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VA: Africa Gets Physical

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Already celebrated for its influential house & techno output and long running Body Language mix series, Get Physical’s first move in 2017 is a big one: a 16 track compilation of largely new and exclusive material all from South African artists.

South Africa is getting more and more attention from the dance world recently, and for good reason. The country is spawning its own unique club sounds, exciting new artists and dazzling DJs who are making more and more waves worldwide. Black Coffee is the most prominent of these, but now we get introduced to a whole load more thanks to some great A&R from Get Physical who commission new cuts as well as delving into their back catalogue.

Things kick off with the warm and engaging house of Aero Manyelo before the pace picks up with Ryan Murgatroyd who serves up the lush and instrumental ‘Kanna’, a love struck tune that really embodies the balmy sounds of South African house. Celebrated international flag bearer Black Coffee then steps up with his ‘Buya’ as remixed in chunky and club slaying fashion by Loco Dice.
Cape Town talent Thor Rixon, the hotly tipped Blanka Mazimela, Jazzuelle and acclaimed vocalist Lazarusman and BehrEllips Ft. Crazy White Boy all appear to serve up four bumping beats that are awash with sunset melodies, spoken word whispers and loose, tumbling percussive grooves. Each one sounds fresh and seems to truly reflect the country in which it was made.

The wash of first wave South African house talents continues in the second half of the compilation, with the much hyped Crazy White Boy making their second appearance here. Then we have Boiler Room star Floyd Lavine, the Red Bull backed Bruce Loko and newly emerging Gumz all serving up two tracks each and showing that a darker and more mysterious sound also exists in the grooves of the southern hemisphere.

All in all this is an exemplary selection of tunes that serves as a reminder and/or fine introduction to the many talented artists emerging from South Africa’s vibrant house scene. The album also comes with a continous mixed version put together by Ryan Murgatroyd.

Release date: 3 March 2017

Tracklist:
01. Aero Manyelo – Mooki
02. Ryan Murgatroyd – Kanna
03. Black Coffee feat. Toshi – Buya (Loco Dice Kliptown Love Remix)
04. Thor Rixon feat. Theresa Toy – Theresa Toy
05. Jazzuelle & Lazarusman – Forget Me (Jazzuelle Winter Solstice)
06. BehrEllips Ft. Crazy White Boy – The Forgotten People
07. Blanka Mazimela – Phezulu
08. Vox Portent – When it’s Clear
09. Bruce Loko – God’s Window
10. Mr Luu – Ryan
11. Gumz – Juelegba
12. Crazy White Boy – Ntokozo (Freddy Da Stupid Tribe Remix)
13. Floyd Lavine – Emogin
14. Gumz – 2 Finger Goblin
15. Bruce Loko – The Arkenstone Of Thrain
16. Floyd Lavine – Ayub
17. Ryan Murgatroyd – Africa Gets Physical Vol. 1 (Continuous Mix)

Foresight Vol. 1 (inc. Bedouin, NU, Zigan Aldi & Stavroz)

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The first release by the new Brooklyn/London based label trueColors is a various artist package titled Foresight Volume 1. It consists of four groundbreaking tracks touching different corners of the world. Tried and tested on dance floors around the globe, this compilation is carefully curated to represent different styles that refuse to be confined with any of today’s dance music subgenres and includes unique productions from prolific producers Bedouin, Nu, Zigan Aldi and Stavroz.

This new EP will initially be available on vinyl through their store at truecolorslabel.com before global release with bonus digital download cards.

First up is Bedouin, a Brooklyn-based production and DJ partnership between nomads Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki who are creating their own idiosyncratic spell of melodies and rhythms. They recently put together a stunning compilation for Kindisch and offered up their debut Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.

They say of the track, “It started in a studio session in London after randomly watching a YouTube video of a brilliant musician playing a rare and strange instrument called the Hurdy Gurdy. A few hours later and after some research, we got in touch with the talented Guilhem Desq and invited him to fly from Toulouse, France to the studio in London where we jammed for many hours. Three days later, ‘No Trace’ was created.” The cut is a deeply intoxicating house track with middle eastern woodwind sounds drifting over a mesmerising rhythm track. Tinkling percussion and rattling bells add more layers of cultural colour and the whole thing really sucks you in.

