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I'm now listening to the Kruder and Dorfmeister one and am quite impressed. What's the skinny on the rest?

Sterling Clover, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Their new track for the album is another revenge-of-lounge infused piece that I've been hearing in some dancehall lately, tho of course this is not dancehall. There's a laid-back jump-up groove with nothing in common with hip-hop, synth washes, and a handy asymetricality to the crossfader work. It feels like a slow rhumba, or an extended trance break.

Sterling Clover, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

If it's who I'm thinking of, I have one of the DJ Kicks CDs that I got in a Record and Tape Exchange (don't know why that should seem significant just this second), but not sure I'm qualified to weigh in on the debate just yet.

(plus, I have some explaining to do on another thread).

felicity, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

It has been said by others that the Nightmares on Wax DJ Kicks is really really good relative to other stuff they do, but I haven't heard it. The DJ Loco one is the only one I've heard and it's actually pretty good for someone who threw lots of naked models on the cover of his first album.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Ah my favourite mix-series! Let's see. Kemistry & Storm is a great hard jungle mix. Stereo MC's is a nice one that goes through a lot of styles. Trüby Trio is too polished though pleasurable. Stacey Pullen's DJ Kicks is probably my favourite techno/house mix-cd. Claude Young is a bit too spartan. I have heard the Thievery Corporation one a couple of times and that's a nice summer-mix.

and as always: at www.k7.com you can hear most of them on realaudio

Omar, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, the claude young one is very sparse. theres 2 good tracks on it, the rest is ok. is the stacey pullen one better then?

gareth, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah much better. Although i like the way Claude does that cross- fader stutter. Easiest trick in the DJ-book but it never fails to make me happy.

Omar, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I have the Thievery Corp one - it's a kind of travelogue of lounge & house (with just a hint of reggae). It's pleasant enough.

Jeff W, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Smith and Mighty one is good. A good mix of dub, hip-hop and drum n' bass. The Thievery Corp. gets boring after a while, I think.

Michael Bourke, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

that's their modus operandi, no?

I can second the Kemistry + Storm recommendation, that one is great. Andrea Parker's DJ Kicks isn't bad either, I prefer that to her solo album "Kiss My Arp" which just isn't that worthwhile.

Dare, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

there is a rockers hi-fi dj kicks that is both hilariously dated and quite entertaining. it's a mixture of dub, drum'n'bass and some other genre that doesn't exist any more. the hilarious 'come on my selector' calls crack me up any time.

fields of salmon, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I heart the Smith & Mighty one. I'd like the Kemistry & Storm one; can't believe I slept on that one when it came out.

Dan Perry, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

K&D and Nightmares on Wax have stood out for me. They unearth more badass rare shit and make it all flow. I am more interested in hearing what almost any of the DJ Kicks artists has to offer than those in the "Back to Mine" series - Groove Armada, Everything But the Girl, Morcheeba.

Curt, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I've listened to most of them and like them all. A good one not mentioned above is by Nicolette. It's a double CD with everything -- drum'n'bass, house, some classic techno, and production help by Plaid!

DSiedler, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I got the Victor Duplaix one the other day. Boy is that an awful mix cd. Possibly the worst I've ever heard. Soul-less, needlessly fiddly beats, those grim 'spacy' lyrics that Naked music and wanky brit deep house artists seem to favour, and the most irritating vocodered fake radio announcements speckled throughout the cd. Couldn't be bothered to listen through to the end even after I started skipping through and only listening to the first 30" of each track...

jacob, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Thanks for the warning J-man. Almost got suckered by the reviews.

Omar, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Great series. The Kruder & Dorfmeister one is class, the Smith & Mighty one is truly awesome, Nightmares on Wax is a fantastic hiphop album, love the Truby Trio one (very Acid Jazz).

Andy C, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
Not a DJ Kicks, bit did anyone get !K7's 150th release double CD set last year, !K7150? Would they recommend it?

