Digitalism DJ-Kicks

DJ-Kicks

Digitalism

Released on June 25, 2012 by !K7 Records

Main artist: Digitalism

Genre: Electronic/Dance

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The German duo Digitalism were tapped for the 41st entry in the !K7 label's DJ-Kicks series, which is now in its 17th continuous year. That fact itself is interesting and somewhat relevant to this particular album, since so many of the musical elements Digitalism incorporate into their sound hark back 17 years and further, and they seem to have sought out similar tendencies when gathering tracks for this DJ mix. Notice, for example, how the robotic 12/8 groove of WhoMadeWho's "The Sun" sounds as if it was cobbled together from equal parts "Call Me," "Tainted Love," and "Rock and Roll," or the way Surrender!'s "Travellers" trades the previous track's chugging beat and wank-metal guitar solos for '80s synth pop with hints of 1960s baroque rock. Also notice how explicitly Alex Gopher's "Brain Leech" steals from New Order circa 1986. Digitalism's particular genius can sometimes be a bit too subtle here, but you can see it in the way they take a tiny vocal snippet from the end of "Brain Leech" and use it as a zombified dub segue into the more house-flavored "Summer." Also somewhat zombielike is Grauzone's "Raum [Ata's Extended Mix]," which features relentless clicky rhythm guitars, a two-chord progression, and an obsessive focus on the phrase "Ich habe angst" ("I'm scared"). But Digitalism's brilliance really comes to the fore on the previously unreleased original tracks offered here, particularly the lush and nearly anthemic "Silenz" and the wry "A New Drug." More such entries would have made this a better album, but obviously wouldn't have fit in with the series' modus operandi. ~ Rick Anderson
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Album : 1 disk - 21 tracks Total length : 01:46:33

  1. 1 Menace (Original Mix) (unmixed)

    Axel Le Baron & Kurbatov, Main Artist - Axel Le Baron; Kurbatov, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records Darling Records

  2. 2 Travellers (Sharooz Remix) (unmixed)

    Surrender !, Main Artist - Ulas Koca; Dave Hewson, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records La Bombe Recordings

  3. 3 83 (unmixed)

    Hey Today !, Main Artist - Raik Krause, Composer, Lyricist - Metrobass Edition; Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records Hey Today! under exclusive license to Kitsuné France

  4. 4 Brain Leech (unmixed)

    Alex Gopher, Main Artist - Alexis Latrobe; Pierrick Devin, Composer, Lyricist - Tong; Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records Go 4 Music

  5. 5 Summer (unmixed)

    TWR72, Main Artist - TWR, Composer, Lyricist - Ismusic Publishing; Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records Instant Replay

  6. 6 Falling (unmixed)

    Digitalism, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records V2 Records International Ltd. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  7. 7 Alicudi (Digitalism Electro Clash Remix) (unmixed)

    Gai Barone, Main Artist - Gaetano Barone, Composer, Lyricist - Edition Glowing Angel; Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records Afterglow Records under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  8. 8 Simply Dead (unmixed)

    Digitalism, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records V2 Records International Ltd. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  9. 9 The Sun (unmixed)

    WhoMadeWho, Main Artist - Tomas Barfod; Jeppe Kjellberg; Tomas Høffding, Composer - Tomas Barfod; Jeppe Kjellberg; Tomas Høffding; Jacob Bellens, Lyricist - Sony ATV Copyright : !K7 Records Kompakt

  10. 10 Loreley (unmixed)

    Kolsch, Main Artist - Rune Riley Kölsch, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records Kompakt

  11. 11 Raum (Ata's Extended Mix) (unmixed)

    Grauzone, Main Artist - Martin Eicher, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records Live At Robert Johnson

  12. 12 Came To Party (unmixed)

    Tomas Barfod, Main Artist - Tomas Barfod; Kasper Bjørke, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records Friends of Friends

  13. 13 A New Drug (unmixed)

    Digitalism, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records V2 Records International Ltd. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  14. 14 Silenz (unmixed)

    Digitalism, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records V2 Records International Ltd. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  15. 15 Kazane (unmixed)

    Hiroki Esashika, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Great Stuff Publishing; Arabella Musikverlag Copyright : !K7 Records Great Stuff GmbH

  16. 16 So Totally Good (unmixed)

    Digitalism, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records V2 Records International Ltd. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  17. 17 Sommer (unmixed)

    Housemeister, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records Boysnoize Records

  18. 18 Sail Away (Digitalism Remix) (unmixed)

    The Rapture, Main Artist - Luke Jenner; Gabriel Andruzzi; Vito Roccoforte, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records DFA LLC. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  19. 19 Teddy (Original Mix) (unmixed)

    The Sneekers, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control Copyright : !K7 Records GND Records

  20. 20 Keep It Wrong (unmixed)

    Autotune, Main Artist - Adel Dior; Tony Planet, Composer, Lyricist - LS Music Copyright : !K7 Records Fumakilla

  21. 21 The Pictures (unmixed)

    Digitalism, Main Artist, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Publishing Copyright : !K7 Records V2 Records International Ltd. under exclusive license to !K7 Records

  • Album description
  • The German duo Digitalism were tapped for the 41st entry in the !K7 label's DJ-Kicks series, which is now in its 17th continuous year. That fact itself is interesting and somewhat relevant to this particular album, since so many of the musical elements Digitalism incorporate into their sound hark back 17 years and further, and they seem to have sought out similar tendencies when gathering tracks for this DJ mix. Notice, for example, how the robotic 12/8 groove of WhoMadeWho's "The Sun" sounds as if it was cobbled together from equal parts "Call Me," "Tainted Love," and "Rock and Roll," or the way Surrender!'s "Travellers" trades the previous track's chugging beat and wank-metal guitar solos for '80s synth pop with hints of 1960s baroque rock. Also notice how explicitly Alex Gopher's "Brain Leech" steals from New Order circa 1986. Digitalism's particular genius can sometimes be a bit too subtle here, but you can see it in the way they take a tiny vocal snippet from the end of "Brain Leech" and use it as a zombified dub segue into the more house-flavored "Summer." Also somewhat zombielike is Grauzone's "Raum [Ata's Extended Mix]," which features relentless clicky rhythm guitars, a two-chord progression, and an obsessive focus on the phrase "Ich habe angst" ("I'm scared"). But Digitalism's brilliance really comes to the fore on the previously unreleased original tracks offered here, particularly the lush and nearly anthemic "Silenz" and the wry "A New Drug." More such entries would have made this a better album, but obviously wouldn't have fit in with the series' modus operandi. ~ Rick Anderson

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