Nu is next, a nomadic German artist who is a sound engineer with links to Bar25, Circus Company and Crosstown. Often lost somewhere in the world on his travels, soaking up cultures, colours and influences from people as much as the sound of the universe, he is a special artist indeed. His delicious ‘Drug’ is a tender groove rippled with the sound of the hang drum. It’s delicate, subtle and intoxicating as a result and adds another dimension to this superb package.

Zigan Aldi says of his offering ‘Halay’ “… actually the track takes its name from a common folkloric expression of feelings among many ethnic groups like Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Zaza and other minorities reaching from the Balkans along the Black Sea Coast until the Caucasus. In all these regions it symbolises peace, freedom and unity. But for me It was not only a working title. It rather reminded me of the endless feasts on mild summer nights at which one dances without any prejudice and fear from others. No matter who you are, this dance takes you along. I simply had to keep it as the final title. From the beginning it was my intention to integrate some Kurdish and Armenian sounds to my music so I came up with the idea of adding a Zurna to a new production. Being unsure if it would fit electronic music I played it at a club night and realised that it not only made people dance but also let them drift during the whole song. I immediately sent it to Bedouin and they loved it from the first minute…”. On this track, he weaves his intricate magic, layering up soft drums, light percussive sounds and airy vocal samples into something candle lit and hypnotic.

Last of all comes Stavroz, formed in 2011 by IJsbrand and Gert, both DJs and sound engineers looking for a way to channel their musical antics, they say “The track title is a contraction of 2 words from a Flemish saying which points to amazement. Ja – Hallo – the “m” at the end is a typing error, a good one though. It came into existence after some dabbling in the studio. The tour we were on just before making the song was still reverberating through our heads.The song is quite agitated and a filled with a positive tension, exactly how we experience touring. Even Pieter’s vocals express the “dreadfulness” at the end of the song. We hope it leaves you breathless though, like we are when returning home after many miles…” They offer up ‘Jahallom.’ It’s another musical and artistic offering with exotic synths, instruments and wavy beats that sound like little else.

This is a great start to what is sure to be an essential and expressive new series from this exciting new label.

Tracklist:

1. Bedouin – No Trace
2. NU – Drug
3. Zigan Aldi – Halay
4. Stavroz – Jahallom

Eskimo Recordings present ‘The Red Collection’

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Easing us into 2017 Belgium’s finest, Eskimo Recordings, returns with ‘The Red Collection’. The 6th instalment in the label’s colour series it brings together the best of the label’s recent releases with unreleased gems from their friends and family including Satin Jackets, Atella, This Soft Machine and many more. Across 13 tracks (and a bonus mix CD) ‘The Red Collection’ expertly segues between leftfield electronic pop, disco and house, taking us from the frozen north to the souks of the middle east and beyond.

Providing us with the perfect palette cleanser Icelandic producer Hermigervill opens the compilation’s account with the crystalline electronica of ‘Solitaire’ before passing the baton onto Norwegian duo Atella, whose collaboration with Frøder (herself named on of Scandinavia’s most exciting new talents by NYLON) ‘Closer To Life’ has already been hailed by Clash as a “glittering alt pop belter” and by Earmilk as “dark and enigmatic” with “a sound to rival fellow Norwegians Röyksopp”.

Making a quick detour east to the city of Kazan in Russia fast rising producer Antenna delivers an ode to his favourite hookah tobacco in the shape of ‘Love 66’, a breezy slo-mo disco gem filled with Balearic charm. Returning to Scandinavia Philco Fiction’s Turid Alida Solberg delivers her solo debut as Else Born, the heartbreaking ‘This Time/Remember’ lauded as a “masterclass in modern electronic pop” by The Line of Best Fit upon its original release last November.

