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DJ Kicks - Deetron

    DJ-Kicks start 2018 in fine style with another vital entry into their long running series. The latest comes from Swiss DJ and producer Deetron on March 3rd 2018, and features an exclusive solo track as well as exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell.

    As one of the other most famous musical exports from his Swiss homeland, he has pretty much done it all from fabric and Balance mix CDs to running his own label, from essential albums like Twisted and Music Over Matter on Music Man Records to club focussed 12”s on Will Saul’s Aus Music and French label Circus Company. After 20 years in the game, he is still in demand at key clubs around the world, and is sufficiently respected as to be able to call on big names like Seth Troxler, Cooly G and Ben Westbeech for collaborations.

    This landmark mix shows off his timeless style and passion for the nostalgic emotions associated with Chicago and the serene machine soul of Detroit. Selected from records that have resonated with him over the years and that continue to conjure strong feelings, it also features various vocals from friends “in the style of a traditional mixtape,” explains the artist.

    “Over the years I have worked on bringing techno and soulful vocals together and I wanted to represent that in the mix. On the technical side of things, the mix represents my work as a producer and remixer as well as my aim to recreate tracks using three decks when deejaying. A large part of the mix was recorded using three decks but I also included a section which I approached more like a production or remix.

    “The eighty minute mix starts with the spine tingling chills of Carl Craig’s ‘Goodbye World’ and smoothly builds through dreamscape house from masters of the form including Gifted & Blessed, Linkwood, Soulphiction and Mr Fingers. Often only playing a few minutes of each track with more than 35 employed in all, this is a dynamic and ever-evolving soundtrack with masterfully blurred transitions.

    The early melodic beauty of the mix slowly makes way for more propulsive drums from the likes of Morgan Geist, Aardvarck and DJ Koze, while the mid-section gets trippy and zoned out with deep, elastic grooves. Carl Craig then reappears with his remix of Tony Allen’s ‘Kilode’ to break up the beats and colourful keys and smooth classic house slowly lead towards a more techno leaning crescendo with Floorplan and Derrick May providing the blissful goods. Ending on the dissipating energies of Jessy Lanza’s ‘Strange Emotion’ is a fine move that leaves you feeling cleansed and ready to go again.

    This is an adventurous mix that packs a lot in without ever feeling hurried or harried. In short, it is the sound of a master deck technician doing what he does best.

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    Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions (Vinyl Edition)

    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.


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    5xLP Info: Repress!

    Reto A Ich

    The Lapse Of The Exchange

      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".

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      DJ Kicks - Nina Kraviz

      How much do you really know about Nina Kraviz? She’s a Russian techno DJ, an accomplished producer, one of dance music’s breakthrough names of the last five years. True enough, but there’s so much more to her story than that. She’s one of electronic music’s most interesting characters, someone who has stuck to her musical guns since day one, someone who has wide-ranging roots that run deep in the past, yet she’s also the embodiment of the future. Her signature sound is a raw blend of house and techno with a very acidic feel. If that feels very now, Kraviz has a lot to do with it, which is why she was asked to mix the latest instalment of !K7’s landmark ‘DJ Kicks’ series.

      The result is up there with the best in the ‘DJ Kicks’ back catalogue. It’s a sublimely crafted set, deep and trippy, like you’ve tuned into a mysterious pirate radio station in the dead of the night or stumbled across a stream from an illegal party. Fourteen of the 30 tracks are exclusives from Kraviz’s ???? label, including three of her own: ‘Mystery’, ‘IMPRV’ and ‘Prozimokompleme’. “People probably know me for my Dance Mania-inspired, stripped down jacking groove style of DJing but the idea behind this particular mix was to create more of a trippy underwater vibe. A mysterious, sonic journey, inspired by the times I used to listen to late night radio growing up and imagine that all the sounds brought to me via the radio waves came directly from space.”


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      2xLP Info: Long overdue re-press of Nina Kraviz's forward thinking entry in the DJ-Kicks series.

