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Following a collaboration-heavy full-length for !K7 titled &, Michael Mayer returned to the label with an installment of the ever-popular DJ-Kicks series. Most of Mayer's commercially released mix CDs have appeared on Kompakt, the Cologne-based techno institution he helps run, and are typically heavy on material released by the label, but the only Kompakt-issued track featured in the mix is Justus Köhncke's 2007 cover of Michael Rother's "Feuerland." As with most of Mayer's mixes other than the Speicher CD series, he's not aiming to show off the latest wares of his label or a treasure trove of rare or unreleased productions by himself or his colleagues. He's going for emotional impact, and the tracks' sequencing is of greater importance than anything else. A spacious, tabla-driven piece by trombonist (and Arthur Russell associate) Peter Zummo begins the mix, and seamlessly floats into Mayer's own "The Horn Conspiracy," the only new, exclusive track on the program. The first third or so of the mix consists of slightly dazed astral disco, sometimes with spoken words (in English and Russian), and sometimes with flutes or strummed guitars. Starting with Mayer's remix of "Honey" by Brazilian band CSS, the songs are significantly more sentimental, particularly Kasper Bjørke's devastating breakup anthem "Apart" (also remixed by Mayer) and Röyksopp's mix of Mekon and Marc Almond's "Please Stay." Even instrumental tracks such as Alter Ego's new wave electro stormer "Gary" are just as dramatic as the ones with lyrics. Later on, Mayer resurrects Basement Jaxx's Simon Ratcliffe's surprisingly great remix of Throbbing Gristle's classic "Hot on the Heels of Love," and follows it up with a Chris & Cosey remix of Death in Vegas that could've fit on one of the ex-TG duo's albums from the '80s. As with most DJ-Kicks volumes, this one seems geared toward home listening rather than attempting to replicate a club set, but other than a shimmering interlude by Idioma near the end of the mix, Mayer keeps the beats steady most of the time. His mixing style, as ever, is minimal and unobtrusive, letting the records speak for themselves. Minimal, however, is not at all an accurate descriptor for the actual tracks contained within this powerful, stirring mix.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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1
The Tape Is Chill (mixed)
Peter Zummo
00:02:39

Peter Zummo, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Optimo Music

2017 !K7 Records 2016 Optimo Music

2
The Horn Conspiracy (DJ-Kicks) (mixed)
Michael Mayer
00:03:42

Michael Mayer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Kompakt Musikverlag

2017 !K7 Records 2017 !K7 Music

3
Papas Groove (doP & Masomenos Remix) (mixed)
Bvoice, Anrilov, Danilov
00:05:46

Bvoice, Anrilov, Danilov, Main Artist - Artemiy Kalinin; Vasiliy Konstantinovskiy; Alexander Danilov, Composer, Lyricist - Fox Trax

2017 !K7 Records 2013 Fox Trax

4
The Darkness (I:Cube Remix) (mixed)
SAVE!
00:03:56

SAVE!, Main Artist - Marc Nguyen Tan; Craig Louis Higgins Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Bucks Music admin by Bataille Music Group

2017 !K7 Records 2016 Les Disques De La Mort

5
Feuerland (mixed)
Justus Köhncke
00:05:58

Justus Köhncke, Main Artist - Michael Rother, Composer - Copyright Control

2017 !K7 Records 2012 Kompakt

6
Honey (Michael Mayer Remix) (mixed)
CSS
00:04:24

CSS, Main Artist - Lovefoxxx; Luiza Sá; Ana Rezende; Carolina Parra, Composer, Lyricist - BMG

2017 !K7 Records 2013 SQE

7
Gary (mixed)
Alter Ego
00:04:01

Alter Ego, Main Artist - Roman Flügel; Jörn Elling Wuttke, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2017 !K7 Records 2008 Alter Ego Recordings

8
Apart (Michael Mayer Remix) (mixed)
Kasper Björke feat. Sisi Ey
00:06:44

Kasper Björke feat. Sisi Ey, Main Artist - Kasper Bjørke; Fridfinnur Sigurdsson, Composer - Sigríður Eyþórsdóttir; Elísabet Eyþórsdóttir; Elín Eyþórsdóttir, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2017 !K7 Records 2014 hfn music

