DJ-Kicks_sale_FacebookWith two decades worth of legendary DJ mixes in the catalog, an incredible new exclusive-laden mix from Will Saul coming out next week, and the 50th entry in the series just around the corner, we have plenty of reasons to celebrate DJ-Kicks this year. So we've teamed up with iTunes for the biggest online sale we've ever had for DJ-Kicks. For the rest of the month of June, every entry in the series available digitally will be on sale at iTunes, including classic mixes from Kruder + Dorfmeister, Thievery Corporation, Apparat, John Talabot, Motor City Drum Ensemble and many more. Stock up on mixes you may have missed at

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival x DJ-Kicks This Weekend!

As we continue to celebrate 27 years of !K7 Records, we've partnered with the good folks at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival to help curate an line-up featuring some of our favorite musicians. The festival takes place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (N. 6th St. to be precise) Friday and Saturday November 9th & 10th. Our stage will be on Friday the 9th at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St.) and will feature the amazing talents of Photek and Gold Panda, both of whom have released incredible DJ-Kicks mixes themselves, as well as a DJ set from The Rapture, Baltimore's master DJ / Producer Karizma, San Francisco's Grenier (who has several tracks on Photek's DJ-Kicks as DJG) and Brooklyn's own DJ Still Life. Things are kicking off at 9:00 and going way late, so come through and party with us! Single day and double day tickets are still available, and give you access to all participating Festival venues for the day of your ticket. The full festival line-up is available at, and set times for the DJ-Kicks stage are below. 9pm-10pm – Grenier 10pm-11pm – Karizma 12am-1am – Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture) 1am-2am- Photek 2am-3am – Gold Panda 3am-4am – DJ Still Life

New Volume Of DJ Kicks The Exclusives Due In February

One of the most enjoyable parts of assembling the DJ-Kicks series is being able to hear the exclusive new track (or tracks, as the case my be) from the compiling artist. Each new volume contains at least one piece of music not available anywhere else, from the elite list of artists who have contributed to the series. Six years ago, we collected DJ-Kicks tracks from artists including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Carl Craig, Thievery Corporation and others on the first collection of DJ-Kicks Exclusives. In 2012, we'll be collecting exclusive tracks from the most recent mixes, spanning the last five years. The new volume of DJ-Kicks The Exclusives (out in February) will feature music only available on DJ-Kicks mixes from the likes of Gold Panda, Juan MacLean, Four Tet, Hot Chip, and more. Despite the eclectic list of contributing artists, the standard of quality for the music they have made for their mixes speaks for itself, and the tracks complement each other for a cohesive listen in their full un-mixed format. 2012 also marks 27 years of !K7 Records as a company, we we'll be celebrating both the label and the DJ-Kicks series all year long with a series of events, projects, and special promotions. We hope you can join the celebration! Tracklist: 1. Four Tet - Pockets 2. Henrik Schwarz - Imagination Limitation 3. Hot Chip - My Piano 4. Chromeo - I Can’t Tell You Why 5. The Juan MacLean - Feel So Good 6. Holden - Triangle Folds 7. Kode9 - You Don’t Wash (Dub) 8. Apparat - Sayulita 9. Soul Clap - Lonely C feat. Charles Levine 10. Motor City Drum Ensemble - L.O.V.E. 11. Scuba - M.A.R.S. 12. Gold Panda - An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds 13. Photek & Kuru - Fountainhead

Peaking Lights Remix Gold Panda’s DJ-Kicks Track

Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Having just shared an excellent new Addison Groove track from Scuba's DJ-Kicks, we now present a remix of Gold Panda's DJ-Kicks exclusive track "An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds" courtesy of buzzing duo Peaking Lights. With tunes like this, it can go ahead and rain all week... An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds (Peaking Lights Vocal Remix) by Gold Panda

Hear Gold Panda’s Exclusive DJ-Kicks Track

Gold Panda created quite a stir on the internet yesterday when he shared his exclusive DJ-Kicks track, "An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds." The new track opens his mix, an uncommon move, though a great one, as it sets the tone for the mix. Hear it on our Soundcloud below, and look for DJ-Kicks out October 31st (November 8th in the US). Update: the track can now be downloaded at: Gold Panda- An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds (DJ-Kicks) by !K7 Records


Compilations series’ come and go, but one that’s not only survived, yet constantly sought to evolve and provide the best in cutting edge music, is the legendary DJ-Kicks sets on !K7 Records. What’s always impressed about their releases has been their willingness to work with electronic artists new and more established alike, offering a challenge to them that differs a little from the day job.

The much respected compilation series has seen everyone from Carl Craig and Hot Chip to Kode9 and Chromeo take to its decks in its 16 years and stepping forward to take on the latest instalment is last year’s massive breakthrough story Gold Panda.