      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.

      Kerri Chandler is house music royalty, and he is next to take the reins of the ever essential DJ-kicks mix series. His sumptuous selection is out on October 20th and arrives with a substantial release tour that includes a launch party at this year’s ADE.

      Without New Jersey native Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler, house - specifically deep house - would sound very different. Ever since his teens he has been making and playing music with a unique sense of soul, jazz and deepness. From majors like Atlantic, King Street Sounds and Nervous via his own Madhouse, his releases are never short of genre-defining classics that have spawned a thousand copycats. Affectionately referred to as the Stevie Wonder of house, Kerri’s DJ sets take him all over the world and often find him playing live keys next to his informed selections. He’s meticulous about sound, too, which means that no-ones kicks hit quite like Kerri’s. His instantly classic and timeless DJ-kicks mix, though, takes him out of the club and through a world of influences and inspirations. “It’s like me taking you for a walk in New York,” he says. “Like a music tour guide, we go through Brooklyn, Soho, midtown, the Bronx and Uptown, and parts of New Jersey.”

      The resulting selection is an unhurried and very personal mixtape with blends, fades and cuts all allowing the music to do the talking. At various points throughout, we hear Kerri speaking into the mic, and that only adds to the feeling that you are sat in his living room as he pulls out all his favourite cuts. He also lays down some of his magical keys at various points, lending yet more personality to the mix.

      Sessions brings together a personal selection of Carl Craig's incredible back catalogue, from his early work under the aliases Paperclip People, Psyche and 69 to worldwide hits like "Throw" and ground-breaking tracks like "Bug in the Bassbin". "Sessions" reminds us of how exciting and unique Carl Craig's productions and remixes are and why he remains at the top of his game - a retrospective of one of the world's most influential and groundbreaking figures in electronic music.

      DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next instalment in its long running and landmark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint.

      The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks. These include a brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink and called ‘Certain Angels,’ plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes. In programming these two diverse, eclectic and yet coherent rides, DJ Tennis shows off his singular knack for nailing an aesthetic that is subversive yet seductive in equal measure.

      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.

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      DJ-Kicks - The Exclusives

        A key fixture of !K7’s identity since it’s debut in 1995, DJ-Kicks is arguably the world’s best and most respected mix series. Spanning a broad range of DJs, producers and visionary musicians, DJ-Kicks has offered illuminating trip after trip, seamlessly tracing more than two decades of alternative, electronic culture.

        This latest compilation brings together the last few years of stellar exclusive tracks from some of our favourite recent Kicks mixes, including material from DJ Koze, Dam-Funk, Actress, John Talabot and Marcel Dettmann.

        Michael Mayer. Credited by many as one of the leading tastemakers in dance music, his DJ sets have influenced a generation (or two) of musicians and fans out there today. An artist that has never allowed time or age to slow him down – Michael Mayer remains tirelessly motivated behind the DJ decks, in the studio or behind his desk at Kompakt, the company he co-owns.

        Last year’s full-length LP, ‘&’, was Michael’s fourth, a departure that saw him extensively collaborate with an impressive host of contemporaries and friends, including Joe Goddard, Prins Thomas and Agoria. Complimenting these excursions perfectly, Michael’s long overdue contribution to the legendary DJ Kicks series finds the Cologne artist in just as generous of a mood, only rooted in his ever-expanding record collection, and above all, his defining instinct to share the beauty of music with others. “On an abstract level, the approach was basically the same for both projects”, observes Mayer. “For & I put together a group of people that are close to my heart. For Kicks it was a group of records that are like friends to me. All of the tracks I used went through heaven and hell with me. They've become true companions. Circling in on and bringing together these friends was the only criterion for the making of this mix. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”

        Perhaps unnervingly to some, fifteen years have passed since the debut edition to Mayer’s breathtaking, scene defining mix trilogy, Immer. Not that it’s legacy - Resident Advisor’s #1 Mix of the 00s, one of Rolling Stone’s 30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time - has disturbed Mayer’s formidable workload. A catalogue of no less than 23 EPs, 4 albums and 170 remixes informs a near constant level of international touring. Exhausting as this can be, even after all these years, it’s a ritual that informs the delicate construction of Mayer’s contribution to the DJ Kicks series.

