Jackmaster

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AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson

Glasgow-based Jackmaster (Jack Revill), co-founder of the well-regarded Numbers label and club night, followed up his 2011 FabricLive mix CD with an installment of !K7's lauded DJ-Kicks series. The FabricLive mix seemed to reflect his all-encompassing eclecticism for the sake of a smoothly flowing mix; his DJ-Kicks set is still eclectic, ranging from early-'90s Detroit techno obscurities to the types of U.K. bass bangers Numbers is known for releasing, but it has a much more seamless flow. It's not really about peaks and valleys; it maintains a similar energy level throughout most of the mix. That's not to say there aren't a few surprises, or that all the tracks sound similar. Far from it, actually. While there's generally a pleasant, euphoric vibe, especially during the more chilled-out opening tracks, there are moments of excited tension that crop up throughout the mix. He blends a Chicago acid house track by Mike Dunn with a more spacy electro-leaning track by Massimiliano Pagliara, and a few minutes later there's a more sinister EBM-flavored house track from Eli Escobar. Later on in the mix, minimal techno from Ricardo Villalobos and Basic Channel mingles with breakbeat house tracks from Tessela and Overmow. Denis Sulta's "Dubelle Oh XX (JVIP)" is the mix's centerpiece, and it mainly consists of a sentimental melody recalling Kraftwerk's "Computer Love," but there's a very brief moment when it breaks for a few seconds of U.K. bass roughness before switching back to the sublime melody. This wonderfully demonstrates Jackmaster's flair for surprising selections while keeping the mix focused on moving the crowd.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jackmaster feat: Lnrdcroy 06:21 Amazon
2 Jackmaster feat: Denis Sulta 05:23 Amazon
3 Jackmaster feat: Phil Moffa 03:11 Amazon
4 Jackmaster feat: X_1 04:16 Amazon
5 Jackmaster feat: Eliphino 03:39 Amazon
6 Jackmaster feat: Massimiliano Pagliara 01:31 Amazon
7 Jackmaster feat: Mike Dunn 02:24 Amazon
8 Jackmaster feat: Playground Productionz 02:18 Amazon
9 Jackmaster feat: Eli Escobar 04:00 Amazon
10 Jackmaster feat: Alcatraz Harry 02:01 Amazon
11 Jackmaster feat: Lory D 02:08 Amazon
12 Jackmaster feat: Tomahawk 02:23 Amazon
13 Jackmaster feat: Anno Stamm 03:44 Amazon
14 Jackmaster feat: Denis Sulta 04:54 Amazon
15 Jackmaster feat: Konakov 04:21 Amazon
16 Jackmaster feat: Mr. G 04:20 Amazon
17 Jackmaster feat: Basic Channel 04:02 Amazon
18
Jackmaster feat: Fango 05:00 Amazon
19
Up
Jackmaster feat: Tessela 01:29 Amazon
20 Jackmaster feat: Ricardo Villalobos 04:31 Amazon
21
A2
Jackmaster feat: Dean & Deluca 01:50 Amazon
22 Jackmaster feat: Robert Hood 02:13 Amazon
23 Jackmaster feat: Overmow 02:58 Amazon
24 Jackmaster feat: Pom Pom 00:49 Amazon
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