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When speaking with Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçi, the two men behind Digitalism, we learned that they're really quite big fans of DJ-Kicks. Perhaps their love of the series explains why they dug so deep for their own mix, blessing us with a heap of exclusive, unreleased Digitalism material, as well as a new edit, a new remix, two "club weapons" which have appeared in their sets for years but have yet to see an official release, and of course a connoisseur's selection of tracks that give a window into their "sonic universe." We thought it was only fair to match the duo's generosity and offer a brand new track to download. Grab "A New Drug" below, and check out the full album tracklist. Digitalism's DJ-Kicks will be available July 10th on CD, LP & digital download, and the group will be touring internationally in support of the release. Tracklist
01. AXEL LE BARON & KURBATOV - MENACE (ORIGINAL MIX) 02. SURRENDER ! - TRAVELLERS (SHAROOZ REMIX) 03. HEY TODAY! - 83 04. ALEX GOPHER - BRAIN LEECH 05. TWR72 - SUMMER 06. DIGITALISM - FALLIN * 07. GAI BARONE - ALICUDI (DIGITALISM ELECTRO CLASH EDIT) * 08. DIGITALISM - SIMPLY DEAD * 09. WHOMADEWHO - THE SUN 10. KÖLSCH - LORELEY 11. GRAUZONE - RAUM (ATA'S EXTENDED MIX) 12. TOMAS BARFOD - CAME TO PARTY 13. DIGITALISM - A NEW DRUG * 14. DIGITALISM - SILENZ * 15. HIROKI ESASHIKA - KAZANE 16. VITALIC - SECOND LIVES 17. DIGITALISM - SO TOTALLY GOOD * 18. HOUSEMEISTER - SOMMER 19. THE RAPTURE - SAIL AWAY (DIGITALISM REMIX) * 20. THE SNEEKERS - TEDDY (ORIGINAL MIX) 21. AUTOTUNE - KEEP IT WRONG 22. DIGITALISM - THE PICTURES * * = DJ-Kicks exclusive LP Tracklist A1. DIGITALISM - FALLING A2. GAI BARONE - ALICUDI (DIGITALISM ELECTRO CLASH EDIT) B1. DIGITALISM - SIMPLY DEAD B2. DIGITALISM - A NEW DRUG C1. DIGITALISM - SO TOTALLY GOOD C2. DIGITALISM - SILENZ D1. THE RAPTURE - SAIL AWAY (DIGITALISM REMIX) D2. DIGITALISM - THE PICTURES
Photek's masterful DJ-Kicks mix is out this week in North America, and is currently charting on the iTunes Electronic chart. He'll be hitting the road for a string of dates in the US to celebrate the release, including major electronic music festivals Together Boston, Symbiosis Fest, and the mighty DEMF. Having caught a taste in Austin, we're sure you won't want to miss the chance to see this man take to the decks!
4/5/12 – Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall (w/ Dieselboy) 4/6/12 – New York, NY: Cameo Gallery 4/7/12 – Boston, MA: Together Festival 4/20/12 – Charlotte, NC: The Fillmore 4/27/12 – Denver, CO: Beta 5/4/12 – Burnaby, BC: Venue TBA 5/18/12 – Pyramid Lake, NV: Symbiosis Fest 5/26/12 – Detroit, MI: DEMF 6/8/12 – San Francisco, CA: 1015
Watching Photek in his studio is a bit like watching a master chef in the kitchen. We were lucky enough to drop in to his Los Angeles home base to chat about his massive DJ-Kicks mix, his first live show DJing with Peshay, and the inspiration behind the titles for some of the exclusive Photek tracks that appear on the mix. DJ-Kicks is out now everyone but the US, where it comes out on April 3rd.
The SXSW / WMC one-two punch always makes for an interesting March. After rocking out on one of the best sound systems in Austin w/ Photek & Apparat, the DJ-Kicks crew are headed to Miami, where ascendant UK DJ/Producer Maya Jane Coles (whose Kicks mix drops mid-April) will be joining DJ-Kicks veterans Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap, and many other fine artists for an all-day affair at Last Resort. After that, Maya will be headed to the Ultra Music Festival for another set in the evening. Here's to a never ending party!
Sunday March 25th • Last Resort @ Villa 221 (221 NE 17th St.)
