James Alexander Bright’s music is as visual a voyage as it is a sonic one; a kaleidoscope of colours that swirl, swoon, soar and sing. Stepping into his musical world is a multi-sensory experience, one where smooth grooves, wonky rhythms, dreamy melodies and immersive atmospheres coalesce to form their own sphere. “Sound as vision,” says …read more
Game-changing multi-instrumentalist Kamaal Williams is the latest big name to record a mix for DJ-Kicks’ prestigious series. Due for release on November 8th, it features four of his own exclusive tracks, and illuminates some of the influences that spurred him to become such a prominent, vital artist. “The main aim of this mix for me …read more
Finally. More than eight years after Diorama, Dominik Eulberg releases his long awaited fith studio album Mannigfaltig. With twelve elaborate pieces of music, he creates a burning plea to preserve the breathtaking biodiversity of nature and at the same time warns of the threat posed to it by humans. It is a detailed record that …read more
When Peggy Gou released her debut EP ‘Art of War’ in 2016, she made a list of career goals. One of them was to become the first South Korean DJ to play Berlin’s techno institution Berghain, an objective she achieved only a few months later. Another item on that list was to record an instalment of the DJ-Kicks …read more
James Alexander Bright is set to release ‘Tigers Roar’ b/w ‘The Panther’ – a double header of big cat funk infused with “an off-piste sensibility that borders on psychedelia” (Clash Music). 2018 saw James release two five track EPs, ‘Mallorca’ and ‘Strange Folk’, through !K7, which were supported globally by DJs on BBC Radio, Amazing …read more
The 68th edition of the DJ-kicks mix series is another landmark one, with experimental producer Laurel Halo taking the reins. The American’s adventurous 29 track trip features seven exclusives, including two of her own plus those from Rrose, Machinewoman, FIT Siegel, Nick León and Ikonika. An electronic outlier, Halo hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but …read more
First to take the reins of DJ-Kicks in 2019 for the 67th mix, will be ever-evolving UK artist, Leon Vynehall. His 26-track mix moves across genres and tempo, from 79bpm ambient to 169bpm jungle, featuring new material from Vynehall, plus a number of digitally exclusive tracks. It’s available to pre-order now on CD, LP and …read more
Electronic artist and founder of bbbbbb Bjarki announces new album ‘Happy Earthday’ with a slew of tour dates in the new year, including shows in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney and Barcelona. An expressive electronic album filled with sadness, yet one with the sort of positive, stirring resolve that leaves you feeling utterly comforted, Bjarki’s …read more
Reto A Ichi is a sonic tabula rasa for Guillermo Herren AKA Prefuse 73. There are identifiable elements of the artist you already know – an uncanny sense for rhythm, an ability to shape samples and frequenci- es like clay, an affinity for the subtle changes of repetition – yet this is first and foremost …read more
Detroit’s pioneering techno giant Robert Hood is next to take the reins of the DJ-Kicks mix series. His timesless 22 track offering includes four of his own new exclusives, and will come on CD as well as with 2 x 12” vinyl sampler in Winter 2018. It’s hard to talk about techno without Robert Hood. …read more
Mount Kimbie take the reigns of the DJ-kicks series with a 23 track mix that includes one of their own new exclusives. It’s a snapshot of exactly what the UK duo sound like in the club right now and is accompanied by a DJ-kicks tour that takes the pair to DJ and live dates all …read more
Red Axes are very excited to present the first part of their new project called: “Trips”, a multi media venture combining music, film and travelling across the globe in pursuit of extra ordinary collaborations. Niv Arzi and Dori Sadovnik are seeking to discover new grounds and sounds, and to record local musicians, indigenous instruments and …read more
Having traded as “Hairy Hands” on his debut album ‘Magic,’ James has now taken off his metaphorical mask to create under his own name. His new songs draw back the curtain and begin to encompass the real world into his distinctive vocals. Sometimes oblique, sometimes explicit; the songs’ lyrics permit the listener license to draw …read more
!K7 announce new DJ-Kicks curated by DJ Seinfeld The next installment of the series is set for release on CD, LP and digital on 13 July The first chapter of Armand Jakobsson’s musical career has been nothing short of remarkable. After establishing himself with rough but emotive house as Rimbaudian and jungle as Birds of …read more
!K7 are pleased to announce Forest Swords as the next curator of the ever essential DJ-Kicks series. Following acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, soundtrack and installation work, and remixes of the likes of Bjork, Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords has curated a 27-track compilation that draws a line between past inspirations and …read more
James Alexander Bright’s music is as visual a voyage as it is a sonic one; a kaleidoscope of colours that swirl, swoon, soar and sing. Stepping into his musical world is a multi-sensory experience, one where smooth grooves, wonky rhythms, dreamy melodies and immersive atmospheres coalesce to form their own sphere. “Sound as vision,” says Bright of the audio aesthetic he relates to and aims for.“ Music you can bite into.”
Based in the Hampshire countryside and an illustrator by day, Bright’s world is often a dual one but one where elements overlap and inform one another.“I spend a lot of my day creating things visually and everyday life can be an assault on the senses,” says Bright.“Evening is my quiet time; time for my ears. Invariably I’m inspired by the things that people and creatures do in the dark. I feel at home in the deep south of England. I’m in the middle of nowhere with lots of green land, fresh air and head space. I feel like the sunshine in the South in the summer months really reflects in my music. However, I tend to make music in the dark hours and winter months, so it’s almost like the music is my sunshine and happy place in these moments.”
