DJ-Kicks

DJ-Kicks

by Erlend Øye
     
 

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Certainly one of the more curious entries in the long-running DJ-Kicks series, Erlend Øye's edition rounds up the usual batch of tastefully chosen dance records, in this case a range of mainly German, or at least German-sounding, microhouse productions. That in itself isn't particularly curious -- microhouse was certainly the trendy dance sound circaSee more details below

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Certainly one of the more curious entries in the long-running DJ-Kicks series, Erlend Øye's edition rounds up the usual batch of tastefully chosen dance records, in this case a range of mainly German, or at least German-sounding, microhouse productions. That in itself isn't particularly curious -- microhouse was certainly the trendy dance sound circa 2004, with German labels like Kompakt and Perlon setting (or more precisely, having set) the trends, while most everyone else followed along. And as this mix illustrates, Øye has a keen ear, residing in Berlin (rather than his native Norway) at the time of this album's release, and he selects several excellent tracks typical of what you'd probably hear out in the more trendsetting techno clubs of that city: Jürgen Paape's "So Weit Wie Noch Nie," Justus Köhncke's "2 After 909," Jackmate's "Airraid," Ricardo Villalobos' "Dexter," Morgan Geist's "Lullaby," and Ada's "Luckycharm." Here's the curious part, though: Øye isn't your typical DJ -- he's a singing DJ, which means he likes to sing over certain tracks, or at least ad-lib over them. He does this to great lengths throughout his 18-track DJ-Kicks mix, singing over nearly half of the inclusions. And since the majority of the other, mainly neo-new wave tracks are already vocal in nature (e.g., Cornelius, Phoenix, the Rapture), the resulting overall mix is thoroughly melodic, especially given the frequency at which Øye mixes these tracks. If there's a catch, however, it's that Øye is a little challenged when it comes to mixing. Granted, he's mixing a diverse array of tracks here, and the melodic emphasis certainly doesn't make the mixing any easier, but still, jarring transitions are jarring transitions. If you can overlook this, which isn't too hard to do in light of everything else wonderful here, you have yourself one of the more curious entries in the DJ-Kicks series, one that is chock-full of tasteful selections and laden with Øye's colorful singing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
K7
UPC:
0730003716126
catalogNumber:
161

Tracks

  1. So Weit Wie Noch Nie  - Jürgen Paape
  2. Sheltered Life/Fine Day  - Erlend Øye
  3. Drop  - Erlend Øye
  4. If I Ever Feel Better  - Erlend Øye
  5. Radio Jolly/Prego Amore  -  Jolly Music
  6. Rubicon  - Fred Falke
  7. 2D2F  -  Avenue D
  8. I Need Your Love  -  Uusi Fantasia
  9. Lattialla Taas/Venus  -  Uusi Fantasia
  10. The 2 After 909/Intergalactic Autobahn  - Justus Köhncke
  11. Black Keys Work  -  Jackmate
  12. Airraid  -  Röyksopp
  13. Poor Leno /There Is a Light That ... [  -  Röyksopp
  14. Metal Chix/Always on My Mind  -  Skateboard
  15. Dexter  - Ricardo Villalobos
  16. Winning a Battle, Losing the War  -  Minizza
  17. Lullaby/A Place in My Heart  - Morgan Geist

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erlend Øye   Primary Artist
James Duncan   Trumpet
Avenue D   Track Performer
Minizza   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Christopher   Composer
Roger Greenawalt   Producer
Morgan Geist   Composer
Wayne Thompson   Composer
Francis Zambon   Composer
Ricardo Villalobos   Composer
Jürgen Paape   Composer
Craig Morrison   Producer,Remixing
Erlend Øye   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Michael Baumann   Composer,Producer
Svein Berge   Composer
Tatu Metsätähti   Composer
DFA   Producer
Fred Falke   Composer,Producer
Keigo Oyamada   Composer,Producer
Davide Bertolini   Engineer
Francesco DeBellis   Producer
Mario Pierro   Composer,Producer
Alf   Producer
Alain Quéme   Composer,Producer

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