred genres. The disco funk of DJZ Girlfriend and funk/jazz of CCTV gives way to the reggae track Runnin, which in turn morphs on itself into Runnin Dub. The vaguely Pink Floyd Crime Scene is more acoustic, and next track Let Her Go sounds like The Black Seeds partying with George Michael! Throw in appearances from members of Welli scenesters Twinset, Phoenix Foundation, Fat Freddys Drop, TrinityRoots, Black Seeds and Age Prior, as well as mixing/production from the reliable Dr Lee Prebble. This makes for a varied, if slightly hit and miss offering. Not brilliant, but heading in that general direction. Out on Loop, who should consider horseracing, as yet again they have backed a winner.