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Electronic - Released September 18, 2020 | !K7 Records

After the blast from the past that was the reissue of the legendary British drum’n’bass duo Kemistry & Storm’s compilation, the DJ-Kicks series looks forward once again with this Avalon Emerson offering. The American producer and DJ, who made a name for herself on the world techno stage with her track The Frontier in 2016, has quickly cemented herself as one of the most exciting artists of the decade. This DJ-Kicks, while it may seem somewhat premature seems like it should be a no-brainer for Emerson. The ex-computer engineer transports us to her own unique universe over 70 minutes with the same soul that has earned her invitations to some of the most prestigious clubs and festivals on the planet. “I wanted this record to be representative of my club sound while incorporating new music”, she explains.She begins with a beautiful never-before-heard rendition of Long Forgotten Fairytale from Magnetic Fields by Stephin Merritt, before venturing onto Butterfly by Traneoni (the duo formed by Yello’s Carlos Péron and Boris Blank). The house bomb Doe, Doe, Doe by Anthony Acid (1993) and Breakers in Space by Waveform (with a very English sounding breakbeat from 1994) are of a more vintage style. Avalon Emerson will also excite techno historians with her inclusion Dirtbombs version of the pioneering track Sharevari by A Number Of Names. One should also note the presence of the French Oklour, with her velvety track Level 5, and a very 80s version of the superb Anywayz by Canadian Austra (from her final album HiRUDiN, released in 2020) to perfectly round off the affair. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released September 11, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released May 29, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released April 17, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 3, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released March 27, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Pop - Released December 6, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released November 8, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released September 6, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released June 28, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released June 28, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released March 22, 2019 | !K7 Records

DJ-Kicks is Laurel Halo's first commercially available mix, but it follows a decade's worth of podcast mixes for various music websites, as well as a background in college radio. Like her music, Halo's mixes incorporate styles from throughout the history of dance music, often leaning toward Detroit techno/electro and U.K. bass culture, but she's also likely to venture into musique concrete and contemporary composition. Halo's DJ-Kicks has a few abstract moments, but it's mainly a steady, headstrong mix, running through nearly 30 tracks in an hour. While never sticking to one sound for long, the mix frequently returns to electro-techno, sometimes of the EBM/industrial persuasion. A track from early, Jeff Mills-era Final Cut surfaces, as well as other Detroit producers such as Stallone the Reducer and FIT Siegel. Halo unearths a lot of gems here, from the trippy, fractured bass music of Siete Catorce to hypnotic, 8-bit-spiked gqom of South African producer Griffit Vigo. The tough, storming electro of Ikonika's exclusive "Bodied (OG Mix)" is another standout. Halo includes several tracks from throughout her own catalog, ranging from the IDM abrasion of "Oneiroi" (off 2013's Chance of Rain) to the swift, assuring "The Light Within You" from her 2018 collaboration with Hodge. "Sweetie," a track Halo composed specially for this mix, surprisingly ends up being one of the most straightforward, stripped-down club tracks she's ever made. The mix never seems to have a specific direction in mind; what's more important is the fact that the energy is kept up throughout, as well as the level of anticipation. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Electronic - Released March 22, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released February 15, 2019 | !K7 Records

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

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Electronic - Released December 7, 2018 | !K7 Records

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

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Electronic - Released September 28, 2018 | !K7 Records