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Compilations - Issue 595

Peggy Gou - DJ-Kicks

Peggy Gou


Peggy Gou quickly became one of dance music’s biggest superstars. It’s not just the high profile clubs and festivals she plays that make it so, but the hardcore fanbase she has that chant her name, gift her giraffes and wave their shoes at her at every gig. She’s a party-starting acid, house and techno DJ who gets any crowd in a frenzy, often draped head to toe in Louis Vuitton, Dior or her own new fashion brand Kirin. But the cover of her DJ-Kicks disposes of high fashion in favour of stonewash jeans and a plain white T-shirt: the inference is that Gou wants to let her music do the talking here. And it sure says a lot across eighty action packed minutes. Nineteen tracks from the likes of Kyle Hall, Andrew Weatherall, Aphex Twin and DMX Crew range from raw, percussive workouts to slow acid contortions via thumping techno, breezy house, and her own Metro Area style disco stepper, ‘Hungboo.’ It works as an interesting window into her wider musical world, but also a classy club mix with a great sense of momentum. Mixing often comes secondary to selections, but when the selections are this good, no one is going to care.
Kristan J Caryl
Idris Elba Presents: The YARDIE Mixtape


Idris Elba Presents: The YARDIE Mixtape


Director’s cuts
Delivered as an “aftershock” to last year’s directorial debut, Elba selects solidly on this tape. Cadenza’s ‘Teapot’ brings the classic ‘Stop That Train’ riddim right up to the minute – probably par for the course for David Rodigan’s son – while the beat on Newham Generals’ ‘King Fox’ is hard as nails, not without a few burnt-out bars from the veterans. Elsewhere, Elba reminds us of his skills at the controls with the reggae production ‘Stand By Me’, and Mala comes with an atlas stone’s worth of bass weight, even if the melody gets a bit James Bond at times. His snares slap hard, mind, and with some sampled film dialogue thrown in for good measure – and plenty of dubwise business – this mixtape has some staying power.
Jack Pepper



Lonely Table

What a heartening release this is – two years ago, Lonely Table and the Arts Council gave a welter of young unheard artists a blank canvas after they had experienced the Barbican exhibition of works by legendary post-punk/hip hop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Opener ‘Legend’, by Wu-Lu, Lex Amor and Ego Ella May tips you the wink that what you’re going to hear on ‘Untitled’ isn’t about reverence or politeness, it’s about paying proper tribute to JMB by being as free-wheeling and experimental as was. Fullstop and Kojey Radical among many others keep you guessing, keep you surprised, and occasionally keep you startled. The music these young artists were inspired to make has taken two years to come together but it’s been more than worth the wait. This is astonishing new music made by astonishing new people that crosses all the worlds (ambient, hip-hop, post-punk, funk) that Basquiat’s work documented. The man himself would have LOVED it.
Neil Kulkarni