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DJ-Kicks (Incl. Mix)


Download links and information about DJ-Kicks (Incl. Mix) by Motor City Drum Ensemble. This album was released in 2011 and it belongs to Electronica, House, Rock, Dancefloor, Dance Pop genres. It contains 23 tracks with total duration of 03:37:48 minutes.

Artist: Motor City Drum Ensemble
Release date: 2011
Genre: Electronica, House, Rock, Dancefloor, Dance Pop
Tracks: 23
Duration: 03:37:48
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No. Title Length
1. Door To the Cosmos (Unmixed) (featuring Sun Ra) 8:59
2. Again (Scratch 22 Remix) [Unmixed] (featuring Electric Wire Hustle) 2:14
3. Mango Drive (Unmixed) (featuring Rhythm & Sound) 7:12
4. Ariya (Unmixed) (featuring Tony Allen) 8:43
5. Stuck (Unmixed) (featuring Peven Everett) 8:43
6. Breakdown Treat (Unmixed) (featuring Bad Jazz Troupe) 5:29
7. The Juice (Unmixed) (featuring Mr. Fingers) 5:04
8. Can Your Love Find It's Way (Unmixed) (featuring Rick Poppa Howard) 6:03
9. Girl I Like the Way That You Move (Unmixed) (featuring The Stone) 6:12
10. On This Vibe (Unmixed) (featuring Fred P.) 10:22
11. Don't Forget Your Keyz (Unmixed) (featuring Creative Swing Alliance) 6:31
12. Black Woman Experience (Unmixed) (featuring The Heartbeats, Geraldo Pino) 5:34
13. Le Cortege Et Course (Unmixed) (featuring Philippe Sarde) 2:24
14. The Pace (Unmixed) (featuring Robert Hood) 9:42
15. Pop Your Funk (Vocal Version) [Unmixed] (featuring Loose Joints) 6:38
16. I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix) [Unmixed] (featuring Arts & Crafts) 5:14
17. L.O.V.E. (Unmixed) 5:56
18. Actium (Unmixed) (featuring Aphex Twin) 7:35
19. Cardiology (Isolee Mix) [Unmixed] (featuring Recloose) 6:39
20. Cosmic Cart (Unmixed) (featuring LateComer) 6:33
21. African Rumble (Unmixed) (featuring Timo Lassy) 6:00
22. Sweet Power, Your Embrace (Unmixed) (featuring James Mason) 5:27
23. Motor City Drum Ensemble DJ-Kicks Mix 1:14:34



For the 36th edition of their venerable DJ Kicks series, K7 Records tapped producer/DJ Danilo Plessow, alias Motor City Drum Ensemble, an individual who hails not from Detroit but from the German automotive center of Stuttgart (home to Mercedes and Porsche). Though his fondness for the manifold classic grooves of America's Motown is amply evident in his own productions and remixes — including, notably, the jazzy, funky Moodymann-indebted house workouts of his Raw Cuts series — that's hardly the extent of his inspirations, as this mix makes clear. Indeed, Plessow's brought together a dizzying array of tracks in nearly as many different styles: after an opening invocation from Sun Ra, he leads us on a freewheeling trip through soul (New Zealand's Electric Wire Hustle, via an irresistibly slinky Scratch 22 remix), dub (Rhythm & Sound), Afro-beat (Tony Allen, Geraldo Pino), classic Chicago acid trax (Mr. Fingers), and Detroit techno (Robert Hood), deep house (Fred P.), funky disco (a Walter Gibbons mix of Arts & Crafts' "I've Been Searching"), jazz (Timo Lassy), film music (Philippe Sarde's chugging "Le Cortège et Course"), and even an unexpectedly funky, early Aphex Twin "ambient" work. Of course, genre names are just so many words, and these cuts all basically have more in common than they do differentiating them: shared roots in African-American musical vernacular, of course, for one thing, but above all, in a word: groove. As you might imagine, Plessow simply finds that shared groove (at least, he makes it sound simple) and runs with it, keeping his transitions fluid, clean, and remarkably smooth. Actually, if there's a complaint to be lodged here it's that the mix is a little too seamless: too few tracks really manage to stick out above the generally high-quality, head-nodding flow, especially after about 20 minutes when things really start to simmer. In fact, perhaps the most startling, ear-catching moment here — the acid-squelch synth that unexpectedly burbles up in Isolée's monstrously funky mix of Recloose's "Cardiology" — turns out to belong to the original track. In keeping with DJ Kicks tradition, MCDE also contribute a bespoke new production, "L.O.V.E.," a no-nonsense funky strutter that effectively distills the essence of the entire affair, minimal and a bit murky, but still grittily satisfying. Perhaps most readily comparable to Henrik Schwarz's 2006 installment in the series (though it doesn't quite reach that mix's level of soulful spirituality, focusing more exclusively on groove and moody ambience), Plessow clinches yet another feather in K7's towering cap: one that's smartly assembled, artfully sequenced, impeccably tasteful, and indelibly tasty. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi