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DJ Kicks

3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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For Hot Chip's installment of the legendary DJ-Kicks series, the boys deliver an eclectic mix that features everything from German minimal techno to classic pop, hip-hop, grime and garage. This is a mix that covers an unbelievable broad range of styles and truly pulls it off. To top off the mix, they threw in a brand new, exclusive Hot Chip track entitled "Piano Song," which takes their sound to an entirely new level.

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Asking a DJ to produce a mix record isn't the most revolutionary idea in the world, but the DJ Kicks series offers a slightly different spin. Contributing artists are tasked with delving into the deep recesses of their collections and challenging listeners with unexpected combinations. Past entries have landed somewhere on a continuum from "interesting and insightful" to "excruciating, hipper-than-thou obscurity." Hot Chip's entry in the series manages to stay on the good side of that scale. Of course, Hot Chip are barely DJs at all, as records like 2006's The Warning veer wildly between indie rock and tweaked pop-dance hybrids. That freewheeling instinct serves them well here, creating stylistic whiplash and rattling the listener with a fun, herky-jerky flow. The first 25 minutes or so are especially good, with a quick snip of Positive K's "I Got a Man" up against the fat bass sound of Gramme's "Like You," eventually peaking with "Bizarre Love Triangle." You'll want to Google some of the music in this batch, especially Soundhack and the standout track "B1." Later, the record loses its nerve and devolves into more or less a straight dance record, with only occasional sparks like Wookie's "Far East." But they finish strong, following up Audion’s "Just F***ing" with Joe Jackson and Ray Charles. While it's not perfect, this DJ Kicks manages an unforced cool and a healthy unpredictability that stops just short of random, making Hot Chip seem both hip and unpretentious. --Matthew Cooke
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: !K7
  • ASIN: B000NKHS8O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By MT on September 8, 2007
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I definitely disagree with the other guy. One star? C'mon man. The track selection here is great -- My Piano, Steppin Out, Bizzare Love Triangle, etc. Great stuff. So, yeah, the mixing is not alway stellar, but then again Hot Chip is putting together disparate genres with wildly differing bpms -- songs, it should be remembered, that aren't always in a 12" long intro format. So I can definitely overlook a less-than-seemless house mix (there are no "trainwrecks" here my man).

And btw, if you think the mixing on this album is much different than many in the DJ kicks series, you're wrong. The occassional choppy segway is the price of being eclectic and actually taking chances. If you want a perfectly seemless mix go pop in your tiesto. I'll stick to real music, thanks.

Four stars for a daring and fun mix.
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I took a chance and picked this up after hearing it at a listening station and being so baffled and intrigued that I had to decipher it for myself. At first, I thought it was just wilfully obscure, but I was determined to crack it because I sensed that there was a heart beating underneath the cool surface. I kept listening to it over and over, trying to take in the wide scope of the thing, and then I couldn't stay away from it. I found myself reaching for it again and again and I grew to absolutely love it. It has a lonely soul inside it that I find very appealing. If this sounds at all interesting to you, I would advise you to take a chance. You might fall in love with it as I have. There's a warmth to it that I find irresistable. Don't resist.
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While the whole mix is worthwhile, perhaps the main reason to pick this up is for the exclusive Hot Chip song "My Piano". It's easily in my top 5 favorite songs from the band and essential for anyone who loves HC
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