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Seth Troxler Mixes Final DJ-Kicks of 2015

Trox_Kick_0042015 has been a huge year for DJ-Kicks, marking both 20 years of the series as well as our 50th release. But far from slowing down, we're already looking ahead to another incredible mix from one of our favorite artists.

Over the past decade, Seth Troxler has become a visionary and authentic voice in dance music, his jovial personality cutting through the noise and continually playing by his own rules. Growing up between Detroit and Chicago, his musical education carries enviable credentials, with his stepdad a local radio personality who championed the early sounds of house music.

True to Troxler’s character, the mix has a whimsical nature and a thoughtful and timeless narrative, bearing a tenacious episode for the DJ-Kicks series that gives a true insight into the man behind the well-preened moustache and cowboy antics. “It might seem obvious but to be a successful DJ, you have to be really into music," Troxler points out. "Collecting music is my life. This is a proper DJ mix - a house mix. It’s good music that works to listen to at any time.”

“For my DJ Kicks mix I wanted to do something that was honest," he goes on. "I went out in the morning, micro-dosed myself and did all these errands around town. Then I came home at night and did the mix one take. I wanted to curate something for people to easily listen to, that was nice, and funny and got you in the mood to do your homework, or drive that hour long trip when you need to go somewhere. I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.”

Seth Troxler's DJ-Kicks will be available October 16th on CD / LP / digital. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes and the !K7 store.

Tracklist:
01. Niki Nakazawa - Would It Be
02. Herbert - Suddenly (Phil Parnell's Pianissimo Play Through)
03. DJ Koze - Bodenweich
04. Cobblestone Jazz - Northern Lights
05. Wolfgang Haffner – Melodia Del Viento (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meloopdia Remix)
06. T&T Music Factory - De Natte Cal (DJ-Kicks)
07. Hauke Freer - XK
08. Butch - Dope
09. Session Victim - Stick Together
10. Club Artists United - Sweet Chariot (Kerri "Kaoz 6:23" Chandler Dramatic Dub)
11. Jasper Street Company - Reach (Basement Sessions Main Vocal Mix)
12. K-Alexi Shelby - Sex-N-R-001
13. Mood II Swing feat. John Ciafone - Ohh
14. Derrick L. Carter - Dreaming Again
15. Byron Stingily - Why Can't You Be Real (Danny's 12" Mix)
16. Vanessa McMillian - Stay With Me
17. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra - Enlightenment
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Stream An Exclusive DJ Koze Edit of Portable From DJ-Kicks

DJ_KOZE_1504__SunBrella_WEB_1280px_v2_cropped One of the distinct characteristics of DJ Koze's magnum DJ-Kicks mix is his proclivity for subtly tweaking the tracks he's selected. Nearly half of the songs on the mix appear in a custom edited or blended form, usually assembled after having asked the original artist for the track's component stems. In the case of the Portable track "Surrender," which appears toward the end of the mix, Koze blended his thoughtful, contemplative edit incorporating elements of the original, instrumental and acappella versions of the track.

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.

 
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DJ Koze To Mix 50th Volume In DJ-Kicks Series

K7325The 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...

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Actress Signs On For May 2015 DJ-Kicks

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British techno-related visionary Actress joins the DJ-Kicks series this May with a singular hour-long set, following his acclaimed fourth full-length effort, Ghettoville, a recent re-release of his debut LP Hazyville, and a limited-edition black label project Xoul on … read more...

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Vote Will Saul For DJ Mag’s Best Of British 2014!

K7316CD_coverWill Saul's incredible DJ-Kicks mix has been nominated for Best Compilation in DJ Mag's Best of British 2014 poll. If you love the mix as much as we do, we can use your help to make sure Will ends up with the title! Vote below and spread the word! Voting ends December 8th. Vote Now Through December 8th  

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Nina Kraviz To Mix First DJ-Kicks of 2015

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Nina Kraviz is an uncompromising artist who can claim as much influence on the current sound of dance music as anyone working in the genre. We're extremely pleased to announce that Nina will be mixing the first DJ-Kicks of 2015.

Known for the stripped down, Chicago and Detroit influence sound of her production on singles such as "Pain In My Ass" and "Ghetto Kraviz," Nina Kraviz has proved to be a driving force in a movement within dance music that prizes raw authenticity and a spontaneous production aesthetic. While that spirit is very much visible on DJ-Kicks, the mix also shows another side of Kraviz's musical identity. “People probably know me for my Dance Mania-inspired, stripped down jacking groove style of DJing," she says, "but the idea behind this particular mix was to create more of a trippy underwater vibe. A mysterious, sonic journey, inspired by the times I used to listen to late night radio growing up and imagine that all the sounds brought to me via the radio waves came directly from space.”

