25 tracks formulated into 16; that is what Kiki has managed to do. Some tracks have elements of up to 2 others meshed in, and he does it with the greatest of ease, not leading on one bit as to what he has done. It also helps that the tones and glitches of minimal and tech house allow this to go on, as certain tracks alone can sound like there are several layers going on in the one tune.
What sets this mix apart from several other house DJ's who have done things like this in the past (Jonathan Lisle and Sasha are two that come to mind) is a phenomenal track listing, knowing just the right time to add an element of another into it, and some scrumptuous house melodies with just the right amount of vocals. There are a few tracks that I think would be a little on the dull side, had they not had the extra elements, but they are instantly enhanced by there extra additives. This mix as a whole is one solid listen, without any need for track skipping.
I love it when in track 6, Michael Forzza's Kahana, Kiki picks one little moment to sneak in one line of vocals from his own track, So Easy to Forget, and the effect is brilliant. Kiki also literally uses sounds of a herd of elephants when he mixes in Donal Tierney's track Safari with a few of the early tracks in the mix. Overall, it's a work of art as a whole and one of the best mixes I've heard all year.
This CD comes out of Ellen Allien's techno label, BPitch Control and I can't wait for Sascha Funke's Volume 2 of this series! I am not sure if he's going to incorporate 2-3 tracks into 1 like Kiki did, but I am expecting it to be good as the track selection, the samples I've heard, and Funke's previous work suggests that it will. Oh, and about that cover: it's a photo taken while Kiki is moving his head from side to side, hence the funny face and messy hair! Sascha Funke repeats the look on the just as kooky cover to Boogy Bytes 2.