The end result is also an album that exists in a dual world, one that at times has enough bounce and buoyancy to fill a dance floor-as on the disco funk strutting“Lead Me Astray” – and others feels perfectly suited to introspective headphone listening as on the breezy, woozy ambience of “Cala Llenya”. The latter track pays tribute to the Ibiza beach of the same name, whereas“Dancing with the Birds”-a delicate exploration of pastoral folk-is a nod to one of Britain’s most beloved treasures.“It’s based on a late night walk having just watched a David Attenborough documentary, featuring these beautiful birds that have a crazy mating dance. I love his documentaries and I was listening to a lot of Bert Jansch. The next night I had this vision of dancing birds come into my mind.”
Elsewhere Headroom touches upon, in Bright’s own words, 60’s sunshine doo-wop, mutant disco, and mystic mountain top vibes. It’s an album that explores a great dealyet even amidst its dualities it retains a sense of cohesion throughout. It’s a mixture that Bright feels pleased to have managed to juggle so seamlessly. Headroom is out on !K7 3rd April 2020.
Game-changing multi-instrumentalist Kamaal Williams is the latest big name to record a mix for DJ-Kicks’ prestigious series. Due for release on November 8th, it features four of his own exclusive tracks, and illuminates some of the influences that spurred him to become such a prominent, vital artist.
“The main aim of this mix for me was to give praise and pay my dues to the forefathers, the originators London’s underground scene. From the likes of Dego, Seiji and Steve Spacek, through to contemporaries like K15, Tenderlonious or myself, it’s about connecting the lineage and giving respect to the creators – those undervalued heroes of this British dance landscape who deserve more recognition today.” Henry Wu AKA Kamaal Williams.
Alongside being a tribute to the capital’s music and multicultural flavours, the mix is a whole lot more too, encompassing Karriem Riggins’ Detroit beat weirdness, Peven Everett’s funk driven Chi house and Max Graef/Ratgrave’s German future funk. Beats scatter, swing, break and shuffle in a multitude of different ways, mirroring both the protagonist’s dancing keys and his lesser-known background as a drummer. From Seiji’s ‘Buggin’ Out’ to his own ‘Snitches Brew’ to literally every other track, all are deeply individual and rhythmic; this is dance music as boosted by a jazzer’s flex.
Although not traditionally mixed or predictably sequenced, this unique standout set has a high level of narrative and coherence, linking styles like a family tree, with branches including jazz, funk, house, UK funky, broken, Dilla schooled beats, wild jungle-esque drum patterns, nu soul and general spiritual goodness. There’s a level of musicality and soulfulness that’s not found in your average linear mono-genre beat mixes. In fact, there’s nothing standard about the mix, which is why it stands out and shines.
Kamaal‘s inspired work in the studio and live arena has influenced a whole new generation of like-minded musicians, who‘ve helped make London one of the most musically exciting cities in the world.
The Yussef Kamaal album ‘Black Focus’ was one of the most talked about records of 2016. Vinyl pressings kept selling out, it received widespread rave reviews, earned the band the Breakthrough Act award at the 2017 Jazz FM awards and led to spellbinding live shows all over Europe. The follow up, ‘The Return‘, came on Williams’ own new Black Focus label and took his band global, charting highly and making it onto Best Of 2018 lists in The Guardian, The Standard, i-D, Crack, The Wire, DJ, Brooklyn Vegan, The Vinyl Factory, Complex and Bandcamp.
In addition to Kamaal’s much loved urban jazz, he makes more electronic pieces under the name Henry Wu, who – following standout EPs on labels like Rhythm Section, Eglo and 22a – shares here the new exclusive ‘Wivout U’, whilst Kamaal Williams exclusives featured are a live version of ‘Snitches Brew’ plus new tracks ‘Shinjuku’ and ‘Strings ATL’.
His music is so singular it‘s more than deserving of its own tag, which he calls Wu Funk – a style and attitude heavily present on this adventurous and inspirational new mix. Kamaal Williams‘ DJ-Kicks is a fascinating insight into the record collection and mind of a true alchemist. You can buy the mix on the !K7 webstore and Bandcamp.
