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Brandt Brauer Frick DJ-Kicks Tour Dates

brauer-frick-mixers While in essence still very much a live band, Brandt Brauer Frick have just announced a series of European DJ gigs to celebrate the release of their DJ-Kicks mix. Having held down DJ residencies for years in Berlin, a BBF DJ set is always unique, and of course features the impeccable taste and distinct personality of each member of the trio. Don’t miss these if they come to your city!

Brandt Brauer Frick’s DJ-Kick mix is available in local record stores now, as well as iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 Store.

11.4. Cologne: Gewölbe)
12.4. Leipzig: DISTILLERY
25.4. Barcelona: Razzmatazz
2.5. Paris: Social Club
9.5. London: Ubermax
17.5. Berlin: Stadtbad Wedding
31.5. Lyon: Nuits Sonores

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Win Tickets To A Private Brandt Brauer Frick Show in Berlin

 K7311_digitalA live Brandt Brauer Frick performance is always something special, whether the guys fronting a ten piece orchestra or cranking out dance rhythms as a trio in a sweaty basement. On the week before the release of their DJ-Kick though, we’re offering a chance to see a show that promises to be even more memorable than most.

On February 20th and 21st in Berlin, Brandt Brauer Frick are performing at a pair of secret, invite-only shows at an undisclosed location. It’s all very hush hush, but we’ve managed to score a couple of pairs of invites for each night. Want to get on the list? All you need to do is go to the Brandt Brauer Frick Facebook page, and share this post on your own timeline. Sound easy enough? We’ll notify four winners by Thursday February 20th, the day of the first show. Good luck!

Download a new exclusive track from DJ-Kicks, out February 24th, below:

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Brandt Brauer Frick Mix First DJ-Kicks of 2014

K7311_digitalThe artistic development of Brandt Brauer Frick from their debut album You Make Me Real in 2010 to this year’s watershed Miami has been thrilling to watch. The rigid formula of their early work (techno arrangements, acoustic instruments) has given way to a more catholic approach to music making, all the while retaining the tactile, polyrhythmic elements that make the trio’s sound so immediate.

The group’s entry to the DJ-Kicks series gives them the chance to further showcase their many talents; this time as curators and DJs. Wary of the sterility of some computer assembled mixes, they opted to record the mix live, during a daytime session at the legendary Berlin club Watergate, using all vinyl. As the mix contains eight previously unheard exclusive tracks (three new Brandt Brauer Frick productions and five from the group’s artist community), they pressed up special vinyl dubplates of material for the mix, once again prizing a human, hand-held aesthetic even while collecting an essential batch of edgy electronic music.

One of the exclusive new Brandt Brauer Frick tracks from the mix can be heard below, as premiered earlier today by Pitchfork. DJ-Kicks will be released on February 24th, 2014. Full track list after the jump.

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John Talabot Shares Tempel Rytmik’s “Anagrama” From His Upcoming DJ-Kicks

In advance of his DJ-Kicks’ November 12th release, John Talabot has shared another new exclusive track by one of his new projects Tempel Rytmik.

“This is the exclusive track I produced with Alexander Berg from the mighty swedish duo Genius of Time. He’s one of the most talented people I ever met and was a pleasure working in Berlin with him. Really looking forward to do some more tracks with him.”

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite DJ-Kicks?

40% off the top five DJ-Kicks, as voted by YOU

Over the course of nearly two decades of DJ-Kicks, we’re always hearing which entries in the series stand out as favorites. And surprisingly, we get a wide variety of answers. From the sleek techno of the series’ beginning (C.J. Bolland, Carl Craig) to the smoked-out sounds of late-90s mixes from Nightmares on Wax and Kid Loco, to recent mixes from rising stars like Maya Jane Coles and Motor City Drum Ensemble, everyone seems to have a few favorites that sit on the top of the heap.

With new entries on the way from John Talabot and Breach, we thought we’d put the vote to you, and offer the top five DJ-Kicks as chosen by the fans for a special price on the !K7 store. The rules are simple: vote on up to five choices below*, and we’ll offer the winning five mixes at an unbeatable discount of 40% off in the !K7 store. Voting ends Thursday October 17th, and we’ll announce the results in the following week’s newsletter (which, by the way, you can sign up for here).

