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Download A Free Track From Portable

K7334_As For Me Last year, with his critically acclaimed track "Surrender" (which Pitchfork dubbed a 'Best New Track') appearing in re-edited form as a centerpiece for DJ Koze's DJ-Kicks mix, !K7 announced that Portable (a/k/a Alan Abrahams) would be the latest artist to sign to the label. Though he's recorded five albums, released singles & EPs on some of dance music's most respected labels, and maintained a successful label of his own, Portable remains a bit of an enigma. On his forthcoming project, we're given the opportunity to get to know the producer on a deeper level.

South African born and a celebrated live act, Portable emerged more than fifteen years ago with a sound that marries real electronic soul with deep moods and abstract grooves. He has released his minimal wares on cult labels like Perlon and Live At Robert Johnson, as well as his own Süd Electronic label. Always experimenting with rhythm and imbuing his music with a wide world of influences, his latest work is his most personal and cohesive to date.

With a full-length on the way later this year, Portable has offered the soothing and emotional vocal track 'As For Me' as a free download. Best experienced on headphones, the track is a window into Portable's headspace, and an indication of great things to come.

 
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Moodymann Mixes First DJ-Kicks of 2016

K7327 Moodymann DJ-Kicks coverWith DJ Koze's epic mix taking the #1 slot on year-end lists from Resident Advisor, Mixmag and DJ Mag, 2015 may look like a tough year to top for the DJ-Kicks series. We've got a few aces up our sleeves though... Like the fact that the outspoken and enigmatic Detroit legend Moodymann is mixing the first DJ-Kicks of 2016!

Born Kenny Dixon Jr., Moodymann is a one-of-a-kind electronic music icon, hailing from, and wholly synonymous with the Motor City. DJ-Kicks will be Dixon's first ever official multi-artist DJ mix. Across 75 minutes and 30 tracks, Moodymann creates a libidinous, blues-drenched mood that takes in heart-breaking soul, gorgeous hip-hop and love-fuelled house. In addition to cuts from his own creative circle, the mix features 11 exclusive Moodymann edits.

Moodymann's DJ-Kicks is released 19th February on CD, 3xLP and digital formats. Pre-orders are available now. Pre-orders via the !K7 online store and bandcamp are discounted by 10% in advance of the release date.

Limited Edition Lithograph Print

**EDIT: The lithograph prints are now sold out.**

Moodyman Poster Mock-Up squareA very special limited edition lithograph print of the gorgeous Moodymann cover art by Stefan Moerth will be available exclusively on the !K7 online store and on Bandcamp. Strictly limited to 200 pieces, these are sized 254 x 305mm and printed on heavy-duty 300GSM conservation paper. Once these are gone, they're gone, so pre-orders are strongly suggested.

Pre-order Moodymann DJ-Kicks + Lithograph Print.  
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Actress Announces DJ-Kicks Remix EP feat. Kid606

K7319EP1_1500pxls2The exclusive Actress track "Bird Matrix," from the UK producer's 2015 DJ-Kicks mix, has been remixed for the latest in the DJ-Kicks remix series. The single includes both a "Club" and "Dub" remix from West Coast stalwart Kid606. Simbiosi, signed to Actress' own Werk Discs label, also provides a take on the track. Filling out the release is the full album mix of another DJ-Kicks exclusive track, "Pear," from Werk Discs affiliate GNESIS. Actress' DJ-Kicks EP will be released on October 30th 2015.
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Hear A New Track From Seth Troxler’s DJ-Kicks Recorded With Tom Trago

Trox_Kick_004 Named in tribute to famed Amsterdam club Trouw, "De Natte Cel" is an exclusive collaboration between Seth Troxler and Tom Trago, taken from the former's forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix. The title is derived from Dutch slang for a trip to the restroom, and refers to the club's basement shower room which became the setting for some legendary dance music parties.

Troxler will in fact be launching his DJ-Kicks in Amsterdam with an all-night party at Closure on the date of the mix's release, October 16th. DJ-Kicks is available for pre-order via digital retailers, bandcamp, and the !K7 Store.

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Seth Troxler Mixes Final DJ-Kicks of 2015

Trox_Kick_0042015 has been a huge year for DJ-Kicks, marking both 20 years of the series as well as our 50th release. But far from slowing down, we're already looking ahead to another incredible mix from one of our favorite artists.

Over the past decade, Seth Troxler has become a visionary and authentic voice in dance music, his jovial personality cutting through the noise and continually playing by his own rules. Growing up between Detroit and Chicago, his musical education carries enviable credentials, with his stepdad a local radio personality who championed the early sounds of house music.

