Review: To get away from the 'one track after the other' compilation concept K&D checked in at Havlis Super Sound where their man Alex (don of the echo chambers) has a secret dub-laboratory. There K&D did a dub session on the selected tracks to inject some dynamics and life into it. They took two bottles of Highland Park whisky and their old dub-echoes from the cellar and did a smoked-out dub echo-orgy.
Mr Scruff vs CyberPunkJazz - "3001: A Space Disco Remix"
Ding Dong - "Badman Forward Badman Pull Up"
Fats Comet - "Dub Storm"
Paddy Steer - "Loufoque"
Andy Ash - "Ease Yourself"
Mr Scruff - "Where Am I?"
Max Graef - "No 5"
GMM/Alexander Robotnick - "A Love Supreme" (feat Stefano Cocco Cantini - extended)
Hashim - "We're Rocking The Planet"
Zongamin - "Nonstop"
Bumcello - "Frborn" (Mr Scruff edit)
Archie Pelago - "Brown Oxford"
Seiji - "Loose Lips" (feat Lyric L)
Snowboy & The Latin Section - "Carga Tu Bateria"
Drymbago - "Chupacabra"
Review: Although he's one of the most revered DJs in the UK with a wide following of like-minded eclectic music heads, Mr Scruff very rarely releases mix albums or compilations. It's for this reason that his edition of the "DJ Kicks" series is such a big deal. That mix itself - available on CD and digital download - is naturally superb, but his selections, which are showcased here in unmixed, DJ-friendly form, are also top-notch. Starting with the drowsy hip-hop soul of Max Graef's jazzy rework of Andreya Triana's "Gold", the Manchester veteran offers up a hot-to-trot mixture of downtempo soul (Sudan Archives), off-kilter Afro-tech (Tiger), ragga (Ding Dong), Floating Points style house (his own hook-up with CyberPunkJazz), drum workouts (Andy Ash), synth-powered proto-house (Alexander Robotnik), Latin beats and much more besides. Ace.