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Electronic/Dance - To be released March 22, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 8, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 8, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 1, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 15, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 12, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 1, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 1, 2019 | !K7 Records

Leon Vynehall has always scoffed at being labeled a house DJ/producer, and his soul-searching 2018 full-length Nothing Is Still proved his ambitions as a composer rather than just a creator of banging club tracks. His installment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series, like several other volumes, is more of an eclectic set geared for home listening than a night out. It's the type of mix that will send certain listeners scouring the internet and used record stores for long-forgotten vinyl, potentially spending way too much money in the process. Even if it doesn't, it's guaranteed to expose you to several things you weren't aware of, even if you also possess DJ crates as deep as Vynehall's. The first half of the mix darts between several different styles and eras (funky Japanese pop/rock from Haruomi Hosono's early-'70s solo debut, early-'90s Brit soul from the Bygraves, '80s tape-mangled industrial noise from Bourbonese Qualk), and the segues generally keep the vibe going without making too much of a scene. Halfway through, the mix gets significantly more propulsive and beat-driven, with DJ Zozi's lo-fi house groover "Mellow Vibe" arriving like a burst of sunshine. Following a few '90s deep cuts (including a deep house gem from Crinan), there's a brief set of exclusives, culminating in the kinetic electro-techno of "Faxing Jupiter" by the wonderful Peach. Vynehall interrupts this mood to ramp things up a bit, with some pirate radio interference leading into some jungle (including a scorching rarity from Source Direct alias Mirage), IDM (the track from AFX's Hangable Auto Bulb with the sample of a guy asking a kid "Why do you hate mashed potatoes?"), and a relatively calm footwork track from Jana Rush. It all concludes with a nice, placid piano composition by Robert Haigh. Vynehall's DJ-Kicks plays like a set by adventurous college radio DJs eager to show off every record that's been exciting them lately. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 18, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 16, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 11, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 7, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 23, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 16, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 16, 2018 | !K7 Records

Robert Hood's installment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series offers no unexpected detours or twists -- it's simply 72 minutes of steady, alert techno chugging along like a freight train. Hood lets each track play for about three minutes before smoothly blending it into the next one, and there are no jarring transitions or overdriven effects, just plenty of precise EQ'ing and sweeps. That said, it's still a solid, highly enjoyable mix. Hood's mixing skills are flawless, and there's enough of a balance between more functional passages, where the beats just bang along with a minimal note sequence on top, and moments where the drama is elevated a bit via vocal samples or bigger melodies, such as the neon synth sequence that pops up halfway through Hood's own "Hall of Mirrors." One thing to note is that this a Robert Hood mix and not a Floorplan mix. There are no overt references to Hood's devout Christian faith here, and barely anything resembling gospel, soul, or disco, apart from the looped vocal samples on Adrian Hour's "Make You Feel Good." While Hood is responsible for roughly a third of the tracks, most of the rest are by European producers, including Berghain favorites such as Truncate and Marcel Fengler, in addition to U.K. techno mainstays like Slam and Mark Broom. Still, it's true to Hood's pioneering vision of minimal techno, which focuses on stripped-down, funky machine rhythms, with the overriding goal being to make the crowd move. Hood's DJ-Kicks isn't quite as wild or personality-driven as his Fabric 39 mix from a decade earlier, but it's undeniably focused, and it clearly reaches its intended goal. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released November 2, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 2, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 26, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 19, 2018 | !K7 Records

Electronic/Dance - Released October 12, 2018 | !K7 Records

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