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MICHAEL MAYER DJ-KICKS

Following last year’s full-length LP, ‘&’, which saw him extensively collaborate with an impressive host of contemporaries and friends, including Joe Goddard, Prins Thomas and Agoria, Michael Mayer is set to contribute to the legendary DJ Kicks series. Spanning sixteen tracks, the mix finds Mayer is just as generous of a mood, composing a musical journey that spans his ever-expanding record collection, and above all, his defining instinct to share the beauty of music with others.

“Kicks has turned out to be a pretty international affair, especially if you compare it with Immer 1 or Fabric 13, which consisted almost 100% of German productions”, highlights Mayer. “At that time, there were such incredible things happening in my direct neighborhood and all over Germany. In the meantime, that spark has traveled a lot since then. The sound I’ve been pushing is often falsely described as “minimal”. Minimal used to be a thing in the pre-Kompakt days, mid 90s. After that I took much more interest in an eclectic way of playing music.”

Alongside this consistent, all-embracing attitude to music, ‘emotive’ is still perhaps the term best associated with Mayer’s leanings as a DJ, and as the man himself once observed, “there is room on the dancefloor for emotions other than euphoria.” Certainly, DJ Kicks delivers on this expectation, balancing wistful passages with frequent bursts of high energy aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

TRACKLISTING

CD ALBUM (K7348CD)
  1. Peter Zummo – The Tape Is Chill (mixed)
  2. Michael Mayer – The Horn Conspiracy (DJ-Kicks) (mixed)
  3. Bvoice, Anrilov, Danilov – Papas Groove (doP & Masomenos Remix) (mixed)
  4. SAVE! – The Darkness (I:Cube Remix) (mixed)
  5. Justus Köhncke – Feuerland (mixed)
  6. CSS – Honey (Michael Mayer Remix) (mixed)
  7. Alter Ego – Gary (mixed)
  8. Kasper Björke feat. Sisi Ey – Apart (Michael Mayer Remix) (mixed)
  9. Lionheart Brothers – The Drift (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) (mixed)
  10. Mekon feat. Marc Almond – Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix) (mixed)
  11. Dreems – Mirages (Michael Mayer Remix) (mixed)
  12. Boreal – Canopy Target (mixed)
  13. Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix) (mixed)
  14. Death In Vegas – Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix) (mixed)
  15. Idioma – Landscapes (mixed)
  16. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix) (mixed)
12″ VINYL ALBUM (K7348LP)
  1.  Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix)
  2.  Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)
  3.  Boreal – Canopy Target
  4. Michael Mayer – The Horn Conspiracy Club Mix (DJ-Kicks)
  5.  CSS – Honey (Michael Mayer Remix)
  6.  Alter Ego – Gary
  7.  Mekon feat. Marc Almond – Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix)
  8.  Dreems – Mirages (Michael Mayer Remix)
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DJ Tennis DJ-Kicks out now

Next up on DJ-Kicks is Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis. And he’s been granted not one but two discs to showcase his eclectic yet coherent selection. The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release featuring 4 exclusive tracks. Available now.

DJ Tennis is Manfredi Romano, a lifelong music fanatic who started out managing punk bands, progressed to putting on leftfield events, set up one of the most important Italian rock and electronic booking agencies, then started the Life And Death label. Since then Life and Death has launched acts like Tale of Us, Mind against and Vaal. Tennis’s own recorded output is selective and stylish, often featuring real melodies and a musicality that can be lacking in dance music. That knack for the musical and emotive side of things characterises both cerebral mixes he has put together here.

The mix includes brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink called ‘Certain Angels,’ plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes. All in all it’s a thoughtfully composed mix that’s subversive yet seductive in equal measure.… read more...

The Exclusives Vol.III is out now

We’ve just released a compilation of unmixed DJ-Kicks exclusive tracks from the past few years of the series, available now digitally and on CD here. The tracklist features highlights from the likes of DJ Koze, Matthew Dear, Marcel Dettmann, John Talabot and many more.

