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Buoyed but the the huge success of his international hit “Jack,” Breach (a/k/a Ben Westbeech) is a bona fide star in the dance music world. Even so, he approached his DJ-Kicks mix with intelligence and humility. As he says in our interview special below, he aimed to include the music that was most important to him, in order to show his growing audience where his roots lie, and where his head is at.
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.
One of Maceo Plex’s stated goal with his DJ-Kicks mix was to take a forward-looking approach to the music and selection, rather than getting mired in retro-ism. That emphasis on the future seems to have extended to this video interview, which sees the DJ / producer speaking about his contribution to the DJ-Kicks series amidst some incredible 3D visuals from The Butchers.
Maceo Plex’s DJ-Kicks is out this week. Grab a free track, see tour dates, and order the album at http://www.dj-kicks.com/maceoplex
One of the things we love about Hercules And Love Affair’s output is the feeling of joy and spontaneity that shines through so much of Andy Butler’s work. Take the new music video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Release Me.” A minimal set, a sexy outfit, a single dancer, some bubble wrap and some vintage video effects come together to exceed the sum of their parts to an incredible degree. Keep doing what you’re doing guys, we’re loving it!
In the new video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Falling,” Digitalism bring out the psychedelic side of children’s television with a cut-up of vintage images and animation to make your head spin. Probably not for actual children.
Dubspot is a digital production school in New York and LA specializing in arming the next generation of producers with the tools they’ll need to create incredible music. They caught up with Photek in SXSW this year to speak about his first music-making set-up, his advice to up-and-coming producers, and his DJ-Kicks mix.
Maya Jane Coles’ DJ-Kicks is out this week, and she’s still on an incredible run! In the short time since we last touted her accomplishments, she’s been named one of five Best New Artists for April by Spin Magazine, and been honored as Artist of the Year by Beatport’s staff. All in a month’s work, we suppose.
We managed to grab some time out of Maya’s insane schedule to speak in London about the mix, and her philosophy on making music. Check out the video (directed by Giorgio Gremigni) below, and below that you can grab an exclusive new Maya production from the mix. The whole mix is available from fine retailers worldwide.
Watching Photek in his studio is a bit like watching a master chef in the kitchen. We were lucky enough to drop in to his Los Angeles home base to chat about his massive DJ-Kicks mix, his first live show DJing with Peshay, and the inspiration behind the titles for some of the exclusive Photek tracks that appear on the mix. DJ-Kicks is out now everyone but the US, where it comes out on April 3rd. Read more…
So the Soul Clap ‘Lonely C’ video contest is one for the record books by now, but as we said about a million times, selecting even five top videos was no easy task. We were looking back through some of the other submissions we received, and wanted to share some more with you that we thought deserved some attention. As usual, these run the gamut from funny to moving, high concept to literal, and are all excellent and interesting interpretations of the music. A big thank you is due to all of the filmmakers who worked to share their vision.
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Having shared four of the finalists in our music video contest for Soul Clap’s “Lonely C” over the past week, the quality of the work put into the submissions, and the variety therein continues to impress. Within the top five alone, we have videos from Russia, Korea via Ireland, and the group’s hometown of Boston. As we’ve said over and over, choosing a single winner proved exceedingly difficult, but we’re very pleased to share the grand prize winner for your enjoyment. A group effort shot in Vancouver, director Dan Hellmann’s video utilizes spontenaety, a beautiful cityscape, and creative costuming to capture the feeling of being alone, even when you’re surrounded by people. Congrats to Dan, and again to everyone who worked hard to share their vision inspired by the music. Read Dan’s account of putting the video together below.
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