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DJ Kicks - Cinthie

    Following her debut album on Aus in 2020, Berlin’s Cinthie marks another milestone in her career delivering the latest installment of the esteemed DJ-Kicks compilation series for !K7 Records.

    Berlin-based producer, DJ, record store owner and head honcho of numerous labels, Cinthie, has long been a key figure in the House scene. Her career in the industry dates back decades, working behind the desk of a record store in Saarbrücken near Frankfurt and as a resident DJ at several clubs in the city.

    Now in 2022 the highly acclaimed artist has well and truly cemented herself as a driving force for the contemporary house scene, releasing material on the likes of her own 803 Crystal Grooves, Aus, Shall Not Fade, Key Vinyl and taking crates from Tokyo to Paris, London, Amsterdam and beyond with her DJ sets as well as regular appearances on her home turf and clubbing mecca, Berlin.

    Cinthie feels like "DJ-Kicks is a milestone in every artist’s career’’ and told us “When putting my track list together, I wanted to make sure to shine a light on my old heroes as well as the new kids in the game”.

    TRACK LISTING

    CD TRACKLIST **unreleased / Exclusive
    01 Terrence Parker - I Love The Way You Hold Me (TP’s Bangin’ House Re-Edit)
    02 Niles Cooper - Oldtown Dub
    03 Shinichiro Yokota - Time Lapse
    04 Sandile - Jammin And Slammin **
    05 Cinthie - Organ (DJ-Kicks) **
    06 HDSN - I House You But Love
    07 Amir Alexander - Blessed Are The Meek
    08 UC Beatz - Crash Nerd **
    09 Lis Sarroca - Maravella **
    10 Ruff Stuff - Trim On (Dirty V) **
    11 Camion Bazar - YLB
    12 Anil Aras - Flat Pack **
    13 Adryiano - Non Stop
    14 Paul Johnson - Y All Stole Them Dances
    15 Ben Hauke - Ain’t Bad
    16 Logic 1000 - I Won’t Forget
    17 Boo Williams - Emergency Tech **
    18 St. David - I See U' Movin **
    19 BMW - Jump Around **
    20 Gloved Hands - Given Up
    21 Amy Dabbs - Flexin
    22 Felipe Gordon Feat. Bob The Egoist - Please Don't Go **
    23 Anna Wall - The Storm Ends

    2LP TRACKLIST **unreleased / Exclusive
    A1 Cinthie - Organ (DJ-Kicks) **
    A2 HDSN - I House You But Love
    B1 Sandile - Jammin And Slammin **
    B2 Anil Aras - Flat Pack **
    C1 St. David - I See U' Movin **
    C2 UC Beatz - Crash Nerd
    D1 Ruff Stuff - Trim On (Dirty V) **
    D2 Felipe Gordon Feat. Bob The Egoist - Please Don't Go **

    Various Artists

    DJ Kicks: Jessy Lanza

      Jessy Lanza has always made music that perfectly suits the mood – whether it’s the heads-down trance of the dancefloor or that hazy, post-club bliss. It’s no surprise for an artist that takes electronic music’s most intoxicating sensibilities and effortlessly reimagines them as experimental pop and R&B. The Canadian singer, producer and DJ from Hamilton, Ontario, has trodden an inspiring path which led to 2013’s boldly minimalist debut Pull My Hair Back, released on revered UK label Hyperdub. Gorgeously complex follow-ups Oh No – shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Prize – and 2020’s All the Time crowned her as a singular talent in the left-of-pop sphere.

      It’s with this genre-bending approach that Jessy Lanza presents her entry for the DJ-Kicks series – a sprawling, club-indebted odyssey that draws you in closer and closer with each listen. Recorded this summer, the mix is an incisive snapshot of her emotional landscape during the past 18 months. In 2020, with nothing but a van, a few personal belongings and her musical gear, Lanza and her partner relocated from New York City to the Bay Area to ride out the pandemic. A change of scenery, buoyed by the slower pace of their new home, gave her a fresh perspective during a worldwide screeching halt.

      Jessy Lanza’s DJ-Kicks mix also arrives as a divine stroke of timing. As the world slowly starts to re-open, it’s a portal into the ecstatic energy of the dancefloor; an emblem of genuine healing – both personal and communal – that transports listeners to a state of pure euphoria.

