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.
Trimming down the first of two collaborations with Thom Yorke on their Monkeytown album, Modeselektor serve up a radio edit for "Shipwreck". The pacey drum break and prolonged pads sit comfortably with Yorke's miniscule falsetto to create a direct and thoroughly enjoyable slice of Modeselektor fun that eschews their tendencies for chunky electro-derived sounds. Up next is "Dull Hull (edit V7)", which takes a similarly melancholic approach but drops the intricate break in favour of clanging industrial hits that get louder over the duration. It's a perfect bedfellow for the esoteric mood of the lead track.