Disc: 1

1. Supa Sista (Modaji Downlow Mix) - Ursula Rucker
2. No Government - Nicolette
3. Sometimes I'm Blue - Nick Holder
4. Black Baby - Kruder & Dorfmeister
5. Humanity - A Guy Called Gerald feat. Louise Rhodes
6. Can't Take It - Recloose feat. Dwele
7. Sensuality - Vikter Duplaix
8. Motion Control - Spacek
9. Suddenly - Herbert feat. Dani Siciliano
10. Same (Ashley Beedle´s Afroart Vocal Mix) - Smith & Mighty feat. Tammy Payne
11. Gute Laune - Tosca feat. Tweed
12. Song 2Wo - Earl Zinger
13. Wake Up Everybody (Rae & Christian Remix) - Rae & Christian feat. Bobby Womack
14. Inside - Shantel

Disc: 2

1. The Audience (vs. Jami Lidell And The Mysterious Szizlas (Music No Last)) - Herbert feat. Dani Siciliano
2. I Want Some Fun - Funkstörung feat. Jay Jay Johanson
3. Behind The Wheel (DJ Kicks Electroca$h Mix) - Playgroup
4. Hot In Herre - Tiga
5. Make Up Your Mind - Swayzak feat. Clair Dietrich
6. Vortex (Disco Up Mix) - Ghost Cauldron
7. Do It Like A Robot (Hell Rocks The Equalizer Remix) - Princess Superstar
8. I Dance Alone (Silicon Scally Mix) - Swayzak feat. Adult
9. Grammy Winners (Instrumental) - Funkstörung
10. Sublime - Terranova feat. Mike Ladd
11. Whole World (Album Mix) - Ghost Cauldron feat. Apani B Fly
12. Jet Pack - Mike Ladd
13. Double Drums (DJ DSL Mix) - Peace Orchestra
14. No Peace - Terranova feat. Ari-Up

Alba (Alba), Saturday, 7 August 2004 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

there are better comps I think, to be honest.

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 7 August 2004 17:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I was entranced by the prospect of having Dani Siciliano, Bobby Womack, Ghost Cauldron and a Tiga version of 'Hot In Herre' on one album.

Alba (Alba), Saturday, 7 August 2004 18:26 (fifteen years ago) link

I think it's very much the label's comp and hence the track selection is a bit limited. I dunno, I'm not massively into it anyway, others may disagree.

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 7 August 2004 18:35 (fifteen years ago) link

the tiga version of 'hot in herre' is beyond awful.

cºzen (Cozen), Saturday, 7 August 2004 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I like it. I hated it first. But now I like it.

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 7 August 2004 18:43 (fifteen years ago) link

don't think it's been said yet but, Trevor Jackson's Playgroup DJ Kicks's CD is beyond fantastic.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 7 August 2004 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah love that one. that spoken word version of "Tainted Love" and that "The Sky Is Not Crying" track. magic. can't sell a copy in the shop to save our lives though. too obscure I suppose.

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 7 August 2004 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes! "The Sky Is Not Crying"! One of the best tracks ever ever ever! It's like the missing link between Metro Area and Richard Davis.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 8 August 2004 05:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I also really like the Smith and Hack song but was disturbed to learn i'ts just basically wicked edit of a Bohannon sample...anyone know the name of the original track?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 8 August 2004 08:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Alba don't buy that, it looks decidedly mediocre. Cozen you're wrong about "hot in Herre". Dan is right about the playgroup - it rocks. I Love the Almost-identical-to-the-original but somehow 100 times better cover of "Behind the Wheel". That Ralphi Rosario track was new to me too and is pretty great.

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 8 August 2004 10:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I like the way you two look after me.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 8 August 2004 10:49 (fifteen years ago) link

the tiga version of 'hot in herre' is beyond awful.

surely you mean "is the best thing ever"?

toby (tsg20), Sunday, 8 August 2004 12:55 (fifteen years ago) link

my god what is it with the love for that song?! someone, somewhere back me up.

cºzen (Cozen), Sunday, 8 August 2004 13:26 (fifteen years ago) link

oh also, the best thing ever obv. = the orig. version of 'hot in herre' (don't quite know if I'm ready to hear that again though. it's been a while.)