Finally. More than eight years after Diorama, Dominik Eulberg releases his long awaited fith studio album Mannigfaltig. With twelve elaborate pieces of music, he creates a burning plea to preserve the breathtaking biodiversity of nature and at the same time warns of the threat posed to it by humans. It is a detailed record that demands close listening and shocases Eulbergs’s considerable synth craft, with drawn out pads and delicate keys laid over undulating rhythms that slowly take you through a wide range of emotions. Elements of ambient, downtempo, electronica, pop and minimal are infused with the sounds of nature, a choral sense of musicality and wistful air of grace across all the majestically composed pieces. On his return and finally serving up a new album, Eulberg says, “music only makes sense for me if it has something to say. And I have something to say now!”He feels he has found a holistic and fulfilling way to use his musical platform to continue to advocate for the importance of biodiversity. “It’s my mission – and even the meaning of life – to sensitise people to nature,” says the qualified biologist and ecologist, specialist nature author, ambassador and accomplished producer. He came up with the idea for the new album’s concept during a hiking tour in his home town when he first spotted a butterfly whose name is literally translated as “golden-eight.” Then he saw a songbird called “nine-slayer” and heard the calls of a dormouse, whose name in German is “seven-sleeper.” He then spotted the causal chain, went further and that for every number from one to twelve there is a name of a native animal species. Our nature is so diverse, or more beautifuly expressed so manifold (hence the album title, “mannigfaltig,” which means manifold in German.) But the threat to it from human behaviour has never been more real, with more species than ever before dying out in such short spaces of time. This record is his attempt to point out the importance of “giving our animal friends back the space they need”. Mannigfaltig is an album about the variety and colourfulness of nature, which for Eulberg is “the greatest artist of all”. With a clear concept behind each album, this latest one is a musical attempt to mirror the endless variation of nature and “highlight the entire colour palette” while always going with the flow of his inner feelings. The album is an artistic advancement on Diorama thanks to new synths, mixers and developing new production techniques. It is a positive record, a mosaic of many small pleasures that can be listend to in a range of settings, from comedowns to long drives thanks to many rewarding layers of richness and complexity. Eulberg uses his synths like a water-colour painter, spreading them across the airwaves in soft tones and with blurred edges. Gentle rhythms propel the tracks as glistening percussion and angelic harmonies lift your spirits. Reconciling the beauty of nature with the beauty of sound, Eulberg takes you through dewy mornings, spring afternoons and brightly lit forest rambles with a real deftness and delicacy that replicates the majesty of the natural world in which we live. From melancholy to euphoria and back again, this is an invigorating, inspring record that washes over you in waves of soul stirring sound. Coming this September to !K7.
2018 saw James release two five track EPs, ‘Mallorca’ and ‘Strange Folk’, through !K7, which were supported globally by DJs on BBC Radio, Amazing Radio, Bandcamp Weekly, Dash Radio, DJ History podcast, Double & Triple J, KCRW, Reprezent Radio, Soho Radio, and Worldwide FM. He was also invited to BBC 6 Music by Tom Ravenscroft (“Love both EPs”) for a guest mix and interview, and by Brooklyn Radio for a hour long guest mix. He finished 2018 with a sold-out live celebration at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters.
‘Tigers Roar’ begins a series of single releases that lead to anew album, currently being recorded by James at his studio in Hampshire (should we mention that he’s also recording at Abbey Road studio?)
The rural setting and open skies have influenced his sound; snippets of bird song and other natural sounds can be heard in the songs, inadvertently captured recording ad-hoc vocals in the park or by the river. More traditional contributions come from Leo Wyatt (KINDER) and Ben Rowley on bass and Charlie Carroll on saxophone.
Though his music is audibly saturated with the spirit of sunshine, James mostly wrote and produced by the light of the moon, providing a lyrical juxtaposition to his sound. The songs draw back the curtain of escapism and encompass the real world. Sometimes oblique, sometimes explicit; the songs permit the listener license to draw their own interpretations as to their meaning.
“My life seems to revolve around the moon these days, I spend a lot of time in the dark hours so invariably I’m inspired by the things that people and creatures do in the dark. My creative process is always more charged at the end of the day. I sit down in the evening with just my laptop, MPC, guitar, headphones, tape deck and a notepad, and make music when inspiration comes.”
Following the EP’s release, James Alexander Bright plays live at The Waiting Room, London on 20th March 2019.
Live: 20th March 2019 @ The Waiting Room, London
The 68th edition of the DJ-kicks mix series is another landmark one, with experimental producer Laurel Halo taking the reins. The American’s adventurous 29 track trip features seven exclusives, including two of her own plus those from Rrose, Machinewoman, FIT Siegel, Nick León and Ikonika.
An electronic outlier, Halo hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but has been based in Berlin for a number of years. Landing on labels like Hyperdub, Honest Jon’s and Latency, Halo has released a body of work ranging in style, yet cohered by production and compositional tendencies that sound distinctly her own. Her studio work tends to be a multi-layered mix of the electronic and the acoustic, the organic and the synthetic. As a DJ, meanwhile, she lays down more floor-focussed mixes of techno, bass and worldly drum rhythms, and her live sets are similarly visceral and direct.
Another exclusive, rough and ready techno cut from Machinewoman follows, before the mid section twists and turns on surging drum patterns, frantic industrial textures and spaced out gqom sounds from the likes of Griffit Vigo, Dario Zenker and Final Cut. This is a mix forever on the move: one minute its tightly coiled and kinetic, the next it’s loose and joyful before switching into more cerebral and insular passages that keep you intrigued.
Fusing together so many disparate sounds and textures is no mean feat, but like everything Halo does, here they all add up to something as thrilling and edgy as it is unpredictable and compelling. Releasing 22 March 2019 on !K7.
14/02 – The Wooly, Gainesville, USA
16/02 – iii Points Festival, Miami, USA
22/02 – Kremwerk, Seattle, USA
01/03 – Vertexx, Los Angeles, USA
14/03 – Apollo Club, Milan, IT
16/03 – Taktlos Festival, Zurich, CH
21/03 – Corsica Studios, London, UK
22/03 – La Cheetah, Glasgow, UK
23/03 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
28/03 – Berghain Säule, Berlin, DE
30/03 – Rewire Festival, The Hague, NL
05/04 – Concrete, Paris, FR
06/04 – Mirage Festival, Lyon, FR
12/04 – De School, Amsterdam, NL
13/04 – Culture Box, Copenhagen, DK
19/04 – Griessmühle, Berlin, DE
21/04 – Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, DE
25/04 – The Love Inn, Bristol, UK
26/04 – Siroco, Madrid, ES
27/04 – Nitsa, Barcelona, ES
30/04 – Bozar Night, Brussels, BE
03/05 – Kauplus Aasia, Tallinn, EN
04/05 – Ääniwalli, Helsinki, FI
31/05 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
His 26-track mix moves across genres and tempo, from 79bpm ambient to 169bpm jungle, featuring new material from Vynehall, plus a number of digitally exclusive tracks.
2019 Tour Dates
01 Feb – Le Sucre, Lyon
02 Feb – I.Boat, Bordeaux
08 Feb – Plastic Club, Milan
09 Feb – Circolo Degli Illuminati, Rome
13 Feb – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
14 Feb – The White Hotel, Manchester
15 Feb – Meraki, Liverpool
16 Feb – La Cheetah, Glasgow
22 Feb – Concrete, Paris
23 Feb – The Island, Bristol
01 Mar – Swim Club, Prague
02 Mar – Berlin
08 Mar – ABclub, Brussels
09 Mar – Fabric, London
15 Mar – Astin, Barcelona
16 Mar – Audio, Geneva
29 Mar – Sterorocks, Bilbao
Electronic artist and founder of bbbbbb Bjarki announces new album ‘Happy Earthday’ with a slew of tour dates in the new year, including shows in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney and Barcelona.
An expressive electronic album filled with sadness, yet one with the sort of positive, stirring resolve that leaves you feeling utterly comforted, Bjarki’s new album ‘Happy Earthday’ is influenced by his home country Iceland as well as environmental issues. Having released bodies of work on Nina Kraviz’s label трип and his own label bbbbbb, Bjarki views ‘Happy Earthday’ as his proper debut album; he feels it’s a more coherent and conceptual body of work that finds him offering up music he never thought he would release. “You can consider this album a window into my head and even my soul,” says Bjarki. “For me it is a bit odd, sharing like this to the world. As a very private person I am not used to opening my door so completely. It’s a little scary for me. ‘What if …’ I wonder, expecting all kinds of everything.”
There are skeletal rhythms with sombre chords lingering in the air, downbeat drums with heavy moods, and moments of more uplifting optimism along the way. Throughout the album – made up of comparatively short tracks that help the whole thing move at an engaging pace – Bjarki always manages to make his machines sing with real resonance; they ooze genuine pain and a stunning sense of melancholy that is comforting even when the tempo is raised and drums come to the fore. Releasing 15 February on !K7.
Reto A Ichi is a sonic tabula rasa for Guillermo Herren AKA Prefuse 73. There are identifiable elements of the artist you already know – an uncanny sense for rhythm, an ability to shape samples and frequenci- es like clay, an affinity for the subtle changes of repetition – yet this is first and foremost music born from the need for silence.
The first album, The Lapse of Exchange, is the sound of life as heard from a small Chinatown window in downtown Manhattan, the thunder of populism on the horizon. The album opens with music that reflects the inherent tension between the life of the artist – the self-doubt, the late nights, the aspirations – and the world outside – the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, the wars abroad, the politicians at home. It’s a tension felt in the repeating, circling keys of “Let The Pianos Freeze”, the pulsating rhythms of “No Juntos”, or the call and response of pitched vocal samples in “A Sword In The Rain”. Ultimate- ly it all becomes too much for our unwitting hero: the car horns outside the window, the 24 hour news cycle, the early stages of an election that tears down any remaining semblance of normality. Reto A’ichi can no longer grasp his humanity or connect to that of people around him.
With the walls closing in, he packs his small life and escapes. This change in situation is reflected in the second half of the album, with tension giving way to a rush of emotions: modulated elation on “All Regrets”, sweeping melancholy on “Tuesdays Always Awful”, and soaring hope on “Broad Plant Pt.2”.
On Alone Moving Often, the second album, we find Reto A’ichi away from the city, lost in the vastness of empty summer houses and the complications that solitude brings. Sitting in the prison of his own quiet, Reto A’ichi seeks to capture the essence of silence: the compo- sitions are stripped back further (“Pforever Reto”), the instruments given prominence (“So Contra”), and the chaos of the city replaced by the cacophony of nature (“Criminality”). To be alone, one must learn to constantly move in both work and purpose. As the rest of the record unfolds, Reto A’ichi comes to realize that nothing is ever truly quiet and that to run from the world is to simply find yourself in another part of it. A sense of acceptance for these unsettling realities is reflected in the music, from the harsher tones and frequencies that resonate throughout “Noise Counter Melody” and “Ghost Arpeggio” to the heavy stroke of the keys on “Alone Moving Often” and the haunting drone of “Mountainside Hillside”. Out now on !K7.
Detroit’s pioneering techno giant Robert Hood is next to take the reins of the DJ-Kicks mix series. His timesless 22 track offering includes four of his own new exclusives, and will come on CD as well as with 2 x 12” vinyl sampler in Winter 2018.
It’s hard to talk about techno without Robert Hood. The Motor City mainstay was a founding member of the pivotal Underground Resistance with Mad Mike Banks and Jeff Mills, an then went on to lay down a blueprint for minimal techno which continues to make an impact to this day. As Floorplan, of course, he veers into more funky and melodic house and techno, often with a gospel overtone that lead to rapturous receptions on dance floors around the world. But the techno he makes as Robert Hood is what he is best known for. It has come on his own label M Plant, as well as vital outlets like Tresor, Peacefrog and Dekmantel, where 2017’s Paradygm Shift album proved that, 25 years after first starting out, he is still a force unto himself. The record was a return to the roots of his definitive Minimal Nation LP in 1994, and was filled with the sort of expert melodic loops, scintillating drums and hynptic sense of repetition that only a few can master: making such simple yet effective music is a skill that Hood has made all his own.
His DJ-Kicks mix proves that once more: it is a techno mix, pure and simple. It exudes the trademark machine warmth and muscular sense of groove that makes Hood’s style so infectious. Coming 16.11.2018 to !K7.
Mount Kimbie take the reigns of the DJ-kicks series with a 23 track mix that includes one of their own new exclusives. It’s a snapshot of exactly what the UK duo sound like in the club right now and is accompanied by a DJ-kicks tour that takes the pair to DJ and live dates all round the world.
2018 marks a decade since Kai Campos and Dominic Maker first hooked up and started making music. In the early years they refashioned dubstep into innovative new forms that drew on ambient, garage and electronica. Their DJ and radio sets have also developed a formidable reputation throughout this period. They have offered a glimpse into the duo’s varied influences and avant-garde tastes from across all forms of electronic music.
This is a mix inspired by a mini-run of DJ gigs that Mount Kimbie played with Actress. “It was an interesting and challenging experience, and I learnt a lot on the six dates we did,” says Kai, who explains that plenty of the tracks he was playing during those gigs make it into the mix. They make it a forward looking affair that calls on music the band have discovered recently; music they have found inspiring. Their own ‘DJ-kicks’ track was made specially for the mix and was initially influenced by Stanislav Tolkachev and Alexis Perala, who are both also included. Rather than a painstaking plan or meticulous studio approach, this session captures the improvised energy of a real DJ mix, but one where each track is given time to breath and make an impact rather than one where DJ trickery is at the fore.
The result is a succinct 50 minutes that often goes deep, with roughhewn drums and grainy atmospheres from the likes of Terrence Dixon, Severed Heads, Marco Bernardi and Object Blue. It perfectly knits together stripped back rhythms, percussive tracks and more harmonic techno while seamlessly joining the dots between the old and the new. It’s a well balanced mix that stays low and heady, and that sense of focussed tension is what makes it so utterly compelling throughout.
This DJ-kicks is a welcome window into the very current musical world of Mount Kimbie. Due for release on 28th September.
Red Axes are very excited to present the first part of their new project called: “Trips”, a multi media venture combining music, film and travelling across the globe in pursuit of extra ordinary collaborations.
Niv Arzi and Dori Sadovnik are seeking to discover new grounds and sounds, and to record local musicians, indigenous instruments and present workshops for youth music schools.
In March of 2017, the Israeli duo touched down in Africa for the first time, and set up camp in both Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, yielding In Africa, a triple header EP which features three slices of contemporary body music, with both East and West African musical motifs.
The project will always present a musical release, on vinyl and digital, that was created on the trip, accompanied with a documentary, showing the whole journey. It’s out now.
Having traded as “Hairy Hands” on his debut album ‘Magic,’ James has now taken off his metaphorical mask to create under his own name. His new songs draw back the curtain and begin to encompass the real world into his distinctive vocals. Sometimes oblique, sometimes explicit; the songs’ lyrics permit the listener license to draw their own interpretations as to their meaning. With a sentiment of universality to the record, it’s grounded in primal emotion, a simpler way of life and living it.
“Humans don’t seem to be doing a great job of running the world at the moment so I looked at the natural world for inspiration, particularly through David Attenborough’s documentaries. Maybe the next record will deal more directly with human relations.”
Created almost entirely by himself, James took the tracks, editing and removing parts and rearranging them in the MPC or SP404, adding textural effects via cassette deck, effects pedals or Kaoss pad. He gets by with a little help from friends: Leo Wyatt (KINDER) and Ben Rowley sent bass lines over the Internet and Charlie Carroll recorded saxophone in a large kitchen to get a moody, shimmering brass sound.
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!K7 announce new DJ-Kicks curated by DJ Seinfeld The next installment of the series is set for release on CD, LP and digital on 13 July The first chapter of Armand Jakobsson’s musical career has been nothing short of remarkable. After establishing himself with rough but emotive house as Rimbaudian and jungle as Birds of Sweden, he unveiled his DJ Seinfeld alias to the world, first with underground hit single ‘U’, then with his Time Spent Away From U album on Lobster Fury in November 2017. It was a post break-up love letter to the dance floor with heart-on-sleeve emotions coloring the dusty and analogue house grooves. Acclaim came in from far and wide, with everyone from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork fawning over its heart swelling nostalgia and melancholic immediacy.
Since then, Jakobsson feels “everything around me changed beyond recognition, people and places I relied on for stability and comfort were no longer the same,” and so it has been a time in which he has had to find himself once again. Musically that means diversifying, and as such the Swede has veered into jungle, breaks and electro, as well as plenty of rough edged house, and continues to serve up electrifying DJ sets across the world.
Jakobsson approached his DJ-kicks with the intention of representing all the things that made him fall in love with dance music more than a decade ago, as well as showing some of the progression that has occurred in that time and “reflecting the simultaneous fear of leaving something safe behind as well as the excitement of venturing into unknown territories, musically and emotionally.” In order to make it as personal as possible, he called upon the many talented people around him making music. They returned with an enthusiasm that reminded Jakobsson of his own early passion, and in turn invigorated him and the whole process of assembling the mix.
DJ Seinfeld’s DJ-kicks is not only a testament of his characterful DJ skills, but also a complete artistic statement that showcases his unique vision of dance music.
The full album is out now. Click Here to have a listen!
!K7 are pleased to announce Forest Swords as the next curator of the ever essential DJ-Kicks series.
Following acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, soundtrack and installation work, and remixes of the likes of Bjork, Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords has curated a 27-track compilation that draws a line between past inspirations and his current peers.
“My favourite nights when I was younger, there wasn’t really a focus on etiquette; sticking to genres, perfect transitions – it was all pretty DIY, like having someone cook up their personal mixtape in front of you, just to share music between people”; says Barnes.
“John Peel’s eclectic radio show made a huge impact on me growing up, so that kind of personal, instinctive approach to selecting tracks always felt more exciting than something that was sterile and seamless. I wanted to carry some of that spirit into this compilation”.
Like much of his own output, Forest Swords’ DJ-Kicks dances around pristine electronics to embrace more organic textures: 80s post punk (Anna Domino, Dead Can Dance), classic 90s British electronica (Orbital, Mira Calix, Disjecta), and smokey digi-dub (Rhythm & Sound), all rub up alongside some of the most forward-facing producers working today (Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo) and avant garde explorers (David Toop, Kara-Lis Coverdale).
The compilation shifts through rhythms and emotions: from pop icon Neneh Cherry’s primal thudding to the zombified throb of exclusive Forest Swords track ‘Crow’, via Deena Abdelwaheed’s clattering deconstructions and the outdoor mountain singing of Ánde Somby.
Drawing threads between decades, borders and genres, DJ-Kicks is a collection of tracks that feels as restlessly curious, and crucial, as Barnes’ own work.
Following from Deetron’s accomplished entry in to the DJ-Kicks mix series, !K7 are now serving up one of the original singles from it. Produced by the Swiss artist and featuring soul futurist Steve Spacek, it comes with the original and three vital versions.
Entitled ‘Choose Me’, the single is six tender minutes of musical electronic soul. Warm and supple bass, twinkling keys and smeared chords form the atmosphere as Spacek delivers a dreamy and heartfelt vocal up top. It’s a track to get the spine tingling, while the Instrumental allows the celestial keys to ring out into a night sky as the main focal point.
On the Jupiter Version, the drums are more loose and broken up, lending a spaced out vibe that will be perfect on outdoor terraces as the weather warms up. Jumbled percussion tumbles next to the chords as the vocal soars. A Jupiter Instrumental closes out this cosmic and cultured house EP.
DJ-Kicks start 2018 in fine style with another vital entry into their long running series. The latest comes from Swiss DJ and producer Deetron on March 9th 2018, and features an exclusive solo track as well as exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell.
As one of the most famous musical exports from his Swiss homeland, he has pretty much done it all from fabric and Balance mix CDs to running his own label, from essential albums like Twisted and Music Over Matter on Music Man Records to a genre-spanning body of remix work as recently showcased on Re-Creation – Remixes Compiled. After 20 years in the game, he is still in demand at key clubs around the world, and is sufficiently respected as to be able to call on collaborators like DJ Bone, Cooly G and Ben Westbeech.
This landmark mix shows off his timeless style and passion for the nostalgic emotions associated with Chicago and the serene machine soul of Detroit. Selected from records that have resonated with him over the years and that continue to conjure strong feelings, it also features various vocals from friends “in the style of a traditional mixtape,” explains the artist.
“Over the years I have worked on bringing techno and soulful vocals together and I wanted to represent that in the mix. On the technical side of things, the mix represents my work as a producer and remixer as well as my aim to recreate tracks using three decks when deejaying. A large part of the mix was recorded using three decks but I also included a section which I approached more like a production or remix.“
Released in February 2017 Tosca’s acclaimed 8th studio album Going Going Going saw Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber go back to their experimental roots. After a series of album’s that had seen them experiment more and more with vocal collaborators and traditional song structures, Going Going Going was a clean sweep of the table and a return to the deep beats and dubbed out sounds that first made their name two decades ago. Now in the grand tradition of their previous albums Richard and Rupert have handed Going Going Going’s parts over to a hand-picked roster of producers from around the world.
The result is BOOM BOOM BOOM, a radically altered image that sees Tosca’s original compositions blasted into pieces and rearranged in kaleidoscope fashion, from the elastic digi-dub reworking of Love Boat by Shanti Roots & Scheibosan and Brendon Moeller hazy, space filled interpretation of Amber November through to Stereotyp’s jittering, percussive take on Chinabar and Steve Cobby’s rubbery, funk fuelled house remix of Tommy. Like the best remix albums, Boom Boom Boom builds upon its original’s foundations, taking us in unexpected new directions without ever losing site of the source material.
Lars Eidinger is an artist, born and raised in Berlin, working mostly as an actor at the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin. He is especially known for his interpretations of the characters Hamlet and Richard III in the eponymous plays of William Shakespeare in productions directed by Thomas Ostermeier. He also appeared in several German movie productions such as „Everyone Else“ by Maren Ade, „Home For The Weekend“ by Hans-Christian Schmid and „Blooms Of Yesterday“ by Chris Kraus alongside international films such as „Goltzius And The Pelican Company“ by Peter Greenaway, „Mathilda“ by Alexey Uchitel and „Clouds Of Sils Maria“ by Olivier Assayas plus German and international TV series like „Tatort“, „Polizeiruf 110“, BBC’s „SS-GB“ and the Netflix series „Sense8“ by the Wachowski Sisters.
