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Matthew Dear To Mix First DJ-Kicks of 2017

k7346_matthew-dear_rgb_2500pxlsMatthew Dear is a man of many musical hats. A co-founder of the revered Ghostly International and Spectral Sound labels, Dear has a wide reaching discography under a number of aliases, including face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion (whose Alpha LP was released on !K7 earlier this year). Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special.

DJ-Kicks is Dear's first work under his own name in some time. The mix proves that he is a master of subversion; someone who can head down a brain frying techno warren then effortlessly onto raw machine grooves via left-of-centre synth ditties and kaleidoscopic house music. DJ-Kicks also includes three exclusive new tracks; two as Audion, and one Matthew Dear original.

Matthew Dear's DJ-Kicks will be released 27th January 2017 on CD, 2LP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.
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DANIEL AVERY DJ-KICKS

Next up to cloaveryse out a hefty year of DJ-Kicks releases is one Daniel Avery, bringing with him two exclusive new tracks and a host of techno heavy goods.

In his own words: “To me, the most appealing thing … read more...

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Marcel Dettmann Collaborates With Levon Vincent For DJ-Kicks Exclusive Track

2016_Marcel_Dettmann_DJ_Kicks_CD_8P_Booklet_3C.inddMarcel Dettmann has revealed the second exclusive track from his forthcoming DJ-Kicks compilation - a collaboration with revered producer Levon Vincent, entitled ‘Can You See.’


The pair has previously collaborated, releasing ‘Vengeance’ on Levon’s own Novel Sound label towards the end of 2015 to critical acclaim. Speaking about their relationship, Marcel explains: “Five years ago we sat in the studio and were just jamming, and started to work on some tracks… we met in Munich last year before playing together and suddenly he handed me over a test pressing of one of these tracks - I was surprised because he hadn’t said a single word about it to me before then. ‘Can You See’ was still in the drawer, so we started working on that track again, sending sound back and forth, and the result is what you can listen to now.”


‘Can You See’ sees the duo venture into darker territory; a stripped back, sub-bass laden affair, the quality of this production immediately stands out in the early stages of the mix.


Marcel Dettmann's DJ-Kicks is released 14th October on CD, 2LP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now. A limited edition art print depicting the making of the album cover (shot by infamous Berghain photographer Sven Marquardt) is available via Bandcamp.


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DAM-FUNK DJ-KICKS

K7332_coverA lot of folks feel like they know DâM-FunK; he is laid-back, affable and personable but to truly get the guy, I mean really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. A more suitable … read more...
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Jackmaster Shares A Tessela Banger From His DJ-Kicks

K7335_JACKMASTER_coverAnticipation has been steadily building for Jackmaster's DJ-Kicks, and for good reason. Quite simply, everything the man touches is quality. On DJ-Kicks, his legendary knack for selection extends to the exclusive music he sourced for the mix. We recently shared an exclusive track from Denis Sulta, and this week i-D lets loose with a huge track from Tessela. Laced with skittering, jungle-influenced percussion and a murderous bassline, "Up" is one of the highlights of the mix, and an indication of just how seriously both of these musicians take their craft.

Jackmaster’s DJ-Kicks is available 8th July on CD, 2LP (w. CD insert) & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.

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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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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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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 DJ-Kicks EP Out Now

EP cover 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"
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