      TRACK LISTING

      CD
      01 Jessy Lanza - Guess What
      02 Jessy Lanza - Seven 55 (feat. Loraine James) [DJ-Kicks]
      03 Jessy Lanza - Wet X3 (feat. Taraval)
      04 DJ Spookie - Twilite
      05 Michael J. Blood - Lip Biter
      06 Mr. Ho - Bail-E
      07 Crystal - Jungli - La [Joe Howe Club Mix]
      08 Masarima - Freak Like U [Club Mix]
      09 Golden Donna - Foaming
      10 Mafia Boyz - Teaspoon La Qoh
      11 Markus Mann - I'm Losing
      12 Jim C. Nedd - Maleka
      13 Maarten Van Der Vleuten - Nightshift
      14 Secret Werewolf - Yage
      15 Grain - Untitled B2
      16 Gant-Man - Distorted Sensory (Loefah's South Side Rmx)
      17 G3 - Drum 2 [Peanut]
      18 Lolina - A Path Of Weeds And Flowers
      19 Dee Jay Nehpets - Na Na Na
      20 Oyubi - 140yaku
      21 DJ SWISHA - If The Shoe Fits
      22 Jessy Lanza - Heaving Featuring Taraval
      23 TAH - Beat It Up Like (These Drums)
      24 Kanyon - IDFW Snakes
      25 CN - Anubis
      26 The Raining Heart - Raining Heart

      2LP
      A1 Jessy Lanza - Guess What
      A2 Jessy Lanza - Seven 55 (feat. Loraine James) [DJ-Kicks]
      A3 Jessy Lanza - Wet X3 (feat. Taraval)
      A4 Oyubi - 140yaku
      B1 Jim C. Nedd - Maleka
      B2 Jessy Lanza - Heaving (feat. Taraval)
      B3 Dee Jay Nehpets - Na Na Na
      B4 DJ SWISHA - If The Shoe Fits
      C1 CN - Anubis
      C2 Lolina - A Path Of Weeds And Flowers
      C3 Mafia Boyz - Teaspoon La Qoh
      C4 The Raining Heart - Raining Heart
      D1 Michael J. Blood - Lip Biter
      D2 Markus Mann - I'm Losing
      D3 Mr. Ho - Bail-E
      D4 Golden Donna - Foaming

      The 68th edition of the DJ-Kicks mix series is another landmark one, with experimental producer Laurel Halo taking the reins. The American’s adventurous 28 track trip features seven exclusives, including two of her own plus those from Rrose, Machinewoman, FIT Siegel, Nick León and Ikonika.

      An electronic outlier, Halo hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but has been based in Berlin for a number of years. Landing on labels like Hyperdub, Honest Jon’s and Latency, Halo has released a body of work ranging in style, yet cohered by production and compositional tendencies that sound distinctly her own. Her studio work tends to be a multi-layered mix of the electronic and the acoustic, the organic and the synthetic. As a DJ, meanwhile, she lays down more floor focussed mixes of techno, bass and worldly drum rhythms, and her live sets are similarly visceral and direct.

      Halo’s DJ-kicks packs a lot in to just 60 minutes. It kicks off with the first of two of her own exclusives, ‘Public Art’, a tactile piano loop that sets the melodic tone of the mix in focus. Crunchy drums soon take over and begin what is a blistering ride through electro, trippy minimalism and textures that range from icy and dubby to steel plated and sharp from the likes of Red Axes, Parris and an exclusive from Rrose.

      Another exclusive, rough and ready cut from Machinewoman follows, before the mid section twists and turns on surging drum patterns, frantic industrial textures and spaced out gqom sounds from the likes of Griffit Vigo, Dario Zenker and Final Cut. This is a mix forever on the move: one minute its tightly coiled and kinetic, the next it’s loose and joyful before switching into more cerebral and insular passages that keep you intrigued.

      Fusing together so many disparate sounds and textures is no mean feat, but like everything Halo does, here they all add up to something as thrilling and edgy as it is unpredictable and compelling.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: DJ Halo joins the DJ Kicks club with a post everything set of unorthodox dance bizznizz. At times propulsive and percussive, elsewhere hazy and wavy, the largely synthetic house selection is littered with fragments of rave, breakbeat, electro and experimental sounds, all tied together by the producer's own unique style.

