The DJ Kicks series is very proud to present its newest release – "DJ Kicks: Playgroup".The stunning mix was produced by London’s Trevor Jackson, the mastermind behind the highly acclaimed Playgroup project . In 2001, Playgroup released its debut album that instantly was considered a classic. The idea behind the album was simple: Take some disco and boogie beats, leave the odd ironic twist behind and think more about making a spirit of eclecticism it’s central tenet. Mashing up funk, punk, hip hop and new wave into a funky whole and adding guest appearances by reggae legend Shinehead, indie pioneer Edwyn Collins or Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna, Trevor Jackson created a colourful album full of positive and uplifting music that both had a pop appeal and an underground feel.
Though his name has largely stayed in the backroom until recently, Trevor Jackson has been around for quiet a while. In fact, he’s been involved in so many projects, that he could be considered as one of UKs leading grandmasters of cool. He began his musical career in the late 80s by designing record sleeves. Trevor Jackson designed for Champion records and 4th & Broadway for such artists like Eric B. & Rakim and the Jungle Brothers, he designed the trademark covers for the Stereo MCs, Raze and Todd Tery. In the meantime, he already played music with his C-64 home computer and a 4 track tape machine. In the early 90s Trevor Jackson was the brain child of hip hop act The Brotherhood, which led him into creating more music and to start a label called Bite It!. Attention from major labels began, commissioning him to remix their most imporant acts. Calling himself The Underdog, his remixes were highly anticipated and well respected . Via his remix work, the Brotherhood eventually signed to Virgin in 1996. The Brotherhoods first album "Elementalz" was cited by many as "The greatest UK rap album ever" but eventually the band split and Jackson embarked on producing The Emperor’s New Clothes for Acid Jazz . To his disappointment, the label decided not to release the album so Jackson took a time out to decide what to do next.
In 1996, Trevor Jackson started a brand new label called Output. The label has released over 40 releases to date. Fridge and Four Tet began on Output as well as Paris’s Black Strobe and Atom Heart’s LB project. As The Underdog Jackson remixed U2, UNKLE with Ian Brown and Thom Yorke, Run DMC and Massive Attack amongst many others. With Bristol’s original wild bunch, Trevor Jackson traveled Europe on the 1998 tour. DJing since the mid 80’s, Trevor was a regular at the legendary Mo’Wax Blue Note sessions "Dusted" and since the release of his Playgroup album has started playing on the global club circuit.
Naturally, for !K7 it was the perfect time to ask the man for a "DJ Kicks" mix. For it, Trevor Jackson came up with a selection that reflects many of his musical influences from the past years. You’ll find all time heroes like the Human League or KC Flightt as well as current hotsters like Smith n’ Hack or Metro Area. There’s New Yorks no-wave revivalists The Rapture close to original punk funksters The Flying Lizards, Manchesters Jay Walk and the great I:Cube Mix of Ana Rago. Trevor Jackson blends music from more than two decades of club and dance culture into a superbly funked up mix. No doubt, the "DJ-Kicks: Playgroup" will boost Mr. Jackson into orbit.