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Dj Kicks Compilation

3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 15 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Outside Music
  • ASIN: B00004Y9UU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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1. Slow Progress - Type
2. Breakneck - Only Child
3. Ay, Ay Studder - Saukrates
4. Break It Down - DJ Paul Nice
5. Shake Up (Jaddle Remix) - Grand Unified
6. Ease Jimi - Nightmares On Wax
7. Flash $ - Jerry Beeks
8. Thick - D.I.T.C.
9. Burn Me Slow - Nightmares On Wax
10. Play On - Nightmares On Wax
11. Get On Down - Kenny Dope
12. Superkat - Kenny Dope
13. Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
14. Swamp Fever - John Cameron
15. Alphabet Aerobics - Blackalicious
16. This Place - DJ Trax
17. It's A Latin Thing - Freddy Fresh
18. Underground Crownholders - Aim
19. Catchwrecka - Deckwrecka
20. Sand Steppin - Martin Brew
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

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

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
The British DJ / Producer George Evelyn, aka DJ Ease, aka NIGHTMARES ON WAX, despite his relative lack of years, has for more than a decade already numbered among the most visionary musicians on the island. He has never left his hometown of Leeds since he was born, but his sound is nonetheless universal and his recordings for the English label Warp have frequently set new trends. Even his first single, "Dextrous", found its way into the English Top 75 and his subsequent releases are still today regarded as prototypes for the downbeat genre. The following album, "Word of Science", with its combination of soulful bleeps and clonks, underscored his creative potential, but even so it was a full 6 years before he released his classic, "Smoker's Delight" (1995), one of the milestone records of the nineties.
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.
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I have to admit, this album is nothing like the Carboot Soul and Smokers Delight albums. But then again, is DJ-Kicks supposed to sound the same as the rest of NOW's albums? George Evelyn pulls out some bumping hip hop tracks on DJ Kicks, unlike the chilled, relaxed downbeats of his first two albums. With cuts from undergound Hip-Hop legends like Saukrates, Blackalicious, AIM, and D.I.T.C, and some very cool cuts you've never heard of before, mixed to perfection; I wasn't dissapointed. There are no mediocre tracks on the album, and the pace stays bumping throughout 76 minutes of funk. If you want more super-chill downbeat funk, get his original albums. However, I would not rate this album with one star beacause it is unlike his previous works, but give it 5 because its is a tightly woven hip hop, mix masterpiece. Evelyn has mixed some of his favorite tracks together for our listening enjoyment, and this is one of the best DJ Kicks I have heard, up there with K&D, Thievery, and DJ Cam.
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This Cd is the first of Nightmares on Wax I have listened to. I am a big fan of the K7 DJ Kicks albums and have used many of them to check out an artist for the first time. This may be silly but it is a style that has moved me to love many of the artists on the Kicks. I feel that this album portrays a level of even mix for the artist. It throughs a bit of every part of him into it. Justly it is noted that some of his work is more appreciated, but as well it is noted that this album containes two tracks of his never released, and as well a track by Kenny Dope that has never been released. That right there is a sell for me due to the fact that unreleased means it didn't fit somewhere else and it does here therefore making this a style of album that is fresh and new for this artist. Call it crazy, but I found this album to be riddled with talent and raw mixing that took me to a level of appreciation that is worthy of giving it a shout out.
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The "DJ Kicks" compilation series has had some realy, really great CDs come out of it, most notably the mixes by Giles Peterson and Kemistry & Storm. They've been stylistically very unique and wide, with really good songs strung together regardless of the style. This one by N.O.W. isn't one of the best ones, but it's not bad. It's a great hip-hop disc minus the rapping, so if you're looking for hip-hop mood music sans vocals (for the MOST part), this is it. I thought it might be a little more moody - more in the vein of say, early DJ Cam - but it's beats are very traditional hip-hop.
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.
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By A Customer on Jan. 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
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.
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