As we begin to push the tempo it’s the turn of Japanese based, British producer Max Essa who after critically acclaimed releases for labels such as Is It Balearic?, Lex Wax and Mareh Music makes a welcome debut on Eskimo with ‘Your Cathedrals Reimagined’, a sublime moment of electronic funk. With the party in full swing, it’s time for one of Eskimo’s biggest hitters in recent years Satin Jackets to do what they do best, bringing together their original brand of diva funk and smooth disco and the refreshing vocals of the talented Niya Wells. A perfect fusion of electro-pop, disco and soul.

LA based French duo Blue Motel follow up their recent remix for Else Born with their first original material for the label. Showing just why they’ve already been called upon to add their French touch to the likes of Classix, Poolside and Kraak & Smaak, ‘Lunch With The King’ is the kind of divine House music that French producers do so well, swirling electronic melodies and pulsating bass lines combing to joyous effect.

Next up we have Greek producer NTEIBINT whose ‘Love’ goes to show just why he has become one of Eskimo’s go to artists in recent years, timeless and indelible music for both body and soul. Dutch DJs SHMLSS take time out from running their vinyl only label XXX and curating the disco playlist at 22Tracks Amsterdam to bring us ‘Train Ride to the Middle East’, a heady psychedelic brew of twisted disco and Middle Eastern sounds that hints at the eclectic nature of their own DJ sets.

With the party in full swing Romanian twins The Gemini Brothers take us deep into House territory with the hypnotic bleeps and beats of ‘Travel Inside’ and leaving us with no doubt whilst their productions have received strong support from everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Tiga, Psychemagik to John Talabot. Over to Germany next and producer Rey & Kjavik whose ‘Akya’ draws inspiration from his DJ travels in Istanbul and beyond. The resulting mix of throbbing bass, head spinning synths and chants will leave you in little wonder why he’s considered one of Germany’s most exciting new producers.

Ending the compilation on a high Eskimo turn to two of their regular faces. Australian born, Munich based TSM aka This Soft Machine delivers an outstanding cut of otherworldly disco with a futurist sheen complete with Swedish singer Erik Lindestad aka The Land Below on the vocals and plenty of cowbell. Finally easing us into the night are duo Horixon whose ‘The Beekeeper’ features vocals from Birsen from one of Belgium’s fastest rising acts Hydrogen Sea. For The RedCollection, Horixon’s label friends Atella have reworked the original to create the perfect closing track for The RedCollection.

Since launching in the year 2000, Gent based Eskimo Recordings has gone onto become one of the leading electronic music labels in the world releasing genre defining artist albums and compilations from the likes of Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas, The Glimmers, Optimo, Psychemagik and many more. Since its launch in 2013 the ‘Colour’ series, now in its 6th edition, has continued to build upon the label’s reputation, not only for discovering and curating great music but for great design and the cover for ‘The Red Collection’ features a stunning photo by Berlin artist Julia Baier taken from her acclaimed series ‘Water Matters’.

Mr. YT – Brand New Day LP

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Apollo / R&S are proud to present a compilation album of a series of classic EPs of timeless vibes and lush percussive excursions from overlooked Japanese innovator Mr. YT AKA Yuji Takenouchi.

The ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Southern Paradise’ and ‘Parfum’ Eps were originally release between 1997 – 1998 on Apollo Records and R&S sub-labels Generations and Global Cuts.

Over the intervening years, the EPs’ heady blend of atmospheric pressure, balmy pads and deep grooves has percolated, gathering fans across the globe, to the point where original copies are in high demand on the secondhand market.

Created in the late 90s on a hardware set up of Roland Super Jupiter, Roland JV1080, Roland D550, Yamaha TX81Z and Akai S1100, Takenouchi was burning with inspiration from the sounds of Ron Trent and Chez Damier, Basic Channel, House of 909, Ian Pooley and Carl Craig.

A video game musician by profession, Takenouchi was used to producing music for specific scenes / sequences – starting from scratch had him baffled. Deciding to set a theme or concept for each EP proved to be the breakthrough he needed, a day of new environment for ‘Brand New Day’, yin and yang for ‘Southern Paradise’ and imaginary fragrances for ‘Parfum’. Looking at pictures related to each of these themes helped to fuel his creativity while producing.

