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DJ-Kicks
     

DJ-Kicks

by The Juan MacLean
 

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In the liner notes to his DJ-Kicks, Juan MacLean makes the process of producing a commercially released mix sound as nerve-wracking as making an album with a band. From merely listening to this set, one wouldn't know the hassles involved in selecting and licensing the tracks, not to mention the mental fatigue caused by the sequencing and the actual mixing. In

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In the liner notes to his DJ-Kicks, Juan MacLean makes the process of producing a commercially released mix sound as nerve-wracking as making an album with a band. From merely listening to this set, one wouldn't know the hassles involved in selecting and licensing the tracks, not to mention the mental fatigue caused by the sequencing and the actual mixing. In the end, simplicity won out. Heavy on 2009-issued house records, and mixed live on two turntables (as a preference, not as a jab at flawlessly beatmatched digital mixes), MacLean's DJ-Kicks is simply a reflection of what the DJ/producer was into at the time it was made. Beginning and ending with brief appearances from separate mixes of the Juan MacLean's "Happy House," and containing an effectively twice-deployed Theo Parrish dub of Rick Wilhite's 1996 beatdown "Get on Up," the mix carries a shrewdly mapped-out, albeit unforced, circularity. Even when two successive tracks contrast with one another, as with Jee Day's chest-quaking "Like a Child" and Giom's smoothed-out "I Know You Were Right" (tame enough for a mall clothing store), it's all pleasurable and translates as easily to a club as a car ride. The Juan MacLean's own "Feel So Good," featuring vocals from Nancy Whang and drums from Jerry Fuchs (who passed away in November 2009), generates the set's greatest rush and might be the best DJ-Kicks exclusive track since the one provided by Claude Young.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
Label:
K7
UPC:
0730003725524
catalogNumber:
255
Rank:
91683

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juan MacLean   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,DJ
Nancy Whang   Vocals
Eric Broucek   Vocals
Jerry Fuchs   Drums
Todd Terje   cowbell
Nick Millhiser   Vocals
Alex Frankel   Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Jee Young Sim   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ian Svenonius   Composer
Rick Wilhite   Composer,Producer
Danny Howells   Composer,Producer
Armando Gallop   Composer
Juan MacLean   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Synthesizer Engineer,Drum Engineering
DFA   Producer
Greg Fleming   Additional Production
Alex Bach   Composer,Producer
Chris Zane   Drum Engineering
Eric Duncan   Composer,Producer
Nancy Whang   Composer
Eric Broucek   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Alex Aldi   Drum Engineering
Todd Terje   Remixing
Florian Meindl   Composer,Producer
Nick Millhiser   Engineer
Alex Frankel   Composer
Marcus Lambkin   Composer
Manual Sahagun   Composer,Producer
Giom   Composer,Producer
Alex Niggemann   Composer,Producer
Andre Crom   Composer,Producer
Luca Adami   Composer,Producer
Revenge   Remixing
Liv Spencer   Composer,Producer
A+O   Producer
6th Borough Project   Composer,Producer
Sonny Fodera   Composer
Dennis McNany   Composer,Producer
Daniel Ooi   Composer
Andee Frost   Composer
Oliver Fritsche   Composer,Producer

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