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Chill-out - Released August 19, 1996 | !K7 Records

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Though it's a close race, Kruder & Dorfmeister make for better DJs than producers, as witnessed by their volume in the DJ-Kicks series. Beginning with downbeat trip-hop including Herbaliser, Statik Sound System, and Thievery Corporation, Kruder & Dorfmeister flow through jazzy drum'n'bass (with Aquasky and JMJ & Flytronix) and techno (with Hardfloor and Showroom Recordings). K&D sound much more relaxed and involved than on their own G-Stoned EP. © John Bush /TiVo
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Electronic - Released September 6, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released October 24, 2011 | !K7 Records

Described as Kraftwerk in reverse, German three-piece the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble's second album, the ironically titled Mr. Machine, continues to push the boundaries of techno music on eight tracks inspired just as much by the minimalist classical works of Steve Reich as their Berlin hometown's dance scene. Suggesting that their organic acoustic sound is still very much a work in progress, four tracks from their 2010 debut, You Make Me Real, also appear here in remixed form. But despite the addition of a ten-piece orchestra, the changes are subtle rather than bombastic, simply removing the stuttering bleeps from the slow-building rhythmic jazz of "Bop," layering the jaunty bossa nova-tinged "You Make Me Real" with more percussion, and adding breezy horns to the timpani-led chamber pop of "Teufelsleiter." While these slightly tinkered new versions provide a certain warmth largely missing from the originals, fans of their inventive first offering may rightly feel a little shortchanged, even more so considering the only brand-new composition is the opening title track, a brief 65-second instrumental that peters out before its ominous footsteps and unsettling ambient effects can reach their horror movie score potential. Luckily, the three cover versions ensure there is at least something a little more substantial. Berlin-based chanteuse Emika lends her distant detached tones to "Pretend," a minimal acoustic take on her claustrophobic brand of techno, "606 'N' Rock 'N' Roll" serves up a dramatic string-soaked reworking of Danish producer James Braun's deep house signature tune, while the album's most conventional moment sees a slow-building four-to-the-floor rhythm accompany snatches of Agnes Obel's indie folk tones on "On Powdered Ground (Mixed Lines)." The trio's experimental nature means it's unlikely that this is the last listeners will hear of most of the material here, but while the slim new-pickings track list is disappointing, Mr. Machine at least proves they're heading in the right direction. © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Electronic - Released March 27, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released November 11, 2014 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released May 10, 1999 | !K7 Records

Just as sampladelic as their debut album, Thievery Corporation's entry in Studio !K7's growing DJ-Kicks mix album series charts the duo's interest in not only blunted trip-hop but also Brazilian music, exotica, and easy listening. Featuring a few of their own tracks ("It Takes a Thief," "Coming from the Top") plus tracks by Rockers Hi-Fi and Fun-da-Mental, DJ Kicks is a solid chillout album. © Keith Farley /TiVo
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Electronic - Released February 19, 2016 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released May 29, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released March 25, 1996 | !K7 Records

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Unlike the typically live (or at least live-sounding) mix albums in the DJ-Kicks series, Carl Craig did much post-production work on his volume. The result is a collection of complex, reworked techno from Craig's own Planet E label (by Clark, Designer Music, and the 4th Wave) as well as other crucial techno producers such as Claude Young, Kosmic Messenger, Octagon Man, and Gemini. The addition of a special Carl Craig track -- composed entirely with the use of samples from originals included elsewhere on the collection -- is a nice touch to what proves to be an admirable collection. © John Bush /TiVo
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Electronic - Released November 8, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released October 14, 2016 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released June 26, 2020 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released June 28, 2019 | !K7 Records

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Trip Hop - Released March 6, 2000 | !K7 Records

Tosca's second album Suzuki takes a lighter, airier approach to the trip-hop terrain that Opera explored. The spare, shimmering title track's delicate synth textures, minimal beats, mellow rhythms, and breathy vocal samples set the tone for the rest of the album's laid-back tracks. Though "Orozco," "Bass on the Boat," and "Ocean Beat" are more immediate variations on Tosca's relaxed sound, for the most part, Suzuki offers a locked groove of hypnotic, deeply chilled-out epics. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Electronic - Released October 25, 2010 | !K7 Records

The selections on Sascha Ring's contribution to the !K7 label’s DJ-Kicks series date back to the early ‘90s, but there’s technically no looking back on the part of the DJ/producer. They’ve all been “recently discovered.” The majority of this set does originate from 2006-2010, incorporating lean dubstep and streamlined techno with a couple outliers. 69’s “Rushed,” released by Carl Craig in 1993, is easily the most physical and intense of the lot. Strangely, it’s deployed as the second track in the sequence. Very shortly thereafter, the mix switches from charging to relatively sedate -- alternately melodic and abstract material suited more for home listening than clubbing. A handful of the highlights come off newer dubstep/post-dubstep 12" releases: Cosmin TRG's scuffling “Tower Block,” Ramadanman’s pinging/churning “Tempest,” and Joy Orbison's buoyant “The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow” (the latter two of which were included on Scuba’s earlier Sub:Stance mix). Ring’s own “Sayulita,” an exclusive, is one of his most evocative, dynamic productions of late, full of space and percussive friction. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Electronic - Released February 10, 2017 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released April 16, 2012 | !K7 Records

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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 November 16, 2018 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released April 17, 2020 | !K7 Records