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Download A Free Track From Portable

K7334_As For Me Last year, with his critically acclaimed track "Surrender" (which Pitchfork dubbed a 'Best New Track') appearing in re-edited form as a centerpiece for DJ Koze's DJ-Kicks mix, !K7 announced that Portable (a/k/a Alan Abrahams) would be the latest artist to sign to the label. Though he's recorded five albums, released singles & EPs on some of dance music's most respected labels, and maintained a successful label of his own, Portable remains a bit of an enigma. On his forthcoming project, we're given the opportunity to get to know the producer on a deeper level.

South African born and a celebrated live act, Portable emerged more than fifteen years ago with a sound that marries real electronic soul with deep moods and abstract grooves. He has released his minimal wares on cult labels like Perlon and Live At Robert Johnson, as well as his own Süd Electronic label. Always experimenting with rhythm and imbuing his music with a wide world of influences, his latest work is his most personal and cohesive to date.

With a full-length on the way later this year, Portable has offered the soothing and emotional vocal track 'As For Me' as a free download. Best experienced on headphones, the track is a window into Portable's headspace, and an indication of great things to come.

 
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DâM-FunK’s Trunk-Rattling DJ-Kicks Exclusive “Believer”

K7332_coverSome years before the essential DâM-FunK tome Toeachizown dropped, Dam introduced the concept of 'Modern Funk' to the growing masses trying to classify his prowess for wax and multilayered synth-style productions. "Believer," Dam's exclusive new track for his DJ-Kicks mix, is a perfect embodiment of the concept: sheets of synth lines fall all around a locking drum program that starts off innocently enough but ends you in a half-hypnotic state. An extensive instrumental composition that on it's own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. Stream the track below.

DâM-Funk's DJ-Kicks is released May 27th on CD, 2LP (red vinyl) and digital formats (pre-order here). An limited edition 10" vinyl featuring two tracks from the mix is available exclusively on the !K7 store and Bandcamp.

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Win A Limited Edition Moodymann DJ-Kicks Lithograph Art Print

MoodyLithBWhen we announced back in January that Detroit legend Moodymann would be mixing the first DJ-Kicks of 2016, we made an extremely limited quantity of lithograph prints of the album's amazing cover art by Stefan Moerth to go along with pre-orders of the album. The prints went FAST, selling out completely in less than 48 hours. But. We have just a few prints left over, and to celebrate the release on Friday., we're offering a chance to win both a limited print, and a 3LP copy of DJ-Kicks on vinyl.

To enter, simply email 'moodymannprint@k7.com' by Friday 19th February. The winner will be notified by email on Monday 22nd February.

The print is a lithograph sized 254 x 305mm and printed on heavy-duty 300GSM conservation paper, strictly limited to 200 pieces. DJ-Kicks is released Friday 19th February on 3xLP, CD, & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.
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Hear A New Track From Seth Troxler’s DJ-Kicks Recorded With Tom Trago

Trox_Kick_004 Named in tribute to famed Amsterdam club Trouw, "De Natte Cel" is an exclusive collaboration between Seth Troxler and Tom Trago, taken from the former's forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix. The title is derived from Dutch slang for a trip to the restroom, and refers to the club's basement shower room which became the setting for some legendary dance music parties.

Troxler will in fact be launching his DJ-Kicks in Amsterdam with an all-night party at Closure on the date of the mix's release, October 16th. DJ-Kicks is available for pre-order via digital retailers, bandcamp, and the !K7 Store.

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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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John Talabot Remix Single Out Now

Without You remixes coverJohn Talabot's swooning and balmy contribution to the DJ-Kicks series originally saw the light of day in November 2013 - an offering Derek Miller of RA deemed “quite possibly the commercial mix of the year." Now, in Spring 2015 Talabot curates an assemblage of mighty remixers including Melchoir Productions Ltd, Oskar Offermann and Mistakes Are Ok for a set of incredible remixes for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Without You." True to Talabot’s canon it’s a deeply moving meld of lucent builds and gently mournful melodies that are completely impossible to resist. Stream the Melchior Productions Ltd. remix below. The single is available now via iTunes, Phonica, the !K7 Store, and other fine retailers.  
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Nina Kraviz Video Interview

Nina Kraviz discusses her roots as a DJ, the process of creating a mix, and her love of record digging in this feature shot at Berlin’s legendary Record Loft.

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Stream An Oskar Offermann Remix of John Talabot’s DJ-Kicks Exclusive Track

Without You remixes coverThis spring sees the reintroduction of the DJ-Kicks 12” series and with it, the tradition of releasing original DJ-Kicks material along side a selection of remixes hand-picked by the compiling artist.

Kicking off the new series is John Talabot, who’s … read more...

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Hear A New Nina Kraviz Track + DJ-Kicks Tour Dates

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Nina Kraviz is one of the busiest DJs in the world, and her frenetic pace shows no sign of slowing in 2015. With her sublime DJ-Kicks mix dropping January 26th, she's taking to the road for a series of DJ dates. If you haven't caught a set from her before, you're in for a treat.

In the meantime, stream a new track from Nina's DJ-Kicks. "IMPRV" also appears on the debut release from her new label трип (pronounced ‘trip’), an EP called "The Deviant Octapus." DJ-Kicks is currently available for pre-order.



Full tour dates listed after the jump.
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