        Tosca

        Going Going Going

        Sometimes in life you find yourselves at a point where you need to walk away and leave something behind if you ever want to go back to it. Other paths must be walked, other experiences learnt from to give you a fresh view of where you’ve come from. In that sense going back to the roots, rediscovering their past with fresh eyes, is the concept behind Richard Dorfmeister & Rupert Huber’s new Tosca album, "Going Going Going".

        For over two decades and several albums Tosca has served as a vehicle for Richard and Rupert to express their personal moods and impressions, each release holding up a mirror to their inner lives. Now though after ten albums the journey has come full circle and once again they’ve returned to the kind of instrumental tracks, full of deep beats and dubbed out textures that made Tosca’s name. The result is "Going Going Going", an album that Tosca fans will immediately recognize and yet one that doesn’t just trade on former glories. Bursting out the blocks like a lucozade fuelled Usain Bolt, opening track "Import Export" sounds like a Lee Scratch Perry version of a Ennio Morricone soundtrack, a motif which reoccurs throughout the album, most notably on "Dr Dings", their reinterpretation of America’s classic "Horse With No Name". Executed with the same sultry sound design, melodic flair and rhythmic prowess as the rest of their impressive catalogue, "Going, Going, Going" presents the horizontal dancers and over-stoned smokers with a baked dozen of dreamy delights.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A brilliantly executed combination of organic acoustic guitar, effected guitar slides and a grooving percussive backdrop. Slightly more celestial outings have hints of dub, techno and trip-hop. The more you listen the more you notice, it's jam-packed full of little barely noticeable tidbits of sound, and every one of them is perfectly placed to give you maximum vibes. Great stuff.

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        Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

        Closing out a hefty year of DJ-Kicks releases is one Daniel Avery, bringing with him two exclusive new tracks and a host of techno heavy goods. In his own words:
        "To me, the most appealing thing about electronic music is that it requires time and patience to fully enjoy. It’s about becoming lost in the repetition and the atmosphere. The warmth of the kick drum. It’s important to remember to take a breath in this world. The studio and the club can offer similar experiences in that regard but it never feels like it’s running away from things. It’s almost the opposite: it’s in those moments where we stop that we can feel the most alive.
        We’re constantly being told that modern generations have no attention span but it’s simply not true. There is more out there to distract us but we have not changed as humans. Kids now want to go and listen to a DJ play for ten hours and become locked in their world. A mix CD, like an album, is designed to be listened to from beginning to end. It’s something I still firmly believe in."
        Well, we couldn't agree with you more, Danny Boy, and when said mix CD includes pure fiyah from Slam, In Aeternam Vale and Mr Avery himself, we're all in for a real treat.


        Michael Mayer is one of the leading German tastemakers in dance music and his DJ sets have influenced a generation (or two) of musicians and fans.As an artist, Mayer remains tirelessly motivated to DJing, in the studio or behind his desk at KOMPAKT, the label he co-owns. His recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. ‘&’ is his third full-length, a passionate and personal album that speaks as broadly as his DJ sets - embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dance floorin front of him.

        &’ is the rare manifest of an established artist who is willing to risk it all and challenge himself, and the world around him. 12 tracks, 12 single narratives coming from a group of very individual minds orchestrated by Michael Mayer – the DJ, artist, A&R but most importantly, obsessed music lover.Michael describes the process of curating and creating ‘&’ as a constant battle between his three alter egos but “the obsessed music lover has had the final say.”