* select titles are out of stock, and not included on the poll

Top Five DJ-Kicks Sale Poll

C.J. Bolland0%
Carl Craig0%
Claude Young0%
Kruder & Dorfmeister0%
DJ Cam0%
Terranova0%
Smith & Mighty0%
Andrea Parker0%
Kemistry & Storm0%
Thievery Corporation0%
Kid Loco0%
Stereo MC’s0%
Nightmares On Wax0%
Trüby Trio0%
Vikter Duplaix0%
Playgroup0%
Tiga0%
Chicken Lips0%
Daddy G0%
The Glimmers0%
Annie0%
Hot Chip0%
Booka Shade0%
Chromeo0%
Juan MacLean0%
James Holden0%
Kode90%
Apparat0%
Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap0%
Motor City Drum Ensemble0%
Scuba0%
Gold Panda0%
Photek0%
Maya Jane Coles0%
Digitalism0%
Hercules And Love Affair0%
Maceo Plex0%
Erlend Øye0%
Four Tet0%

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A Deeper Shade of Dance on Breach’s DJ-Kicks

Scoring a top 10 hit (as Breach has this summer with “Jack”) is a dream come true for most musicians. It also must be a little bit strange though, especially for an artist with the history and depth that Breach (a/k/a Ben Westbeech) has. In fact, the Breech project was originally conceived as an underground counterpart to the Westbeech’s work under his given name. “The thing is not to lose sight of why you started making music in the first place,” he says. “I wasn’t trying to get in the Top Ten. I just care about making deep records that I get off on.”

It’s those same “deep records” that are showcased on Breach’s new DJ-Kicks mix; which deftly incorporates everything from €2 basement finds (in the form of Winx – “How’s The Music”) to spanking new tracks from some of Westbeech’s contemporaries, and of course, a new original Breach track made specifically for the mix. “I’ve grown up with DJ Kicks,” Westbeech says. “For me it’s a very important series and I didn’t want to throw it together at a time when I’ve never been as busy. It came at a pretty crazy point in my life, but I feel I’ve done myself justice with it.”

Breach – DJ-Kicks is out November 11th (12th in the US). Full tracklist and tour dates after the jump. Read more…

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John Talabot Gets Personal On New DJ-Kicks Mix

Barcelona-based musician John Talabot has been one of our favorite new voices in electronic music ever since his productions first started making waves in the underground. We’re extremely proud to announce that Talabot is mixing the newest edition of the DJ-Kicks series, out at the end of October.

Talabot’s mix isn’t a typical club mix. Instead, he’s dug deep in his own collection to present a mix of formative music in his musical development, as well as snapshots of his peers and current influences. “It represents my musical world,” says Talabot, “the sounds that I’ve been into over the years.”

DJ-Kicks will be released October 28th (October 29th in the US) on CD, LP & digital download. See a video preview with new music below, and read the full tracklist after the jump.

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Maya Jane Coles Wins Again at WMC

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.

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Maceo Plex Mixes First DJ-Kicks of 2013

With 2012 ranking as one of the most fertile years so far in DJ-Kicks history, we’re eager to get started with what is already looking like another packed year for the series. We’re pleased to announce that Maceo Plex is taking the reins for a fantastic mix, due at the end of April.

Maceo’s mix aims to highlight the sounds that he believes represent the future of electronic music. To do so, he’s dug deep in his vinyl collection for an impeccable selection of tracks with a timeless sound, spanning the last 20 years of dance music, none of which are currently available digitally outside of the DJ-Kicks mix. Many of the tracks appear as exclusive edits by Maceo himself, adding to the overall freshness of the mix.

DJ-Kicks will be released April 29th (April 30th in the US) on CD, 2xLP (w/ CD included), and digital download. For full release info (and audio coming soon), keep an eye on http://www.dj-kicks.com/maceoplex.

Track list:
1. Monsters From ID / Spatial Lobe
2. Voice Stealer / Evaluation
3. Stingray313 / Defect
4. Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Remix)
5. TV Baby / New York Is Alright (Black Spun Minimal Dub)
6. Maceo Plex & Mark O’Sullivan / When It All Comes To This
7. Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit)
8. Kimbu Kimra / Raise The Dead (Love From San Francisco Dub)
9. Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix)
10. Eric Volta / Rez-Shifter (Maceo Plex Remix)
11. Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit)
12. Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks)
13. Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Treatment)
14. Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creep (Maetrik Fusion Edit)
15. Jaydee / Payback (Maceo Plex Remix)
16. S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit)
17. Turner / Multiorgel (Schneider TM Mix)
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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival x DJ-Kicks This Weekend!

As we continue to celebrate 27 years of !K7 Records, we’ve partnered with the good folks at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival to help curate an line-up featuring some of our favorite musicians. The festival takes place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (N. 6th St. to be precise) Friday and Saturday November 9th & 10th. Our stage will be on Friday the 9th at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St.) and will feature the amazing talents of Photek and Gold Panda, both of whom have released incredible DJ-Kicks mixes themselves, as well as a DJ set from The Rapture, Baltimore’s master DJ / Producer Karizma, San Francisco’s Grenier (who has several tracks on Photek’s DJ-Kicks as DJG) and Brooklyn’s own DJ Still Life. Things are kicking off at 9:00 and going way late, so come through and party with us!

Single day and double day tickets are still available, and give you access to all participating Festival venues for the day of your ticket. The full festival line-up is available at http://bemf.meanredproductions.com, and set times for the DJ-Kicks stage are below.

9pm-10pm – Grenier
10pm-11pm – Karizma
12am-1am – Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture)
1am-2am- Photek
2am-3am – Gold Panda
3am-4am – DJ Still Life

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