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What more can we say, the girl’s on fire! Having already placed highly with DJ-Kicks on year-end charts from NPR, Resident Advisor, Spin, Mixmag, LFTF & more, we’ve just learned that Maya Jane Coles’ DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Not Listening” has taken “Best Underground Dance Track of 2012″ at this year’s WMC. We couldn’t be happier! Congratulations Maya, and shout-out to all the DJs, editors, writers and fans who have supported her music.
Digitalism’s swaggering and exclusive-filled DJ-Kicks provided the soundtrack to many a sweaty dance party this summer. Having hit some of the hottest festival stages this summer, this German duo is taking back to the road for a string of more intimate DJ engagements. Expect to hear some of the new tracks featured on their DJ-Kicks, floor-tested gems from their crates, and likely some surprises. Their excellent DJ-Kicks mix is out now!
8/31 – Paris, Fance: Social Club
9/2 – Chicago, IL: North Coast Festival Afterparty
9/5 – Santa Ana, CA: Yost Theater
9/6 – Las Vegas, NV: Surrender
9/7 – San Francisco, CA: Ruby Skye
9/8 – San Diego, CA: Voyeur
9/12 – Scottsdale, AZ: Wild Knight
9/13 – Denver, CO: Cervantes
9/14 – Albuquerque, NM: The Drop
9/15 – San Juan, PR: Panamerican Pier Complex
9/21 – New York, NY: Webster Hall
9/22 – Toronto, ON: Chroma
9/28 – Beijing, China: Lantern Club
9/29 – Shanghai: Club Ibiza
10/5 – Akasaka, Japan: Blitz
10/6 – Osaka, Japan: Vision
10/7 – Osaka, Japan: Onzieme
10/8 – Tokyo, Japan: Club Quattro
It’s official. After an epic year full of amazing mixes, Hercules And Love Affair will be mixing the last DJ-Kicks of 2012. And what a way to go out. Drawing inspiration from his earliest experiences at warehouse parties, the classic sound of 90′s house, and even the unique spirituality of the nightclubbing experience, front man Andy Butler has created a timeless mix that pulses with energy and excitement. Hercules And Love Affair’s DJ-Kicks will be released October 29th on CD, vinyl, and digital download. Tracklist below.
1. Mankind – Don’t Keep Me Waiting
2. Rhythm Mode:D – Can You Feel It (Reach To The Top)
3. Hercules And Love Affair – Release Me (DJ-Kicks) *
4. Fax Yourself – Strut Your Techno Stuff
5. Klubb Kidz – Don’t Want To Hurt You (Skool Flava Dub)
6. Solution – Feels So Right
7. DJ Duke Presents Freedom – Love Don’t Come Easy (Power Dub)
8. Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me
9. Mark Imperial – The Acieed That Ate New York
10. Inflagranti – Magojiro
11. Haze Factory – A Bit Of Redemption *
12. Fierce Ruling Diva – Allemaal, Allemaal!
13. Jump Chico Slamm – Feel Free
14. Z.A.M. – Africa Freedom (Johannesburg Dub Mix)
* = DJ-Kicks Exclusive
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.
The Digitalism guys really hooked us up as far as new exclusive content on their DJ-Kicks. We already shared “A New Drug” with you, and now the guys have streamed a new track called “Simply Dead” via their Soundcloud. This one goes big, with a driving tempo and some low-end crunch that is clearly made for smashing dance floors. Check the band’s Facebook for tour dates, and look for DJ-Kicks in just a few more weeks.
Okay, seriously, is anything going to slow this girl down? Barely a fortnight after the release of he DJ-Kicks mix (which happens to be receiving rave reviews, thank you) the London producer already has a new brand new remix to offer, and it’s a banger. Head over to XLR8R for the download, and don’t miss Maya on tour all year (like we said, she never stops!). Read more…
Photek’s masterful DJ-Kicks mix is out this week in North America, and is currently charting on the iTunes Electronic chart. He’ll be hitting the road for a string of dates in the US to celebrate the release, including major electronic music festivals Together Boston, Symbiosis Fest, and the mighty DEMF. Having caught a taste in Austin, we’re sure you won’t want to miss the chance to see this man take to the decks!
4/5/12 – Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall (w/ Dieselboy)
4/6/12 – New York, NY: Cameo Gallery
4/7/12 – Boston, MA: Together Festival
4/20/12 – Charlotte, NC: The Fillmore
4/27/12 – Denver, CO: Beta
Even the brokenhearted love a good mix contest. We’ve teamed up with the folks at Beatport & Mixcloud to put together a competition for everyone out there whose love affair with the one’s and two’s has been going more smoothly at times than their personal lives. We’re looking for 20-30 minute mixes with that theme in mind, starting and ending with the !K7 track of your choice. The winner will receive a spot in Soul Clap’s excellent podcast series, a $200 voucher to Beatport, Native Instruments Maschine, & more. Submissions have already started rolling in, so get mixing!
(Full details after the jump) Read more…