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.
Stream the video below, via Pitchfork TV. Koze's remarkable 50th edition of the DJ-Kicks series is available now.
The 50th entry in the series, Koze's DJ-Kicks is out on June 16th. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.
“I always try to use something that is individual or different,” says DJ Koze in a recent interview with Sloth. “What is the gain of doing something similar to what has gone before?”
Koze’s willingness to take risks is one of his most distinct characteristics, and is clearly evident in the exclusive production he’s created for his landmark DJ-Kicks. Eschewing the evocative dance music for which he and his Pampa label are known, Koze returns to his hip-hop roots with a breezy production that calls to mind left field hip-hop producers J Dilla and Madlib. The mood is gentle, laid back, and extremely open.
Koze’s DJ-Kicks marks the 50th entry in the DJ-Kicks series, and comes out June 16th on a white double vinyl pressing, CD, digital download, and streaming services. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.
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 an essential barometer for what’s happening right now in the world of dance music. To celebrate the 50th entry in the series, we’ve brought the series back to Germany with a very special mix from the iconoclastic DJ Koze.
Characteristically refusing to hew to any particular genre or style, Koze’s mix nonetheless creates a uniform color, incorporating underground hip-hop, melodic techno, indie pop, and vintage songwriting for a selection of tracks that is at once nostalgic and futuristic, melancholy and joyful.
In order to incorporate a variety of styles, Koze created a number of custom edits and blends for the set. He also takes a novel approach to the concept of a “mix,” often eschewing long overlays in favor of serendipitous juxtapositions. “During the day I don’t have the requirement of hearing anything mixed in strict time,” he says. “Instead I focus on harmoniousness. The idea is more to create the appearance of a radio show, in the vein of John Peel for example. There is a giant cosmos of music running through my filter.”
DJ-Kicks also includes a new DJ Koze original, in the form of the dilla-esque “I Have Not Been Everywhere But It’s On My List.” With its fragile soul samples, pinched, anxious-expressive vocal snippets, and sweet guitar riffs, the track sets a luxurious tone for the mix. The mood is gentle, laid back, extremely open and willingly to take risks.
DJ Koze’s DJ-Kicks will be released June 15th 2015 on !K7 Records. Pre-orders are available now.
- DJ Koze – I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List (DJ-Kicks exclusive)
- Dimlite – Can’t Get Used To Those? (Kosi Edit)
- cLOUDDEAD – Dead Dogs Two (Boards of Canada Remix)
- Strong Arm Steady – Best of Times
- Homeboy Sandman – Holiday (Kosi & Finks Edit)
- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame
- Mndsgn – Camelblues (Kosi Edit)
- Broadcast – Tears In The Typing Pool
- Daniel Lanois – Carla
- Hi Tek & The 2 Bears – Modern Hi Tek Family Bears (Kosi Mashup)
- William Shatner – It Hasn’t Happened Yet
- Marker Starling – In Stride
- Session Victim- Hyuwee (Kosi Remix)
- Frank & Tony – Bring The Sun feat. Gry (Kosi Edit)
- Marcel Fengler – Jaz (Kosi Edit)
- Portable feat. Lcio – Surrender (Kosi Edit)
- The Gentle People – Superstar