DJ-Kicks: Playgroup

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 à la Visage "Fade to Grey" and paranoiac unease à 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.
Rolling Stone - Mike Rubin
[British producer Trevor] Jackson spins a dazzlingly eclectic and consistently funky set guaranteed to get any party started right.
Vibe - Amanda Nowinski
Pull out the Kangol -- this CD will make you party like it's 1989.

Pull out the Kangol -- this CD will make you party like it's 1989.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: K7
  • UPC: 730003712722
  • Catalog Number: 127
  • Sales rank: 342,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We - Boof (2:35)
  2. 2 You're God - Ana Rago (3:24)
  3. 3 Ciquri - Material (2:36)
  4. 4 Set It Off - Harlequin Fours (5:41)
  5. 5 Tainted Love - Impedance (3:08)
  6. 6 Broken Mirror - Random Factor (2:53)
  7. 7 Ma Foom Bey - Cultural Vibe (2:54)
  8. 8 Caught Up - Metro Area (3:09)
  9. 9 The Sky Is Not Crying - Tiny Trendies (5:16)
  10. 10 To Our Disco Friends - Smith N Hack (2:53)
  11. 11 Tunnel Music - Zongamin (2:11)
  12. 12 No Communication, No Love (Devastating) - Charles Schillings (2:47)
  13. 13 March of General - Nigo (2:57)
  14. 14 Buggin' Becky - J Walk (3:12)
  15. 15 Let's Get Jazzy - KC Flightt (2:20)
  16. 16 Do or Die - The Human League (3:02)
  17. 17 Anti Social Tendencies - The Parallax Corporation (2:38)
  18. 18 Behind the Wheel (4:05)
  19. 19 Get Up, Get Out - Ralphi Rosario (3:04)
  20. 20 Still Hott 4 You - Bobby Orlando (0:29)
  21. 21 I Don't Care - Dexter (2:04)
  22. 22 Gonna Make You Sweat - Dexter (1:45)
  23. 23 House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture (2:25)
  24. 24 Money B - The Flying Lizards (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Playgroup Primary Artist
The Human League Track Performer
Material Track Performer
Ralphi Rosario Track Performer
The Flying Lizards Track Performer
KC Flightt Track Performer
Boofa Track Performer
Wanda Dee Track Performer
Bobby Orlando Track Performer
Jimi Tenor Flute
Zaf Zapha Bass Guitar
The Rapture Track Performer
Random Factor Track Performer
Impedance Track Performer
The Parallax Corporation Track Performer
Charles Schillings Track Performer
Tiny Trendies Track Performer
Nigo Track Performer
Cultural Vibe Track Performer
Chris Dawkins Guitar
Metro Area Track Performer
Dexter Track Performer
Kelley Polar Strings
Leon Harris Percussion
Technical Credits
The Human League Producer
Elton John Composer
Material Producer
Bobby Orlando Producer
Gary Osborne Composer
Martin Rushent Producer
Morgan Geist Producer
Miles Hollway Producer, Remixing
Elliot Eastwick Producer, Remixing
I:Cube Remixing
Si Brad Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Carl Finlow Producer
Maurice Fulton Producer
I-F Arranger, Producer
Tim "Love" Lee Producer, Remixing
J Walk Producer
Adam Goldstone Producer
Matt McGinn Composer
Jan Cooley Producer
Darshan Jesrani Producer
Antonio Hardy Composer
Bo Kondren Mastering
Trevor Jackson Producer, Art Direction
Chicken Lips Producer, Remixing
Ewan Pearson Producer
Remy Verheijen Producer
Zongamin Producer
Errorsmith Producer
George Logios Producer
Ana Rago Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
David Cunningham Producer
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