        As diverse as they are, all the tracks that result from this long and winding road create a cohesive story and present the elasticity of Mayer’s musical galaxy. Michael gladly leaves it to the rest of the scene to discuss the different grey shapes of club culture. For him there is only one club culture – a playful and open-minded one that’s easy to comprehend after you hear ‚&’.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        CD Info: Initial copies include indies only bonus disc of remixes & Instrumentals.

        Matthew Dear’s Audion project stands proudly at the intersection between art and hedonism, realised over a decade long dedication to powerful and relevant dance music. Growing out of the vibrant DIY Detroit underground, Audion and his contemporaries were free to feed off the energy reverberating from UK and European dancefloors, but singular in their desire to create their own sound and spirit. An Audion release is techno in its purest sense - whether it’s pushing the bombastic limits, spinning the dancefloor out of control or elegantly toying with just a few sonic elements.

        ‘Alpha’ is Audion’s first artist album in 10 years and comes at the end of a period of fevered activity. The collective body of work standing as a marker in time and a defining moment in the life of the artist. Drowning out the noise of the outside world, ‘Alpha’ was a puzzle pieced together sonically in the shadows and wildly brought to life in a matter of weeks. The artwork for ‘Alpha’ has again been realised by Will Calcutt, Dear’s long-time collaborator, who has a visual plan for the music that matches the sonic vision, completing the final critical piece of the puzzle.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Dystoptian techno heaven. Pristinely produced but filthily saturated hardware jams. Booming sub-bass and to-their-breaking-point resonators squelch and scream , whilst Tresor-esque 808 kicks underpin the whole endeavour. Meticulously crafted robot rave. A++, would listen again.

        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.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Putting the Grey Goose on ice, KDJ condenses the unique experience of one of his genre blurring club sets into an hour of prime home entertainment. Spanning hip hop, soul, house and disco, Kenny's set grooves hard from start to finish.

        Tricky

        Skilled Mechanics

        Tricky embraces change. He keeps on moving; keeps on switching up a gear; keeps on mutating… keeps on evolving. It’s what keeps him vital as an artist. After moving to Berlin early this Spring, he immediately started work on a new musical project called Skilled Mechanics. In his trademark husky West Country burr, the Bristol born musician, producer and rapper explains where the name came from: “It’s from a documentary about espionage. There was an ex-CIA agent on this programme speaking about assassins who were sent abroad by the US to start revolutions and topple governments. He called them ‘skilled mechanics’. I thought that was a great name for someone who was a killer basically. The name was so dark and cynical it just stuck with me.”

        'Skilled Mechanics' is the statement of a true original British talent - one who will never coast on his former achievements and will always keep on changing and adapting to face the future.


        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.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Includes 5 track bonus exclusives / remixes CD while stocks last.

        Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

        Released late last year Tosca’s "Outta Here" saw the duo of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Hubert rip up the rule book and start again. Having spent two decades and seven albums practically defining downtempo, chill-out music here was an album with one thing on its mind, the dancefloor. Still some traditions are worth maintaining and so like with each of their previous albums the band now present "Shopska", a reworked version of "Outta Here" that puts each of the albums tracks into a radically new perspective from tough 3am techno and bouncy electronica through to spaced out dub and beyond. Tom Demac, FaltyDL and Ogris Debris hold it down for the strobe light crew, while Mato, the undisputed champion of the hip hop-reggae blend comes through with two seriously stoned interpretations. The collection perfectly walks the fine line between quirky and quality, delivering a superb selection for whatever mood suits you.


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        DJ Kicks - Carl Craig

          Instead of only mixing, the individual tracks are done over again, some of them are even remixed, thus making the whole set completely unique. In winning Carl Craig for this daring project, one of the most innovative producer and DJ sets new limits with his grand set in the field of compilations.

