PlayGROUP DJ Kicks (!K7/Fusion III) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Remixer and album sleeve designer Trevor Jackson (aka Playgroup) follows up his recent collaborative disc with this electro-funk-punk DJ mix CD for the popular DJ Kicks series. By drawing unlikely connections between Metro Area's tech-house, the Rapture's disco punk and a dubbed-out remix of the Human League, Jackson manages to pull off a sound that's fun but not dumb. He picks out some of the more interesting aspects of contemporary dance music and also unearths the dusty classics that inspired them, combining it all without much technical flair but with a strong sense of programming. It's a very pleasant surprise from !K7.