Since 1995, the !K7 label has been commissioning DJs and producers to produce mix CDs for the home listening audience. For an added twist, the label additionally asks each artist to include a self-production, giving fans every reason to check out some of their favorites 'favorites. DJ-KICKS: The Exclusives collects many of these productions, pitting things like Tiga's uptempo cover of "Hot in Herre" vs. "Black Baby," the mid-'90s trip-hop/illbient Kruder & Dorfmeister workout. It's an eclectic release, to say the least, but of a uniformly high quality — proving that even when they're not making music for their own full-lengths, Carl Craig, Annie, Vikter Duplaix and others rarely let the quality control slip.
By Ben Beaumont-Thomas on 03.12.13 in Reviews
Classical music and club culture aren't easy bedfellows, which is one reason why Brandt Brauer Frick are such an intriguing proposition. The Berlin trio plays minimalist techno on classical instruments: Their 2011 album...
By Michaelangelo Matos on 03.06.12 in Reviews
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By Lee Smith on 10.25.11 in Reviews
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By Peter Shapiro on 07.06.11 in Reviews
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