From the sun dappled balearic haze of opener ‘Morning’ to the blissed out bump of ‘Afternoon’, the gauzy euphoria of ‘Ocean In Heaven’ to the cosmic funk pulse of ‘Regard’, the music contained in the ‘Brand New Day’ compilation remains as timely and relevant as the day it was released and should see Mr. YT appreciated alongside the likes of the US and European producers who first inspired him.

Out on 10th March 2017

Tracklist:
1. Morning
2. Reve
3. Souvenir
4. Afternoon
5. Pacific Jazz
6. Evening
7. Nite
8. Ocean In Heaven
9. Regard

Audion – Brines (DJ Kicks Exclusive)

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Accomplished DJ, producer, vocalist and instrumentalist Matthew Dear kicks off 2017 with his DJ Kicks episode out on 27th January. But before then we are treated to ‘Brines’, a track from the mix produced under his Audion guise.

Thump magazine said ‘Brines’ is a “creaking thing of dark beauty” while Matthew Dear himself said it is perhaps the best he has ever made – “Brines is one the best techno songs I’ve ever made. The whole thing was done live, on my modular equipment and captures a raucous session in it’s purest form. In a perfect world, this one would be remembered as my ‘Spastik’ or ‘Windowlicker’.”

A man of many musical hats, Texas born, Detroit raised Dear has a wide reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion. Often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with his own stylised vocals at the centre.

As co-founder of both Ghostly International and Spectral Sound, Dear has also been responsible for some of the underground scene’s most exciting new music, plenty of which appears here. Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed and always evolving career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special.

VA – InFiné10

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November 13th, 2006: The first InFiné release. A visionary piece on which a young Luxemburgish musician, Francesco Tristano, interpreted a piano rendition of a mythic anthem of the Detroit scene, originally produced by Derrick May.

Nearly 40 albums and hundreds of singles later – all genres and formats mixed – the label can be proud about their first decade where the fundamentals of the music market have renewed several times, without abandoning their original values. At each memorable milestone, the label could count on ‘its family’, the confidence of its team, artists, graphic designers, video makers, technical providers of course, but also its worker bees, who became essential to the survival and the regeneration of our small business : the interns. Our present was built thanks to them. Our future will be built with you.

This selection is a mirror of our daily activity as a label. For its curators, this compilation is evocative of a discovery on record and on stage, sometimes of first contacts with artists, often of passionate speeches with our A&R director, and of repetitive listening sessions in our office in the 18th district in Paris.

For you, it’s now the occasion to explore our catalog in all its eclecticism and transversality, to (re)discover our club classics, our pop hits or our piano celebrations.

InFiné10 is at our image, both complex and instinctive. It preaches for an open-mind on music worldwide as much as it strives to accompany your most personal emotions.

Including tracks by Apparat, Agoria, Oxia, Murcof, Francesco Tristano, Danton Eeprom, Rone, Clara Moto, Cubenx, Arandel…

VA – #savefabric

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The closure of fabric has seen a reaction that has been completely humbling and overwhelming to all of us on the team, from over 150,000 signing a petition of support to raising in excess of £300,000 in donations to help our legal fight. Support has come from every corner of the industry, with fundraising events at a number of different venues being held up and down the UK. This response perfectly encapsulates everything the electronic music community represents.

Both fabric Records and our artist led label Houndstooth decided a release that embodies this spirit would be a further powerful way to demonstrate the collective power of our community. We asked artists associated with both labels to donate a track to the cause, needing to act fast we gave a deadline of just 3 weeks in total, from inception to final master. The brief was simple, we asked for a previously unreleased track, either brand new or an alternative version of an old classic.

The response has been far greater than we could have ever anticipated, with an array of amazing artists delivering stunning tracks. Given this generosity every track that has been submitted is featured on the release, meaning an incredible 111 tracks make up the final running order, presented in alphabetical order.

Due to touring and time constraints many more artists could and would have like to have been involved, and we can’t give enough thanks to all the labels that have generously allowed their artists to contribute.

