DJ Jazner’s Jamz of 2010


IT WOULD BE a heinous offense to pin down a singular label or genre to describe Kode9’s 2010 album DJ Kicks. The initial impulse to tag on the ‘hip-hop,’ ‘dubstep,’ or even more exotic ‘post-dubstep’ catch phrases doesn’t even begin to scrape the grime off the surface of Kode9’s installment in the illustrious DJ Kicks series.

What makes this composite of Hyperdub head bangers one of jazner’s favorite albums of the year is its multiplicity. The shape-shifting dreamscapes and kinetic energy permeating throughout DJ Kicks is a breath of fresh air in an electronic music scene that has been watered down by mainstream attention and an influx of new artists all skitching on a generic, formulaic beat pattern.

After making his impression felt with his Dubstep Allstars, Vol. 3 classic, Kode9 returned in 2010 to reinvent how the industry interacts with its preconceptions of the dubstep sound.
Featuring broken beats, filthy glitch grime, wompy dub, and angelic R&B, DJ Kicks encapsulates an eclectic variety of groovy music perfect for the late-night dance party with your clique.
Kode9 mixes his 31 tracks into a seamless masterpiece that bounces throughout the musical spectrum.
Rozzi Daime’s “Dirty Illusions,” J*DaVeY’s “Mr. Mister,” and Morgan Zarate’s “M.A.B. (ft. Sarah Ann Webb)” inject a soulful hum that elegantly balances the heavy blast of bass bombs from Addison Groove’s “Foot Crab” and Ramadanman’s “Work Them.”

Leave your love for four on the floor at the door and open your mind to the syncopated beauty of broken beat made famous across the pond in the U.K. club scene. This is not house music or Deadmau5. DJ Kicks is a futuristic album that rose to the top of electronic albums in 2010, separating itself from the crowd with its progressive sound and cementing a top spot on DJ Jazner’s playlist.

Mr. Mister (full)

J*DaVeY – Mr. Mister by imculture

Footcrab (full)

Footcrab by kchekanov

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2 Responses to “DJ Jazner’s Jamz of 2010”

  1. […] “Footcrab”, a premiere track in the ever developing footwork tradition spotlighted on Kode9′s DJ Kicks, has made the rounds throughout the blogosphere and electronic magazine circuit, OGs DJs Rashad and […]

  2. […] “Footcrab”, a premiere track in the ever developing footwork tradition spotlighted on Kode9′s DJ Kicks, has made the rounds throughout the blogosphere and electronic magazine circuit, OG DJs Rashad and […]

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