          The Detroit cult figure Carl Craig has been in the techno-circus since the late ’80s, known for his fantastic releases and mixes and is regarded as one of the prehistoric people in the techno business. Even if he is wrongly counted among the second generation, it was him and Derrick May who wrote the classic “Strings Of Life” in 1989 and, in addition, he turned up to be the co-writer for several Detroit techno-classics. Influenced by European electronic artists like Kraftwerk, Human League, New Order and a preference for world-music, he soon was able to develope his own sound which made him one of the most interesting producers. This led to founding his own label Planet E. which is one of the best labels since its birth, releasing his own work under the aka of “69” (“Sound on Sound”, “4 Jazz Funk Classics”) and other timeless pearls. Apart from producing his own music, he made a name for himself as a brillant remixer and it´s no wonder that befriended producer like Kenny Larkin, Maurizio, Ron Trent and Dave Angel as well as musicians like Yello, Tori Amos or Ultramarine let him refine their songs. In the past few years it was his Paperclip People club-hits, an album for Warner Brothers and his work for the British cult-label Mo ‘Wax which made him one of the darlings of the press.

          He started to perform as a DJ in 1991 and his excellent sets, which now are brought into public for a wider audience, are judged as legendary. “My philosophy of DJing is basically to try and present my own influences with my own interpretation. I can´t really justify myself as a DJ compared with a lot of other people out there. DJing for me is something I do for fun, and if asked to do it, I`ll do my best to do some interesting things”, describes Carl Craig his interpretation of spinning.

          British techno-related visionary Actress joins the DJ-Kicks series this May with a singular hour-long set, following his acclaimed fourth full-length effort, Ghettoville, a recent re-release of his debut LP Hazyville, and a limited-edition black label project Xoul on his own Werkdiscs label.

          For Actress (aka Darren Cunningham), the process of selecting tracks was fraught with meaning on a number of levels. “When I’m selecting music I’m not always thinking about the music alone,” Cunningham explains. “I’m thinking about the names of the artists, tracks, and labels, and what they mean to me. I often base my tracklisting purely on how well the track titles work together in a poetic sense.”

          “I’ve tried to keep space between tracks, allowing them to speak,” he continues. “I tried not to force BPM shifts and to let the programming remain choppy and quick.”

          Of course, the DJ-Kicks wouldn’t be complete without an exclusive production from the author himself. “Bird Matrix,” a track he made just after he finished writing Ghettoville. “My studio was going through a transition, so I was testing all the equipment, and that was one of the first tunes that came out of those experiments,” he explains. It’s a fittingly exploratory tune for a mix that balances traditional functionality with dance music’s cutting edge.

          The Viennese duo Tosca, confound expectations on their new album, ‘Outta Here’. The sonic collages and smooth downbeat jams with which they made their name are replaced with a soul / jazz / blues confection that’s closer to a band like Brand New Heavies than anything else. “It’s called ‘Outta Here’ for a reason,” explains Rupert Huber. “The title stands for change, a change to the concept we’ve had so far. It refers to a change in energy and dynamic. We’ve been know for an almost ambient sounds. The new songs are much more beatoriented and direct. Basically, it’s just a lot more energetic.” it certainly is that. See tracks such as ‘Crazy Love’ for evidence. Built on a muscular bassline, it sees Rob Gallagher (ex-Galliano) doing his slinky, soulful thing, while keyboards and muted sound effects flare in the background. The rare groove revival starts here.

          ‘Swimswimswim’ reworks the same elements, with the addition of Cath Coffey (Stereo MCs) into a irresistible pulse of feel good vibes. Meanwhile, the title track, ‘Outta Here’, sounds like a lost gem from the early ’90s acid jazz era. “It was a natural evolution,” says Richard Dorfmeister. “In the past, we were very focussed internally because we were in a studio on our own, working slowly making sonic collages. This time, because we were working more with singers the process was naturally quicker and the results more instant and upbeat. In that sense the title ‘Outta Here’ literally means that we got out of our studio.”

