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It's always a pleasure when DJ-Kicks artists challenge themselves for the new piece of music they create for their mix. In keeping with the dark, futuristic feel of his set, Maceo Plex departs slightly from the disco and bassline sounds for which he's highly regarded and delivers a complex and reflective track in "Galactic Cinema." Beatport will have a single featuring both "Galactic Cinema" and another DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Mind on Fire" on April 15th. The full DJ-Kicks mix comes out April 29th/30th.
We're pretty sure that if the need ever were to arise, A-Trak could always fall back on a career as a writer. From his tour diaries to his writing in the mainstream press, he excels at getting to the heart of the matter, and doing so in an entertaining fashion. It's fitting, then, that his two cents on the Deadmau5 / "All we do is press play" debacle are the first on the subject that we've chosen to share. Check out his thoughtful piece on Huffington Post. A-Track: Don't Push My Buttons
With the Motor City Drum Ensemble DJ-Kicks receiving rave reviews across the board and the just-announced Scuba mix stirring up heavy anticipation, closing out the year with a new mix from UK breakthrough producer Gold Panda almost feels like a victory lap, but it's more than that. Though not a 'DJ' per se, Panda (birth name Derwin Panda) has dug deep to assemble a stirring and of-the-moment mix featuring recognized masters like Ramadanman and Zomby as well as some less familiar names which none the less deliver the goods (full tracklist below). The mix also features an exclusive new Gold Panda track, "An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds," which opens the mix. DJ-Kicks will be released internationally on October 31st, with a US release one week later on November 8th. Gold Panda will also be touring the UK & the United States in October; tour dates below. (Tracklist & tour dates after the jump)