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Michael Mayer’s DJ-Kicks Mix is Out Now

The wait is over for Michael Mayer’s DJ-Kicks mix, out now on CD, 2LP and digital formats. In the words of Mixmag: “Rather than some lazy on-trend encapsulation of 2017, this is the sound of Michael Mayer being Michael Mayer.” Listen to the exclusive track The Horn Conspiracy and order the album here.

Get all new DJ-Kicks releases as well as subscriber-only specials, and exclusive access to our fan community with a Bandcamp Subscription from €30 a year. !K7 release at least 4 DJ-Kicks mixes each year on 2LP, CD and digitally.

Tour dates after the jump.

Michael Mayer Mixes DJ-Kicks: Out May 2017

Michael Mayer is a multi-faceted talent. Kompakt, the label he co-runs, is an electronic music institution. He's also a gifted producer, as last year's album & demonstrated. This Spring, Mayer reminds us that he's a peerless DJ as he takes the reigns for an ambitious and satisfying DJ-Kicks mix. Spanning sixteen tracks, the mix finds Mayer in a generous mood, composing a musical journey that spans his ever-expanding record collection, and above all, his defining instinct to share the beauty of music with others.

“On an abstract level, the approach was basically the same for both projects”, observes Mayer. “For '&' I put together a group of people that are close to my heart. For Kicks it was a group of records that are like friends to me. All of the tracks I used went through heaven and hell with me. They've become true companions. Circling in on and bringing together these friends was the only criterion for the making of this mix. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”

Michael Mayer's DJ-Kicks is released 19th May 2017 on CD, 2xLP and digital formats. The mix includes an exclusive Mayer production, "The Horn Conspiracy." Pre-orders are available now.

Tour dates after the jump.

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.

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 about electronic music is that it requires time and patience to fully enjoy. It’s about becoming lost in the repetition and the atmosphere. The warmth of the kick drum.

It’s important to remember to take a breath in this world. The studio and the club can offer similar experiences in that regard but it never feel like it’s running away from things. It’s almost the opposite: it’s in those moments where we stop that we can feel the most alive.

We’re constantly being told that modern generations have no attention span but it’s simply not true. There is more out there to distract us but we have not changed as humans. Kids now want to go and listen to a DJ play for ten hours and become locked in their world. A mix CD, like an album, is designed to be listened to from beginning to end. It’s something I still firmly believe in.”

 

TRACKLISTING

CD ALBUM (K7342CD)
  1. In Aeternam Vale – Soundscape 1
  2. Daniel Avery – Sensation (Rrose Remix)
  3. Shlømo – Vertigo
  4. Planetary Assault Systems – Dungeon
  5. Ekserd – Hidden Document II (Svreca Remix)
  6. BLNDR – Untitled 3 (Modvs Remix)
  7. Ulwhednar – Stortorget
  8. Reeko – Capitulo 5
  9. Artefakt – The Fifth Planet
  10. Post Scriptum – Donbelief
  11. JP Enfant – Sirens
  12. IORI / Rote – Maya / Look In Your Eyes
  13. Lewis Fautzi – Blood
  14. Daniel Avery – A Mechanical Sky (DJ-Kicks)
  15. Slam – Cirklon Bells (Edit Select Remix)
  16. Daniel Avery – Space Echo

 

12″ VINYL DOUBLE ALBUM (K7342LP)
  1. Daniel Avery – A Mechanical Sky (DJ-Kicks)
  2. Daniel Avery – Space Echo
  3. Rote – Look In Your Eyes
  4. Ulwhednar – Stortorget
  5. In Aeternam Vale – Soundscape 1
  6. JP Enfant – Sirens
  7. IORI – Maya D1 Reeko – Capitulo 5
  8. Slam – Cirklon Bells (Edit Select Remix)

 

