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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 … read more...
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.
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
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
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.
With two weeks to go before his DJ-Kicks mix hits stores, Will Saul has let loose with an EP featuring exclusive music produced for his mix. Having put in time as a top-notch A&R and label head helping to break some of the most vital artists in UK house and bass music, it's no surprise that there are some head-turning names contributing music here. Tracks here from Bicep, Jabru featuring Joel Culpepper, and Leon Vynehall, have all built a steady buzz online, and can be expected to be heard on forward-thinking dance floors all summer long. Add to that a key slice of expert funk from Marquis Hawkes, and you have an essential collection of tunes. Will Saul's DJ-Kicks EP can be purchased digitally at Beatport, and on vinyl at Juno. Tracklist: Bicep - "Nova" Jabru feat. Joel Culpepper - "Church" Marquis Hawkes - "Life Struggle" Leon Vynehall - "Time"
Hot on the heels of the DJ mix of 2013 from John Talabot and following luminaries such as Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex and Breach, next in line to mix it up for the esteemed !K7 DJ-Kicks series is Aus … read more...
Will 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
There’s a common thread that runs through all of Brandt Brauer Frick’s music. It is this: interesting things happen at the interface of machine and hand-made music. The Berlin trio’s 2010 album, ‘You Make Me Real’, fused techno and classical. … read more...
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
40% off the top five DJ-Kicks, as voted by YOUOver the course of nearly two decades of DJ-Kicks, we're always hearing which entries in the series stand out as favorites. And surprisingly, we get a wide variety of answers. From the sleek techno of the series' beginning (C.J. Bolland, Carl Craig) to the smoked-out sounds of late-90s mixes from Nightmares on Wax and Kid Loco, to recent mixes from rising stars like Maya Jane Coles and Motor City Drum Ensemble, everyone seems to have a few favorites that sit on the top of the heap. With new entries on the way from John Talabot and Breach, we thought we'd put the vote to you, and offer the top five DJ-Kicks as chosen by the fans for a special price on the !K7 store. The rules are simple: vote on up to five choices below*, and we'll offer the winning five mixes at an unbeatable discount of 40% off in the !K7 store. Voting ends Thursday October 17th, and we'll announce the results in the following week's newsletter (which, by the way, you can sign up for here).
* select titles are out of stock, and not included on the poll
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