40% off the top five DJ-Kicks, as voted by YOUOver 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
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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.
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.
Photek's masterful DJ-Kicks mix is out this week in North America, and is currently charting on the iTunes Electronic chart. He'll be hitting the road for a string of dates in the US to celebrate the release, including major electronic music festivals Together Boston, Symbiosis Fest, and the mighty DEMF. Having caught a taste in Austin, we're sure you won't want to miss the chance to see this man take to the decks!
4/5/12 – Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall (w/ Dieselboy) 4/6/12 – New York, NY: Cameo Gallery 4/7/12 – Boston, MA: Together Festival 4/20/12 – Charlotte, NC: The Fillmore 4/27/12 – Denver, CO: Beta 5/4/12 – Burnaby, BC: Venue TBA 5/18/12 – Pyramid Lake, NV: Symbiosis Fest 5/26/12 – Detroit, MI: DEMF 6/8/12 – San Francisco, CA: 1015
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.
For serious music fans, SXSW in Austin is close to heaven on earth. Non-stop music of all sorts, plenty of beer & BBQ, and for those of us in colder climates, a chance to enjoy some mild weather before Spring is fully underway. This year, as a part of our celebration of 27 years of !K7 we'll be kicking the festivities off with DJ sets from two of the recent stars of DJ-Kicks, Photek & Apparat. The party will be free and won't require a badge, so come one come all. In addition to the headliners, we also have a several special guests lined up, including artists who appear on Photek's mix. We're looking forward to starting the week of music off on the right foot with all our friends, and hope to see you there!Apparat's DJ-Kicks is available now, and Photek's mix will be released April 3rd, followed by a mix from Maya Jane Coles on April 17th.
Wednesday March 14th @ Kingdom (103 E. St. Suite B, Austin)
DJ-Kicks SXSW w/ Photek, Apparat & more
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM • 21+ • FREE
To say Maya Jane Coles had a big year in 2011 would be an incredible understatement. In the space of twelve months, the 24 year old East Londoner went from a hotly tipped favorite of house music connoisseurs to, well, pretty much taking over the world. It is our extreme pleasure to announce that her first commercially available DJ mix is coming this year, in the form of a DJ-Kicks mix in April. (Tracklist & more info after the jump)
Brooklyn / Berlin producer Machinedrum (who also happens to be 1/2 of Hotflush's Sepalcure) is responsible for one of our favorite records of the year so far, Room(s) on Planet Mu. His remix of Scuba's DJ-Kicks exclusive track "M.A.R.S." exemplifies a lot of what we love about that album: breakneck drum programming, syncopated keyboard stabs, and swirling atmospheric textures. DJ-Kicks is out this week, and we're pretty thrilled with the reviews so far. Scuba- M.A.R.S. (Machinedrum Remix) by !K7 Records
After setting the UK bass scene on fire with the ubiquitous track "Footcrab" on Loefah's Swamp 81 label, producer Addison Groove has been closely watched by in-the-know fans of forward-thinking electronic music. The new track "An We Drop," excluisve to Hotflush boss Scuba's DJ-Kicks diverges slightly from the overt footwork influence of early releases, but still packs plenty of dancefloor thump. “For me, 'An We Drop' is one of the key tracks [on the mix],” Scuba explains. “It’s a fusion of two things, that urban, UK kind of sound, and something more techno. It sums up what the mix and my music is about.” Addison Groove - An We Drop (Scuba DJ-Kicks Exclusive) by !K7 Records
Paul Rose, a/k/a Scuba, the mastermind behind the incredibly well curated Hotflush label, has been enlisted to mix the latest in the DJ-Kicks series, due late October of this year. Featuring a healthy helping of exclusives from his camp including new music from Addison Groove & Boddika, the mix treads the line between the UK bass music scene in which Scuba came up, and the techno sounds dominant in his current home of Berlin, creating a new sound in the process. See below for the full tracklist. (tracklist after the jump)