In 1998, during the time he was studying acting he released a 10“ called „I’ll Break Ya Legg“ under his name on !K7’s sub label Studio 54, produced on a PC in the basement of his parents house on a 4 MB sound card – the whole record is 100% sample based. The resulting sound is Lo-Fi, giving the whole tonal aesthetic a very rough and dark feel with a very melancholic and morbid atmosphere.
Following on from his intimate entry into the DJ-kicks mix series, Lone is putting out a vinyl only EP of all the unreleased tracks from it.
The horizontal mix tapped into all of Lone’s influences, from hip-hop to house, IDM to techno. It also showcased some producers signed to his own Magic Wire label, and of course the back bone was built from some of the Nottingham man’s freshest new productions. They come after celebrated releases on Werk Discs, R&S and Dekmantel, and include dance floor aligned EPs and more rounded full lengths designed for close listening. Here he sits in between the two across three thrilling cuts.
Opener ’Saturday Night’ is a breezy bit of deep house with crisp boom-baps and swirling pads that lend it a dreamy, ethereal feel. Spoken word snippets are stitched into the groove and the whole thing is as frictionless and feel good as house comes.
Next up, ‘Arc’ is a little more direct, with scattered snares flapping over dry wooden kicks. It’s a punchy bit of house latest DJ-kicks mix star Kerri Chandler would be proud, and comes overlaid with spring time flutes and luscious pads as a classically inclined bassline powers things along.
Last but not least is ‘Alpha Wheel 4’ (Ambient Mix), a kaleidoscopic passage of suspensory sound scuffed up glassy surfaces trapping you in rays of refracted light from start to finish.
All three tracks exhibit Lone’s authentic, lived in and lo-fi aesthetic, and as a result slip perfectly into his ever more essential discography.
After nearly half a decade since their monumental Make It Good, DJ Tennis and Fink re-collide on !K7. Inspired, recent studio sessions have bore two breathing, sonic landscapes, entitled Certain Angles. Glimmering pianos, droning machines and captivating songwriting take form, wrapping the Berlin-based singer’s voice in subtle melancholy. Both humbly understated, yet party-ready, Certain Angles perfectly summarises the Life and Death founder’s recent etching in the DJ Kicks stone. DJ Tennis has also called on four of his most trusted allies to reinterpret the 12′, with four digital-only remixes: The/Das deliver a pensive moment of bubbling body music. Francesco Leali appears with a timeless, genre-bending re-perception as OPUS 3000. Lee Jones salutes the faithful dancers. Mentrist’s unclassifiable excursion challenges the towering borders of techno.
Ten years after his first release, UK artist Lone’s entry into the celebrated DJ-kicks series lands on 29th September and features four of his own new and exclusive tracks. It’s available to pre-order now.
This mix represents Lone as a producer: it starts out with the hip hop of his roots, then moves through some of the music of his childhood and on to a range of his enduring influences. Along the way, he stitches in his own newly produced sounds. “ I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone with this,” : he says. “ I’ m so used to programming my own material on my own albums, that’ s sort of how I approached this one.” Purposefully mixed in “ a loose, rough way” in his living room on a pair of CDJs, the idea was to make listeners feel like there were in there with him. It’ s designed for dreamy late night listening, or intimate headphone sessions, and “plays out a bit like a weird midnight radio show: it’ s purposefully all over the place, dreamy and trippy, so you can zone in and out.”
Lone’ s DJ-kicks very much feels alive, lived-in and authentic. It is a hugely personal view into his unique musical world. Available now.
Next up on DJ-Kicks is Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis. And he’s been granted not one but two discs to showcase his eclectic yet coherent selection. The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release featuring 4 exclusive tracks. Available now.
DJ Tennis is Manfredi Romano, a lifelong music fanatic who started out managing punk bands, progressed to putting on leftfield events, set up one of the most important Italian rock and electronic booking agencies, then started the Life And Death label. Since then Life and Death has launched acts like Tale of Us, Mind against and Vaal. Tennis’s own recorded output is selective and stylish, often featuring real melodies and a musicality that can be lacking in dance music. That knack for the musical and emotive side of things characterises both cerebral mixes he has put together here.
The mix includes brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink called ‘Certain Angels,’ plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes. All in all it’s a thoughtfully composed mix that’s subversive yet seductive in equal measure.
The wait is over for Michael Mayer’s DJ-Kicks mix, out now on CD, 2LP and digital formats. In the words of Mixmag: “Rather than some lazy on-trend encapsulation of 2017, this is the sound of Michael Mayer being Michael Mayer.” Listen to the exclusive track The Horn Conspiracy and order the album here.
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This year, !K7 will be releasing our first ever Record Store Day title, in the form of an essential collection from veteran Italian hardware lover and Rephlex Records alum Bochum Welt. April is a broad exploration of ambient and downtempo that revisits and re-edits a selection of old works as well as offering up brand new music, all available for the first time on vinyl.
Bochum Welt is an avid collector of various vintage pedals and sound manglers, and in 1994 joined with Aphex Twin’s influential Rephlex label, where he put out many EPs and three full lengths. He is an accomplished musical engineer, sound designer and master of electronic atmospheres, and in his time he has made it into The Wire’s Top 15 albums of the year.
