Danilo was always incredibly young with things. He started producing at the age of eleven—“way
too early” as he jokes—having his first release out just five years later: Inverse Cinematics’ “Slow Swing”, released on Pulver Records in 2002, and ended up finding its way into Ricardo Villalobos’ record bag as well as onto one of the first Fabric mix CDs. An album under the same name and a string of EPs followed. Dailo’s latest releases, the Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Raw Cuts series in 2010, had the house music world responding strongly to the charmingly fresh and dirty sounding tracks, all mixed down in spontaneous two-hour sessions. Danilo has also released on top labels ranging from 20:20 Vision to Rush Hour as well as his own MCDE and Four Roses imprints, produced for Ben Westbeech and Rainer Trüby and never ceased to amaze with his challenging remix work for artists like Caribou, Jazzanova, DJ Sprinkles and Zero 7.

His understanding of how the parts of a track can work has never been more apparent than on his DJ-Kicks mix. In 10 years, playing 80+ gigs a year, including such temples as Berghain, Fabric London, Rex and MOS, he’s absorbed dance history through hard and disciplined work behind the decks. Look at the opening selections of his DJ-Kicks mix to get a glimpse of his amazing ability to fuse totally disparate sound aesthetics into a coherent whole.

With the next months holding an extensive tour schedule for Danilo, dancers around the world will be able to experience his gift as a selector first hand. That is, before he gets back into the studio to start working on his first album as Motor City Drum Ensemble as well as a live act. All this will prove, just as his DJ-Kicks is doing now, that there is no such thing as stagnation in the ever-evolving cosmos of Danilo Plessow!


1 Sun Ra – Door To The Cosmos
2 Electric Wire Hustle – Again (Scratch 22 Remix)
3 Rhythm & Sound – Mango Drive
4 Tony Allen – Ariya
5 Peven Everett – Stuck (Original)
6 Bad Jazz Troupe – Breakdown Treat
7 Mr. Fingers – The Juice
8 Rick “Poppa” Howard – Can Your Love Find It’s Way (Club Vocal)
9 Stone – Girl I Like The Way That You Move (Dub)
10 Fred P – On This Vibe
11 Creative Swing Alliance – Don’t Forget Your Keyz
12 Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Black Woman Experience
13 Philippe Sarde – Le Cortège Et Course
14 Robert Hood – The Pace
15 Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk (Vocal Version)
16 Arts & Crafts – I’ve Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12″ Mix)
17 Motor City Drum Ensemble – L.O.V.E. (DJ-Kicks)
18 Aphex Twin – Actium
19 Recloose – Cardiology (Isolée Mix)
20 Latecomer – Cosmic Cart
21 Timo Lassy – African Rumble
22 James Mason – Sweet Power, Your Embrace

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  3. Billy says:

    I was listening to some good productions and also good sessions deco, I think this would give very good dj in the DJ Kicks series is very good, deco has a lot of quality in their productions and their sessions, I hope you take into account. demonstrates the great on his album so beautiful, listen.

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