Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
Review: It's been two years since the last installment of Justin 'Casio Social Club' Winks's Remix Collection series. This third installment focuses largely on reworks from the last couple of years - mostly for material on his own Mullet Records imprint - and sees him joining the dots between vintage electrofunk, nu-disco, synth-pop and organ-laden '90s house. Highlights are plentiful, and include a superb, synth-laden dub of Tad Wily's "Go Ahead" (complete with percussion borrowed from a BB&Q classic), a freestyle revision of Timmy Vegas's "Don't Stop", and a radio-friendly '90s house re-fix of Muddyloop's "If This Isn't Love". Oh, and two stellar versions of cuts from fast-rising Brazilian nu-disco starlet Joeblack.