Maya Jane Coles, Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb & more
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM • 21+ • Limited Tix @ Door
Sunday March 25th • Ultra Music Festival Miami, FL (UMF Worldwide Stage)
Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler, Art Department & More
For serious music fans, SXSW in Austin is close to heaven on earth. Non-stop music of all sorts, plenty of beer & BBQ, and for those of us in colder climates, a chance to enjoy some mild weather before Spring is fully underway. This year, as a part of our celebration of 27 years of !K7 we'll be kicking the festivities off with DJ sets from two of the recent stars of DJ-Kicks, Photek & Apparat. The party will be free and won't require a badge, so come one come all. In addition to the headliners, we also have a several special guests lined up, including artists who appear on Photek's mix. We're looking forward to starting the week of music off on the right foot with all our friends, and hope to see you there!Apparat's DJ-Kicks is available now, and Photek's mix will be released April 3rd, followed by a mix from Maya Jane Coles on April 17th.
Wednesday March 14th @ Kingdom (103 E. St. Suite B, Austin)
DJ-Kicks SXSW w/ Photek, Apparat & more
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM • 21+ • FREE
To say Maya Jane Coles had a big year in 2011 would be an incredible understatement. In the space of twelve months, the 24 year old East Londoner went from a hotly tipped favorite of house music connoisseurs to, well, pretty much taking over the world. It is our extreme pleasure to announce that her first commercially available DJ mix is coming this year, in the form of a DJ-Kicks mix in April. (Tracklist & more info after the jump)
It's not easy to keep the information that one of the foremost legends of electronic music will be making a new contribution to the DJ-Kicks series under wraps. In fact, the underground has been buzzing since a new Photek track popped up on the tracklist for the DJ-Kicks Exclusives collection more than a month ago. So while the identity of the first artists to create a DJ-Kicks in 2012 might not exactly be a secret, we finally have the juicy details for you. (Full tracklist + streaming track after the jump)
One of the most enjoyable parts of assembling the DJ-Kicks series is being able to hear the exclusive new track (or tracks, as the case my be) from the compiling artist. Each new volume contains at least one piece of music not available anywhere else, from the elite list of artists who have contributed to the series. Six years ago, we collected DJ-Kicks tracks from artists including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Carl Craig, Thievery Corporation and others on the first collection of DJ-Kicks Exclusives. In 2012, we'll be collecting exclusive tracks from the most recent mixes, spanning the last five years. The new volume of DJ-Kicks The Exclusives (out in February) will feature music only available on DJ-Kicks mixes from the likes of Gold Panda, Juan MacLean, Four Tet, Hot Chip, and more. Despite the eclectic list of contributing artists, the standard of quality for the music they have made for their mixes speaks for itself, and the tracks complement each other for a cohesive listen in their full un-mixed format. 2012 also marks 27 years of !K7 Records as a company, we we'll be celebrating both the label and the DJ-Kicks series all year long with a series of events, projects, and special promotions. We hope you can join the celebration! Tracklist: 1. Four Tet - Pockets 2. Henrik Schwarz - Imagination Limitation 3. Hot Chip - My Piano 4. Chromeo - I Can’t Tell You Why 5. The Juan MacLean - Feel So Good 6. Holden - Triangle Folds 7. Kode9 - You Don’t Wash (Dub) 8. Apparat - Sayulita 9. Soul Clap - Lonely C feat. Charles Levine 10. Motor City Drum Ensemble - L.O.V.E. 11. Scuba - M.A.R.S. 12. Gold Panda - An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds 13. Photek & Kuru - Fountainhead
Brooklyn / Berlin producer Machinedrum (who also happens to be 1/2 of Hotflush's Sepalcure) is responsible for one of our favorite records of the year so far, Room(s) on Planet Mu. His remix of Scuba's DJ-Kicks exclusive track "M.A.R.S." exemplifies a lot of what we love about that album: breakneck drum programming, syncopated keyboard stabs, and swirling atmospheric textures. DJ-Kicks is out this week, and we're pretty thrilled with the reviews so far. Scuba- M.A.R.S. (Machinedrum Remix) by !K7 Records
Spotted over at the Fabric blog, the Soul Clap gentlemen dug up their first ever mixtape from back in 2001 (titled Disco Step 2001) for your listening pleasure. If you love their DJ-Kicks mix, this provides a glimpse at the Boston duo's evolution.
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