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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 … read more...
John Talabot's swooning and balmy contribution to the DJ-Kicks series originally saw the light of day in November 2013 - an offering Derek Miller of RA deemed “quite possibly the commercial mix of the year." Now, in Spring 2015 Talabot curates an assemblage of mighty remixers including Melchoir Productions Ltd, Oskar Offermann and Mistakes Are Ok for a set of incredible remixes for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Without You." True to Talabot’s canon it’s a deeply moving meld of lucent builds and gently mournful melodies that are completely impossible to resist. Stream the Melchior Productions Ltd. remix below. The single is available now via iTunes, Phonica, the !K7 Store, and other fine retailers.
There's a certain mystique to the life of a touring musician: new places and people every day, not a lot of sleep, the rush of performing, the monotony of transportation. In their new music video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Hugo," Brandt Brauer Frick have found a way to encapsulate the experience in short form, using a rapidfire montage format culled from over 15,000 pictures shot during their recent performances. Watch the video and read Daniel Brandt's description below. DJ-Kicks is out this week, and available at local record stores as well as iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.
As everyone produces a big mass of photos/data on a regular basis since the smartphone is in everyone's hands, nobody is ever able to actually go through them anymore. The moments of looking back actually never happen. To take this even further we invented a new happening while touring called the "Shoot out." In a shoot out everyone takes out their smartphone and tries to take as many photos of all other people involved as possible which results in having loads of photos from different perspectives. This was the starting point of this video and also the need to have those photos not be completely lost in piles of data no one will ever go through again. It was more of a practical solution of getting those photos from the past two years into a context that people will actually see them but we also don't need to bore them off with a slide show at home as no one wants to look at personal photos from other people anymore longer than a second (except our parents). The video consists of a selection from originally around 15.000 photos. -Daniel Brandt
As the February 24th release date of Brandt Brauer Frick's DJ-Kicks draws closer, the Berlin trio has shared another of their exclusive compositions from the mix. Compared to "Bommel," another original which debuted in December, "Hugo" is slightly more reserved, though no less driving. Staccato synths evoke a strobe-lit dancefloor before giving way to chugging house grove laced with the group's signature tactile percussive sounds. Stream "Hugo" below. A download is also available when signing up to Brandt Brauer Frick's email list. DJ-Kicks will be available in stores on February 24th, and pre-orders are no available through iTunes, Amazon, and the !K7 Store.
In addition to three new tracks from Brandt Brauer Frick themselves, the upcoming DJ-Kicks mixed by Berlin’s trio of Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick also features several exclusive pieces of music from their extended artistic circle. Which means … read more...
Buoyed but the the huge success of his international hit "Jack," Breach (a/k/a Ben Westbeech) is a bona fide star in the dance music world. Even so, he approached his DJ-Kicks mix with intelligence and humility. As he says in our interview special below, he aimed to include the music that was most important to him, in order to show his growing audience where his roots lie, and where his head is at. Breach's wonderful DJ-Kicks mix is out now: iTunes • Amazon • !K7 store
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.
One of Maceo Plex's stated goal with his DJ-Kicks mix was to take a forward-looking approach to the music and selection, rather than getting mired in retro-ism. That emphasis on the future seems to have extended to this video interview, which sees the DJ / producer speaking about his contribution to the DJ-Kicks series amidst some incredible 3D visuals from The Butchers. Maceo Plex's DJ-Kicks is out this week. Grab a free track, see tour dates, and order the album at http://www.dj-kicks.com/maceoplex
It's always a pleasure when DJ-Kicks artists challenge themselves for the new piece of music they create for their mix. In keeping with the dark, futuristic feel of his set, Maceo Plex departs slightly from the disco and bassline sounds for which he's highly regarded and delivers a complex and reflective track in "Galactic Cinema." Beatport will have a single featuring both "Galactic Cinema" and another DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Mind on Fire" on April 15th. The full DJ-Kicks mix comes out April 29th/30th.