cºzen (Cozen), Sunday, 8 August 2004 13:28 (fifteen years ago) link

no love for Tiga of herre.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 8 August 2004 15:08 (fifteen years ago) link

someone, somewhere back me up.

i'm with you. that song makes me feel soiled.

lauren (laurenp), Sunday, 8 August 2004 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

"checkinyourreflectionandtellin'yourbestfriend"

Tiga (Ronan), Sunday, 8 August 2004 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Stereo MC's DJ Kicks. So funky and unexpected from a beyond-the-grave group. Absolutely my favorite in the series.

harshaw (jube), Sunday, 8 August 2004 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

the kick on tiga's "hot in herre" is loud as hell. it's got those great tweaked cowbell noises that are all over the dfa's remix of "she wants to move". in fact, it's got pretty much the same sort of snap! and pop as the "she wants to move" remix. so what's the problem? yes the rap sucks but so do the vocals on moroder tracks. all y'all who can get down with that track but not tiga are feelin the indie guilt, i think.

vahid (vahid), Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

OTM!

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:18 (fifteen years ago) link

there are some comments upthread that are totally bizarro universe to me. i'll just weigh in on a couple of these.

search:

smith & mighty - is totally magical. beautiful dubby trip hop intro which suddenly shifts into a "best-of" of underrated bristol jungle. you probably need it just for more rockers "show love" which has the greatest diva break ever, the filtering making her voice sound like a rocketship straining to drag the whole track into space. and also krust's remix of "bass speaker", under rakim's "kick a hole in the speaker" sample he throws down these frenzied bass farts that sound like he's trying to strangle the woofer from the inside.

vahid (vahid), Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

all y'all who can get down with that track but not tiga are feelin the indie guilt, i think.

what about those of us who don't like either?

lauren (laurenp), Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:58 (fifteen years ago) link

you are ok.

vahid (vahid), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:01 (fifteen years ago) link

damn I got told.

cºzen (Cozen), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:03 (fifteen years ago) link

it is all about the kick. also the fact that tiga is incapable of human error.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:10 (fifteen years ago) link

he's capable of eyeliner error.

lauren (laurenp), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:12 (fifteen years ago) link

that track fr me ws all about the quotables ('unless you gawn do it', 'the roof, the roof...', 'got a pole in the basement').

cºzen (Cozen), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:13 (fifteen years ago) link

it's also much funnier. I don't like tiga much on the whole but his djkicks is great... and he's hott.

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

ok, downloading both now. happy?

cºzen (Cozen), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:21 (fifteen years ago) link

his dj kicks is great, though I don't own it. my friends around here in the styx are really into it which is odd cos many of them are LADS (sadly).

does it actually have that brilliant black strobe mix of martini brothers or am I imagining that?

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:25 (fifteen years ago) link

DJ Kicks vs Back to Mine vs Another Late Night

peepee (peepee), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:38 (fifteen years ago) link

it does have that you are right. His version of Madame Hollywood is much better than the original imo. it also has "time has changed" by codex and flexor. fantastic.

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 8 August 2004 20:39 (fifteen years ago) link

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HMV have got a selection of these CDs in their current 2 for £10 promotion. All the incentive I needed to finally pick up the Daddy G and Chicken Lips mixes. Both are great.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 12:16 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

no mention of cj bolland's?

Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr, Sunday, 7 December 2008 03:15 (ten years ago) link

Speaking of DJ Kicks, what the hell happened to Burial's ?!

It's already been listed and rated on Amazon UK:

By M. Locke-Cooper - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
will this ever come out? 5 starts because its gonna be good when it does.

haha

sam500, Sunday, 7 December 2008 04:04 (ten years ago) link

I've never heard CJ Bolland's

sam500, Sunday, 7 December 2008 04:05 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

The Juan Maclean and Kode9 sets are both really great. Haven't picked up James Holden (yet?).

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Thursday, 22 July 2010 06:05 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

The James Holden one is pretty decent.

Listening to the Apparat one right now. He's pretty good at defining his aesthetic, isn't he?

mh, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:07 (eight years ago) link

Haven't listened to K&D one for years, sounds like a good idea for a rainy afternoon.

A brownish area with points (chap), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:38 (eight years ago) link

definitely want to check out apparat, if only for the telefon tel aviv track.

