CD DJ-Kicks [DJ Cam/Playgroup] [CD] [1 disc] [730003712722] (CD 959229),
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DJ-Kicks [DJ Cam/Playgroup] [CD] [1 disc] [730003712722]

  • 1. We
    2. You're God - (I: Cube Remix)
    3. Ciquri - (Discomix)
    4. Set It Off
    5. Tainted Love
    6. Broken Mirror
    7. Ma Foom Bey - (Love Chant Version)
    8. Caught Up
    9. Sky Is Not Crying, The
    10. To Our Disco Friends
    11. Tunnel Music
    12. No Communication, No Love (Devastating) - (Salt City Orchestra Mix, Devastating)
    13. March of General - (Chicken Lips Conquest Dub mix, Chicken Lips Conquest Dub)
    14. Buggin' Becky - (Tim 'Love' Lee's Fully Bearded Mix)
    15. Let's Get Jazzy - (Dope Dub Mix)
    16. Do or Die - (Dub)
    17. Anti Social Tendencies
    18. Behind the Wheel - (DJ-Kicks Electroca$h Radio Mix)
    19. Get Up, Get Out
    20. Still Hott 4 You
    21. I Don't Care
    22. Gonna Make You Sweat - (Acapella)
    23. House of Jealous Lovers
    24. Money B
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7127

  • Credits
    ProducerChicken Lips; Remy Verheijen; Darshan Jesrani; David Cunningham; Elliot Eastwick; Errorsmith; Jan Cooley; Ewan Pearson; George Logios; I-F; J-Walk; Adam Goldstone; Martin Rushent; Material; Maurice Fulton; Miles Hollway; Morgan Geist; Ana Rago; Si Brad; Tim "Love" Lee; Trevor Jackson; Zongamin; Bobby Orlando; Carl Finlow; The Human League
    EngineerSi Brad

    This is part of !K7 Records DJ KICKS series.
    Adapter: Ana Rago.
    Personnel: Chris Dawkins (guitar); Kelley Polar (strings); Jimi Tenor (flute); Zaf Zapha (bass guitar); Leon Harris (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Ewan Pearson; I-F ; Adam Goldstone; Trevor Jackson.
    Audio Remixers: Chicken Lips; I:Cube; Elliot Eastwick; Miles Hollway; Si Brad; Tim "Love" Lee.
    Recording information: Payback Studios, Manchester, England.
    Photographer: Ali Kepenek.
    Arrangers: I-F ; Ana Rago.
    The Playgroup installment of the DJ-Kicks series acts as an ideal counterpart to the collective's self-titled album, which was released only a few months prior in the U.S. Trevor Jackson, the orchestrator behind Playgroup, more or less unfurls the Playgroup blueprint here, harvesting rarities from Larry Levan's Paradise Garage sets and dishing out picks from the numerous scenes that have taken inspiration from New York City and Chicago clubs of the '80s. Material's fat-bottomed "Ciquri" bleeds into Harlequin 4's version of the hi-hat happy "Set It Off," which dissolves into Impedance's dubby, detached version of "Tainted Love." Random Factor's "Broken Mirror," an anxious blend of synth pop la Visage ("Fade to Grey") and paranoiac unease la Rockwell ("Somebody's Watching Me"), floats into Cultural Vibe's "Ma Foom Bey," an early garage staple. While there are stylistic similarities tying everything together, there's a wide range of moods throughout. The sweet bump of Metro Area's "Caught Up" is followed by Tiny Trendies' melancholic "The Sky Is Not Crying," and Wanda Dee's explicitly lusty "Gonna Make You Sweat" is succeeded by post-punk revivalists the Rapture, whose "House of Jealous Lovers" screams and scrawls with echoes of Gang of Four and Pigbag. Many will find this potent mix of the old and the new to be more palatable than Playgroup itself. It gleefully bounces from 1980 to 2000, hits most points in between, and keeps it exciting from beginning to end. ~ Andy Kellman

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (11/14/02, p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Jackson spins a dazzlingly eclectic and consistently funky set guaranteed to get any party started right..."
    Uncut (8/02, p.114) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...[This] addition to the consistently entertaining DJ KICKS series features a similarly diverse range of styles..."
    NME (Magazine) (6/29/02, p.37) - 8 out of 10 - "...Narcissistic novice electroclashers, form an orderly queue here."
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