In the era of the playlist, this compilation represents a comprehensive overview of electronic music from the outer fringes of experimental explorations right through to music aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

Ahead of the court date which will determine the long term future of fabric nightclub we’d like to present this compilation as a document of this moment in time but also as the perfect embodiment of everything fabric is and stands for.

Tracklisting:

01 _Unsubscribe_ – FFS, R (Loop Mix)
02 µ-Ziq – Bumshit (Vox)
03 18+ – Holes
04 2020 Soundsystem – No Order (Ralph Lawson & Rui-Z Remix)
05 A Short Run (Feat. Howie B & Craig Richards) – Stasha
06 Abul Mogard – Patterns Of Our Own Times
07 Addison Groove – Equal Lies
08 Agoria – Tribute
09 Akkord – Scalar Wave
10 Ali B Feat. Afrika Baby Bam – The Music Saves Me
11 Appleblim – Fabrication
12 Audion – Fun House
13 Broken English Club – The Gentle Art of Murder
14 Bruce – Cables
15 C.A.R. – Voodoo Moon (Thomas Von Party Cover)
16 Calyx & Teebee – Loose Ends
17 Caspa & Rusko – Ravers Tears
18 Clams Casino – Time
19 Clark – Shadow Banger
20 Coldcut Feat. Roses Gabor – Donald’s Wig
21 Cosmin TRG – Dens
22 Curses – A Face In Smoke
23 Dasha Rush – Sweet Monster
24 dBridge – Modern Submission
25 DJ Tennis – Magrelian
26 Dominowe (Gqom Oh!) – Just Dance
27 Dub Phizix – Beatroot
28 Dusk & Blackdown – 110 not out (2011)
29 Dusky & Todd Edwards – Holiday In Holloway
30 Enei & Kasra – Basic Instinct
31 Exercise One – All These People
32 Fake Blood – Reflections
33 FiS – DMT Usher VIP
34 Future Beat Alliance – Sleaze Bag
35 Guy Andrews – Procession
36 Hamid – Untitled 02
37 Heartthrob – Scott’s Teats
38 House of Black Lanterns – Lost
39 Howie B – Space Trip
40 Ikonika – Miracle Whip
41 IVVVO & Aïsha Devi – Eros Plexus
42 Jesse Rose – Suck It And See
43 John Tejada – Ucbtron
44 Justin Drake, Lil Mark and Matt Tolfrey – Freedom
45 Kangding Ray – Summerend
46 Kate Simko ft. Amunet Shah – All Heart
47 Kirk Degiorgio – Shadow Of A Solitary Being
48 Kiwi – Throw Down (Latin Freestyle radio edit)
49 Kuedo – Bismuth
50 Lakker – Tuc Tuc
51 Laura Jones & Karousel – Find A Way
52 Letherette – Stabz
53 Lucy – The Juggler
54 M.A.N.D.Y. – Berry And North
55 Machinedrum – Stronga
56 Marc Houle – Broken Wing
57 Marquis Hawkes – Redemption Radio
58 Masters of Disasters – The Church Of The Many
59 Mathew Jonson – Decompression (MJ Ghost Force 12″ Remix)
60 Matthew Styles & s:vt – Machine Life
61 Max Cooper, Satirist – Grit
62 Michael Mayer – Auld Lang Synewave
63 Mike Shannon Feat. Dave Aju and the LCC All Stars – Can’t Take My Love Away
64 Mr C – Stand Up (Club Mix)
65 Mr Jones – Heavy Eyes
66 Mumdance & Logos – Return Of The Room 2 Lazer
67 Nathan Fake – Laluna
68 Neville Watson – Fight On
69 Nightwave – Speakeasy
70 October – Anna’s Acid Hour
71 Om Unit – Pop Lockin’ Hieroglyphs
72 Optical – Shape The Future VIP
73 Overmono – U-Plastics
74 Paleman – Sore
75 Paula Temple – You Cannot Kill A Soul By Killing The Body (Live At Moogfest)
76 Perc – Foto Real
77 Peter Van Hoesen – Into A Fortification
78 Pinch – Skylines
79 Planetary Assault Systems – Twelve (L.B. Dub Corp Meets PAS Rework)
80 Radioactive Man – Craig’s Trousers Flap In The Bass Wind
81 Roger van Lunteren – Hills, I Want You (Gerd Janson Edit)
82 Roman Flügel – Jam The Jam
83 Route 94 – fabric
84 Rrose – Glands
85 Second Storey – The Last Record
86 Shackleton – The Stitch Up
87 Shaun Reeves & Tuccillo – Clouds
88 Sherwood & Pinch – Retribution
89 Shift Work – LA (S.L.O.W.) (Health & Safety Mix)
90 Simian Mobile Disco – Balloon Takes A Holiday
91 Skream – Munk
92 Slam – Government Problem 2
93 Smagghe & Cross – Sam & Jen
94 Snow Ghosts – A Moment
95 Soft as Snow – I Adore (Troy Gunner Remix)
96 South London Ordnance – Arc
97 Special Request – Requiem
98 Stanton Warriors & Cause n Affect – Never Let It Go feat. Janai (VIP Mix)
99 Sunset Graves – Dead City Hymn
100 Tasha – Lost and Found
101 t q d – Vibsing Ting
102 Terry Francis – The Answer
103 The Mole – Glide Down
104 Throwing Snow – One For The Booth
105 Tiefschwarz – Wegekuckuck
106 Tom Demac – Unchained
107 Trevino – Fractured
108 Tuff City Kids – Edlost
109 Untold – This Is How I
110 Vatican Shadow & Telefon Tel Aviv – Rejoice
111 Vex’d – Gravity (2004)