DOWNLOAD ALBUM (K7342DTM)
  1. In Aeternam Vale – Soundscape 1
  2. Daniel Avery – Sensation (Rrose Remix)
  3. Shlømo – Vertigo
  4. Planetary Assault Systems – Dungeon
  5. Ekserd – Hidden Document II (Svreca Remix)
  6. BLNDR – Untitled 3 (Modvs Remix)
  7. Ulwhednar – Stortorget
  8. Reeko – Capitulo 5
  9. Artefakt – The Fifth Planet
  10. Post Scriptum – Donbelief
  11. JP Enfant – Sirens
  12. IORI  – Maya
  13. Rote – Look In Your Eyes
  14. Lewis Fautzi – Blood
  15. Daniel Avery – A Mechanical Sky (DJ-Kicks)
  16. Slam – Cirklon Bells (Edit Select Remix)
  17. Daniel Avery – Space Echo
  18. Daniel Avery – Continuous Mix

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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.


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 reflection of this is his contribution to the beloved DJ-Kicks series. A snapshot into the mind of the pioneer of Modern-Funk music…get to know the man behind the shades.

At a satisfying 19 songs, Dam lets grooves breath, this is a mix to happily get lost within. It’s a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints from low-key producers like Henning and L33 mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. 80’s Fusion-Jazz guitarist Tony Palkovic on “True To Yourself” follow the the airy-burn of new-age ensemble Gaussian Curve’s “Broken Clouds” or the super rare bliss-Funk of “Theme From Beach Boy” from 1982. Dam’s excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as ‘Nite-Funk’ on “Can U Read Me?” is pure bliss and such a fantastic collaboration you’d be yearning for more., reminding listens that one of Dam’s biggest assists is his duality from master DJ to trend-setting producer. And we get this heavy on Dam’s DJ-Kicks exclusive “Believer”. 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. There may be a lot of folks dabbling but there really is only one Damon.

TRACKLISTING

CD ALBUM (K7332CD)
  1. Moon B – Oof (mixed)
  2. Nicci Gable – Close To Who? (mixed)
  3. Verticle Lines – Theme From Beach Boy (mixed)
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam (mixed)
  5. Brandon – Suzy Hijack (mixed)
  6. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right) (mixed)
  7. Index – Starlight (mixed)
  8. Uncle Jamm’s Army – Dial-A-Freak (mixed)
  9. Gemini – Log In (mixed)
  10. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental) (mixed)
  11. Reggie B – Poison Candy (mixed)
  12. L33 – Keeping It Tight (mixed)
  13. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds (mixed)
  14. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself (mixed)
  15. Henning – Arrival / Departure (mixed)
  16. Nite-Funk – Can U Read Me? (mixed)
  17. DaM-FunK – Believer (mixed)
  18. True Design – I Wanna Break (mixed)
  19. Crystal Winds – Funk Ain’t Easy (mixed)
12″ VINYL DOUBLE ALBUM (K7332LP)
  1. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds
  2. Index – Starlight
  3. Gemini – Log In
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam
  5. Moon B – Oof
  6. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself
  7. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental)
  8. Nicci Gable – Close To Who?
  9. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right)
  10. Brandon – Suzy Hijack
  11. Henning – Arrival / Departure
  12. DaM-FunK – Believer
DOWNLOAD ALBUM (K7332DTM)
  1. Moon B – Oof
  2. Nicci Gable – Close To Who?
  3. Verticle Lines – Theme From Beach Boy
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam
  5. Brandon – Suzy Hijack
  6. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right)
  7. Index – Starlight
  8. Uncle Jamm’s Army – Dial-A-Freak
  9. Gemini – Log In
  10. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental)
  11. Reggie B – Poison Candy
  12. L33 – Keeping It Tight
  13. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds
  14. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself
  15. Henning – Arrival / Departure
  16. Nite-Funk – Can U Read Me?
  17. DaM-FunK – Believer
  18. True Design – I Wanna Break
  19. Crystal Winds – Funk Ain’t Easy
  20. DaM-FunK – Continuous Mix

Buy DâM-FunK DJ-Kicks here
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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.