One of Maceo Plex's stated goal with his DJ-Kicks mix was to take a forward-looking approach to the music and selection, rather than getting mired in retro-ism. That emphasis on the future seems to have extended to this video interview, which sees the DJ / producer speaking about his contribution to the DJ-Kicks series amidst some incredible 3D visuals from The Butchers. Maceo Plex's DJ-Kicks is out this week. Grab a free track, see tour dates, and order the album at http://www.dj-kicks.com/maceoplex
One of the things we love about Hercules And Love Affair's output is the feeling of joy and spontaneity that shines through so much of Andy Butler's work. Take the new music video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Release Me." A minimal set, a sexy outfit, a single dancer, some bubble wrap and some vintage video effects come together to exceed the sum of their parts to an incredible degree. Keep doing what you're doing guys, we're loving it! HALA's fantastic DJ-Kicks mix is out now. Here are some places to grab it: iTunes • !K7 store • Amazon • Boomkat
In the new video for the DJ-Kicks exclusive track "Falling," Digitalism bring out the psychedelic side of children's television with a cut-up of vintage images and animation to make your head spin. Probably not for actual children.
Dubspot is a digital production school in New York and LA specializing in arming the next generation of producers with the tools they'll need to create incredible music. They caught up with Photek in SXSW this year to speak about his first music-making set-up, his advice to up-and-coming producers, and his DJ-Kicks mix.
Maya Jane Coles' DJ-Kicks is out this week, and she's still on an incredible run! In the short time since we last touted her accomplishments, she's been named one of five Best New Artists for April by Spin Magazine, and been honored as Artist of the Year by Beatport's staff. All in a month's work, we suppose. We managed to grab some time out of Maya's insane schedule to speak in London about the mix, and her philosophy on making music. Check out the video (directed by Giorgio Gremigni) below, and below that you can grab an exclusive new Maya production from the mix. The whole mix is available from fine retailers worldwide.
Calling all video nuts! Think you got enough cool to produce the official music video for Soul Clap's latest "Lonely C"? Then this challenge is for you! Presented by !K7 Records this music video contest will be accompanying the forthcoming Wolf + Lamb vs Soul Clap DJ-Kicks CD. The winner will collect $2500 and their name in lights (well not literal lights, but you get our drift!). Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap, two of the most exciting DJ duos of recent times have joined musical forces to bring a special episode of !K7's DJ Kicks compilation out in March 2011. The contest to produce the official video for the futuristic deep disco gem, 'Lonely C' by Soul Clap feat. Charles Levine, begins on February 1st, 2011 so get working on your entry now! The contest is free and open to any artist from any medium that can be recorded on video. The winning video will be blasted to the world, gaining international exposure for the producer + their pockets will be lined with a $2500 cash prize. Upon registering to the contest, you will receive the lyrics and a copy of a video edit of the song. Completed entries must be uploaded in HD by February 28th 2011. The winning video will be announced on the official album release date. "Whether you're fresh to the scene or have been dancing for a decade, we've all turned to the disco for solace and we've all been Lonely C, at least for a night -- here's the opportunity to tell your story" Zev (Wolf + Lamb) FULL CONTEST INFO & ENTRY FORM HERE ENTRY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28TH 2011 Winning Video Award: • $2,500 Cash Prize • International Exposure as the Official Album Video • An Opportunity to Produce the Next Soul Clap / W+L Video • A Chance to Shoot the Forthcoming Tour with the Artists
We couldn't have asked for a better location to film a series of conversations with Apparat than Teufelsberg, an artificial hill outside of Berlin, made from World War II rubble, and topped with an old Allied listening station. For this first part in the series, Apparat discusses his approach to constructing the mix, some music that almost, but didn't quite make the cut, and how the opportunity to do a DJ-Kicks mix saved him, in a way. Look for more video footage and other fun stuff coming soon to dj-kicks.com.