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With 2012 ranking as one of the most fertile years so far in DJ-Kicks history, we're eager to get started with what is already looking like another packed year for the series. We're pleased to announce that Maceo Plex is taking the reins for a fantastic mix, due at the end of April. Maceo's mix aims to highlight the sounds that he believes represent the future of electronic music. To do so, he's dug deep in his vinyl collection for an impeccable selection of tracks with a timeless sound, spanning the last 20 years of dance music, none of which are currently available digitally outside of the DJ-Kicks mix. Many of the tracks appear as exclusive edits by Maceo himself, adding to the overall freshness of the mix. DJ-Kicks will be released April 29th (April 30th in the US) on CD, 2xLP (w/ CD included), and digital download. For full release info (and audio coming soon), keep an eye on http://www.dj-kicks.com/maceoplex. Track list: 1. Monsters From ID / Spatial Lobe 2. Voice Stealer / Evaluation 3. Stingray313 / Defect 4. Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Remix) 5. TV Baby / New York Is Alright (Black Spun Minimal Dub) 6. Maceo Plex & Mark O'Sullivan / When It All Comes To This 7. Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit) 8. Kimbu Kimra / Raise The Dead (Love From San Francisco Dub) 9. Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix) 10. Eric Volta / Rez-Shifter (Maceo Plex Remix) 11. Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit) 12. Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks) 13. Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Treatment) 14. Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creep (Maetrik Fusion Edit) 15. Jaydee / Payback (Maceo Plex Remix) 16. S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit) 17. Turner / Multiorgel (Schneider TM Mix) 18. Maceo Plex / Mind On Fire
One of the things we love about Hercules And Love Affair's output is the feeling of joy and spontaneity that shines through so much of Andy Butler's work. Take the new music video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Release Me." A minimal set, a sexy outfit, a single dancer, some bubble wrap and some vintage video effects come together to exceed the sum of their parts to an incredible degree. Keep doing what you're doing guys, we're loving it! HALA's fantastic DJ-Kicks mix is out now. Here are some places to grab it: iTunes • !K7 store • Amazon • Boomkat
One of the first custom items we've created for !K7's new online store is a special limited Hercules And Love Affair / DJ-Kicks collaboration t-shirt. For a group as stylish as the Love Affair, we knew we needed something with a unique look, and together we've created something we're pretty sure will turn some heads. What's more, pre-orders will receive a download link for the album on Friday, in advance of the release date. Quantity is extremely limited in order to keep this special, so don't get left behind on this one! Once they're gone, they're gone.
Spotted over at the Fabric blog, the Soul Clap gentlemen dug up their first ever mixtape from back in 2001 (titled Disco Step 2001) for your listening pleasure. If you love their DJ-Kicks mix, this provides a glimpse at the Boston duo's evolution.
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As savvy Facebook users may have noticed last week, Stuttgart's Danilo Plessow, better known as Motor City Drum Ensemble, will be mixing the next edition of DJ-Kicks, due for a July release. The mix features Plessow's expert selections from a wide array of genres ("A classic Dj kicks, not just a house mix," he says), including free jazz, cosmic disco, and afrobeat, with dedicated sequences of tracks giving the nod to classic Chicago house and a short list of the masters of production over the last several decades. Get a look the tracklist below, and look for some tasty tidbits coming soon right here! (Tracklist after the jump)