Kill the DJ


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Kill the DJ Review

by Jason Birchmeier

Only a few months after mounting a comeback of sorts with Keokiclash, his first release for Cleopatra Records after an eight-year relationship with Moonshine, Keoki followed up that electroclash mix with a mash-up one, Kill the DJ. Like electroclash, mash-up mixes couldn't have been more fashionable during the early 2000s, best evidenced by the uproarious popularity of such releases as 2 Many DJ's' As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 (2002) and Kid 606's The Action Packed Mentalist Brings You the Fucking Jams (2002). It's perhaps no surprise then that Keoki of all people spotted the trend and responded accordingly (i.e., capitalizing on it) -- and he deftly does so by also tying in the burgeoning '80s revival, making his mash-up mix an '80s-themed one. As with Keokiclash, however, his reaction time is a bit lagging, as he's about a year or so behind the initial trend and thus comes across as bandwagon-jumping. But that's Keoki (aka Mr. Johnny-come-lately), and such is life. And besides, it's the music that matters, right? -- when it's all said and done, the quality of the music should be the bottom line, not the fashionability of it. Well, if that's the case then Kill the DJ is a travesty, particularly when held up against the aforementioned mixes by 2 Many DJ's and Kid 606. Sure, Keoki throws down plenty of classics throughout his mix: some of the more notable inclusions are Gary Numan's "Are 'Friends' Electric?," Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead," the Cure's "The Walk," Kiss' "I Was Made for Loving You," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Israel," Blur's "Boys & Girls," the Ramones' "Judy Is a Punk," the Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary," Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)," Joy Division's "She's Lost Control," Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," New Order's "Blue Monday," Laid Back's "White Horse," and Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf." The track listing is astounding; it really is -- except that none are the originals. For licensing reasons, Keoki spins cheap electroclash-style remakes and remixes, which sound similar but are definitely not authentic. Moreover, his mixing is layman at best. Of course, it's still fun to trainspot -- everyone knows at least some of these tracks -- even if the reinterpretations are awful at times. And for that reason Keoki at least deserves some credit for his intentions. Had Cleopatra dished out the big bucks to license the well-known originals, Kill the DJ could have been a superfun mix, and certainly a mashed-up one. But as is so often the case with popular music, there's nothing like the real thing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Keoki feat: Sigue Sigue Sputnik 00:55 Amazon
2 Keoki feat: Gary Numan 02:08 Amazon
3 Keoki feat: Soundchaser 01:37 Amazon
4 Keoki feat: Nova 02:12 Amazon
5 Keoki feat: Godhead 01:50 Amazon
6 Keoki feat: Bellatronica 03:24 Amazon
7 Keoki feat: Queen of Japan 02:48 Amazon
8 Keoki feat: Effcee 02:17 Amazon
9 Keoki feat: Fear Cult 03:37 Amazon
10 Keoki feat: Ramones 01:53 Amazon
11 Keoki feat: Technova 04:40 Amazon
Keoki feat: Gene Loves Jezebel 03:26 Amazon
13 Keoki feat: Effcee 03:25 Amazon
Keoki feat: Dirty Sanchez 02:43 Amazon
15 Keoki feat: Dead or Alive 00:34 Amazon
16 Keoki feat: Exhibition / Susan Ottaviano 05:55 Amazon
17 Keoki feat: Nikias Chryssos 02:03 Amazon
18 Keoki feat: Freezepop 04:59 Amazon
19 Keoki feat: Queen of Japan 03:14 Amazon
20 Keoki feat: Scissor Sisters 03:54 Amazon
21 Keoki feat: Ladytron 02:54 Amazon
22 Keoki feat: Automatic 01:02 Amazon
23 Keoki feat: DJ Fuzz / Keikodonna Vs. DJ Fuzz 00:37 Amazon
24 Keoki feat: MC Unreal 00:46 Amazon
Keoki feat: Felix da Housecat / Miss Kittin 00:48 Amazon
Keoki 00:33 Amazon
27 Keoki feat: Laid Back / Funkstar De Luxe / Laid Back Vs. Funkstar De Luxe 00:45 Amazon
28 Keoki feat: Dirty Sanchez 04:49 Amazon
29 Keoki feat: Hawkwind 01:38 Amazon
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