You’re probably aware of the following already, but the story of the Peckham-born producer’s 2010 bears repeating. Having stormed that year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton and earning US Summer tour supports with both HEALTH and Autolux, Derwin came back to the UK in October to find the nation’s blogs and critics alike going crazy over his debut LP Lucky Shiner, with DJ Magazine giving it 9/10 and the NME describing it as “just blissful” – not to mention an 8.3 back Stateside from Pitchfork. The album eventually went onto be win the 2010 edition of The Guardian’s First Album Award – for the finest debut LP to be released that year, and the introverted artist suddenly found himself thrust into the limelight.

The success has snowballed into this year, with headlining tours across Europe, the US and Australia cementing his rising reputation. The chance to take a step back from the relentless schedule and put his mind to use on the latest DJ-Kicks compilation then is a welcome change in pace, not that Derwin found it an easy transition to make; “I’d never consider myself a DJ, but through doing this I’ve really become more appreciative of it. I’ve so much more respect for people that do DJ now.”

He may have found it a challenge, but it doesn’t show on a 22 track mix (full tracklisting below) that weights perfectly between the bright awake and brooding nocturnal side of electronica – a sets that works best pulsing the headphones and emanating around the bedroom, rather than for the dancefloor. Lauded names like Zomby and Ramadanman are mixed in with new stars like Ninja Tune’s Matthewdavid and Berlin producer Pawel; “Tracks like Pawel’s ‘Coke’ and ‘Amstel’ by Opiate I sort of wanted to hide in the mix, hoping that people might go and find the original,” Derwin explains, “others I’ve gone for are because of the production; LV & Untold’s ‘Beacon,’ for instance, has all these little intricacies that makes it so interesting – [dubstep producer] Untold just seems to be a master at finding and building these lovely percussion sounds.”

The overall linear to the mix is the sense of strong melody that links all of the tracks within it; from Drexciya’s ‘Andraean Sandunes’ minimal 80s electro pop feel to Christopher Rau’s ‘Do Little,’ there’s a light touch applied throughout, counterbalanced by the more lo-freq friendly sounds of Nao Tokui’s ‘Monolith’ and ‘Shake’ by London techno producer Sigha. Altogether, the set showcases not only the breadth and depth of Derwin’s musical palette. But also an ability he’s already shown with his own material, including a brand new GP track ‘An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds’ which opens and is exclusive to the mix and will also be committed to 12”, in keeping a constant momentum and freshness to proceedings. Of course, some tracks are simply in there because he loves them and couldn’t leave them out, “‘Puerto Rican Girls’ by Melchior & Prosanto has one of the loveliest hand claps ever, and then there’s ‘Maria’ by Closer Musik which has been a complete favourite of mine for a number of years.”

Though for Gold Panda the day job rumbles on, with an upcoming tour to Asia and the UK this October, Derwin may even the chance to sit down and work on a second album (“around Christmas time,” he speculates). This contribution to the justifiably celebrated DJ-Kicks catalogue is one of the most essential yet, proving that midway through its second decade, the series is still going from strength to strength.


1. Gold Panda – An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds (DJ-Kicks)
2. Melchior & Pronsato – Puerto Rican Girls
3. Bok Bok – Charisma Theme
4. Drexciya – Andreaen Sand Dunes
5. Muslimgauze – Uzi Mahmood 8
6. Pawel – Coke
7. Ramadanman – Revenue (Untold Remix)
8. SND – Palo Alto
9. Zomby – Godzilla
10. Closer Musik – Maria
11. Gold Panda – Back Home
12. Christopher Rau – Do Little
13. Jan Jelinek – If’s, And’s And But’s
14. Nao Tokui – Monolith
15. Sigha – Shake
16. Opiate – Amstel
17. 2562 – Dinosaur…

Gold Panda Closes Out 2011 With 22-Track DJ-Kicks Mix

With the Motor City Drum Ensemble DJ-Kicks receiving rave reviews across the board and the just-announced Scuba mix stirring up heavy anticipation, closing out the year with a new mix from UK breakthrough producer Gold Panda almost feels like a victory lap, but it's more than that. Though not a 'DJ' per se, Panda (birth name Derwin Panda) has dug deep to assemble a stirring and of-the-moment mix featuring recognized masters like Ramadanman and Zomby as well as some less familiar names which none the less deliver the goods (full tracklist below). The mix also features an exclusive new Gold Panda track, "An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds," which opens the mix. DJ-Kicks will be released internationally on October 31st, with a US release one week later on November 8th. Gold Panda will also be touring the UK & the United States in October; tour dates below. (Tracklist & tour dates after the jump)