Manhattan-based DJ Nick Hook can be a bit of a wild card when it comes to his DJ sets. But this isn't a matter of inconsistency as it is versatility: He serves as a purveyor of techno, house, bass and club as part of Nextah, is a resident DJ at Dre Day (an annual celebration of the rapper's birthday), and recently released an album on A-Trak and Nick Catchdub's Fool's Gold imprint as part of his experimental dance outfit Cubic Zirconia. The latter is likely the most reflective of his production style, as the group combines funk, soul, disco, house and pop for their new-wave dance fare. With his newest mix for the Good Peoples party collective, Hook shows just how eclectic his taste is, and what can happen if he's stuck on a plane while wired on coffee. A looped, gun-shot-laden instrumental from one of Dr. Dre's Chronic classics serves as a transition from Gravediggaz' early nineties hip-hop into the dramatic melancholy of Björk's "Hunter," a playfully smooth edit of Slum Village's "Fall In Love" segues into Dam Funk's silky "Wanna Thank You," and he sandwiches Danny Brown between Boards of Canada and Hudson Mohawke. Clever, subtle hooks are Hook’s angle this time, even when he's flying high on caffeine.
Flying Lotus, "Camel"
Gravediggaz, "1-800 Suicide"
Dr. Dre, "N***a Witta Gun"
Company Flow, "Vital Nerve (ft BMS)"
DJ Shadow, "Changeling - Transmission 1"
Slum Village, "Fall In Love" (Prince Klassen Fantastic Edit)
Dam Funk, "I Wanna Thank You"
Roots Manuva, "Witness Dub"
Notorious B.I.G., "Things Done Changed"
Boards of Canada, "Music If Math"
Danny Brown, "Pac Blood"
Hudson Mohawke, "All Your Love"