In a sense, comparing any of the DJ Kicks releases to another in the series is like, you guessed it, apples and oranges. Perhaps not as "fluid" as some in the series (a la K&D) the NOW set does a great job at setting a goal and getting there in style.
A good mix of instrumental hip-hop, with a few choice MC tracks blended in, DJ Ease creates a streetwise blend that's great for chilling, driving, partying, styling, mackin', whatever. It also has a legit raw feel that's not too over-produced.
DJ Kicks: For spectacular trip-hop choose K&D. For lounge choose Thievery (despite a lack of mixing talent). For funky British underground, choose Stereo MCs (again, poor mixing). For funky, trippy hip-hop, this is it.
Just what I needed when I got it.