23 Songs, 3 Hours 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Launched in 1995, DJ-Kicks is one of the longest-running and best-known series of DJ mix albums around. In late 2011, Brit producer Derwin Panda (a.k.a. Gold Panda) was featured in the series, and his effort is a keeper. His 2010 full-length debut, Lucky Shiner, received strong reviews, and he opens his DJ-Kicks album with one of his own tracks, “An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds.” Shimmering bells, handclaps, and stacked rhythms are placed over a thumping beat to create music that’s driving and atmospheric. Electro tracks often trade in goofiness, but Drexciya’s excellent “Andreaen Sand Dunes” has a sense of restraint displaying a quiet sense of drama. Closer Musik’s “Maria” exudes a vibe as pleasing as a warm bath before seguing into Gold Panda’s “Back Home.” This stuttery, organ-laced original, along with Panda’s opener, is one of the best things here. On “Beacon,” LV & Untold create murkily detailed dubstep that evokes the darker, danker spaces of an imagined subterranean world. Giuseppe Ielasi’s “2” brings the album to a hypnotic end with a compelling dronescape.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Launched in 1995, DJ-Kicks is one of the longest-running and best-known series of DJ mix albums around. In late 2011, Brit producer Derwin Panda (a.k.a. Gold Panda) was featured in the series, and his effort is a keeper. His 2010 full-length debut, Lucky Shiner, received strong reviews, and he opens his DJ-Kicks album with one of his own tracks, “An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds.” Shimmering bells, handclaps, and stacked rhythms are placed over a thumping beat to create music that’s driving and atmospheric. Electro tracks often trade in goofiness, but Drexciya’s excellent “Andreaen Sand Dunes” has a sense of restraint displaying a quiet sense of drama. Closer Musik’s “Maria” exudes a vibe as pleasing as a warm bath before seguing into Gold Panda’s “Back Home.” This stuttery, organ-laced original, along with Panda’s opener, is one of the best things here. On “Beacon,” LV & Untold create murkily detailed dubstep that evokes the darker, danker spaces of an imagined subterranean world. Giuseppe Ielasi’s “2” brings the album to a hypnotic end with a compelling dronescape.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

missMasakados ,

Nice!

Loving "An Iceberg hurled Northward through Clouds" (great name by the way), and Puerto Rican girls (hot)!!

give me free music ,

Gold Panda

Is like a chilled solemn day in Texas.

NastyLauder ,

Tamely creative (or creatively tame?)

"Old-school." First words that come to mind upon first playing this latest in the long-standing K7 series.
Rather on the tame side though, leave it to a Brit to make lyric-free electronica sound compelling.
"Subdued" is the next word that appeared in my mind's eye.
This is good chill-out music; and yet, with K7 I expect a little ground-breaking, and it's not happening here.

Ah
"underwhelming" is another word I was looking for.

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