          Do Tosca think the new sound will wrong foot their fans? “It’s not completely different. It’s still our style and mood, it’s just more direct,” says Richard Dorfmeister. “People always have a picture of you and it can take a long time to change that. You stand for something and that’s how they see you. I think people see us in that laid-back and chilled kind of way. Over the last 20 years we’ve been described as lounge, chill out, downbeat. We always ignored it because we felt it was more about the music. We’ve always seen ourselves more in terms of being an alternative to commercial music. That’s still what we’re doing, just in a different, more direct kind of way.”


          Hot on the heels of the DJ mix of 2013 from John Talabot and following luminaries such as Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex and Breach, next in line to mix it up for the esteemed !K7 DJ-Kicks series is Aus Music and Simple Records boss Will Saul. Says the man himself… "I wanted the mix to represent how I DJ in the sense that the majority of my sets are made up mainly of my own, or my label’s, unreleased or forthcoming music. Hopefully this gives me something unique as DJ, not just as I play tracks that no one else has, but also because they are artists and tracks that I love enough to want to sign, so they really represent what I love about electronic music. With this in mind, I approached all my nearest and dearest for some tailor made exclusive tracks. The result is hopefully a mix that rekindles the thing I loved about listening to mixes 20 years ago - that unknown aspect where each new track is a surprise. In a time when all music/track IDs and myriad mixes are accessible at the click of a button, I hope this makes for something a little more interesting.”

          Will Saul’s DJ-Kicks represents a condensed version of one of his DJ sets - it touches on all aspects from warm-up to headline to closing sets and highlights the taste-making label boss’s current musical fascinations in terms of the producers he is working with be they new, unknown or more established.


          When Saints Go Machine

          Infinity Pool

          One of the clichés about Scandinavian countries is that they are neat and tidy, well ordered, clean. The same could not be said of Copenhagen four-piece When Saints Go Machine’s second full-length album, ‘Infinity Pool’. The opposite, in fact. It’s a record born out of an atmosphere of chaos.

          It’s harder, darker and more synthetic than its predecessors. It opens with ‘Love And Respect’, which features a guest vocal from Grammy award winning rap artist Killer Mike, who freewheels over chugging, synth-drenched beat. Elsewhere, ‘Dead Boy’ sees Vonsild’s tremulous falsetto digitized and then floated over a semi-ambient soundscape, while ‘Infinity Killer’ pitches skittering sound effects against a low-end drone.

          On the previous album, ‘Konkylie’, we tried to make machines simulate nature,” says Vonsild. “With ‘Infinity Pool’ we were trying to capture a feeling of the absurdity of mankind trying to construct nature. Maybe it’s something to do with being in the city. You are always influenced by what’s going on around you.” It’s also to do with the music that inspired them. “There are a lot of references to the early ’90s on the album,” says Vonsild. “It’s not a rave album, but there are a lot of elements of rave on there. ‘Degeneration’ sums up what we were trying to do. There are some tracks on the album that could almost have been rave songs under other circumstances. I think that it’s one of the songs that I don’t think anyone else would have made.”

          Rather than go at these rave influences full tilt, they did the opposite of what might be expected: they stripped them down and twisted them into new shapes. The dark undercurrent that coloured the band’s previous releases is intact, then. It’s something that makes the fact that When Saints Go Machine won a string of awards in their native Denmark last year all the more surprising. Vonsild is sanguine about that kind of music industry approval.


          Mudhoney

          Live In Berlin 1988

            Filmed by a professional camera crew at 1988’s Berlin Independent Days festival, Live In Berlin, 1988 captures the Seattle grunge pioneers’ first ever performance on foreign soil. Playing as representatives of Sub Pop Records to a crowd of curious punters, critics and members of Europe’s independent music community, the show was also the first Grunge gig in Europe, laying essential groundwork for Grunge’s subsequent global domination.

            A testament to the enduring vitality of the independent music scene, the release celebrates the 27th anniversary of !K7, a Berlin-based independent label and distributor with offices in New York and London, and an internationally renowned purveyor of electronic music in particular. In its early days, !K7 also served as a video production company run by label-owner Horst Weidenmüller, whose crew filmed a number of performances from that year’s Berlin Independent Days festival. Weidenmüller recently rediscovered the Mudhoney footage, realising that he held in his hands a crucial rock’n’roll document that had to be shared with the world.

