DEETRON – DJ-KICKS

As one of the 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 a genre-spanning body of remix work as recently showcased on Re-Creation – Remixes Compiled. 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 collaborators like DJ Bone, Cooly G and Ben Westbeech.

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.

TRACKLISTING

CD ALBUM (K7359CD)
  1. Carl Craig / GB – Goodbye World / The Dreamer (Mixed)
  2. Linkwood – Love Lost (Mixed)
  3. Indian Ocean – Schoolbell / Treehouse (Mixed)
  4. SBM – Critize (Mixed)
  5. Mr. Fingers feat. Ovasoul 8 – Waterfall (Deetron’s DJ-Kicks Version) (Mixed)
  6. Roman Flügel – Song With Blue (Mixed)
  7. Burnt Friedmann / Dresvn – Plastikthai / Voyage (DJ Sotofett’s Extended Mix) (Mixed)
  8. Spacetime Continuum – Swing Fantasy (Strange Attractor Mix) (mixed)
  9. Morgan Geist / Julie Dexter – Linking Tunnel / The Plan (Mixed)
  10. Aardvarck – Komt Goed (Mixed)
  11. Circulation – Sincerely (Creation Mix) (Mixed)
  12. DJ Koze – Let’s Love (Mixed)
  13. Ron Trent & Chez Damier / Deetron feat. Steve Spacek – Morning Factory / Choose Me (Mixed)
  14. Nikola Gala – Only (Ryan Elliott Remix) (Mixed)
  15. Keith Worthy – Moon Dance (Mixed)
  16. Paul W. Teebrooke – Thing 1 (Mixed)
  17. Radio Slave – Children Of The E (KiNK SP1200 Remix) (Mixed)
  18. Deetron feat. Jamie Lidell – Cry With The Stars (Accapella) (Mixed)
  19. A Made Up Sound – Rework (Mixed)
  20. HNNY – Hotline Riddim (Jacques Renault Edit) (Mixed)
  21. Tony Allen – Kilode (Remix By Carl Craig) (Mixed)
  22. Pépe – Benzine Electronics (Mixed)
  23. Black Dog Productions – Flux (Mixed)
  24. Deetron – Untitled (Mixed)
  25. DJ Bone – All My Heart (Mixed)
  26. Francis Bebey – Bissau (Pilooski Remix) (Mixed)
  27. Floorplan – Let The Church (Mixed)
  28. Terrace – Seventh City (Filtered Dub) (Mixed)
  29. Derrick May – Kaotic Harmony (Mixed)
  30. Equiknoxx – Flagged Up (Mark Ernestus Remix) (Mixed)
  31. DJ Bone – Dreamer 6.1 (Mixed)
  32. Станислав Толкачёв – оптические-иллюзии (Mixed)
  33. K-Lone – Old Fashioned (Mixed)
  34. Jessy Lanza – Strange Edition (Mixed)
12″ VINYL ALBUM (K7359LP)
  1.  Indian Ocean – Schoolbell / Treehouse (unmixed)
  2.  Linkwood – Love Lost (unmixed)
  3.  Black Dog Productions – Flux
  4.  Circulation – Sincerely (Creation Mix)
  5. Terrace – Seventh City (Filtered Dub) (unmixed)
  6. Equiknoxx – Flagged Up (Mark Ernestus Remix)
  7. Deetron feat. Jinadu – I Feel. I Know (DJ-Kicks)
  8. Shake – I Got a Feeling
DOWNLOAD ALBUM (K7359DTM)
  1.  Carl Craig – Goodbye World
  2.  GB – The Dreamer
  3.  Linkwood – Love Lost
  4.  Indian Ocean – Schoolbell / Treehouse
  5.  SBM – Critize
  6.  Mr. Fingers feat. Ovasoul 8 – Waterfall (Deetron’s DJ-Kicks Version)
  7.  Roman Flügel – Song With Blue
  8.  Burnt Friedmann – Plastikthai
  9.  Dresvn – Voyage (DJ Sotofett’s Extended Mix)
  10.  Spacetime Continuum – Swing Fantasy (Strange Attractor Mix)
  11.  Morgan Geist – Linking Tunnel
  12.  Julie Dexter – The Plan
  13.  Aardvarck – Komt Goed
  14.  Circulation – Sincerely (Creation Mix)
  15.  DJ Koze – Let’s Love
  16.  Ron Trent & Chez Damier – Morning Factory
  17.  Deetron feat. Steve Spacek – Choose Me
  18.  Nikola Gala – Only (Ryan Elliott Remix)
  19.  Keith Worthy – Moon Dance
  20.  Paul W. Teebrooke – Thing 1
  21.  Radio Slave – Children Of The E (KiNK SP1200 Remix)
  22.  Deetron feat. Jamie Lidell – Cry With The Stars
  23.  A Made Up Sound – Rework
  24.  HNNY – Hotline Riddim (Jacques Renault Edit)
  25.  Tony Allen – Kilode (Remix By Carl Craig)
  26.  Pépe – Benzine Electronics
  27.  Black Dog Productions – Flux
  28.  Deetron – Untitled
  29.  DJ Bone – All My Heart
  30.  Francis Bebey – Bissau (Pilooski Remix)
  31.  Floorplan – Let The Church
  32.  Terrace – Seventh City (Filtered Dub)
  33.  Derrick May – Kaotic Harmony
  34.  Equiknoxx – Flagged Up (Mark Ernestus Remix)
  35.  DJ Bone – Dreamer 6.1
  36.  Станислав Толкачёв – оптические-иллюзии
  37.  K-Lone – Old Fashioned
  38.  Jessy Lanza – Strange Edition
  39.  Deetron – DJ-Kicks (Continuous Mix)