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Will Saul is a bit of an electronic music renaissance man: DJ, producer, A&R, and label head of the respected Aus Music and Simple Records labels. He’s also coming off of a big year in 2013: not only did he release his debut album under the alter ego Close, an avant guard dance-pop project that called upon high profile collaborators like Scuba and Appleblim, but so too did he make his debut in the live arena at clubs like London’s influential Fabric. With all of this under his belt, we knew a DJ-Kicks mix would be a banger, but Saul makes it clear that he’s aiming for something even more special.
“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.”
For an idea of the excitement possible with this approach, take a listen to an exclusive new Bicep track from the mix, below. Will Saul’s DJ-Kicks mix will be released on June 16th on !K7. Full tracklist below the soundcloud player.
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CD Track List:
01. Will Saul & Komon – Bendy
02. Animal Hands – Beacon Island
03. Komon & Appleblim – The Visionary State
04. Joe Gray – Tozai
05. Cottam – Healing Process
06. Youandewan – Ego
07. Jabru – Church feat. Joel Culpepper
08. Lrusse – Presence
09. Walton – Birds
10. Leon Vynehall – Time
11. Will Saul & Komon – Two For One (DJ-Kicks)
12. Sei A – Reserve
13. Axel Boman – Dubbel (dub) / CLOSE feat. Tikiman – Born In A Rolling Barrel
14. Sei A – JTR
15. October – KR-100 Dub
16. David Clement – Follow Me Home (Lee Jones Remix)
17. Marquis Hawkes – Life Struggle
18. Bicep – Nova
19. Will Saul – Pedal Power
20. Legowelt – Etherial Techno Music Will Never Die
21. George FitzGerald – Wanting Needing
22. Gerry Read – Baseball
23. Escape – Flinch
24. Second Storey – Oxygene
LP Track List:
A1. Axel Boman – Dubbel (dub)
A2. Animal Hands – Beacon Island
A3. Joe Gray – Tozai
B1. Cottam – Healing Process
B2. Lrusse – Presence
B3. Walton – Birds
C1. Will Saul & Komon – Two For One (DJ-Kicks)
C2. October – KR-100 Dub
C3. David Clement – Follow Me Home (Lee Jones Remix)
D1. Legowelt – Etherial Techno Music Will Never Die
D2. Gerry Read – Baseball
D3. Second Storey – Oxygene Read more…
As the February 24th release date of Brandt Brauer Frick’s DJ-Kicks draws closer, the Berlin trio has shared another of their exclusive compositions from the mix. Compared to “Bommel,” another original which debuted in December, “Hugo” is slightly more reserved, though no less driving. Staccato synths evoke a strobe-lit dancefloor before giving way to chugging house grove laced with the group’s signature tactile percussive sounds.
Stream “Hugo” below. A download is also available when signing up to Brandt Brauer Frick’s email list. DJ-Kicks will be available in stores on February 24th, and pre-orders are no available through iTunes, Amazon, and the !K7 Store.
It’s always a pleasure for us when an artist mines their community of creative contemporaries for custom, exclusive tracks for their mixes. Brandt Brauer Frick’s DJ-Kicks features five such tracks (as well as three new ones of their own) which they pressed up on one-of-a-kind dubplates in order to record their mix using only vinyl. Glenn Astro’s “How I Miss You” is a haunting number whose mood fits the yearning of the vocal refrain. The full mix, which the trio recorded in the DJ booth at Berlin’s mega club Watergate, is out on February 24th.
In addition to three new tracks from Brandt Brauer Frick themselves, the upcoming DJ-Kicks mixed by Berlin’s trio of Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick also features several exclusive pieces of music from their extended artistic circle. Which means … read more…
From his forthcoming DJ-Kicks this November, Breach shares his exclusive track “Beroving,” which means “deprivation” in Dutch. It’s a beautiful, evocative sound from the interface of house and techno, a world away from “Jack,” but every bit as good.
“Since ‘Jack’s’ blown, I’ve been gigging so much, just on the road all the time. My life is missing sleep. I’m deprived of making music and being in the studio. I put this mix together and did the track in such a short space of time. I’m deprived of time at the moment so it seemed like a fitting word.”
In advance of his DJ-Kicks’ November 12th release, John Talabot has shared his exclusive new track “Without You,” made specifically for the mix. Featuring a repeated vocal refrain drenched in reverb and razor sharp synthesizer flourishes, the track feels both fresh and classic. Keep your eye on this space for more new music from DJ-Kicks leading up to the release.
It’s always a pleasure when DJ-Kicks artists challenge themselves for the new piece of music they create for their mix. In keeping with the dark, futuristic feel of his set, Maceo Plex departs slightly from the disco and bassline sounds for which he’s highly regarded and delivers a complex and reflective track in “Galactic Cinema.”
Beatport will have a single featuring both “Galactic Cinema” and another DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Mind on Fire” on April 15th. The full DJ-Kicks mix comes out April 29th/30th.
What more can we say, the girl’s on fire! Having already placed highly with DJ-Kicks on year-end charts from NPR, Resident Advisor, Spin, Mixmag, LFTF & more, we’ve just learned that Maya Jane Coles’ DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Not Listening” has taken “Best Underground Dance Track of 2012″ at this year’s WMC. We couldn’t be happier! Congratulations Maya, and shout-out to all the DJs, editors, writers and fans who have supported her music.
We’ve just shared one of two exclusive tracks from Hercules & Love Affair’s tremendously fun DJ-Kicks. Haze Factory, who hail from Vienna, are currently working with Andy Butler on new Hercules material, so it’s a safe bet that you’ll be hearing more from them!
Digitalism’s swaggering and exclusive-filled DJ-Kicks provided the soundtrack to many a sweaty dance party this summer. Having hit some of the hottest festival stages this summer, this German duo is taking back to the road for a string of more intimate DJ engagements. Expect to hear some of the new tracks featured on their DJ-Kicks, floor-tested gems from their crates, and likely some surprises. Their excellent DJ-Kicks mix is out now!
8/31 – Paris, Fance: Social Club
9/2 – Chicago, IL: North Coast Festival Afterparty
9/5 – Santa Ana, CA: Yost Theater
9/6 – Las Vegas, NV: Surrender
9/7 – San Francisco, CA: Ruby Skye
9/8 – San Diego, CA: Voyeur
9/12 – Scottsdale, AZ: Wild Knight
9/13 – Denver, CO: Cervantes
9/14 – Albuquerque, NM: The Drop
9/15 – San Juan, PR: Panamerican Pier Complex
9/21 – New York, NY: Webster Hall
9/22 – Toronto, ON: Chroma
9/28 – Beijing, China: Lantern Club
9/29 – Shanghai: Club Ibiza
10/5 – Akasaka, Japan: Blitz
10/6 – Osaka, Japan: Vision
10/7 – Osaka, Japan: Onzieme
10/8 – Tokyo, Japan: Club Quattro