            Besides its historical importance, Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 presents one of the greatest rock’n’roll groups of all time at their very best, a glorious mess of flailed hair, acidic caterwaul, gnarly riffage and fried guitar skronk as Mudhoney tear through material from their epochal (but then-unreleased) Superfuzz Bigmuff EP and eponymous debut album. The show’s wild, thrilling, and funny-as-fuck, much like Mudhoney themselves. You’ll wish you’d been there – now, thanks to this Mudhoney:Live In Berlin, 1988, you almost can be.

            Bonus DVD content, including exclusive interview with Mudhoney’s Mark Arm by journalist Stevie Chick

            Liner notes written by Stevie Chick

            Various Artists

            DJ Kicks - Hercules And Love Affair

              Hercules And Love Affair will always be ruled by Andy Butler’s encyclopedic knowledge of 40 years of New York dance music, from disco to house and beyond to the DFA era; the effortless way he distills that knowledge into timeless grooves; soulful, classic house-inspired vocals; and that bittersweet, delicious nocturnal melancholy that all the best dance music has always tapped, the joy of dancing away a broken heart at 4am.

              Butler now contributes to K7!'s benchmark DJ mix series, ‘DJ Kicks’. It’s only his second commercial mix ever, the first being 2009’s excellent ‘Sidetracked’ for Renaissance.

              Butler started DJing when he was 15 and it’s in his blood. There are few people who know more about dance music history than him, but he combines it with an approach that’s bang up to date, recontextualizing classic tracks with disco that sounds like it’s been beamed in from the 22nd Century. The comp's exclusive track ‘Release Me’ (featuring Whitney Fierce), meanwhile, sounds like a forgotten Haçienda classic, the lost follow-up to ‘Baby Let Me Love You For Tonight’ by Kariya, and will be the first new H&LA music for almost two years. Elsewhere he mixes up Big Apple classics by Solution, Mark Imperial, DJ Duke etc with newer cuts by Inflagranti, Haze Factory and more.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Philippa says: Hercules And Love Affair's Andy Butler is steeped in the history of New York clubbing, and for DJ Kicks he mixes up Big Apple house classics with a plethora of other dancefloor delights.

              Various Artists

              DJ Kicks - Gold Panda

                Gold Panda's success has snowballed into this year, with headlining tours across Europe, the US and Australia cementing his rising reputation. The chance to take a step back from the relentless schedule and put his mind to use on the latest DJ-Kicks compilation then is a welcome change in pace, not that Derwin found it an easy transition to make; “I’d never consider myself a DJ, but through doing this I’ve really become more appreciative of it. I’ve so much more respect for people that do DJ now.”

                He may have found it a challenge, but it doesn’t show on a 22 track mix that weighs perfectly between the bright awake and brooding nocturnal side of electronica - a sets that works best pulsing the headphones and emanating around the bedroom, rather than for the dancefloor. Lauded names like Zomby and Ramadanman are mixed in with new stars like Matthewdavid and Berlin producer Pawel.

                The overall linear to the mix is the sense of strong melody that links all of the tracks within it; from Drexciya’s ‘Andraean Sandunes’ minimal 80s electro pop feel to Christopher Rau’s ‘Do Little’, there’s a light touch applied throughout, counterbalanced by the more lo-freq friendly sounds of Nao Tokui’s ‘Monolith’ and ‘Shake’ by London techno producer Sigha. Altogether, the set showcases not only the breadth and depth of Derwin’s musical palette. But also an ability he’s already shown with his own material, including a brand new GP track ‘An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds’ which opens and is exclusive to the mix and will also be committed to 12”, in keeping a constant momentum and freshness to proceedings. Of course, some tracks are simply in there because he loves them and couldn’t leave them out, like ‘Puerto Rican Girls’ by Melchior & Prosanto or ‘Maria’ by Closer Musik.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: Includes "DJ Kicks - The Remixes" compilation CD bonus disc while stocks last.

