Dj Kicks Compilation
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The tightest Hip Hop set of this series. Features DJ Ease's classic 'Smoker's Delight' one of the milestones of the 90s. Featured artists are: A Tribe Called Quest, Kenny Dope, Aim, Blackalicious, Freddy Fresh, Jerry Beeks and DJ Trax.
Nightmares on Wax's DJ Ease is best known for producing a pacific (even comedown) version of hip-hop or downtempo music. Compiling and mixing this album for the DJ Kicks series (which has included rapturously received collections from Stereo MCs and Kruder & Dorfmeister) he presents a subtle mix that moves from hazy breakbeat jazz into leftfield, modern (and politically correct) UK and US hip-hop. Using material from Mo'Wax (the high-velocity delivery of Blackalicious), A Tribe Called Quest, NYs Kenny Dope and Manchester's Grand Central, Ease scratches and fuses an expert selection of alt. hip-hop. At times he layers tunes which themselves sample other tunes to create a complex mesh of meaning and reference. He also includes a couple of his own productions and narcissistic sound-a-likes (DJ Trax's "This Place" is more N.O.W. than N.O.W."). "Overall Ease" journeys from serious music towards the light--he finishes, exultantly, with disco-inflected work from Deadbeats and Syrup. Going out on a high note. --Tony Marcus
Top Customer Reviews
Opening with his trademark song, "Nights Interlude", this record has played itself into innumerable hearts, record collections and annual charts, has been a dope beat classic ever since its release and has yet to lose any of its allure. His album, "Carboot Soul" (1999), as well as his collaborations with De La Soul, O.C. and Corinna Joseph, seamlessly picked up where the success of their predecessor left off and charted all over Europe. The album "Mind Elevation" 2002 release is the fourth album, is another welcome hit of chilled beats, entrancing melodies and soothing soul-drenched vocals. While persevering with the use of live instrumentation, Evelyn--a one-time judge of Amsterdam's High Times Cannabis Cup--has fortunately not sacrificed any of the dreamy ambience and looped samples that made 1995's Smokers Delight such essential post-club listening.Read more ›
The soundtrack for bombing subway cars and school buildings with spray paint, but not as underground in parts as you may like if you're a hip-hop head.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
From reading other reviews here, it should be obvious to the potential buyer that yes, this album is not Carboot Soul or Smoker's Delight. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002 by S. Duckett
Man I was disappointed on getting this one. It is mediocre at best. It is a compilation of artists that want to make cool experimental hip hop but dont even come near it, with... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2001 by JD
4 Solid stars. Actually, there is one 5 star song on this album that makes the whole thing worth it. Check out the record, it is unmixed so you get the complete songs.Published on Feb. 23 2001 by Taylor Norrish
I don't know what that guy was off about, but this is some really sick hip-hop rhythms, and totally old school. Excellent vibe that kicks and kicks.Published on Oct. 31 2000 by Ed H.
All I can say is if you're a fan of Nightware on Wax and their/his previous releases (Carboot Soul, Smoker's Delight), do NOT get this album. You will be completely disappointed. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2000 by Dsc
This DJ-Kicks album is amazing.
If you liked the hip-hop vibe on the DJ Cam or Terranova discs from DJ-Kicks, you will be blown-away by this! Read more