      TRACK LISTING

      CD
      1. Laurel Halo - Public Art **
      2. Stallone The Reducer - Always Hate
      3. Red Axes - 5 Min (feat. CAR)
      4. Parris - Puro Rosaceae
      5. Rrose - Cricoid Pressure **
      6. Machinewoman - Just Made Some Jazz Music **
      7. WCC - Ana
      8. FIT Siegel - Pennyrut **
      9. Yamaoka - Plastic PQ
      10. Siete Catorce – Canto
      11. Facta - Poliwhirl
      12. Laurel Halo & Hodge - The Light Within You
      13. Ikonika - Bodied **
      14. Griffit Vigo - A.C.I.D (Electronic Gqom Mix)
      15. Panda Lassow - Lachowa
      16. Dario Zenker - Koraimer Bro
      17. Final Cut - Temptation
      18. Aos - Violent Light
      19. Geoffrey Landers - Brian’s Having A Party
      20. Via Maris - Side Effects
      21. Laurel Halo - Oneiroi
      22. Nick León - Pelican Dub **
      23. Stefan Ringer - Lust
      24. Kirk The Flirt - Loser
      25. Laurel Halo - Sweetie (DJ-Kicks) **
      26. Blake Baxter - Funky World (Blake Baxter Remix)
      27. Kiki Kudo - Freakey Keke
      28. Group A - Ketabali
      29. Whitefield Brothers – Ntu
      ** = Exclusive Track

      LP
      A1. Laurel Halo - Public Art **
      A2. Parris - Puro Rosaceae
      A3. Rrose - Cricoid Pressure **
      B1. Machinewoman - Just Made Some Jazz Music **
      B2. FIT Siegel - Pennyrut **
      B3. Siete Catorce - Canto
      C1. Ikonika - Bodied **
      C2. Panda Lassow - Lachowa
      C3. Nick León - Pelican Dub **
      D1. Stefan Ringer - Lust
      D2. Laurel Halo - Sweetie (DJ-Kicks) **
      D3. Group A - Ketabali
      ** = Exclusive Track

      An expressive electronic album filled with sadness, yet one with the sort of positive, stirring resolve that leaves you feeling utterly comforted, Bjarki’s new album "Happy Earthday" is influenced by his home country Iceland as well as environmental issues. 'Maybe you can feel the melancholy of my life, the nature overall. Volcanos and the lava flowing down the slopes, the frightening noise of the ocean beating the land, the strong wind in the mountain passes and a glimpse of the first ray of the rising sun over the glacier. Now that is the dawn of a new day.”

      Having released bodies of work on Nina Kraviz’s label трип and his own label bbbbbb, Bjarki views "Happy Earthday" as his proper debut album; he feels it’s a more coherent and conceptual body of work that finds him offering up music he never thought he would release. 'You can consider this album a window into my head and even my soul,' says Bjarki. 'For me it is a bit odd, sharing like this to the world. As a very private person I am not used to opening my door so completely. It’s a little scary for me. ‘What if …’ I wonder, expecting all kinds of everything.'

      The album contains very personal material written over the last decade during fragile moments of introspection. And because of that, 'releasing this album is also a kind of a farewell to music I made in a certain period in my life. It’s like I’m saying farewell to a grown-up child which is now ready to leave the nest.'

      There are skeletal rhythms with sombre chords lingering in the air, downbeat drums with heavy moods, and moments of more uplifting optimism along the way. Throughout the album - made up of comparatively short tracks that help the whole thing move at an engaging pace - Bjarki always manages to make his machines sing with real resonance; they ooze genuine pain and a stunning sense of melancholy that is comforting even when the tempo is raised and drums come to the fore.


      TRACK LISTING

      1/A1. BlessuðBörnin
      2/A2. Alone In Sandkassi
      3/A3. ( . )_( . )
      4/A4. Two-brainedness
      5/B1. AN6912
      6/B2. Healthy Texting
      7/B3. Bheiv_sheep
      8/C1. ANa5
      9/C2. Cereal Rudestorm
      10/C3. Salty Grautinn
      11/C4. Sprinq 3-2
      12/D1. Plastic Memories
      13/D2. LitaogLeira
      14/D3. Happy Screams
      15/D4. UX

      Reto A Ichi (AKA Prefuse 73)

      The Lapse Of The Exchange / Alone Moving Often

      Reto A Ichi is a sonic tabula rasa for Guillermo Herren AKA Prefuse 73. There are identifiable elements of the artist you already know - an uncanny sense for rhythm, an ability to shape samples and frequencies like clay, an affinity for the subtle changes of repetition - yet this is first and foremost music born from the need for silence. There is no easy entrance point or index for the listener.