Pre-Order from the fabric website:
http://www.fabriclondon.com/store/save-fabric.html
Pre-Order from Bandcamp:
http://found.ee/savefabric-BC

Annie Mac Presents 2016

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Britain’s premier music tastemaker Annie Mac returns this Autumn with her definitive selection of her favourite tracks from the past year: Annie Mac Presents 2016.‎

The AMP 2016 compilation will be the seventh in the highly anticipated series, which have topped the iTunes album charts the past four years running. Its release will come hot on the heels of three back-to-back Annie Mac Presents All Day Raves taking place across the UK.

Annie’s AMP live events series has grown from humble beginnings at the small third room in London’s recently closed Fabric nightclub, to curating stages at some of the world’s biggest festivals (from Ultra Festival to Creamfields to Coachella), embarking on nationwide tours in both the U.K and the U.S, and launching its very own ‘Lost and Found’ festival in Malta, now in its second year.

‎Meanwhile Annie’s career as a ‎globally renowned DJ and broadcaster goes from strength to strength. A certified main stage festival DJ, she is also now Radio 1’s ambassador ‎for new music. Broadcasting from Monday to Friday from 7pm across the week, Annie has consolidated her position in the music industry as one of its most powerful tastemakers. Known for spotting the stars of tomorrow today, many artists credit Annie for their first break, while labels plan their releases around her on air premieres.

Released on Wednesday 5th October via Virgin EMI, the AMP 2016 compilation is split across two discs featuring a broad-ranging collection of music that Annie has been playing on radio and out at clubs, parties and festivals over the past year.

With the music that Annie champions being more ubiquitous than ever, never has an AMP compilation felt more reflective of the popular music zeitgeist. Featuring Disclosure, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Katy B, Skepta, Christine and the Queens, Jorja Smith (to name a few), the tracklisting encompasses both upcoming and established artists, of varying genres, from over ten different countries. Boasting everything from Scandinavian House through US Hip Hop to UK Grime, AMP 2016 demonstrates how, in the year of Brexit and the threat of Trumpaggedon, the dancefloor is breaking down more boundaries and proving more integrated than ever before.