Almost half of the 29 tracks are exclusives from Kraviz’s трип label, including three of her own: ‘Mystery’, ‘IMPRV, ’and ‘Prozimokompleme’. They have a raw, minimalistic stripped down feel that’s clearly inspired by her Chicago and Detroit roots, sharing the same first take vibe.

DJ-Kicks is out January 26th on !K7, and is available now for pre-order via iTunes.

TRACKLIST:
1. Egotrip - Dreamworld (Acapella)
2. Nina Kraviz - Mystery (DJ-Kicks)
3. Area - Broken Glass Everywhere
4. Prototype 909 - Atma
5. Goldie - Truth
6. Bjarki - Revolution
7. Nina Kraviz - IMPRV
8. Bjarki - Polygon Pink Toast
9. Population One - Bonus Beat
Flatner / Ingram Project - Da Comin' (Jay Denham RMX) Acapella Parrish Smith - 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide Acapella
10. Breaker 1 2 - In The Distance
11. Steve Stoll - Pop Song
12. Bradley Strider - Untitled
13. Stanislav Tolkachev - I Will Not Pee In The Pool
14. Armando - Pleasure Dome
15. Nina Kraviz - Prozimokompleme
16. Baby Ford - 24 HR
17. Fred P - Higher Mentalism (edit)
18. Exos - Nuclear Red Guard
19. Steve Stoll - Corona
20. Freak Electrique - Parsec
21. Population One - Out Of Control (Vocal Mix)
22. Exos & Octal - Grow
23. Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN - Complaints A
24. Plaid - Oi
25. DJ Bone - The Vibe
26. Adam Beyer pres Conceiled Project - Pattern 1
27. Polygon Window - Quino-Phec
28. Nikita Zabelin feat. dBridge - So Lonely
29. Rizhome - Corridor

TOUR DATES
24/10/2014 - Rome, Italy: GOA
25/10/2014 - Tilburg, Netherlands:Kindergarten
31/10/2014 - Verona, Italy: Alter Ego
31/10/2014 - Milan, Italy: Magazinni
01/11/2014 - Coventry, United Kingdom: Outbreak Festival
01/11/2014 - London, United Kingdom: Awakenings
01/11/2014 - Manchester, United Kingdom: The Warehouse Project
02/11/2014 - Berlin, Germany: Berghain
07/11/2014 - New York, NY: Resolute
08/11/2014 - Miami, FL: Story
12/12/2014 - Taipei, Taiwan: Korner
14/11/2014 - Pescara, Italy: Zu Bar
15/11/2014 - Turin, Italy: Chalet
16/11/2014 - Paris, France: Concrete
29/11/2014 - Perth, Australia: Stereosonic
30/11/2014 - Sydney, Australia: Stereosonic
07/12/2014 - Melbourne, Australia: Stereosonic
13/12/2014 - Sentosa, Singapore: Zoukout Festival
24/12/2014 - Thesaloniki, Greece: Reworks
25/12/2014 - Athens, Greece: Blend
26/12/2014 - Ancona, Italy: Harmonized
31/12/2014 - Palermo, Italy: Unlocked at MOB
01/01/2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands: Awakenings
01/01/2015 - London, United Kingdom: Oval Space
13/02/2015 - Rekyavik, Iceland: Sonar
14/02/2015 - Stockholm, Sweden: Sonar
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DJ-Kicks Tote Bags

DJ-Kicks tote cropped Just in time for summer sexiness, we have a limited batch of DJ-Kicks tote bags to sport around town. To get your hands on one, pick up Will Saul's fantastic new DJ-Kicks from the !K7 web store or select indie record shops, and it's yours for free, just cause we love you.
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Will Saul To Mix Next DJ-Kicks: Stream A New Bicep Track

K7316 Will Saul DJ-KicksWill 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
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Brandt Brauer Frick’s “Hugo” Music Video Depicts The Blur Of Life On The Road

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
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Brandt Brauer Frick DJ-Kicks Teaser Video #1

It's now less than two weeks until Brandt Brauer Frick release their epic DJ-Kicks mix. Given that the band has always thrived in the visual medium, it's not a surprise that they've put together a few teaser clips for the projects. We're not 100% sure what's happening in this one, but we're ready to learn more! DJ-Kicks will be released on February 24th. Pre-orders are now available via iTunes, Amazon, and the !K7 Store.
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