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:39 (eight years ago) link

I always overlook K&D's DJ Kicks mix in lieu of their K&D Sessions one, because it's the best thing ever.

mh, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:59 (eight years ago) link

Oh yeah, DJ Kicks is way inferior to K&D Sessions. Still enjoyable though IIRC.

A brownish area with points (chap), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:01 (eight years ago) link

The Juan Maclean and Kode9 sets are both really great.

Kode9 is excellent.

A brownish area with points (chap), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:18 (eight years ago) link

essentials:

carl craig
nicolette
terranova
smith & mighty
playgroup
four tet

moonship journey to baja, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:27 (eight years ago) link

Search: Erlend Øye, K&D, Annie, Four Tet

Actually, those may be the only ones I know well enough to judge.

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:21 (eight years ago) link

Still enjoyable though IIRC.

"Bass & Several Cars" is all-time

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:22 (eight years ago) link

not sure there's ever been a particularly poor dj kicks

sock lobster (blueski), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:34 (eight years ago) link

I liked the Daddy G one as well, some good rootsy reggae.

A brownish area with points (chap), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:35 (eight years ago) link

The Apparat one just came out and is pretty fucking fantastic.

lol tea partiers and their fat fingers (HI DERE), Friday, 29 October 2010 17:12 (eight years ago) link

Can't get into the Apparat one.

Search: Kid Loco, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Booka Shade, Playgroup.

Moka, Wednesday, 3 November 2010 06:43 (eight years ago) link

i don't get the appeal of the juan maclean one. ordinary tracks, ordinary mixing. it's like some random mix from the internet.

Death Cab for Kuti (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Wednesday, 3 November 2010 08:42 (eight years ago) link

8-X DEATH IN VEGAS 8-X

so this thing starts out with chopped and screwed italo, then moves into something that sounds like a cheesy "trans europe express" rip at first but suddenly breaks down into a tuff abstract techno break thats as chopped and phased as a prime urban tribe track. then there's a third section with super tight electro zaps over what sounds like a klaus schulze track. anyway the third track is the one that takes my head off into future shock territory. the washed-out and slowed down choir that starts the thing is at like the exact midpoint between chillwave, witch house and old rising high chillout tracks, but then there's these echoey balearic freak folk guitar / middle eastern string stabs that fleck the whole thing, and then throbbing gabber-like bass under the whole thing. basically this mix couldn't get more "secret history of goth crunk" if it tried.

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 04:58 (eight years ago) link

that reads like a crunk boomkat review

mh, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 14:37 (eight years ago) link

And, um, I'm going to be dumb -- is that about the juan maclean one? Haven't heard of a death in vegas one.

mh, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 14:51 (eight years ago) link

WHOOPS sorry that's a fabric mix, not a dj kicks

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:27 (eight years ago) link

Cool, I thought that is what you meant. I'm going to check it out -- FabricLive 23, right?

mh, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:37 (eight years ago) link

word

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 16:33 (eight years ago) link

The Apparat one just came out and is pretty fucking fantastic

So hooked on this

buildings with goats on the roof (James Morrison), Thursday, 11 November 2010 02:05 (eight years ago) link

The Detroit mixes were pretty good. Still listen to the Stacey Pullen sometimes although I prefer his BBC Essential Mix from around the same time (which included a few of the same tracks). Such a great DJ in his day - the recent mixes of his I've heard have been uber-generic tech-house...yawn.

The Claude Young is decent too but harder.

sam500, Thursday, 11 November 2010 07:16 (eight years ago) link

Erlend Oye one is the all time classic for me. Sure the mixing is pretty awful (but not as bad as Annie's one. jesus christ!) but the tunes...it's the record that got me into microhouse ergo probably the most important record of my teen years. Timeless stuff really.

Apparat one is nice enough, not listened to it much. Hoped that playing it on a longish car journey through the Fens with my dad would get me into it properly...just made me a bit bored tbh.

Darren Huckerby (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:50 (eight years ago) link

ha ha I bought Annie's one the other week for $5 and have not played it yet, but thought it can't possibly be as bad as her mixing was live!