True to Troxler’s character, the mix has a whimsical nature and a thoughtful and timeless narrative, bearing a tenacious episode for the DJ-Kicks series that gives a true insight into the man behind the well-preened moustache and cowboy antics. “It might seem obvious but to be a successful DJ, you have to be really into music," Troxler points out. "Collecting music is my life. This is a proper DJ mix - a house mix. It’s good music that works to listen to at any time.”

“For my DJ Kicks mix I wanted to do something that was honest," he goes on. "I went out in the morning, micro-dosed myself and did all these errands around town. Then I came home at night and did the mix one take. I wanted to curate something for people to easily listen to, that was nice, and funny and got you in the mood to do your homework, or drive that hour long trip when you need to go somewhere. I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.”

Seth Troxler's DJ-Kicks will be available October 16th on CD / LP / digital. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes and the !K7 store.

Tracklist:
01. Niki Nakazawa - Would It Be
02. Herbert - Suddenly (Phil Parnell's Pianissimo Play Through)
03. DJ Koze - Bodenweich
04. Cobblestone Jazz - Northern Lights
05. Wolfgang Haffner – Melodia Del Viento (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meloopdia Remix)
06. T&T Music Factory - De Natte Cal (DJ-Kicks)
07. Hauke Freer - XK
08. Butch - Dope
09. Session Victim - Stick Together
10. Club Artists United - Sweet Chariot (Kerri "Kaoz 6:23" Chandler Dramatic Dub)
11. Jasper Street Company - Reach (Basement Sessions Main Vocal Mix)
12. K-Alexi Shelby - Sex-N-R-001
13. Mood II Swing feat. John Ciafone - Ohh
14. Derrick L. Carter - Dreaming Again
15. Byron Stingily - Why Can't You Be Real (Danny's 12" Mix)
16. Vanessa McMillian - Stay With Me
17. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra - Enlightenment
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Stream An Exclusive DJ Koze Edit of Portable From DJ-Kicks

DJ_KOZE_1504__SunBrella_WEB_1280px_v2_cropped One of the distinct characteristics of DJ Koze's magnum DJ-Kicks mix is his proclivity for subtly tweaking the tracks he's selected. Nearly half of the songs on the mix appear in a custom edited or blended form, usually assembled after having asked the original artist for the track's component stems. In the case of the Portable track "Surrender," which appears toward the end of the mix, Koze blended his thoughtful, contemplative edit incorporating elements of the original, instrumental and acappella versions of the track.

The 50th entry in the series, Koze's DJ-Kicks is out on June 16th. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.

 
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Stream An Exclusive Track From Actress’ DJ-Kicks

K7319Actress’ expansive and unconventional DJ-Kicks mix is out this week, to widespread acclaim. Drowned In Sound calls it “a gentle reminder that as both DJ and producer Actress is as good as it gets,” and XLR8R enthuses: “The cuts play … read more...

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DJ Koze To Mix 50th Volume In DJ-Kicks Series

K7325The DJ-Kicks series was born in Berlin in 1995, the first officially licensed DJ mix series available commercially. Over the past 20 years, the series has maintained a steady finger on the pulse of electronic music, earning a reputation as … read more...

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Hear A Hypnotic New Actress Track From DJ-Kicks

K7319"Bird Matrix" was made just after Actress finished writing his most recent album Ghettoville. “My studio was going through a transition, so I was testing all the equipment, and that was one of the first tunes that came out of those experiments,” he explains. It’s a fittingly exploratory tune for a mix that balances traditional functionality with dance music’s cutting edge.

"Bird Matrix"appears exclusively on Actress' DJ-Kicks mix, out May 5th on !K7.

Pre-Order: iTunes: • Amazon!K7 Store
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John Talabot Remix Single Out Now

Without You remixes coverJohn Talabot's swooning and balmy contribution to the DJ-Kicks series originally saw the light of day in November 2013 - an offering Derek Miller of RA deemed “quite possibly the commercial mix of the year." Now, in Spring 2015 Talabot curates an assemblage of mighty remixers including Melchoir Productions Ltd, Oskar Offermann and Mistakes Are Ok for a set of incredible remixes for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Without You." True to Talabot’s canon it’s a deeply moving meld of lucent builds and gently mournful melodies that are completely impossible to resist. Stream the Melchior Productions Ltd. remix below. The single is available now via iTunes, Phonica, the !K7 Store, and other fine retailers.  
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