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Michael Mayer’s DJ-Kicks Mix is Out Now

The wait is over for Michael Mayer’s DJ-Kicks mix, out now on CD, 2LP and digital formats. In the words of Mixmag: “Rather than some lazy on-trend encapsulation of 2017, this is the sound of Michael Mayer being Michael Mayer.” Listen to the exclusive track The Horn Conspiracy and order the album here.

Get all new DJ-Kicks releases as well as subscriber-only specials, and exclusive access to our fan community with a Bandcamp Subscription from €30 a year. !K7 release at least 4 DJ-Kicks mixes each year on 2LP, CD and digitally.

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Michael Mayer Mixes DJ-Kicks: Out May 2017

Michael Mayer is a multi-faceted talent. Kompakt, the label he co-runs, is an electronic music institution. He's also a gifted producer, as last year's album & demonstrated. This Spring, Mayer reminds us that he's a peerless DJ as he takes the reigns for an ambitious and satisfying DJ-Kicks mix. Spanning sixteen tracks, the mix finds Mayer in a generous mood, composing a musical journey that spans 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.”

Michael Mayer's DJ-Kicks is released 19th May 2017 on CD, 2xLP and digital formats. The mix includes an exclusive Mayer production, "The Horn Conspiracy." Pre-orders are available now.

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Matthew Dear’s “Wrong With Us” Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

It's been several years since Matthew Dear released a piece of music under his own name (as opposed to one of his many aliases). The timing couldn't be more perfect for the pensive "Wrong With Us," which arrives at a moment of mass reflection.

“'Wrong With Us' came about in a frenzied session with Simian Mobile Disco at their studio in the English countryside,” Dear says. “We started with some modular synths and went from there adding vocals, drums and other odd ends. In the end, we finished four songs in four days, and I couldn't have been happier with the results. It's a reflection on the state of the world we live in today.”

The track is exclusive to Matthew Dear's DJ-Kicks, which lands 27th January 2017. "Wrong With Us" is available now digitally, along with pre-orders for the DJ-Kicks album.

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Matthew Dear To Mix First DJ-Kicks of 2017

k7346_matthew-dear_rgb_2500pxlsMatthew Dear is a man of many musical hats. A co-founder of the revered Ghostly International and Spectral Sound labels, Dear has a wide reaching discography under a number of aliases, including face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion (whose Alpha LP was released on !K7 earlier this year). Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special.

DJ-Kicks is Dear's first work under his own name in some time. The mix proves that he is a master of subversion; someone who can head down a brain frying techno warren then effortlessly onto raw machine grooves via left-of-centre synth ditties and kaleidoscopic house music. DJ-Kicks also includes three exclusive new tracks; two as Audion, and one Matthew Dear original.

Matthew Dear's DJ-Kicks will be released 27th January 2017 on CD, 2LP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.
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Hear Daniel Avery’s Huge Exclusive Club Track “A Mechanical Sky”

avery_mechanicalsky With his much anticipated DJ-Kicks mix due to drop next Friday, the man at its helm, London-based producer and DJ Daniel Avery, has today premiered the third and final of his original productions for the release in the form of the slow-burning, searing ‘A Mechanical Sky’. This follows ambient first taste ‘Space Echo’, accompanied by a striking animated visual from Kevin A. Freeney, and Avery’s collaboration with BleeD boss Volte-Face as Rote with ‘Look In Your Eyes’.

First teased in his Dekmantel set this August in front of a rapturous audience both at the festival and online via a live Boiler Room broadcast, ‘A Mechanical Sky’ comes in close to the album’s end point, segueing into the propulsive, shimmering techno of Edit-Select’s remix of ‘Cirklon Bells’ by Glaswegian duo Slam (aka Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle), before ‘Space Echo’ slows down the orbit, bringing proceedings to a close in a warm soundscape of disembodied, crystalline atmospherics.

Speaking about ‘A Mechanical Sky,’ Avery commented, "A club track made exclusively for the mix. It feels good to be back in the studio and making music again. Some finish lines are appearing on the horizon.

Daniel Avery’s DJ-Kicks is released 11th November 2016. Pre-orders are available now.
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Daniel Avery’s Rote Project Premieres A New Track From DJ-Kicks

preffered-danielavery0616_gullick_q8a6823-pls-credit-steve-gullickWith his DJ-Kicks album just weeks away, London-based producer and DJ Daniel Avery shares another track from the highly anticipated release. In recent months Avery has teamed up with BleeD boss Volte-Face for a new collaborative project called Rote, and today he debuts their track ‘Look In Your Eyes’ via Thump, one of three new original Avery productions on the album alongside the ambient closing track ‘Space Echo,' and the slow-burning, driving intensity of ‘A Mechanical Sky’.

Avery's DJ-Kicks mix creates a hypnotic space focusing on “music by like-minded souls” from the outer reaches of techno including international talents Svreca, Rrose, Artefakt and IORI. It is a mix concerned with the idea of taking a collective breath and allowing records their own time.

Daniel Avery’s DJ-Kicks is released 11th November 2016. Pre-orders are available now.