Know The (ledge) (sic), Thursday, 11 November 2010 15:09 (eight years ago) link

Some nice tracks on that mix though the mixing is indeed poor.

Neil S, Thursday, 11 November 2010 17:12 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, she picks some great stuff (That Bumble Bee Unlimited track, the Alan Braxe remix of DFA 1979, 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' by La Bionda etc) tbf to her.

Darren Huckerby (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 11 November 2010 17:33 (eight years ago) link

ha again, I opened it and read the sleevenotes after posting that, and they apologise upfront for the mixing being shit!

Know The (ledge) (sic), Thursday, 11 November 2010 23:20 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

This Apparat mix is my cold weather chillin' music.

sectarian chicken (mh), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:55 (eight years ago) link

i keep forgetting to listen to this

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 15:05 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuxE5ZA4WPM

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

(vocal starts around 2:35)

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:45 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

the moodymann dj kicks is so so so good

map, Friday, 26 August 2016 14:11 (three years ago) link

Seconded although I need to give it a few more spins.
The Dam Funk mix is also great - flows really nicely.

millmeister, Friday, 26 August 2016 14:28 (three years ago) link

track 3-5 on the Dam-Funk one are incredible

whole thing's good but that stretch + the original stuff on the second half are definitely the highlights

frogbs, Friday, 26 August 2016 14:39 (three years ago) link

the verticle lines "theme from beach boy" instrumental is sooo my shit

brimstead, Friday, 26 August 2016 23:14 (three years ago) link

agreed, map -- moodyman is by far my fave album of the year

bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, 27 August 2016 15:55 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

what's the scoop on Yaw of the first song on the Moodyman DJ Kicks? can't find anything about it online

flopson, Friday, 10 February 2017 23:55 (two years ago) link

figured it was some classic 70s track but... seems not?

flopson, Friday, 10 February 2017 23:59 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA5RW-X2QTc

flopson, Friday, 10 February 2017 23:59 (two years ago) link

yeah i googled this a while ago too & came up with this, which has a lil bit of info - http://latenightdj.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/yaw-where-will-you-be.html

just sayin, Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:16 (two years ago) link

the vocal harmony at 2:16 is the one of the best moments of music i've heard, just heavenly

flopson, Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:30 (two years ago) link

moodyman digs so deep, respect

flopson, Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:31 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

I like Gold Panda's a lot.

chap, Thursday, 2 November 2017 20:22 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Kamaal Williams is mixing the next DJ Kicks. Looks like there will be a broken beat theme....which is a good thing.

01. Budgie - Sometimes
02. Kamaal Williams - Snitches Brew (Live In Atlanta)
03. Karriem Riggins - Summer Madness S.A.
04. Lord Tusk - Space Invader (Vocal Mix)
05. Seiji - Buggin' Out
06. Steve Spacek - Hey There
07. Max Graef - Speed Metal Jesus
08. Kaidi Tatham - Two Tens Madam
09. Freeez - Southern Freeez
10. Peven Everett - Stuck (Original)
11. Hard House Banton - Sirens
12. Diggs Duke - 'Cause I Love You
13. DJ Harrison - MovingUp
14. Ratgrave - Ein Kola Bitte!
15. Wbeeza - He's So Crazy
16. Awanto 3 - Pregnant
17. Henry Wu - 117 Careplan
18. Lone - Airglow Fires
19. Henry Wu & Earl Jeffers - Projections
20. City People - It's All In The Groove
21. Phil Asher - Peace And Love
22. Tenderlonious - Song For My Father
23. Yussef Kamaal - Lowrider
24. Steven Julien - XL (Original Mix)
25. Kamaal Williams - Shinjuku (DJ-Kicks)
26. Henry Wu - Wivout U
27. Dego - Nuts
28. K15 - Time Humbles Us All
29. Kamaal Williams - Strings (ATL)

millmeister, Thursday, 3 October 2019 09:47 (two weeks ago) link

Looks great. The Peven Everett tune was on Motor City DE's DJ Kicks too.

What a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers (jed_), Thursday, 3 October 2019 10:57 (two weeks ago) link


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