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS 2016 TRACKLISTING

ONE
1. Protoje (feat. Chronixx) – Who Knows (SHY FX Remix)
2. Major Lazer (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG) – Light It Up (Remix)
3. AlunaGeorge (feat. Popcaan) – I’m In Control
4. Beyoncé – Formation (DJ Scooter Mixshow Edit)
5. Riton (feat. Kah-Lo) – Rinse & Repeat
6. Kideko & George Kwali – Crank It
7. Jax Jones (feat. Mike Dunn & MNEK) – House Work
8. Federico Scavo – Bug
9. Eats Everything – Big Discs
10. Lee Walker vs. DJ Deeon – Freak Like Me (Armand Van Helden Remix)
11. KDA (feat. Tinashe) – Just Say
12. Disclosure – BOSS
13. MK & Becky Hill – Piece Of Me
14. Gorgon City (feat. Vaults) – All Four Walls
15. Duke Dumont – Be Here
16. Disciples & David Guetta – No Worries
17. Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) – This Is What You Came For
18. offaiah – Trouble
19. Tourist – Run
20. Dusky – Ingrid Is A Hybrid
21. High Contrast – Remind Me

TWO
1. Flume (feat. Kai) – Never Be Like You
2. KAYTRANADA (feat. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink) – TOGETHER
3. Mura Masa – What If I Go?
4. Skepta (feat. D Double E & ASAP Nast) – Ladies Hit Squad
5. Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
6. Snakehips (feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper) – All My Friends
7. Francis And The Lights (feat. Bon Iver) – Friends
8. Christine And The Queens – Tilted
9. Kiiara – Gold
10. Katy B x KAYTRANADA – Honey
11. Anderson .Paak (feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise) – Room In Here
12. Jorja Smith (feat. Maverick Sabre) – A Prince
13. Sam Gellaitry – Rise/Set
14. ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me
15. James Blake (feat. Bon Iver) – I Need A Forest Fire
16. Lil Silva – Lines (George FitzGerald Remix)
17. Icarus (feat. AURORA) – Home (Lane 8 Remix)
18. Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze’s 12 inch Extended Disco Version)

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS ALL DAY RAVES
24th September 2016 Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
25th September 2016 Canal Mills & The Hangar, Leeds
1st October 2016 Tobacco Dock, London

Marcel Dettmann – Let’s Do It (Rolando Remix)

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The first new, exclusive track from Marcel Dettmann’s DJ-Kicks compilation is now available to stream in full ahead of the LP’s release; a remix of the producer’s 2006 classic ‘Let’s Do It’ from Ostgut Ton label mate Rolando.

Rolando’s remix is an ethereal, slow building affair, teasing in the characteristics of the original in an atmospheric intro. The original mix of ‘Let’s Do It’ was the first release on Dettmann’s own MDR label ten years ago. Rolando is an expert producer and remixer, his Ostgut Ton releases having previously been featured in Marcel’s sets, reinforcing the historic Berlin-Detroit axis. 

Dettmann’s DJ-Kicks mix also promises four more new original Dettmann remixes and edits, as well as two new collaborations alongside Wincent Kunth and Levon Vincent. Designed to be enjoyed by both the critics and more casual listeners, the mix is the latest in a long series of lifetime achievements over the course of Dettmann’s career – and with so many new unreleased original Marcel Dettmann productions included, this is a landmark release for the producer. “This mix is not the picture that other people take of me, it is the picture I’d take of myself.” 

Marcel Dettmann – DJ Kicks

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Marcel Dettmann has mixed the latest edition of the highly respected DJ-Kicks compilation series.

Whilst Dettmann is well-known for his incendiary sets at his residency at Berghain – the legendary Berlin techno mecca – his DJ-Kicks mix is crafted for listening, and displays a more reflective side of the DJ and producer. The mix explores a wide array of selections from various subgenres; ranging from a new vocal-led Stnuff Trax release, to rapping on Clarence G’s 1991 release ‘Cause I Said It Right’, recently reissued by Clone Records.