                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.


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: Includes bonus New Look 'This Is My Jam' mixtape CD.

                "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.


                Various Artists

                DJ Kicks - James Holden

                  James Holden's status as an exemplary DJ free-spirit makes him the perfect choice to mix the next in the legendary DJ Kicks series. His tireless dedication to hunting down the next wave of young production talents meets his own sense of exemplary taste when record shopping to bring his unique vision of what a DJ mix in 2010 should rightly be. Barely coming up for air between his non-stop sampler and CDJ wizardry, this mix proves that Holden is a very modern sort of DJ, brazenly uniting tracks from music's past and present, disregarding genre, confounding the purists and making club hits out of many an unwitting dancefloor virgin. While many of these tracks would be an unlikely presence in a ‘club’ context, Holden wishes to make it clear that this is in fact dance music, even if it hasn’t yet been branded with that label.


                  Juan MacLean is just a bundle of contradictions. Here he's created one of the year's best mix CDs - not just a proper party mix, which it certainly is, but a timely lesson in the enduring spirit of house music - and how does he choose to describe the process of putting it together? As an 'existential tailspin': 'In the six months I knew I was going to do this mix, I spent most of the time agonizing over the relevance of doing a DJ mix in 2010,' says MacLean. 'So much about DJ-ing has changed in the last 10 years. It seems that anyone at home can make their own mix, whether they're a proper DJ or not. Which begs the question, why bother putting them out at this point? So at the end of the day I just came back to where I had started, which was basically wanting to do something that was representative of where I'm coming from in producing my own music, and also focusing on the current house music scene.'

                  A love-letter to house music penned by one of the music's most sincere (and well-schooled) admirers, it's a sweet, sweaty, wide-ranging set that wraps you up in chugging grooves. At a time of proliferating podcasts and fly-by-night mixtapes, it's a welcome change of pace: a mix that makes its case the old fashioned way, one perfect blend at a time.


                  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

                  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.

                  Known primarily for his homemade excursions to the far reaches of the musical map, Kieran Hebden is a DJ on a different kind of trip, the gratifying results of which can be seen all over this exemplary DJ Kicks compilation (the 26th in this now legendary series). Inspired by his eight hour sets at The End and in Ibiza with Timo Maas, Kieran says he has rediscovered the thrill of filling a floor: 'Playing for people who just want to dance is an exciting thing for someone who's into experimental music'. As you might expect with Four Tet, however, nothing is ever that straightforward, and his DJ Kicks collection is a mind blowing experience, taking in just about as many genres as there are tracks. Old school hip hop, French prog-rock, conscious soul, electronic experimentation, minimal techno, early 2-step garage, cosmic jazz, African thumb piano music and much more besides share space here.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CD Info: 21 track mix CD. Includes bonus tracks by Curtis Mayfield, Autechre, Sterolab, Akufen, Animal Collective, Model 500, Cabaret Voltaire and more, plus special Four Tet DJ Kicks track "Pockets".

                  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.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLP Info: LP comes in full colour gatefold sleeve.

                  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’. Includes tracks by Roni Size, Rockers Hi-Fi, David Holmes, Alex Reece, Lamb, Bomb The Bass, and Kruder & Dorfmeister themselves. A smokers' delight!

                  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.

                  The G-Stone duo went in the studio (in 1998) armed with two bottles of whiskey and loads of dub FX, and came out with this great mix CD. It includes downbeat, jazz-edged grooves and drum'n'bass from The Lab Rats, JMJ & Flytronix, Thievery Corporation, Beanfield, Shantel, Karma, Hardfloor, The Herbaliser, Sapien etc.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CD Info: 17 track DJ-mixed compilation.

                  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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