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Our NYC buddy Nick Hook (of Cubic Zirconia) with a mix for LuckyMe that pleases our ears with everything from Lunice to Kraftwerk for a perfect saturday night hype vibe or for when – as the title suggests – you’re dreary from crossing time zones.

“Seven degrees of separation is all bullshit. It doesn’t exist. The maths add up but really people in this world are not equally connected. See most of us are just nodes, all individuals. We do our work and we see our friends and we retire for the night. But if you want to know people, really meet people, you need these ‘hubs’ – these guys who spent their life doing their work and then going out to meet people, refusing to retire for the night. And Nick Hook is one those hubs. We met at SXSW in 2010 and me and Mo instantly fell in love with him after watching Cubic Zirconia melt this packed lil show to 150 people in a tiny style bar. The next day we all gatecrashed Peter Rosenbergs beats showcase and Nick was hitting shots of Jameson and freaking out the backpackers by blowing a rave whistle over the MPC hip hop sets. Ever since, we’ve been cool. The last few years of knowing him have resulted in us meeting some of our heroes through him (YAKBALLZ!) and introducing him to mutual friends (AZEALIA BANKS!). We’ve played a couple great parties together in New York, London & Scotland. And we’re still trying to get a release out of him but Nick is always flying somewhere to hang out and work with someone else. Anyway – we’re looking forward to SXSW again this year. And this tape is a SXSW flyer for him. It sums up the people he knows and works with – as well as the insane amount of travelling he does and the good vibe he effortlessly exudes. Salute Nick Hook. Most popular unsung hero in every single scene right now.”

Nick Hook – Fuck Jetlag Crossin’ Time Zones Mixtape (direct link)

Two reasons to lust after the new Round Table Knights remix EP:

1) Limited 300 copy 12″ vinyl pressing looking so crispy.
2) Erm, the music on afformentioned beautiful EP.

For example, L-Vis 1990 & The Neon Dreams ascend “Paparussi” to a previously unattainable level of vibes, and adding Javeon McCarthy’s fantastic vocals to the track is a brilliant decision that makes it sound immediately more organic and intimate.

Calling them the new Fleetwood Mac of the dance music world may be misinterpreted as an insult, but it’s anything but: the professionalism of recording quality (presumably Cubic Zirconia’s Nick Hook at work) and the pacing of the track never falters as it grows to a shimmeringly bright climax, and the final product feels polished and exciting in a way that few other releases lately have been able to achieve.

Comparatively, Mercury and Homework have a lot to live up to with their renditions of “Say What?!” – but both bring something special to the plate. Mercury adds on some soft diva humming under their escalating and falling house stabs, and Homework forgoes the vocals altogether, twisting the track into something unrecognizably different, but catchily enough that it doesn’t even matter.

Out on Made To Play later this month.

MTP039 Round Table Knights – Remixes (VINYL) by Made to Play