With their recent debut album on XL Recordings receiving much acclaim, Jungle are getting the remix treatment here from Joy Orbison, adding an extra club bite to their crossover pop sound. Orbison opts for a slow and sinewy revision that works around a distinctive arpeggiated chord and sizzling drums, keeping the TV On The Radio-esque vocals in the mix and working in some illustrious synth sweeps for added drama. It's a finely balanced affair that manages to pack a punch while staying tender and patient at the same time, suggesting prime warm-up fodder for those craving a 4/4 heater laden with an authentic kind of soul.
Confusingly, this is actually the second full-length round up of exclusive tracks from the DJ Kicks mix series (the first, with the same title, was released in 2006). It gathers together notable exclusive tracks from some of the many DJs and producers who've contributed to the series in recent years. It makes for fascinating and enjoyable listening, flitting between sounds and styles at a breakneck pace. Highlights include jazz-flecked deep house from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Henrik Schwarz, dextrous dancefloor jazz from Four Tet, a Hall & Oates impersonation from Chromeo, booming bass music from Scuba and a dash of bleary-eyed New York disco from The Juan MacLean. Oh, and a decidedly bleep-heavy two-step rinse out from Photek & Kru. Check it.