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The Exclusives Vol.III is out now

We’ve just released a compilation of unmixed DJ-Kicks exclusive tracks from the past few years of the series, available now digitally and on CD here. The tracklist features highlights from the likes of DJ Koze, Matthew Dear, Marcel Dettmann, John Talabot and many more.

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DAM-FUNK DJ-KICKS

K7332_coverA lot of folks feel like they know DâM-FunK; he is laid-back, affable and personable but to truly get the guy, I mean really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. A more suitable reflection of this is his contribution to the beloved DJ-Kicks series. A snapshot into the mind of the pioneer of Modern-Funk music…get to know the man behind the shades.

At a satisfying 19 songs, Dam lets grooves breath, this is a mix to happily get lost within. It’s a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints from low-key producers like Henning and L33 mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. 80’s Fusion-Jazz guitarist Tony Palkovic on “True To Yourself” follow the the airy-burn of new-age ensemble Gaussian Curve’s “Broken Clouds” or the super rare bliss-Funk of “Theme From Beach Boy” from 1982. Dam’s excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as ‘Nite-Funk’ on “Can U Read Me?” is pure bliss and such a fantastic collaboration you’d be yearning for more., reminding listens that one of Dam’s biggest assists is his duality from master DJ to trend-setting producer. And we get this heavy on Dam’s DJ-Kicks exclusive “Believer”. Sheets of synth lines fall all around a locking drum program that starts off innocently enough but ends you in a half-hypnotic state. An extensive instrumental composition that on it’s own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. There may be a lot of folks dabbling but there really is only one Damon.

TRACKLISTING

CD ALBUM (K7332CD)
  1. Moon B – Oof (mixed)
  2. Nicci Gable – Close To Who? (mixed)
  3. Verticle Lines – Theme From Beach Boy (mixed)
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam (mixed)
  5. Brandon – Suzy Hijack (mixed)
  6. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right) (mixed)
  7. Index – Starlight (mixed)
  8. Uncle Jamm’s Army – Dial-A-Freak (mixed)
  9. Gemini – Log In (mixed)
  10. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental) (mixed)
  11. Reggie B – Poison Candy (mixed)
  12. L33 – Keeping It Tight (mixed)
  13. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds (mixed)
  14. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself (mixed)
  15. Henning – Arrival / Departure (mixed)
  16. Nite-Funk – Can U Read Me? (mixed)
  17. DaM-FunK – Believer (mixed)
  18. True Design – I Wanna Break (mixed)
  19. Crystal Winds – Funk Ain’t Easy (mixed)
12″ VINYL DOUBLE ALBUM (K7332LP)
  1. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds
  2. Index – Starlight
  3. Gemini – Log In
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam
  5. Moon B – Oof
  6. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself
  7. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental)
  8. Nicci Gable – Close To Who?
  9. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right)
  10. Brandon – Suzy Hijack
  11. Henning – Arrival / Departure
  12. DaM-FunK – Believer
DOWNLOAD ALBUM (K7332DTM)
  1. Moon B – Oof
  2. Nicci Gable – Close To Who?
  3. Verticle Lines – Theme From Beach Boy
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam
  5. Brandon – Suzy Hijack
  6. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right)
  7. Index – Starlight
  8. Uncle Jamm’s Army – Dial-A-Freak
  9. Gemini – Log In
  10. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental)
  11. Reggie B – Poison Candy
  12. L33 – Keeping It Tight
  13. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds
  14. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself
  15. Henning – Arrival / Departure
  16. Nite-Funk – Can U Read Me?
  17. DaM-FunK – Believer
  18. True Design – I Wanna Break
  19. Crystal Winds – Funk Ain’t Easy
  20. DaM-FunK – Continuous Mix

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House Legend Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers Remix DâM-FunK

larry-heardAs the architect of the "Modern Funk" sound, DâM-FunK has always given respect to funk's originators: genius musicians who contributed to lineage of funk in all its forms. It's only fitting then that one of these influential figures, Chicago house legend Larry Heard, has stepped up to remix DâM's DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Believer."

Utilizing his "Mr. Fingers" alias, Heard teases and stretches the tight funk grooves to around the ten minute mark, lathering the beat in codeine smeared keys and shimmering pads in a heady trip through the L.A Hills and into coastal dance inter-zones.

A single featuring "Fingers Deep-Funk Remix" and backed with the DâM-Funk / Nite Jewel collaboration "Can U Read Me" is available now. A 12" single is out Friday 5th August.

DâM-FunK’s Trunk-Rattling DJ-Kicks Exclusive “Believer”

K7332_coverSome years before the essential DâM-FunK tome Toeachizown dropped, Dam introduced the concept of 'Modern Funk' to the growing masses trying to classify his prowess for wax and multilayered synth-style productions. "Believer," Dam's exclusive new track for his DJ-Kicks mix, is a perfect embodiment of the concept: sheets of synth lines fall all around a locking drum program that starts off innocently enough but ends you in a half-hypnotic state. An extensive instrumental composition that on it's own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. Stream the track below.

DâM-Funk's DJ-Kicks is released May 27th on CD, 2LP (red vinyl) and digital formats (pre-order here). An limited edition 10" vinyl featuring two tracks from the mix is available exclusively on the !K7 store and Bandcamp.

DâM-FunK To Mix New DJ-Kicks In May 2016

K7332_coverDâM-FunK is the kind of guy who seems like he'd make great company: laid-back, affable, personable. But to truly get the guy, to really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. Dam's contribution to the DJ-Kicks series gives you an opportunity to do just that. It's a snapshot view into the mind of the pioneer of Modern-Funk music… DJ-Kicks invites you to get to know the man behind the shades.

Dam makes a lifetime of digging and absorbing music that feels as laid-back as the Santa Ana breeze. Years ago, he coined the term 'Modern Funk' to give context to his music. The elements of the synth-heavy and multi-layered style are gloriously displayed on DJ-Kicks. "Modern-Funk is a combination of all the sounds on the mix," he explains. "Funk, Boogie, Electro, House, Modern-Soul, Ambient tones… a push and pull of nostalgia and progressiveness…"

At a satisfying 19 songs, DâM-FunK's DJ-Kicks lets grooves breathe. This is a mix to happily get lost within; a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. The exclusive DâM-FunK production "Believer" makes its debut on DJ-Kicks, an extensive instrumental composition that on it's own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. The mix also includes Dam's excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as 'Nite-Funk,' on "Can U Read Me?"

DâM-FunK's DJ-Kicks is released on May 27th, on CD, 2LP (w. CD included) and digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.

!K7 Store Exclusive: Limited 10" Vinyl

A strictly limited 10" vinyl single containing two of the rarest tracks from the mix, will be available exclusively via !K7's online store and Bandcamp.

A1. Index - Starlight (The Break) B1. Verticle Lines - Theme From Beach Boy

All physical orders from the !K7 store and bandcamp will include a custom DJ-Kicks tote bag.
Pre-order DaM-FunK DJ-Kicks + limited 10" vinyl
DJ-Kicks tote bag