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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 all-new DJ-Kicks online card game is now live

 You can now play the ever popular DJ-Kicks trading cards game online! Head over here to get involved and try to beat the best scores of the !K7 office, plus check out Will Saul’s mix of his all-time favourite DJ-Kicks exclusives tracks while you play.

First conceived in 1995 as a promotional accompaniment to one of the first DJ-Kicks entries by Mr C, and last revived in physical form in 2015 to mark its 50th entry, the new online game brings back the concept for a fun 5-minute Top Trumps-style session, using stats for key artists who have contributed to the venerable mix series, including Dâm-Funk, Moodymann, Four Tet, DJ Koze, Nina Kraviz and Carl Craig.

The game arrives alongside the release of the Exclusives Vol.III compilation, which presents unmixed selected tracks from the past three years of DJ-Kicks mixes, which you can get hold of on CD or digitally here

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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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Subscribe to all DJ-Kicks releases for one year

Now you can get all new DJ-Kicks releases, as well as subscriber-only specials such as free bonus CDs and Kicks slipmats, with a Bandcamp Subscription from €30 a year. !K7 release at least 4 DJ-Kicks mixes each year on 2LP, CD and digitally.

Or if you’d rather pick and choose your favourites, you can visit our online store here any time of course… read more...

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.

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A Deeper Shade of Dance on Breach’s DJ-Kicks

Scoring a top 10 hit (as Breach has this summer with "Jack") is a dream come true for most musicians. It also must be a little bit strange though, especially for an artist with the history and depth that Breach (a/k/a Ben Westbeech) has. In fact, the Breech project was originally conceived as an underground counterpart to the Westbeech's work under his given name. “The thing is not to lose sight of why you started making music in the first place," he says. "I wasn’t trying to get in the Top Ten. I just care about making deep records that I get off on.” It's those same "deep records" that are showcased on Breach's new DJ-Kicks mix; which deftly incorporates everything from €2 basement finds (in the form of Winx - "How's The Music") to spanking new tracks from some of Westbeech's contemporaries, and of course, a new original Breach track made specifically for the mix. “I’ve grown up with DJ Kicks," Westbeech says. "For me it’s a very important series and I didn’t want to throw it together at a time when I’ve never been as busy. It came at a pretty crazy point in my life, but I feel I’ve done myself justice with it.” Breach - DJ-Kicks is out November 11th (12th in the US). Full tracklist and tour dates after the jump.

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 http://bemf.meanredproductions.com, 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