Review: Let the sermon begin - Detroit techno legend and innovator Robert Hood steps up to deliver the latest installment of !k7's legendary DJ Kicks series and it's an edition well worthy of attention. The ordained minister leaves the minimal techno sound that he helped pioneer, for powerful, big room techno on this highly anticipated mix. Despite his famously linear approach, here he builds tension between tracks with suspenseful breakdowns throughout. Highlights include the direct impact of his own "Focus" and its factory floor stomp, his hypnotic rework of Landside's "Signs Of Change", the seething tension of Slam's "Remain" and the return of Space DJz' Ben Long who teams up with Belgian veteran Tom Hades on the sci-fi epic "The Knight Rider".
Genesis P Orridge & Dave Ball - "Sex & The Married Frog"
Run Dust - "Full Slice"
DJ Zozi - "Mellow Vibe"
RAC - "Fushigi"
Primitive - "Lapis Lazuli B2"
Crinan - "Kilimanjaro"
Ploy - "Pressure"
Leon Vynehall - "Ducee's Drawbar"
Pavilion - "Happy Track"
Peach - "Faxing Jupiter"
Etch - "Unsung Hero Of Irrelevance"
Mirage - "Deep Rage"
AFX - "Children Talking"
Jana Rush - "Divine"
Robert Haigh - "Music For Piano"
Review: On his contribution to the long-running "DJ Kicks" series, Leon Vynehall has decided to take a widescreen approach, offering up a blend that showcases the depth and variety of his music collection rather than his club-rocking skills. The first half of the mix ebbs and flows with the laidback drowsiness of his selections, which flit between post trip-hop beats, ambient, IDM, electronica and crunchy post-punk pop. Midway through he begins to crank things up a notch or two via RAC's UK garage-influenced 1997 cut "Fushigi", the chunky peak-time warmth of Crinan's "Kilimanjaro" and the bass-heavy pump of Ploy's "Pressure", before unleashing some seriously intense experimental dancefloor workouts from the likes of Etch, Aphex Twin and Peach. It makes for a hugely enjoyable and at times breathtakingly brilliant musical journey.
Sly & Lovechild - "The World According To Sly & Lovechild" (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe mix)
Dorisburg - "Rytm804"
Hiver - "Pert"
Kyle Hall - "Flemmenup"
DMX Krew - "EPR Phenomena"
JRMS - "3"
Shades Of Rhythm - "Exorcist"
Kode 9 - "Magnetic City"
The System - "Vampirella"
Black Merlin - "Kundu"
Aphex Twin - "Vordhosbn"
R-Tyme - "Illusion" (Mayday remix)
Psyche - "Crackdown"
Deniro - "Epirus"
I:Cube - "Cassette Jam 1993"
Review: South Korean star Peggy Gou continues her seemingly unstoppable rise by serving up her first ever DJ mix CD. It's a contribution to one of the longest running series in the business, DJ Kicks, and she's used the opportunity to showcase the depth and variety of the music in her crates. Beginning with the classic early '90s ambient of Spacetime Continuum, Gou flits between humid, mid-tempo Balearic house (her own "Hungboo"), acid-fired downtempo electronica (Pearson Sound), throbbing 1990 peak-time anthems (Weatherall's ace but largely forgotten remix of Sly & Lovechild), hypnotic techno minimalism (Dorisburg), main room throb-jobs (Hiver), pulsating electro (DMX Krew), classic breakbeat hardcore (Shades of Rhythm), post-dubstep (Kode 9), dark tribal drum jams (Black Merlin) and sunrise ready Motor City brilliance (Deniro).
Rich Medina - "Can't Hold Back" (feat Sy Smith - Platinum Pied Pipers remix)
Julien Dyne - "Stained Glass Fresh Frozen" (feat Mara TK)
Little Dragon - "Come Home"
Andres - "El Ritmo De Mi Gente" (feat Lady)
Fort Knox Five - "Uptown Tricks" (feat Mustafa Akbar - Rodney Hunter remix)
Daniel Bortz - "Cuz You're The One"
Jose Gonzalez - "Remain"
Big Muff - "My Funny Valentine"
Les Sins - "Grind"
Tirogo - "Disco Maniac"
SLF & Merkin - "Tag Team Triangle"
Joeski - "How Do I Go On" (feat Jesante)
Kings Of Tomorrow - "Fall For You" (feat April - Sandy Rivera's classic mix)
Soulful Session/Lynn Lockamy - "Hostile Takeover"
Anne Clark - "Our Darkness"
Peter Digital Orchestra - "Jeux De Langues"
Noir & Haze - "Around" (Solomun vox)
Marcellus Pittman - "1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4)"
Lady Alma - "It's House Music"
Daniela La Luz - "Did You Ever"
Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.