9
The Drift (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) (mixed)
Lionheart Brothers
00:08:03

Lionheart Brothers, Main Artist - Audun Storset & Morten Øby, Composer - Audun Storset, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2017 !K7 Records 2013 Full Pupp / WAS - Wordandsound Medien GmbH

10
Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix) (mixed)
Mekon feat. Marc Almond
00:06:31

Mekon feat. Marc Almond, Main Artist - Mekon; Marc Almond, Composer, Lyricist - PIAS/Wall Of Sound Ltd

2017 !K7 Records 2006 PIAS/Wall Of Sound Ltd

11
Mirages (Michael Mayer Remix) (mixed)
Dreems
00:04:10

Dreems, Main Artist - Angus Gruzman, Composer, Lyricist - Multi Culti

2017 !K7 Records 2014 Multi Culti

12
Canopy Target (mixed)
Boreal
00:05:13

Boreal, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Forbidden Planet

2017 !K7 Records 2014 Forbidden Planet

13
Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix) (mixed)
Throbbing Gristle
00:05:46

Throbbing Gristle, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Peermusic (UK) Limited

2017 !K7 Records 2004 Mute Records Limited

14
Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix) (mixed)
Death In Vegas
00:05:07

Death In Vegas, Main Artist - Richard Fearless, Composer - Sasha Grey, Lyricist - Drone

2017 !K7 Records 2016 Drone

15
Landscapes (mixed)
Idioma
00:02:29

Idioma, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Marketing Music Limited

2017 !K7 Records 2009 Marketing Music Limited

16
Abandon Window (Moderat Remix) (mixed)
Jon Hopkins
00:04:56

Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Domino Publishing

2017 !K7 Records 2013 Domino Recording Co. Ltd

Album Description

Following a collaboration-heavy full-length for !K7 titled &, Michael Mayer returned to the label with an installment of the ever-popular DJ-Kicks series. Most of Mayer's commercially released mix CDs have appeared on Kompakt, the Cologne-based techno institution he helps run, and are typically heavy on material released by the label, but the only Kompakt-issued track featured in the mix is Justus Köhncke's 2007 cover of Michael Rother's "Feuerland." As with most of Mayer's mixes other than the Speicher CD series, he's not aiming to show off the latest wares of his label or a treasure trove of rare or unreleased productions by himself or his colleagues. He's going for emotional impact, and the tracks' sequencing is of greater importance than anything else. A spacious, tabla-driven piece by trombonist (and Arthur Russell associate) Peter Zummo begins the mix, and seamlessly floats into Mayer's own "The Horn Conspiracy," the only new, exclusive track on the program. The first third or so of the mix consists of slightly dazed astral disco, sometimes with spoken words (in English and Russian), and sometimes with flutes or strummed guitars. Starting with Mayer's remix of "Honey" by Brazilian band CSS, the songs are significantly more sentimental, particularly Kasper Bjørke's devastating breakup anthem "Apart" (also remixed by Mayer) and Röyksopp's mix of Mekon and Marc Almond's "Please Stay." Even instrumental tracks such as Alter Ego's new wave electro stormer "Gary" are just as dramatic as the ones with lyrics. Later on, Mayer resurrects Basement Jaxx's Simon Ratcliffe's surprisingly great remix of Throbbing Gristle's classic "Hot on the Heels of Love," and follows it up with a Chris & Cosey remix of Death in Vegas that could've fit on one of the ex-TG duo's albums from the '80s. As with most DJ-Kicks volumes, this one seems geared toward home listening rather than attempting to replicate a club set, but other than a shimmering interlude by Idioma near the end of the mix, Mayer keeps the beats steady most of the time. His mixing style, as ever, is minimal and unobtrusive, letting the records speak for themselves. Minimal, however, is not at all an accurate descriptor for the actual tracks contained within this powerful, stirring mix.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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