Matthew Dear

DJ-Kicks

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Matthew Dear's addition to the !K7 label's DJ-Kicks series follows Fabric 27 (2006) and Body Language, Vol. 7 (2008) as the artist's third commercially available mix album. Like the preceding two, the selections are up to date, with only an Alex & Digby edit of Gary Sloan and Clone's "Harmonitalk" (1980) potentially making the listener feel transported to another era (à la Mixed Up in the Hague). After a gentle instrumental from Nils Frahm, Dear leads into the mix with a turbulent dancefloor ballad, one of his hypnotic, slightly unsettling best. It plays out for its duration, after which Dear sequences finely detailed and near-brutal selections that blur into one another. After the mix seems to peak with a section of battering Simian Mobile Disco, Pearson Sound, and Soulphiction tracks, Dear ratchets up the intensity with a clutch of his Audion productions. Punctuated by DJ Khalab (and Baba Sissoko)'s rolling and disorienting "Kumu," this is Dear's funnest and oddest mix yet.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Nils Frahm
2:46
2 5:12
3
feat: Mahal
1:36
4 0:30
5
feat: Kreon
1:45
6
feat: Caserta
2:21
7 2:53
8
feat: Smoke
2:05
9
feat: Decius
2:59
10
feat: Italojohnson
2:31
11
feat: Vin Sol
1:32
12
feat: Groovesh
1:01
13
feat: Duff Disco
1:32
14 2:03
15
feat: Alex & Digby
2:15
16 1:56
17
feat: Randomer
3:36
18 1:38
19 3:06
20
1:52
21
feat: Soulphiction
2:30
22
feat: Audion
2:03
23
feat: Audion
4:23
24
feat: Audion
4:17
25 6:36
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