TBC Album Promo – DJ Kicks Matthew Dear

Welcome back to the TBC album promo feature, fresh in 2017 with an album which we have been enjoying since December when it first landed in our inbox. Following on from a successful 2016 roster with Moodymann, Dam-Funk, Jackmaster, Marcel Dettmann and Daniel Avery Dj Kicks is back in 2017 with a superb addition being to the series by the legend Matthew Dear (AKA Audion). Matthew has been around for some time now and his sound is a mixture of many genres; pop, techno, house, dub, eclectic electronica sounds and electro which is ideal for a series such as DJ Kicks. The series is always an opportunity to delve into a famous DJs repertoire, see a different musical angle or experience a leftfield musical journey and Matthew Dear doesn’t disappoint, albeit you will have to be open to his eclectic style and selection.

The mix starts with a superb intro from Nils Frahm Ode which eases you into the mix with a blissed out chilled masterpiece. Wrong with Us follows, an exclusive DJ Kicks track by Matthew himself, which is typically a Dear track with his own quirky lyrics, a nice baseline and a summery house groove that breaks  with some nice squelchy keys towards the end of the track. The mix progresses with some heavy baselines, eclectic house and growling techno that epitomises the Matthew Dear sound and are highly enjoyable with a good set of headphones and the accompaniment of a Subpac for some bass feedback. It is great to see some new artists and tracks that we are not familiar with (those which will have come from a diverse record collection of Matthew’s) but yet flow together in a very satisfying manner. Lust for Sale (MGF Remix) by Gwilym Gold x Doc Daneeka is a great pop vocal over a dub house track which stands out as the mix approaches the quarter mark. ITJ10B1 by Italojohnson follows on a few tracks later with a superb bass heavy electro track featuring an almost unidentifiable yet superb vocal that sets the track off perfectly.

The mix reaches the halfway point as you realise time has passed quite quickly yet the resounding bass and mix track selection doesn’t drop but continues to ebb and flow into the second half. There are a few tracks which drop the pace a little and reverberate around a tribal sound tinged with spacey disco sounds and effects, such as Alex & Digby’s Angolan Rumble which is played over the bizarre Harmonitalk by Gary Sloan & Clone creating a great combined track. This is followed by the equally bizarre yet entertaining and uplifting Rendell Pips by Randomer which continues the aforementioned mid-mix style.

At around track 18 the bass picks back up again and the techno sounds return with tracks from Markus Enochson and Simian Mobile Disco, both which are excellent inclusions on this DJ Kicks edition. Pearson Sound’s XLB and Soulphiction’s Sky So High maintain the heavy, and I mean heavy, bass which growls away and thunders through each track leading to an interesting trio of Audion productions. Live Breakdown, Starfucker and Brines are a great insight into Matthew’s darker techno and more experimental side delivered via his Audion alias. Starfucker and Brines really stand out with great rolling techno baselines and an array of effects and samples which set the tracks off and really push your speakers/headphones to their limit. The mix ends with Kumu which helps bring you back down after the relentless techno which preceded it and helps bookend the mix with great intro and outro tracks.

Overall this edition of DJ Kicks can definitely be classed with the more heavy, club style mixes in the series, it isn’t for the faint hearted and less experimental listeners and is a great advert for Matthew Dear and his quite unique style. I am not sure if it sits among the best in the series which boasts some truly epic mixes and collections but it is definitely up there in the DJ Kicks series. Please check out the stream link and tracklist below for yourself and enjoy. The album itself is due for release on Friday 27th January.

Thanks for reading.