      The first album, "The Lapse of Exchange", is the sound of life as heard from a small Chinatown window in downtown Manhattan, the thunder of populism on the horizon. The album opens with music that reflects the inherent tension between the life of the artist - the self-doubt, the late nights, the aspirations - and the world outside - the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, the wars abroad, the politicians at home. It's a tension felt in the repeating, circling keys of "Let The Pianos Freeze", the pulsating rhythms of "No Juntos", or the call and response of pitched vocal samples in "A Sword In The Rain". Ultimately it all becomes too much for our unwitting hero: the car horns outside the window, the 24 hour news cycle, the early stages of an election that tears down any remaining semblance of normality. Reto A’ichi can no longer grasp his humanity or connect to that of people around him.

      With the walls closing in, he packs his small life and escapes. This change in situation is reflected in the second half of the album, with tension giving way to a rush of emotions: modulated elation on "All Regrets", sweeping melancholy on "Tuesdays Always Awful", and soaring hope on "Broad Plant Pt.2". On Alone Moving Often, the second album, we find Reto A’ichi away from the city, lost in the vastness of empty summer houses and the complications that solitude brings. Sitting in the prison of his own quiet, Reto A’ichi seeks to capture the essence of silence: the compositions are stripped back further ("Pforever Reto"), the instruments given prominence ("So Contra"), and the chaos of the city replaced by the cacophony of nature ("Criminality"). To be alone, one must learn to constantly move in both work and purpose. As the rest of the record unfolds, Reto A’ichi comes to realize that nothing is ever truly quiet and that to run from the world is to simply find yourself in another part of it. A sense of acceptance for these unsettling realities is reflected in the music, from the harsher tones and frequencies that resonate throughout "Noise Counter Melody" and "Ghost Arpeggio" to the heavy stroke of the keys on "Alone Moving Often" and the haunting drone of "Mountainside Hillside".


      TRACK LISTING

      The Lapse Of The Exchange
      1/A1. These Times Are Closing (Intro)
      2/A2. Gambling In The Snow
      3/A3. Let The Pianos Freeze
      4/A4. No Juntos
      5/A5. It's Her Birthday
      6/A6. A Sword In The Rain
      7/A7. Zato Lullaby Pt.2
      8/B1. All Regrets
      9/B2. The Leaning Tower Of Our Leaders
      10/B3. Tuesday Always Awful
      11/B4. Percussions, Hearts And Airs
      12/B5. Broad Plant Pt.2
      13/B6. These Times Are Closing (Outro)
      14/B7. Not Enough Gravity (Reprise)

      Alone Moving Often
      1/C1. Criminality
      2/C2. The World According To West 50th Pt.1
      3/C3. So Contra
      4/C4. Pforever Reto
      5/C5. The World According To West 50th Pt.2
      6/C6. Duration Meditation
      7/C7. Everything In The Air
      8/D1. Magazine PM
      9/D2. Alone Moving Often
      10/D3. Noise Counter Melody
      11/D4. Mountainside Hillside
      12/D5. Ghost Arpeggio

      Lars Eidinger is an artist, born and raised in Berlin, working mostly as an actor at the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin. He is especially known for his interpretations of the characters Hamlet and Richard III in the eponymous plays of William Shakespeare in productions directed by Thomas Ostermeier. He also appeared in several German movie productions such as "Everyone Else" by Maren Ade, "Home For The Weekend" by Hans-Christian Schmid and "Blooms Of Yesterday" by Chris Kraus alongside international films such as "Goltzius And The Pelican Company" by Peter Greenaway, "Mathilda" by Alexey Uchitel and "Clouds Of Sils Maria" by Olivier Assayas plus German and international TV series like "Tatort", "Polizeiruf 110", BBC’s "SS-GB" and the Netflix series "Sense8" by the Wachowski Sisters. In 1998, during the time he was studying acting he released a 10" called "I’ll Break Ya Legg" under his name on !K7’s sub label Studio 54, produced on a PC in the basement of his parents house on a 4 MB sound card - the whole record is 100% sample based. The resulting sound is Lo-Fi, giving the whole tonal aesthetic a very rough and dark feel with a very melancholic and morbid atmosphere.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. There Sense Thus Weak
      A2. Laughing Potatoes In A Microwave
      A3. Ludicous Figure
      A4. Empty Teardrop
      A5. Hard Spoiled 96
      B1. Dynamite Colabear
      B2. Where Has My Love Gone?
      B3. Park Without A Fade Out
      B4. Sorehead In Amble Mood
      B5. Looking Birds Holes In The Ass
      B6. Sad Organ

