Over the past decade, Seth Troxler has become a visionary and authentic voice in dance music, his jovial personality cutting through the noise and continually playing by his own rules. Growing up between Detroit and Chicago, his musical education carries enviable credentials, with his stepdad a local radio personality who championed the early sounds of house music.
True to Troxler’s character, the mix has a whimsical nature and a thoughtful and timeless narrative, bearing a tenacious episode for the DJ-Kicks series that gives a true insight into the man behind the well-preened moustache and cowboy antics. “It might seem obvious but to be a successful DJ, you have to be really into music," Troxler points out. "Collecting music is my life. This is a proper DJ mix - a house mix. It’s good music that works to listen to at any time.”
“For my DJ Kicks mix I wanted to do something that was honest," he goes on. "I went out in the morning, micro-dosed myself and did all these errands around town. Then I came home at night and did the mix one take. I wanted to curate something for people to easily listen to, that was nice, and funny and got you in the mood to do your homework, or drive that hour long trip when you need to go somewhere. I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.”
Seth Troxler's DJ-Kicks will be available October 16th on CD / LP / digital. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes and the !K7 store.
01. Niki Nakazawa - Would It Be
02. Herbert - Suddenly (Phil Parnell's Pianissimo Play Through)
03. DJ Koze - Bodenweich
04. Cobblestone Jazz - Northern Lights
05. Wolfgang Haffner – Melodia Del Viento (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meloopdia Remix)
06. T&T Music Factory - De Natte Cal (DJ-Kicks)
07. Hauke Freer - XK
08. Butch - Dope
09. Session Victim - Stick Together
10. Club Artists United - Sweet Chariot (Kerri "Kaoz 6:23" Chandler Dramatic Dub)
11. Jasper Street Company - Reach (Basement Sessions Main Vocal Mix)
12. K-Alexi Shelby - Sex-N-R-001
13. Mood II Swing feat. John Ciafone - Ohh
14. Derrick L. Carter - Dreaming Again
15. Byron Stingily - Why Can't You Be Real (Danny's 12" Mix)
16. Vanessa McMillian - Stay With Me
17. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra - Enlightenment
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With the 50th volume in the DJ-Kicks series released in the form of an incredible mix from DJ Koze, we've updated the series with a new generation of talent, including Koze, Nina Kraviz, Actress, Carl Craig, Four Tet, Will Saul, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, John Talabot and others.
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Stream the video below, via Pitchfork TV. Koze's remarkable 50th edition of the DJ-Kicks series is available now.
The 50th entry in the series, Koze's DJ-Kicks is out on June 16th. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.
“I always try to use something that is individual or different,” says DJ Koze in a recent interview with Sloth. “What is the gain of doing something similar to what has gone before?”
Koze’s willingness to take risks is one of his most distinct characteristics, and is clearly evident in the exclusive production he’s created for his landmark DJ-Kicks. Eschewing the evocative dance music for which he and his Pampa label are known, Koze returns to his hip-hop roots with a breezy production that calls to mind left field hip-hop producers J Dilla and Madlib. The mood is gentle, laid back, and extremely open.
Koze’s DJ-Kicks marks the 50th entry in the DJ-Kicks series, and comes out June 16th on a white double vinyl pressing, CD, digital download, and streaming services. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.
Actress’ expansive and unconventional DJ-Kicks mix is out this week, to widespread acclaim. Drowned In Sound calls it “a gentle reminder that as both DJ and producer Actress is as good as it gets,” and XLR8R enthuses: “The cuts play off each other masterfully, their strengths enhancing each other, leading to a more-than-satisfying conclusion to a worthy addition to the DJ-Kicks catalog.”
To celebrate the album’s release, we’re sharing an exclusive track from the mix, courtesy of unknown producer Gnesis. Asked for a few words about the track, the artist replied with the words below.
Nairobi bankers deuce hard
Rose black vine ratios and the corporate druid
Scorpion chord drone blunts
The DJ-Kicks series was born in Berlin in 1995, the first officially licensed DJ mix series available commercially. Over the past 20 years, the series has maintained a steady finger on the pulse of electronic music, earning a reputation as an essential barometer for what’s happening right now in the world of dance music. To celebrate the 50th entry in the series, we’ve brought the series back to Germany with a very special mix from the iconoclastic DJ Koze.
Characteristically refusing to hew to any particular genre or style, Koze’s mix nonetheless creates a uniform color, incorporating underground hip-hop, melodic techno, indie pop, and vintage songwriting for a selection of tracks that is at once nostalgic and futuristic, melancholy and joyful.
In order to incorporate a variety of styles, Koze created a number of custom edits and blends for the set. He also takes a novel approach to the concept of a “mix,” often eschewing long overlays in favor of serendipitous juxtapositions. “During the day I don’t have the requirement of hearing anything mixed in strict time,” he says. “Instead I focus on harmoniousness. The idea is more to create the appearance of a radio show, in the vein of John Peel for example. There is a giant cosmos of music running through my filter.”
DJ-Kicks also includes a new DJ Koze original, in the form of the dilla-esque “I Have Not Been Everywhere But It’s On My List.” With its fragile soul samples, pinched, anxious-expressive vocal snippets, and sweet guitar riffs, the track sets a luxurious tone for the mix. The mood is gentle, laid back, extremely open and willingly to take risks.
DJ Koze’s DJ-Kicks will be released June 15th 2015 on !K7 Records. Pre-orders are available now.
- DJ Koze – I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List (DJ-Kicks exclusive)
- Dimlite – Can’t Get Used To Those? (Kosi Edit)
- cLOUDDEAD – Dead Dogs Two (Boards of Canada Remix)
- Strong Arm Steady – Best of Times
- Homeboy Sandman – Holiday (Kosi & Finks Edit)
- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame
- Mndsgn – Camelblues (Kosi Edit)
- Broadcast – Tears In The Typing Pool
- Daniel Lanois – Carla
- Hi Tek & The 2 Bears – Modern Hi Tek Family Bears (Kosi Mashup)
- William Shatner – It Hasn’t Happened Yet
- Marker Starling – In Stride
- Session Victim- Hyuwee (Kosi Remix)
- Frank & Tony – Bring The Sun feat. Gry (Kosi Edit)
- Marcel Fengler – Jaz (Kosi Edit)
- Portable feat. Lcio – Surrender (Kosi Edit)
- The Gentle People – Superstar
"Bird Matrix"appears exclusively on Actress' DJ-Kicks mix, out May 5th on !K7.
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