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With two weeks to go before his DJ-Kicks mix hits stores, Will Saul has let loose with an EP featuring exclusive music produced for his mix. Having put in time as a top-notch A&R and label head helping to break some of the most vital artists in UK house and bass music, it's no surprise that there are some head-turning names contributing music here. Tracks here from Bicep, Jabru featuring Joel Culpepper, and Leon Vynehall, have all built a steady buzz online, and can be expected to be heard on forward-thinking dance floors all summer long. Add to that a key slice of expert funk from Marquis Hawkes, and you have an essential collection of tunes. Will Saul's DJ-Kicks EP can be purchased digitally at Beatport, and on vinyl at Juno. Tracklist: Bicep - "Nova" Jabru feat. Joel Culpepper - "Church" Marquis Hawkes - "Life Struggle" Leon Vynehall - "Time"
Will Saul is a bit of an electronic music renaissance man: DJ, producer, A&R, and label head of the respected Aus Music and Simple Records labels. He's also coming off of a big year in 2013: not only did he release his debut album under the alter ego Close, an avant guard dance-pop project that called upon high profile collaborators like Scuba and Appleblim, but so too did he make his debut in the live arena at clubs like London’s influential Fabric. With all of this under his belt, we knew a DJ-Kicks mix would be a banger, but Saul makes it clear that he's aiming for something even more special. "I wanted the mix to represent how I DJ in the sense that the majority of my sets are made up mainly of my own, or my label’s, unreleased or forthcoming music. Hopefully this gives me something unique as DJ, not just as I play tracks that no one else has, but also because they are artists and tracks that I love enough to want to sign, so they really represent what I love about electronic music. “With this in mind, I approached all my nearest and dearest for some tailor made exclusive tracks. The result is hopefully a mix that rekindles the thing I loved about listening to mixes 20 years ago – that unknown aspect where each new track is a surprise. In a time when all music/track IDs and myriad mixes are accessible at the click of a button, I hope this makes for something a little more interesting.” For an idea of the excitement possible with this approach, take a listen to an exclusive new Bicep track from the mix, below. Will Saul's DJ-Kicks mix will be released on June 16th on !K7. Full tracklist below the soundcloud player. Pre-order DJ-Kicks on iTunes and receive this track immediately. CD Track List: 01. Will Saul & Komon - Bendy 02. Animal Hands - Beacon Island 03. Komon & Appleblim - The Visionary State 04. Joe Gray - Tozai 05. Cottam - Healing Process 06. Youandewan - Ego 07. Jabru - Church feat. Joel Culpepper 08. Lrusse - Presence 09. Walton - Birds 10. Leon Vynehall - Time 11. Will Saul & Komon - Two For One (DJ-Kicks) 12. Sei A - Reserve 13. Axel Boman - Dubbel (dub) / CLOSE feat. Tikiman - Born In A Rolling Barrel 14. Sei A - JTR 15. October - KR-100 Dub 16. David Clement - Follow Me Home (Lee Jones Remix) 17. Marquis Hawkes - Life Struggle 18. Bicep - Nova 19. Will Saul - Pedal Power 20. Legowelt - Etherial Techno Music Will Never Die 21. George FitzGerald - Wanting Needing 22. Gerry Read - Baseball 23. Escape - Flinch 24. Second Storey - Oxygene LP Track List: A1. Axel Boman - Dubbel (dub) A2. Animal Hands - Beacon Island A3. Joe Gray - Tozai B1. Cottam - Healing Process B2. Lrusse - Presence B3. Walton - Birds C1. Will Saul & Komon - Two For One (DJ-Kicks) C2. October - KR-100 Dub C3. David Clement - Follow Me Home (Lee Jones Remix) D1. Legowelt - Etherial Techno Music Will Never Die D2. Gerry Read - Baseball D3. Second Storey - Oxygene
We're pretty sure that if the need ever were to arise, A-Trak could always fall back on a career as a writer. From his tour diaries to his writing in the mainstream press, he excels at getting to the heart of the matter, and doing so in an entertaining fashion. It's fitting, then, that his two cents on the Deadmau5 / "All we do is press play" debacle are the first on the subject that we've chosen to share. Check out his thoughtful piece on Huffington Post. A-Track: Don't Push My Buttons