First to take the reins of the DJ-Kicks mix series in 2019 is the ever evolving UK artist, Leon Vynehall. His 26-track mix features new material of his own, as well as exclusives by Hessle Audio and Timedance affiliate, Ploy, rising newcomer Peach, and Pavilion, plus a number of gems that will be available digitally for the first time ever.
In a short space of time, Leon Vynehall has established himself as a DJ and producer with real craft. He brings a much wider than usual array of skills and influences to electronic music, and is always as likely to talk about minimalism, post-punk, or hip-hop as he is house and techno. This comprehensive approach to was confirmed by his spellbinding debut album Nothing Is Still on Ninja Tune in June 2018. An imagined soundtrack to his grandparents' emigration from the UK to New York throughout the 1960s, it told a distinctive story that unfolded into a resonant narrative; a richly layered affair filled with curveballs and a wealth of adventurous ideas that Vynehall pulled off with confidence and style. It’s the same story with his DJs sets, and particularly this DJ-Kicks mix, which goes from 79-169bpm in fluid fashion. Always interesting and distinctly diverse both in genre and tempo, the mix works in a range of settings, as was the artist’s aim.
“I wanted to approach this more like a compilation than a stand-alone ‘mix,’” he says. “To me, compiling a DJ-Kicks is a significant statement of intent and representation, so with that in mind, I thought more about the selection than the mix. Being given the responsibility to select work from artists I admire, some of which have only ever been released on their first vinyl presses many years ago, was a task I didn’t take lightly.”
1. Leon Vynehall - Who Loved Before
2. Kemikal - Genie
3. Tomaga - Giant Bitmap
4. De Fabriek - Loopy
5. Haruomi Hosono - Rose & Beast (薔薇と野獣)
6. dgoHn - Force To
7. The Bygraves - Set Me Free
8. Degrees Of Freedom - August Is An Angel
9. Ellen Fullman - Over And Under
10. Bourbonese Qualk - Moving Forward
11. Shamos - Nuws
12. Genesis P. Orridge & Dave Ball - Sex & The Married Frog
13. Run Dust - Full Slice
14. DJ Zozi - Mellow Vibe
15. RAC - Fushigi
16. Primitive - Lapis Lazuli B2
17. Crinan - Kilimanjaro 18 Ploy - Pressure
19. Leon Vynehall - Ducee’s Drawbar (DJ-Kicks)
20. Pavilion - Happy Track
21. Peach - Faxing Jupiter
22. Etch - Unsung Hero Of Irrelevance
23. Mirage - Deep Rage
24. AFX - Children Talking
25. Jana Rush - Divine
26. Robert Haigh - Music For Pianoixxman - Protocol
A1. Leon Vynehall - Who Loved Before
A2. Leon Vynehall - Ducee’s Drawbar (DJ-Kicks)
B1. Ploy - Pressure
B2. Peach - Faxing Jupiter
C1. Pavilion - Happy Track
C2. Crinan - Kilimanjaro
D1. AFX - Children Talking
D2. Primitive - Lapis Lazuli B2
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