The Juan Maclean - DJ Kicks
Here DJ-Kicks returns with the latest in its long line of brilliant mixes, which in the past few years have featured electronic luminaries such as Hot Chip and Four Tet. This time house aficionado Juan Maclean gets a go at compiling some of his favourite tracks, and with this CD his taste does not disappoint. Primarily an exercise in the many facets of house music, this record spans several years of the genre. Kicking off with ‘Feliz Casa’ by Mr Maclean himself, a track revisited at the end of the mix, it expertly leads into the brilliant ‘Spaghetti Circus’ from Still Going. Soulful vocals punctuated by splashes of piano, this track will immediately get you in the mood for what’s still to come. The oldest song on the album comes from Armando whose ‘Don’t Take It’ is taken straight from 1988, but fits in as well as any of the other more modern tracks on this little disc. Another highlight comes from Shit Robot, their track ‘Simple Things’ being an ebbing mix of bleeps and hypnotic percussion. Of course the track everyone wants to hear is the exclusive Juan Maclean original. ‘Feel So Good’ is a great piece of modern house music, complete with vocals from long time collaborator Nancy Wang, and perfect for the dance floor. The man himself notes that he was worried if a mix would still be relevant today, but if this is anything to go buy then there will be plenty more DJ Kicks to come.