DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives

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All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
In 2006, after ten years and 25 volumes of their celebrated DJ-Kicks mix series, !K7 ran a well-deserved victory lap with DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives, collecting many of the bespoken original tracks customarily included in each of the mixmakers' sets. A mere six years and 13 going on 14 volumes later, they're repeating the feat with a release confusingly also titled DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives, this time including exclusive cuts from all but one of the intervening compilations for some reason Booka Shade's 2007 installment is shut out. The results work somewhat surprisingly well as a full-length listening experience the selections are simply sequenced chronologically, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
In 2006, after ten years and 25 volumes of their celebrated DJ-Kicks mix series, !K7 ran a well-deserved victory lap with DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives, collecting many of the bespoken original tracks customarily included in each of the mixmakers' sets. A mere six years and 13 going on 14 volumes later, they're repeating the feat with a release confusingly also titled DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives, this time including exclusive cuts from all but one of the intervening compilations for some reason Booka Shade's 2007 installment is shut out. The results work somewhat surprisingly well as a full-length listening experience the selections are simply sequenced chronologically, and less surprisingly as an excellent survey of the last half-decade of forward-thinking dance music. Moody, soulful, gently jazzy downtempo house most evident in the Henrik Schwarz and Motor City Drum Ensemble selections feels like the most common denominator, but we also get snappy, funky 2-step grooves Kode9, Photek, cheerily smooth vocal dance-pop Hot Chip, Chromeo's delectably cheesy talkboxed Eagles cover, as well as Scuba's dark tech-step, Holden's lovely, meandering pastoral electronica, and an extended disco/house workout from the Juan MacLean. The latter two, in particular, are expanded considerably from the versions that appeared on their respective mixes. All told, it's an inessential but highly enjoyable piece of work, an excellent aural scrapbook for fans of the series, and save for the nauseous-robot voice in Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap's slightly painful "Lonely C," definitely the sorest thumb here just a good time all around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: K7
  • UPC: 730003730023
  • Catalog Number: 300
  • Sales rank: 129,544

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pockets - Four Tet (5:20)
  2. 2 Imagination Limitation - Henrik Schwarz (9:03)
  3. 3 My Piano - Hot Chip (5:13)
  4. 4 I Can't Tell You Why - Chromeo (3:36)
  5. 5 Feel So Good - The Juan MacLean (10:21)
  6. 6 Triangle Folds - Holden (8:38)
  7. 7 You Don't Wash - Kode9 (5:56)
  8. 8 Sayulita - Apparat (5:55)
  9. 9 Lonely C - Charles Levine (3:21)
  10. 10 L.O.V.E. - Motor City Drum Ensemble (5:55)
  11. 11 M.A.R.S. - Scuba (6:01)
  12. 12 An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds - Gold Panda (5:47)
  13. 13 Fountainhead - Ryan Kull (4:20)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Don Henley Composer
Glenn Frey Composer
Timothy B. Schmit Composer
Kieran Hebden Composer, Producer
James Holden Composer, Producer
Hot Chip Composer, Producer
Dwayne King Composer
The Juan MacLean Composer
Chromeo Producer
Sascha Ring Composer, Producer
Rupert Parkes Composer, Producer, Engineer
Nancy Whang Composer
Henrik Schwarz Composer, Producer
Danilo Plessow Composer, Producer
Eli Goldstein Composer, Producer
Charles Levine Composer, Producer
Ryan Kull Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steve Goodman Composer, Producer
Phil Howells Liner Notes
Derwin Dicker Composer, Producer
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