TBC

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Stream the mix here:

http://dj-kicks.com/matthewdear/

Tracklist:

  1. Nils Frahm – Ode
  2. Matthew Dear – Wrong With Us (DJ-Kicks)
  3. Mahal – Ongaku (HVL Remix)
  4. Monsieur Georget – Double Lune (Third Child Boomer Mix)
  5. Kreon – Silo Sol
  6. Caserta – Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Remix)
  7. Gwilym Gold x Doc Daneeka – Lust For Sale (MGF Mix)
  8. Smoke – Nuutri
  9. Decius – Bread & Butter
  10. Italojohnson – ITJ10B1
  11. Vin Sol – Instinct (Matrixxman Remix)
  12. Groovesh – Glowing
  13. Duff Disco – Feed The Horse
  14. Dudley Strangeways – Hallam
  15. Alex & Digby – Angolan Rumble
  16. Gary Sloan & Clone – Harmonitalk (Alex & Digby Edit)
  17. Randomer – Rendell Pips
  18. Markus Enochson – Hot Juice Box
  19. Simian Mobile Disco – Staring At All This Handle
  20. Pearson Sound – XLB
  21. Soulphiction – Sky So High
  22. Audion – Live Breakdown
  23. Audion – Starfucker
  24. Audion – Brines
  25. DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Kumu

DJ Kicks – Seth Troxler TBC Promo Review

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Welcome back TBC readers to the latest of our promo reviews and this one is hot off the press! We are pleased to be able to bring you a very early promo review of the latest DJ Kicks series from K7, we hope you enjoy.
Following from DJ Koze’s entry in the K7 collection is Seth Troxler (release date 16th October 2015) who has been a key player in the electronic music scene since his arrival via Ellen Allien and Bpitch around 2009/10 and his signature wonky minimal tech house. TBC are fans of Seth Troxler, his music can be amazing, his attitude and charisma as a DJ is one of work hard, play hard which we know only too well. There have been some low points with strange lacklustre live sets and mixes but all in all Seth has taken his place among the big players in dance music and settled in for the long haul, bringing an enthusiasm and playful manner which sets him aside from others.
Seth’s previous releases in compilation format were; Boogybytes vol.5, The Lab 03, Mixmag cover CD (with Jamie Jones) and his RA podcast 156. Each release has shown what Seth is about, good house music to party to, not too pacey but something to make you dance your ass off and have fun. The Boogybytes CD is a TBC favourite, check it out (it has a great Album cover too).
Seth Troxler comments on his DJ Kicks in his own words:
“I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.”
The mix has an eclectic start with some instrumental, blissed out electronica and it isn’t until track 4 with Cobblestone Jazz where we start to get a bassline and a groove with their Northern Lights track which epitomises Seth’s sound. The mix continues in this wonky vein until the funky disco number from Hauke Freer called XK comes in and it sounds excellent with the vinyl static crackles and funky beat. Hauke Freer is a leftfield german producer and this track is a great contemporary take on a classic disco sound. Butch then delivers a tribal track called Dope which maintains the mix’s momentum and makes you want to go outside and dance in the sunshine (if your lucky to have some on tap). The percussion and vocals in this track have an infectious feel and make you want to bop around and smile. Session Victims – Stick Together then chips in with an uplifting summery disco track to maintain the sunshine vibe. The house vibe continues with Club Artist United and Jasper St Company where we hear a more old school deep house sound with a gospel vocal being thrown in for good measure. Seth then cranks it up a notch with K Alexi on a more acid house tip with an evil distorted vocal which reverberates around the track. Ohh By Mood to Swing retains the more upbeat feel injected by K Alexi, this is where Seth is providing some dance floor numbers taking you into the last third of the mix. Derrick Carter brings Dreaming Again for track 14 which is another crackly vinyl track (1999 classic) and adds a nostalgic feel with some soulful house. At this point it is obvious Seth is using vinyl because the pitch evidently bends at certain points which adds a nice homemade feel to the mix. The classics then begin to flow with Byron Stingley’s Why Cant You Be Real (2000) – another soulful house number. Vanessa McMillan, Dean Street Crew and Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Orchestra close the mix, the latter is an insane fairground ride sounding track ending the mix in the most bizarre way.
All in all, this is a good addition to the DJ Kicks series. DJ Kicks is quite a series to release on however and this instalment doesn’t hit the high notes and excel to the extent that others have in the past. It does however provide an interesting insight into Seth’s eclectic record box and the sound is typically DJ Kicks so in our view its worth the investment.
Thanks for reading
TBC