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DJ Kicks - Forest Swords

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The latest edition of K7!'s ever essential DJ Kicks compilations sees Forest Swords take on curatorial duties. Following acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, soundtrack and installation work, and remixes of the likes of Bjork, Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords has curated a 25-track compilation that draws a line between past inspirations and his current peers. "During all of the nights that shaped me as a music fan there wasn't really a focus on DJing etiquette; sticking to genres, perfect transitions – it was all pretty DIY and purely like having someone cook up their personal mixtape in front of you, to surprise you and to explore different sounds" says Barnes. "That kind of rough-around-the-edges approach is so much more exciting to me than something sterile and seamless and I wanted to carry that spirit into this compilation." Chosen over the course of a few weeks in winter 2018, the mixed version was cut on Barnes' laptop during a wintery cross-country train journey. Like much of his own output, his DJ-Kicks skirts around pristine electronics and embraces more organic textures: 80s post punk (Anna Domino, Dead Can Dance), classic 90s British electronica (Orbital, Mira Calix), and smokey digi-dub (Rhythm & Sound), all rub up alongside some of the most forward-facing producers working today (Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, Fis). The compilation sifts through rhythms, shifting speeds and emotions: from pop icon Neneh Cherry's primal thudding to the zombified throb of exclusive Forest Swords track 'Crow' via Deena Abdelwaheed's clattering deconstructions to the euphoric two-step of Djrum. It's a collection of tracks that feels as restlessly curious and weighty as Barnes' own work

TRACK LISTING

CD
1. David Toop - Things Just Went Sour Gradually All At Once
2. Forest Swords – Voice Memo Of Outdoor Singing Group In Chinatown, Liverpool
3. Anna Homler & Steve Moshier - Ŏŏ Nu Dah
4. Kara-Lis Coverdale - Imgs /r
5. Dialect – Th Ree Sisters Theme
6. Rhythm & Sound W/ Love Joy - Best Friend
7. Anna Domino - With The Day Comes The Dawn
8. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
9. Tokyo Prose & FIS - The Truths
10. Dead Can Dance - Mesmerism (Remastered)
11. Forest Swords – Crow
12. Lutto Lento – Gyal A Devil
13. Disjecta - Smokehead
14. Skinnerbox – Gender (Axel Boman Remix)
15. Deena Abdelwahed - Walk On, Nothing To See Here
16. Pantha Du Prince - Welt Am Draht (Animal Coll. Remix)
17. Mira Calix - Umchunga Locks
18. Laurel Halo – Throw
19. Demdike Stare - Mnemosyne
20. Djrum - Showreel Pt.2
21. Orbital - The Box (Part 1)
22. Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - VII
23. The London Bulgarian Choir - Pilentse Pee
24. Vashti Bunyan – Here Before
25. Forest Swords – Voice Memo Of Piston At Manchester Museum Of Science & Industry
26. Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameron – Eden Liquindi 2
27. Ánde Somby - Gadni (Spirit Of The Mountain)

LP
A1. The London Bulgarian Choir - Pilentse Pee
A2. Rhythm & Sound W/ Love Joy - Best Friend
A3. Anna Domino - With The Day Comes The Dawn
A4. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
B1. Forest Swords – Crow
B2. Tokyo Prose & FIS - The Truths
B3. Dead Can Dance - Mesmerism (Remastered)
B4. Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameron – Eden Liquindi 2
B5. David Toop - Things Just Went Sour Gradually All At Once
C1. Kara-Lis Coverdale - Imgs /r
C2. Lutto Lento – Gyal A Devil
C3. Laurel Halo – Throw
C4. Disjecta - Smokehead
D1. Demdike Stare - Mnemosyne
D2. Orbital - The Box (Part 1)
D3. Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - VII
D4. Vashti Bunyan – Here Before

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