Compilation of the month
Jackmaster 'DJ Kicks' (DJ Kicks)
Co-founder of the Numbers night and label, Jackmaster still hasn’t released any solo stuff – practically unheard of in dance music. Yet his tune selection, Radio 1 shows and afterparty antics have made him one of the UK’s most in-demand DJs. Here, he’s clearly influenced by Detroit, Chicago and Glasgow, effortlessly taking in the soul diva sound of ‘Transient’ by Mr G, the jacking groove of Mike Dunn, the roots of Basic Channel, the dramatic stabs of Robert Hood and two tracks from RAD protégé Denis Sulta (the Jack VIP mix of ‘Dubelle Oh XX’ is stunning). An energetic, main-room mix that touches on many styles.