April collects sixteen short but absorbing tracks for their first-ever vinyl release. Several tracks previously were originally released on CD by Rephlex, while many tracks are completely unheard. From crunchy beats overlaid with pixelated pads to blissfully organic and tender piano-laced ambient numbers, the music on April is never less than beautiful. Expressive and personal throughout, this album is about sound research and melodic sensibility and is as technically awe inspiring as it is purely enjoyable.
April is released 22nd April 2017 in conjunction with Record Store Day worldwide (22nd April 2017). A list of participating retailers is available on the Record Store Day site. A full digital release to follow on 5th May.
“Wonderfully cathartic—as refreshing as a dip in a cold stream.” – Pitchfork (Best New Track)
Michael Mayer and Joe Goddard’s underground hit “For You” has received not one but two remixes courtesy of DJ Koze, a man whose re-imaginings are deservedly revered. Koze’s first offering is a club mix composed of layered, floor-raising chords while ruffling up the original vocals gradually and elegantly. The second is an Mbira remix, filled with African-inspired percussive inklings and sprinkled with effortless melodic flourishes.
The full EP (including instrumentals) is available now on 12″ and digitally.
Tosca’s music is cinematic in nature, which makes it a natural fit for pairing with compelling imagery. The group’s brand new video for “Export Import” has to be one of our favorite videos they’ve done yet. Directed by Park Seungjin, the black and white video is a complete head trip.
Richard Dorfmeister spoke briefly with Thump, who premiered the video. “Being the opening track of our new album Going Going Going, I feel like this song sums up the Tosca vibe for the whole record: the sense of going back to our roots—celebrating the combination of sparse grooves and this mixture of all different kinds of influences, from bits of jazz to weird vocals and found sounds. But at the same time it’s not just us looking backwards but also converting these personal influences, the roots of Tosca’s sound, into something for the future. We were very happy to work with the video director Park Seungjin on this track. Through this special visual language that he has he’s really found the psychedelic quality of the track and created something that really sticks in the mind.”
Tosca’s new album Going Going Going is out February 10th 2017. Pre-orders and an early track download for “Export Import” are available now.
For over two decades and several albums Tosca has served as a vehicle for Richard and Rupert to express their personal moods and impressions, each release holding up a mirror to their inner lives. Now though after ten albums the journey has come full circle and once again they’ve returned to the kind of instrumental tracks, full of deep beats and dubbed out textures that made Tosca’s name.
The result is ‘Going Going Going’, an album that Tosca fans will immediately recognize and yet one that doesn’t just trade on former glories. Like the best of Tosca’s output, ‘Going Going Going’ defies easy categorization, taking in everything from the uneasy listening of ‘Hausner’ to excursions into House (‘Wotan’), Ambient Electronica (‘Olympia), Funk (‘Loveboat’) and beyond. Still despite an almost overabundance of ideas, in the more than capable hands of these two pioneers the result is a complex yet coherent and confident album that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of their storied back catalogue.
Going Going Going is out February 10th 2017. Pre-orders and an early track download for advance track “Export Import” are available now.
The debut 7K! release comes from Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Luca D’Alberto, whose double single “Wait For Me” (b/w “Blessed Messenger”) is available now. Already a favourite composer of directors such as Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders and Fernando Arrabal, D’Alberto met !K7 CEO Horst Weidenmüller in Berlin, initially to propose working on a string-based project with Tricky. Upon hearing D’Alberto’s music, Weidenmüller thought to himself “We have to work with Luca he is genius,” and the seeds for 7K! were planted.
Luca D’Alberto – “Wait For Me” (Official Music Video)
With his much anticipated DJ-Kicks mix due to drop next Friday, the man at its helm, London-based producer and DJ Daniel Avery, has today premiered the third and final of his original productions for the release in the form of the slow-burning, searing ‘A Mechanical Sky’. This follows ambient first taste ‘Space Echo’, accompanied by a striking animated visual from Kevin A. Freeney, and Avery’s collaboration with BleeD boss Volte-Face as Rote with ‘Look In Your Eyes’.
First teased in his Dekmantel set this August in front of a rapturous audience both at the festival and online via a live Boiler Room broadcast, ‘A Mechanical Sky’ comes in close to the album’s end point, segueing into the propulsive, shimmering techno of Edit-Select’s remix of ‘Cirklon Bells’ by Glaswegian duo Slam (aka Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle), before ‘Space Echo’ slows down the orbit, bringing proceedings to a close in a warm soundscape of disembodied, crystalline atmospherics.
Speaking about ‘A Mechanical Sky,’ Avery commented, “A club track made exclusively for the mix. It feels good to be back in the studio and making music again. Some finish lines are appearing on the horizon.”
Daniel Avery’s DJ-Kicks is released 11th November 2016. Pre-orders are available now.
With his DJ-Kicks album just weeks away, London-based producer and DJ Daniel Avery shares another track from the highly anticipated release. In recent months Avery has teamed up with BleeD boss Volte-Face for a new collaborative project called Rote, and today he debuts their track ‘Look In Your Eyes’ via Thump, one of three new original Avery productions on the album alongside the ambient closing track ‘Space Echo,’ and the slow-burning, driving intensity of ‘A Mechanical Sky’.
Avery’s DJ-Kicks mix creates a hypnotic space focusing on “music by like-minded souls” from the outer reaches of techno including international talents Svreca, Rrose, Artefakt and IORI. It is a mix concerned with the idea of taking a collective breath and allowing records their own time.
Daniel Avery’s DJ-Kicks is released 11th November 2016. Pre-orders are available now.