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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.
Bicep – “Nova”
Jabru feat. Joel Culpepper – “Church”
Marquis Hawkes – “Life Struggle”
Leon Vynehall – “Time”
While in essence still very much a live band, Brandt Brauer Frick have just announced a series of European DJ gigs to celebrate the release of their DJ-Kicks mix. Having held down DJ residencies for years in Berlin, a BBF DJ set is always unique, and of course features the impeccable taste and distinct personality of each member of the trio. Don’t miss these if they come to your city!
11.4. Cologne: Gewölbe)
12.4. Leipzig: DISTILLERY
25.4. Barcelona: Razzmatazz
2.5. Paris: Social Club
9.5. London: Ubermax
17.5. Berlin: Stadtbad Wedding
31.5. Lyon: Nuits Sonores
Will Saul is a bit of an electronic music renaissance man: DJ, producer, A&R, and label head of the respected Aus Music and Simple Records labels. He’s also coming off of a big year in 2013: not only did he release his debut album under the alter ego Close, an avant guard dance-pop project that called upon high profile collaborators like Scuba and Appleblim, but so too did he make his debut in the live arena at clubs like London’s influential Fabric. With all of this under his belt, we knew a DJ-Kicks mix would be a banger, but Saul makes it clear that he’s aiming for something even more special.
“I wanted the mix to represent how I DJ in the sense that the majority of my sets are made up mainly of my own, or my label’s, unreleased or forthcoming music. Hopefully this gives me something unique as DJ, not just as I play tracks that no one else has, but also because they are artists and tracks that I love enough to want to sign, so they really represent what I love about electronic music.
“With this in mind, I approached all my nearest and dearest for some tailor made exclusive tracks. The result is hopefully a mix that rekindles the thing I loved about listening to mixes 20 years ago – that unknown aspect where each new track is a surprise. In a time when all music/track IDs and myriad mixes are accessible at the click of a button, I hope this makes for something a little more interesting.”
For an idea of the excitement possible with this approach, take a listen to an exclusive new Bicep track from the mix, below. Will Saul’s DJ-Kicks mix will be released on June 16th on !K7. Full tracklist below the soundcloud player.
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CD Track List:
01. Will Saul & Komon – Bendy
02. Animal Hands – Beacon Island
03. Komon & Appleblim – The Visionary State
04. Joe Gray – Tozai
05. Cottam – Healing Process
06. Youandewan – Ego
07. Jabru – Church feat. Joel Culpepper
08. Lrusse – Presence
09. Walton – Birds
10. Leon Vynehall – Time
11. Will Saul & Komon – Two For One (DJ-Kicks)
12. Sei A – Reserve
13. Axel Boman – Dubbel (dub) / CLOSE feat. Tikiman – Born In A Rolling Barrel
14. Sei A – JTR
15. October – KR-100 Dub
16. David Clement – Follow Me Home (Lee Jones Remix)
17. Marquis Hawkes – Life Struggle
18. Bicep – Nova
19. Will Saul – Pedal Power
20. Legowelt – Etherial Techno Music Will Never Die
21. George FitzGerald – Wanting Needing
22. Gerry Read – Baseball
23. Escape – Flinch
24. Second Storey – Oxygene
LP Track List:
A1. Axel Boman – Dubbel (dub)
A2. Animal Hands – Beacon Island
A3. Joe Gray – Tozai
B1. Cottam – Healing Process
B2. Lrusse – Presence
B3. Walton – Birds
C1. Will Saul & Komon – Two For One (DJ-Kicks)
C2. October – KR-100 Dub
C3. David Clement – Follow Me Home (Lee Jones Remix)
D1. Legowelt – Etherial Techno Music Will Never Die
D2. Gerry Read – Baseball
D3. Second Storey – Oxygene Read more…
There’s a certain mystique to the life of a touring musician: new places and people every day, not a lot of sleep, the rush of performing, the monotony of transportation. In their new music video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Hugo,” Brandt Brauer Frick have found a way to encapsulate the experience in short form, using a rapidfire montage format culled from over 15,000 pictures shot during their recent performances. Watch the video and read Daniel Brandt’s description below.
As everyone produces a big mass of photos/data on a regular basis since the smartphone is in everyone’s hands, nobody is ever able to actually go through them anymore. The moments of looking back actually never happen. To take this even further we invented a new happening while touring called the “Shoot out.” In a shoot out everyone takes out their smartphone and tries to take as many photos of all other people involved as possible which results in having loads of photos from different perspectives. This was the starting point of this video and also the need to have those photos not be completely lost in piles of data no one will ever go through again. It was more of a practical solution of getting those photos from the past two years into a context that people will actually see them but we also don’t need to bore them off with a slide show at home as no one wants to look at personal photos from other people anymore longer than a second (except our parents). The video consists of a selection from originally around 15.000 photos. -Daniel Brandt
As the February 24th release date of Brandt Brauer Frick’s DJ-Kicks draws closer, the Berlin trio has shared another of their exclusive compositions from the mix. Compared to “Bommel,” another original which debuted in December, “Hugo” is slightly more reserved, though no less driving. Staccato synths evoke a strobe-lit dancefloor before giving way to chugging house grove laced with the group’s signature tactile percussive sounds.
Stream “Hugo” below. A download is also available when signing up to Brandt Brauer Frick’s email list. DJ-Kicks will be available in stores on February 24th, and pre-orders are no available through iTunes, Amazon, and the !K7 Store.
It’s always a pleasure for us when an artist mines their community of creative contemporaries for custom, exclusive tracks for their mixes. Brandt Brauer Frick’s DJ-Kicks features five such tracks (as well as three new ones of their own) which they pressed up on one-of-a-kind dubplates in order to record their mix using only vinyl. Glenn Astro’s “How I Miss You” is a haunting number whose mood fits the yearning of the vocal refrain. The full mix, which the trio recorded in the DJ booth at Berlin’s mega club Watergate, is out on February 24th.
In addition to three new tracks from Brandt Brauer Frick themselves, the upcoming DJ-Kicks mixed by Berlin’s trio of Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick also features several exclusive pieces of music from their extended artistic circle. Which means … read more…
The artistic development of Brandt Brauer Frick from their debut album You Make Me Real in 2010 to this year’s watershed Miami has been thrilling to watch. The rigid formula of their early work (techno arrangements, acoustic instruments) has given way to a more catholic approach to music making, all the while retaining the tactile, polyrhythmic elements that make the trio’s sound so immediate.
The group’s entry to the DJ-Kicks series gives them the chance to further showcase their many talents; this time as curators and DJs. Wary of the sterility of some computer assembled mixes, they opted to record the mix live, during a daytime session at the legendary Berlin club Watergate, using all vinyl. As the mix contains eight previously unheard exclusive tracks (three new Brandt Brauer Frick productions and five from the group’s artist community), they pressed up special vinyl dubplates of material for the mix, once again prizing a human, hand-held aesthetic even while collecting an essential batch of edgy electronic music.
One of the exclusive new Brandt Brauer Frick tracks from the mix can be heard below, as premiered earlier today by Pitchfork. DJ-Kicks will be released on February 24th, 2014. Full track list after the jump.
Buoyed but the the huge success of his international hit “Jack,” Breach (a/k/a Ben Westbeech) is a bona fide star in the dance music world. Even so, he approached his DJ-Kicks mix with intelligence and humility. As he says in our interview special below, he aimed to include the music that was most important to him, in order to show his growing audience where his roots lie, and where his head is at.