The DJ Kicks series is highly acclaimed, and rightly so; many (like Hot Chip’s) are now regarded as classics. Whether the same will be said of this is unlikely: the German duo have overloaded it with seven of their own unreleased tracks and remixes, and that detracts from the overall mix. Their crunchy electro sound, with elements of rock ’n’ rave and indie dance, may have been on the money in the late 00s, but half a decade on it fails to cause the same hysteria. That’s not to say this isn’t good; winners from Hey Today, Housemeister and WhoMadeWho rub shoulders with old favourites like Hiroki Esashika’s ‘Kazane’. But a tighter set-list would have helped the overall package.
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Download Surrender ‘Travellers’ (Sharooz remix), Housemeister ‘Sommer’, Digitalism ‘Silenz’
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