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Party-Mix

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Trevor Jackson discreetly leaked a small pressing of this bewildering hourlong '80s mix near the end of 2002, just as his DJ-Kicks and first Playgroup album were beginning to gather dust on the shelves. Though the attitude and scope are similar, this is wildly different from his DJ-Kicks mix, skipping with infectious energy through disco, old school rap, electro, new wave, house, and several points between. Each song gets a few seconds before giving way to the next; it's not seamless, of course, but it's quite a thrill -- especially on the first listen, which leaves one attempting to predict what's on deck -- and it's apparent that Jackson must've spent a great deal of time piecing it all together. Just as the song identification is about to roll off the tongue, the next track is already fading in. It's a blast, but the effect wears off after a couple plays; listening to it through the ears of a friend will be a different kick, just to watch her or his expressions as each track comes to pass. A very small sampling of the songs that make up this disc: "Acid Tracks," "Genius of Love," "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life," "Rapper's Delight," "The Breaks," "Soul Makossa," "Galaxy," "Computer Games," "Erotic City," "Blue Monday," "Is It All Over My Face," "You're the One for Me." Do not listen to this if you hate fun.

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