Categories :

Similar artists

Albums

HI-RES$13.49
CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released September 20, 2019 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released April 26, 2010 | !K7 Records

In the liner notes to his DJ-Kicks, Juan MacLean makes the process of producing a commercially released mix sound as nerve-wracking as making an album with a band. From merely listening to this set, one wouldn’t know the hassles involved in selecting and licensing the tracks, not to mention the mental fatigue caused by the sequencing and the actual mixing. In the end, simplicity won out. Heavy on 2009-issued house records, and mixed live on two turntables (as a preference, not as a jab at flawlessly beatmatched digital mixes), MacLean’s DJ-Kicks is simply a reflection of what the DJ/producer was into at the time it was made. Beginning and ending with brief appearances from separate mixes of the Juan MacLean's “Happy House,” and containing an effectively twice-deployed Theo Parrish dub of Rick Wilhite's 1996 beatdown “Get on Up,” the mix carries a shrewdly mapped-out, albeit unforced, circularity. Even when two successive tracks contrast with one another, as with Jee Day's chest-quaking “Like a Child” and Giom’s smoothed-out “I Know You Were Right” (tame enough for a mall clothing store), it’s all pleasurable and translates as easily to a club as a car ride. The Juan MacLean's own “Feel So Good,” featuring vocals from Nancy Whang and drums from Jerry Fuchs (who passed away in November 2009), generates the set’s greatest rush and might be the best DJ-Kicks exclusive track since the one provided by Claude Young. ~ Andy Kellman
CD$10.49

Pop - Released July 4, 2005 | Parlophone UK

During the majority of the '90s, John Maclean was a central member of Six Finger Satellite, one of the most unique bands to plant itself in the post-punk continuum. The post-punk continuum was neither popular nor prone to faded facsimile during these years. Maclean became increasingly frustrated and checked out. DFA's James Murphy, who had done live sound and production work for the band, eventually coaxed Maclean (with help from label and studio partner Tim Goldsworthy) to become involved with music again. Four years after the final Six Finger Satellite album, Maclean resurfaced with a new approach, one that transferred the deep-space Krautrock and some of the antagonistic electronic elements of his band -- indicated in song titles like "Fur Immer Liebe," "Do the Suicide," and "Massive Cocaine Seizure" -- into a relatively healthier state of mind and onto the dancefloor, with prodding post-punk replaced with glazed electro-disco. A handful of singles into his new routine, including one the DFA label's greatest triumphs ("You Can't Have It Both Ways"), Maclean delivered an album that incorporates a couple previously released productions (neither of which had appeared in full on a CD) into a program otherwise designed more for home than communal listening. Helped primarily by Murphy, Goldsworthy, and vocalist Nancy Whang, the tracks on Less Than Human form a fluid whole that will doubtlessly leave some fans of the singles disappointed. The silicone disco-funk of "Give Me Every Little Thing" excepted, the album's pleasures come gradually rather than instantly. Maclean uses all his space to stretch out, especially on "Dance With Me," a subtle and only partially conscious 14-minute closer. And yet, the album is still concise and restrained, clocking in at just over 45 minutes. Less Than Human might not be what a lot of people expected, but it fits its format as well as any hard-hitting two-track single, and it's a lot more functional than most other albums made by dance artists. ~ Andy Kellman
HI-RES$1.79
CD$1.19

Electronic/Dance - Released August 9, 2019 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
CD$6.49

Dance - Released September 4, 2015 | Defected Records

CD$1.49

House - Released August 10, 2018 | Classic Music Company

HI-RES$13.49
CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released March 3, 2017 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
HI-RES$1.79
CD$1.19

Electronic/Dance - Released June 10, 2019 | DFA Records

Hi-Res

House - Released July 20, 2018 | Classic Music Company

Download not available
HI-RES$20.24
CD$13.49

Electronic/Dance - Released May 17, 2019 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
HI-RES$20.24
CD$13.49

Electronic/Dance - Released June 1, 2018 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released November 8, 2018 | Audiophile Deep

CD$8.99

House - Released November 8, 2018 | Audiophile Deep

HI-RES$26.98
CD$17.98

Electronic/Dance - Released July 19, 2019 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
HI-RES$20.24
CD$13.49

Electronic/Dance - Released October 19, 2017 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
HI-RES$13.49
CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released November 3, 2017 | DFA Records

Hi-Res
CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released September 25, 2015 | DFA Records

CD$8.99

Electronic/Dance - Released April 26, 2010 | !K7 Records

CD$1.99

Electronic/Dance - Released April 26, 2010 | !K7 Records

CD$12.99

Dance - Released June 9, 2006 | Parlophone UK

Artist

The Juan MacLean in the magazine
  • The Qobuz Minute #21
    The Qobuz Minute #21 Presented by Barry Moore, The Qobuz Minute sweeps you away to the 4 corners of the musical universe to bring you an eclectic mix of today's brightest talents. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music ...