   
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Marcel Dettmann Collaborates With Levon Vincent For DJ-Kicks Exclusive Track

2016_Marcel_Dettmann_DJ_Kicks_CD_8P_Booklet_3C.inddMarcel Dettmann has revealed the second exclusive track from his forthcoming DJ-Kicks compilation - a collaboration with revered producer Levon Vincent, entitled ‘Can You See.’


The pair has previously collaborated, releasing ‘Vengeance’ on Levon’s own Novel Sound label towards the end of 2015 to critical acclaim. Speaking about their relationship, Marcel explains: “Five years ago we sat in the studio and were just jamming, and started to work on some tracks… we met in Munich last year before playing together and suddenly he handed me over a test pressing of one of these tracks - I was surprised because he hadn’t said a single word about it to me before then. ‘Can You See’ was still in the drawer, so we started working on that track again, sending sound back and forth, and the result is what you can listen to now.”


‘Can You See’ sees the duo venture into darker territory; a stripped back, sub-bass laden affair, the quality of this production immediately stands out in the early stages of the mix.


Marcel Dettmann's DJ-Kicks is released 14th October on CD, 2LP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now. A limited edition art print depicting the making of the album cover (shot by infamous Berghain photographer Sven Marquardt) is available via Bandcamp.


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Daniel Avery To Mix Final DJ-Kicks of 2016. Watch The Striking Visuals For A New Ambient Track.

k7342_cover_1500Daniel Avery is a firm believer in the transformative power of music. Avery's belief in the unique alchemy alchemy that takes place when a DJ crafts a mix or a live set acted as a guiding force during the creation of his DJ-Kicks. Across its 78 minutes Avery's mix creates a hypnotic space focusing on “music by like-minded souls” from the outer reaches of techno including international talents Svreca, Rrose, Artefakt and IORI. It is a mix concerned with the idea of taking a collective breath and allowing records their own space.

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A striking animated visual from Kevin Freeney premieres today for DJ-Kicks' ambient closing track ‘Space Echo,’ the start of some long-awaited new material from Avery.



The mix features three new original Avery productions including a track from Rote, a project with BleeD boss Volte-Face. It follows three years’ worth of studio experimentation in-between a life spent on the road touring the enormous success of debut record, Drone Logic, released in 2013 on Erol Alkan's wildly psychedelic Phantasy label.

Avery's DJ-Kicks album stands as a testament to the strength of the current state of affairs in underground electronic music, borne out of one of its most original talents.

Daniel Avery's DJ-Kicks is released 11th November 2016. Pre-orders are available now.

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Stream The Exclusive Album-Closing Rolando Remix of Marcel Dettmann

01_33_sqThe first new, exclusive track from Marcel Dettmann’s DJ-Kicks compilation is now available to stream in full ahead of the LP’s release; a remix of the producer’s 2006 classic ‘Let’s Do It’ from Ostgut Ton label mate Rolando.

Rolando’s remix is an ethereal, slow building affair, teasing in the characteristics of the original in an atmospheric intro. The original mix of ‘Let’s Do It’ was the first release on Dettmann’s own MDR label ten years ago. Rolando is an expert producer and remixer, his Ostgut Ton releases having previously been featured in Marcel’s sets, reinforcing the historic Berlin-Detroit axis.

Marcel Dettmann's DJ-Kicks is released 14th October on CD, 2LP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now. A limited edition art print depicting the making of the album cover (shot by infamous Berghain photographer Sven Marquardt) is available via Bandcamp.

 
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Marcel Dettmann To Mix DJ-Kicks, Out October 2016

2016_Marcel_Dettmann_DJ_Kicks_CD_8P_Booklet_3C.inddMarcel Dettmann is a Berlin icon who can claim as much responsibility as anyone for the state of modern techno. He has worked closely with many of the genre's gatekeepers and torch bearers, including Berghain, Ostgut Ton, and Hard Wax. On his upcoming DJ-Kicks, the DJ and producer set out to make a mix that would reflect the entirety of his tastes and musical identity beyond his legendary club sets.

The mix, he says, comes "out of my personal music history, which could be described with the terms Berlin, Berghain and Hard Wax. It’s music that has accompanied me for decades… it is not a mix of brand new tracks, it’s a mixture of of all the music that shaped me over the years and of all the things that still move me today, aesthetically and acoustically.”

In addition to music carefully culled from his extensive collection, DJ-Kicks is chock full of new Dettmann productions, remixes, and edits, including collaborations with Levon Vincent and Wincent Kunth. In addition to brand new original remixes and edits, there's also an unreleased remix of Marcel's 'Let's Do It' from Ostgut Ton lablemate Rolando.

DJ-Kicks is the latest in a long series of lifetime achievements over the course of Dettmann’s career - and with so many new unreleased original Marcel Dettmann productions included, this is a landmark release for the producer. “This mix is not the picture that other people take of me," he says, "it is the picture I’d take of myself.”

Marcel Dettmann's DJ-Kicks is released 14th October on CD, 2LP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now. A limited edition art print depicting the making of the album cover (shot by infamous Berghain photographer Sven Marquardt) is available via Bandcamp.

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