As Dettmann explains, this mix is a “lost and found story – I can draw from 25 years of collecting records, digging deep, revisiting, researching.” Whilst he has previously spoken out about the need to escape home production and using different studios, “when it came to the DJ-Kicks mix, I was sitting for weeks in my music room at home listening to records, sometimes together with the kids, editing, researching, playing games… it turned out as a good combination to be at home with the family whilst working on this music project. I was listening to a lot of music which is great, music that I hadn’t listened to for ages and certainly wouldn’t have played in a club set.” The result is a mix “that doesn’t conquer itself to trends.”

Over the course of the mix’s duration, Dettmann reveals multiple new original productions; most notably a collaboration with Levon Vincent, ‘Can You See’. The pair have collaborated before in the past, releasing ‘Vengeance’ on Levon’s own Novel Sound label towards the end of 2015 to critical acclaim. “Five years ago we sat in the studio and were just jamming, and started to work on some tracks… we met in Munich last year before playing together and suddenly he handed me over a test pressing of one of these tracks – I was surprised because he hadn’t said a single word about it to me before then. ‘Can You See’ was still in the drawer, so we started working on that track again, sending sound back and forth, and the result is what you can listen to now.” ‘Can You See’ sees the duo venture into darker territory; a stripped back, sub-bass laden affair, the quality of this production immediately stands out in the early stages of the mix.

Dettmann also collaborates with MDR affiliate Wincent Kunth on ’Possible Step’: “(Wincent) is a close friend of mine, we had loads of fun producing this track but we never released it. But now felt like the right time and I couldn’t think of any reasons not to show it to the public.” In addition to four brand new original Dettmann remixes and edits, there’s also an unreleased remix of Marcel’s ‘Let’s Do It’ from Ostgut Ton labelmate Rolando.

Having first entered the scene in early 90s Berlin, Dettmann was influenced by the Chicago, Detroit, Belgian and acid house sounds that institutions like Tresor and E-Werk were championing. His DIY, entrepreneurial approach – selling records from his own home, and playing at self-organised parties – quickly earned him recognition, and in 1999 Dettmann began to work as a resident DJ at Ostgut, Berghain’s predecessor. Shortly thereafter he received a job offer from Hard Wax. Since then, he’s founded his own record label MDR, released two albums on Ostgut Ton – as well as numerous EPs across both labels – and has mixed the respected fabric London and Berghain compilation series. As a DJ, he’s internationally in-demand, playing the best, tastemaking clubs and festivals across Asia, Europe and North and South America. Dettmann takes inspiration for this mix “out of my personal music history, which could be described with the terms Berlin, Berghain and Hard Wax. It’s music that has accompanied me for decades… it is not a mix of brand new tracks, it’s a mixture of of all the music that shaped me over the years and of all the things that still move me today, aesthetically and acoustically.”

Designed to be enjoyed by both the critics and more casual listeners, this mix is the latest in a long series of lifetime achievements over the course of Dettmann’s career – and with so many new unreleased original Marcel Dettmann productions included, this is a landmark release for the producer. “This mix is not the picture that other people take of me, it is the picture I’d take of myself.”

Released on October 14th on !K7 Records. Pre-order here.

Tracklist
01. Cybersonik – Technarchy (Marcel Dettmann Third Mix) ***
02. Orlando Voorn – At Last
03. Levon Vincent / Marcel Dettmann – Can You See (DJ-Kicks) ***DJ-KICKS EXCLUSIVE
04. Infiniti – Skyway (Marcel Dettmann Remix) ***
05. Mystic Bill – U Won’t C Me
06. Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – War Chant (Marcel Dettmann Edit) ***
07. Das Kombinat – Waschmaschine
08. Clarence G – Cause I Said It Right
09. Sandbenders – Defekt
10. Vex – Vex-1
11. Dan Curtin – Paradise Lost
12. N.A.D – Everything Seems Different
13. Violence FM – Perspectives
14. Sterac – Intersphere
15. Nukubus – People Move On (Marcel Dettmann edit) ***
16. Push/Pull feat. Lady E and Niqué D – Africa
17. The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Nightmare Mix)
18. Wincent Kunth / Marcel Dettmann – Possible Step ***
19. Marcel Dettmann – Let’s Do It (Rolando Remix) ***
***PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED