Nina Kraviz’s ‘DJ Kicks’ Due In January

Nina Kraviz DJ Kicks

Globetrotting Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz has mixed an upcoming installment of K7’s longstanding DJ Kicks series. Due out January 26, 2015, Kraviz’s sprawling 29-track mix features a range of dance floor styles and cuts by Goldie, Armando, DJ Bone, Adam Beyer and Polygon Window. The mix includes various exclusives as well as unreleased tracks from Nina’s трип label.

Said Kraviz, “The mix contains lots of vocals. Words spoken in the most spooky and at times almost inaudible way. They come from nowhere and disappear into the music. This is like many of my own productions where I use vocals and verbal loops to achieve this trippy, going nowhere effect.”

She added, “At the very end of the mix you can hear my spoken words in Russian that take me back to the time when I had my own night radio show. From time to time I will pop up in the middle of the track to announce the artist or just share what’s on my mind. “Have you ever been to Reykjavik? I haven’t. But I would like to go there one day.”

Tracklisting for Nina Kraviz’s DJ Kicks

1. Egotrip – Dreamworld (Acapella)
2. Nina Kraviz – Mystery (DJ-Kicks)
3. Area – Broken Glass Everywhere
4. Prototype 909 – Atma
5. Goldie – Truth
6. Bjarki – Revolution
7. Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
8. Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
9. Population One – Bonus Beat
w/ Flatner / Ingram Project – Da Comin’ (Jay Denham RMX) Acapella
w/ Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide Acapella
10. Breaker 1 2 – In The Distance
11. Steve Stoll – Pop Song
12. Bradley Strider – Untitled
13. Stanislav Tolkachev – I Will Not Pee In The Pool
14. Armando – Pleasure Dome
15. Nina Kraviz – Prozimokompleme
16. Baby Ford – 24 HR
17. Fred P – Higher Mentalism (edit)
18. Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
19. Steve Stoll – Corona
20. Freak Electrique – Parsec
21. Population One – Out Of Control (Vocal Mix)
22. Exos & Octal – Grow
23. Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN – Complaints A
24. Plaid – Oi
25. DJ Bone – The Vibe
26. Adam Beyer pres Conceiled Project – Pattern 1
27. Polygon Window – Quino-Phec
28. Nikita Zabelin feat. dBridge – So Lonely
29. Rizhome – Corridor

!K7 Founder Reviews His 27 Favorite Label Releases Each in One Word

Dance imprint !K7 is currently taking a much deserved victory lap. Known for its trusted DJ-Kicks DJ mix series and steady stream of solid artist albums released since 1985, the label, which is headquartered in Berlin, is celebrating its 27th year with a limited 27!K7 Exclusives box set which includes all 27!K7 tracks on 10″ vinyl, two slip mats, limited print poster, USB loaded with all 41 DJ-Kicks releases. There’s also a microsite brimming with exclusive video interviews with artists who’ve worked with the label over the years.

With the indie label in retrospective mode at the moment, we asked !K7 label founder Horst Weidenmueller (pictured below) to select 27 of his favorite releases from his imprint’s vast catalog and offer only one adjective per entry. It wasn’t an easy task, but Weidenmueller rose to the occasion.

Horst Weidenmueller’s Top 27 !K7 Releases

1. Matthew Herbert, Bodily Functions: Human
2. Kruder & Dorfmeister, K&D Sessions: Iconic
3. Funkstörung, Appetite For Discstruction: Smashing
4. Carl Craig, Sessions: Definitive
5. Erelend Øye, DJ-Kicks: Creative
6. Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Mr. Machine: Brave
7. Kevin Saunderson, X-Mix: Masterful
8. Apparat, DJ-Kicks: Fluid
9. Quiet Village: Breezy
10. Daddy G, DJ Kicks: Effortless
11. Nightmares On Wax, DJ-Kicks: Funky
12. When Saints Go Machine, Konkylie: Gorgeous
13. Laurent Garnier, X-Mix: Flawless
14. Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ-Kicks: Adventurous
15. Stateless, Stateless: Swirling
16. Hot Chip, DJ-Kicks: Playful
17. Stereo MCs, DJ-Kicks: Old School
18. Henrik Schwarz, DJ-Kicks: Jazzy
19. Swayzak, Dirty Dancing: Deep
20. Four Tet, DJ-Kicks: Kaliedoscopic
21. Ursula Rucker, Ma’at Mama: Uncompromising
22. Playgroup, DJ-Kicks: Crafted
23. Einsturzende Neubauten, Live Recording: Bold
24. Photek, DJ-Kicks: Reflective
25. Mudhoney, Live In Berlin 1988: Full Circle
26. Bomb The Bass, Future Chaos: Lush
27. Tosca, Suzuki: Hypnotic

Below watch a video recap from 27th anniversary party in Berlin in September featuring performance footage of When Saints Go Machine, Hercules and Love Affair, Will Saul Artist Page and Brandt Brauer Frick.