      Tosca

      Suzuki

      First press since original release in 2000, Suzuki is the second studio album by Austrian downtempo / trip-hop duo Tosca, released by Studio !K7 and G-Stone Recordings in 2000. Unlike many of Tosca's subsequent releases, "Suzuki" is essentially an instrumental album, with vocal samples integrated throughout, but in such a way that they "become a part of the instrumentation." The album is dedicated to the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki. The dedication can be found on the inside of the front cover.

      TRACK LISTING

      1 Pearl In
      2 Suzuki
      3 Annanas
      4 Orozco
      5 Busenfreund
      6 Honey
      7 Boss On The Boat
      8 John Tomes
      9 Ocean Beat
      10 The Key
      11 Doris Dub
      12 Pearl Off

      Following a year that saw the 50th entry in the long-running series released to wide acclaim, DJ-Kicks returns in 2016 another landmark edition. Iconic Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann is at the helm for his first ever multi-artist DJ mix compilation. Born Kenny Dixon Jr., Moodymann is a one-of-a-kind electronic music icon, hailing from, and wholly synonymous with the Motor City. He is an outspoken, impossibly charismatic artist who has been putting a distinctive and soulful stamp on house and techno since the early 90s. Melting together jazz, funk, soul, blues and rock in captivating ways, he is responsible for some of electronic music’s most definitive tracks, EPs and LPs on labels like Planet E, Peacefrog and his own KDJ and Mahogani Music imprints. As able to serve up the sweetest and most sensual sounds as he is the darkest and most depraved grooves, his own unique voice and stream of conscious musings infuse expertly sought-out samples for music that is decisively alive and authentic.

      Across 75 minutes and 30 tracks, Moodymann does not disappoint: despite being a notorious vinyl fetishist, Dixon’s aim is to present music of quality, not to one-up fellow collectors. Rather than serving up ridiculously rare or hard-to-find records, he instead focuses on creating a libidinous, blues-drenched mood that takes in heart-breaking soul, gorgeous hip-hop and love-fuelled house. In addition to cuts from his own creative circle, the mix features 11 exclusive Moodymann edits. Like everything Kenny Dixon Jr. touches, DJ-Kicks showcases the taste, skill, and soul of a dance music original.


      TRACK LISTING

      CD -
      1. Yaw - Where Will You Be
      2. Cody ChesnuTT - Serve This Royalty
      3. Dopehead - Guttah Guttah
      4. Jitwam - Keepyourbusinesstoyourself
      5. Talc - Robot's Return (Modern Sleepover Part 2)**
      6. Beady Belle - When My Anger Starts To Cry**
      7. Shawn Lee Feat. Nino Moschella - Kiss The Sky
      8. Jai Paul - BTSTU**
      9. Flying Lotus Feat. Andreya Triana - Tea Leaf Dancers**
      10. Nightmares On Wax - Les Nuits
      11. Rich Medina Feat. Sy Smith - Can’t Hold Back (Platinum Pied Pipers Remix)
      12. Julien Dyne Feat. Mara TK - Stained Glass Fresh Frozen
      13. Little Dragon - Come Home
      14. Andrés Feat. Lady - El Ritmo De Mi Gente
      15. Fort Knox Five Feat. Mustafa Akbar - Uptown Tricks (Rodney Hunter Remix)
      16. Daniel Bortz - Cuz You're The One**
      17. José González - Remain
      18. Big Muff - My Funny Valentine
      19. Les Sins - Grind**
      20. Tirogo - Disco Maniac
      21. SLF & Merkin - Tag Team Triangle**
      22. Joeski Feat. Jesánte - How Do I Go On**
      23. Kings Of Tomorrow Feat. April - Fall For You (Sandy Rivera's Classic Mix)**
      24. Soulful Session, Lynn Lockamy - Hostile Takeover
      25. Anne Clark - Our Darkness
      26. Peter Digital Orchestra - Jeux De Langues**
      27. Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox)**
      28. Marcellus Pittman - 1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4)
      29. Lady Alma - It’s House Music
      30. Daniela La Luz - Did You Ever ** Moodymann Edit.

      LP -
      A1. Yaw - Where Will You Be
      A2. Flying Lotus Feat. Andreya Triana - Tea Leaf Dancers**
      A3. Les Sins - Grind**
      B1. Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox)**
      B2. Julien Dyne Feat. Mara TK - Stained Glass Fresh Frozen
      B3. Jitwam - Keepyourbusinesstoyourself
      C1. Dopehead - Guttah Guttah
      C2. Talc - Robot's Return (Modern Sleepover Part 2)**
      C3. Peter Digital Orchestra - Jeux De Langues**
      C4. Jai Paul - BTSTU**
      D1. Beady Belle - When My Anger Starts To Cry**
      D2. Daniel Bortz - Cuz You're The One**
      D3. Joeski Feat. Jesánte - How Do I Go On**
      E1. Nightmares On Wax - Les Nuits
      E2. SLF & Merkin - Tag Team Triangle**
      E3. Lady Alma - It’s House Music ** Moodymann Edit
      F1. Tirogo - Disco Maniac
      F2. Kings Of Tomorrow Feat. April - Fall For You (Sandy Rivera's Classic Mix)**
      F3. Soulful Session, Lynn Lockamy - Hostile Takeover.

      AKASE

      Graspers - Bonus Disc Edition

      !K7 serve up another superb release here, dropping the debut LP from UK live and studio duo, AKASE, aka Harry “Midland” Agius and Robbie Redway. "Graspers" was recorded over the course of two years in Harry’s studio in South East London. Both members of the group had equal input, putting to good use their respective backgrounds and influences, in the end coming up with something new, fresh and absorbing. With a helping hand from legendary producer and studio wizard Ewan Pearson of Kompakt Records association, this album has come together naturally, at its own pace, with no outside pressures, and that really shows. At just 44 minutes long, "Graspers" is all about capturing emotions and brief moments in time, and it does that expertly. Kicking off with the broody, swelling "Adrift", the album unfolds through glitchy beats and pained vocal lines on "Rust" before tracks like "Beseech" de-humanise Redway’s vocals into fractured organic textures. Percussion ranges from crisp and sharp to slick and uplifting and Redway’s voice takes on many different forms. At once pained, at other times carefree, it lends a compelling edge to the variously frazzled, floating, staccato and sombre drums and synths that frame and drive each track. This is a timeless album that stands up to intimate headphone listening, but it also works for post break-up nights in and emotionally laden post club afterparties. With live shows also in the pipeline, "Graspers" is sure to resonate throughout 2016.


      TRACK LISTING

      1/A1 Adrift
      2/A2 Rust
      3/A3 Borderlines
      4/A4 Beseech
      5/A5 Call
      6/B1 Is It Because
      7/B2 Murmur
      8/B3 Deft Ways
      9/B4 Feel A Little
      10/B5 Graspers
      11/B6 Extract.

      Various Artists

      Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions - 2022 Repress

        Originally released on Studio !K7 Records in 1998, Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister's groundbreaking release, 'The K&D Sessions' reset the bar for what could be achieved in a compilation. Across an array of original tracks, dubs and infamous ‘K&D Session’ remixes, the DJ and producer duo took the listener on a smoke-filled blunted journey that flowed flawlessly. Often compared to DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing' for its similarly deft craft of rhythm and quoted by Allmusic as "the most blissfully blunted music the world has ever heard", the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies to date and was included in Spin’s ‘Top 20 albums of 1999’. The album has long since been deleted on Vinyl with original 4LP sets changing hands for €300+ on the collectors market and even a bootleg vinyl copy will set a buyer back over €100. Sixteen years later, this legendary album will be available as a long overdue 5LP reissue remastered by Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Roni Size - Heroes Kruder'S Long Loose Bossa
        A2. Alex Reece - Jazz Master K&D Session Tm
        B1. Bomb The Bass - Bug Powder Dust K&D Session Tm
        B2. Lamb - Trans Fatty Acid K&D Session Tm
        C1. Count Basic - Speechless Drum 'N' Bass
        C2. Rocker’S Hi Fi - Going Under K&D Session Tm
        D1. Depeche Mode - Useless K&D Session Tm
        D2. Count Basic - Gotta Jazz Richard Dorfmeister Remix
        E1. Aphrodelics - Rollin' On Chrome Wild Motherfucker Dub
        E2. Knowtoryous - The Revenge Of Bomberclaad K&D Session Tm
        F1. Rainer Trüby Trio - Donaueschingen Peter Kruders, Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänskajütenremix
        G1. David Holmes - Gone K&D Session Tm
        G2. Sofa Surfers - Sofa Rockers Richard Dorfmeister Remix
        H1. Mama Oliver - Eastwest Stoned Together
        H2. Bomb The Bass - Bug Powder Dust Dub
        H3. Kruder & Dorfmeister - Boogie Woogie
        I1. Sin - Where Shall I Turn K&D Session Tm Vol. 2
        I2. Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony - 1St Of Tha Month K&D Session Tm
        I3. Kruder & Dorfmeister - Lexicon
        J1. Knowtoryous - Bomberclaad Joint K&D Session Tm
        J2. Rocker’S Hi Fi - Going Under Evil Love And Insanity Dub
        J3. Strange Cargo - Million Town K&D Session Tm.

        New Look

        New Look

        Recorded over the past three years, across the creative trinity of Berlin, Brooklyn and the sleepy hollow town of Hamilton, near Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, New Look’s self-titled debut album is a feverishly anticipated affair. The Canadian future-pop duo and real life couple, Sarah Ruba and Adam Pavao have an undeniable creative synergy, combining the stunning, synth-playing chanteuse and former model, 25-year-old Ruba and multi-instrumentalist, 31-year-old producer Pavao.

        There is a confidence and wit to their songwriting, coupled with cosmic tweaks and soft synths underpinning their future pop aesthetic. It’s controlled yet wistful pop perfectionism. Opening with “Nap on the Bow”, New Look slowly caress an introductory world of warm 80s analogue pads and distanced echoes, the track building up around Ruba’s ethereal dreams. Striding along with “Numbers” and “A Light”, New Look showcase their talent for creating a multi-synth-orchestra vibe. The band’s obsession with analogue equipment rises through the MIDI gaps, with the gear’s white noise and tape hiss being musically manipulated around gorgeous, crystal clear vocals.

        New Look’s anthemic single “The Ballad” is the record’s futuristic pop centrepiece, juxtaposed by the stripped-back, harder hitting electro of “Teen Need” where Ruba’s vocals are twisted with a late night, 5am throwback party vibe. With a pitched down Sarah Ruba contributing androgynous guest vocals on “You & I”, the album’s morning-after-the-night-before turnaround, the latter half of the album returns to New Look’s soaring, amorous electronic pop roots.


        TRACK LISTING

        01. Nap On The Bow
        02. Relax You Mind
        03. Numbers
        04. A Light
        05. The Ballad
        06. Teen Need
        07. You & I
        08. So Real
        09. Drive You Home
        10. Everything

        Various Artists

        Songs For Endless Cities Vol.1 - Brackles

        "Songs For Endless Cities" is a new series that will be focusing on the new generation of DJs and producers who have a fresh and individual take on an ever evolving electronic scene.

        Anyone with a passing interest in new electronic music may have noticed a generational shift over the last few years, and Brackles comes from that new wave of producers, promoters, DJs, hustlers and bustlers who have little to do with the 40+ year old Ibiza veterans still punting out big tunes for ever diminishing creative returns. They’re part of the 'hardcore continuum', but not shackled by it, they play post dubstep / future garage / UK funky but aren’t defined by it, and whilst the likes of Brackles and his contemporaries work dancefloors with the kind of energy only a new, young generation of DJs can, their musical scope and breadth reaches well beyond club confines.

        "Songs for Endless Cities" aims to capture a slice of Brackles after hours and out of hours, with the afterglow still burning, maybe the rhythms still bumping, but with the freedom to rove around a bit, enjoying and exploring sound without always having to turn back to the dancefloor. From the langorous, ethereal machine funk of opener Flying Lotus’ "Mr Chippy", and the cosmic-jazz tinged 303 energy of Floating Points' "People’s Potential", the classy, stripped back future-soul of Roska’s "I Need Love" and the UR-style strains of Dorian Concept's "Trilingual Dance Sexperience", to Deadboy’s "If You Want Me," a lethal combination of broken, funky rhythms, futuristic machine drones, disembodied soul diva looped up into hypno oblivion, topped off with an M1 organ riff straight out of the Frog and Nightgown in 1996, "Songs..." never stays in one musical place, but is a very much a coherent whole.


        TRACK LISTING

        01. Flying Lotus - My Chippy
        02. Floating Points - Peoples Potential
        03. Zomby - Tarantula
        04. Roska - I Need Love Feat. Anesha
        05. Brackles - Blo
        06. Martin Kemp - No Charisma
        07. Kyle Hall - Luv For KMFH
        08. Cooly G - Love Dub Refix
        09. DJ Dom - Sunshowers
        10. DJ Mystery - Speechless Feat. Natalie K
        11. Hypno - Over The Top
        12. Rishi Romero - African Forest
        13. Breach - Fatherless
        14. Deadboy - If You Want Me
        15. 2562 - Dinosaur
        16. Dorian Concept - Trilingual Dance Sexperience
        17. Funkineven - Must Move

        After 10 years of forward-thinking musical fusion, Boozoo Bajou return with their most seductive and sophisticated album yet, "Grains". The producers Florian Seyberth and Peter Heider are already widely respected around the globe for their unique blend of downbeat with blues, jazz, soul, Latin and dub elements. But on "Grains", the Nuremberg duo take a lighter and brighter path, absorbing acoustic folk and classic songwriting into their progressive musical journey. Boozoo Bajou earned global attention with their irresistible breakthrough single "Night Over Manaus" in 1998, their 2001 debut album "Satta" and its 2005 sequel "Dust My Broom". They also demonstrated their wide-ranging musical taste on two excellent mix compilations, "Juke Joint" and "Juke Joint II".

        Tracklisting
        1. Flickers
        2. Sign
        3. Big Nicks
        4. Same Sun
        5. Grains
        6. Fuersattel
        7. Heavy On Me
        8. Kinder Ohne Strom
        9. Tonschraube
        10. Messengers
        11. Nebelkloster

        Dani Siciliano

        Slappers

          Building on the critical success of her debut full-length album "Likes" and her collaborations with Matthew Herbert, "Slappers" is very much a statement of intent. A masterpiece of swinging syncopation, melodic sophistication and inspired sampling, "Slappers" belongs to that rare vintage of record that fizzes, twangs and sashays in all the right directions, slicing through house, disco, electronica, pop, blues and even a little country with wit, verve and honesty. Dani's sung on all the Herbert albums, from "Around The House" to "Bodily Functions", the big band outing "Goodbye Swingtime" and 2006 outing "Scale". Matthew returns the collaboration favour on this album, sharing production duties with Dani here.

          Out Hud

          Let Us Never Speak Of It Again

            Out Hud release the follow up to 2002's "STREET DAD", keeping up associations with !!! (for whom Tyler Pope, Nic Offer and Justin Vandervolgen also play) and LCD Soundsystem (for whom Tyler Pope also plays bass). "Let Us Never Speak Of It Again" was recorded in Washington DC, before the band returned to their New York house to have it mixed and deconstructed by band member Justin Vandervolgen. The album is an indefinable feast of filthy grooves, spectral sounds, tribal beats and haunting melodies that is unmistakably their own and yet immediately familiar, with tracks influenced by sources as various as Adrian Sherwood, Larry Levan, Judy Nylon, Dr Dre, dub, disco, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Lenky and Dancehall. It's been called 'Freak Sh*t' and it's been called 'Mutant Disco', inevitably it's going to be one of the defining records of 2005.

            Five Deez

            Kinkynasti

              This is the first proper UK LP release from the Fat Jon produced Ohio quartet, and shows them at the top of their game, taking in everything from sweet soulful numbers for the ladies (extra vocals come from Venus Malone, Amleset Solomon and Arnyka Harris) to headnodders and breakers for the b-boys and flygirls to booty bass and R'n'B flavas. Good stuff.

              Smith & Mighty

              Life Is...

                The Bristol duo are back with more of what they do best - dubby downbeat with heavyweight soundsystem basslines and soulful / reggae vocals.


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