DJ Kicks has been Berlin label K7!’s long-enduring (and endearing) compilation of guest mixes spanning back to its inaugural offering back in 1995. On that occasion, Belgian producer C.J Bolland brought together a collection of artists from a soon-to-peak electronica genre.
Throughout the 25 years since that release, DJ Kicks has had curators across the board, from Nightmares on Wax, Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Four Tet to contemporary producers Mount Kimbie, Forest Swords and Dam-Funk.
They also had Stereo MC’s, just for trivia’s sakes.
Someone who has been around almost as long as the compilation itself finally gets to curate their mix this year, as the “funky timelord”, as K7 regard him, Mr Scruff, releases his DJ Kicks on March 27th.
Promising to bring together some of the best analogue and digital musicians from across the world, Mr Scruff’s mix includes Zongamin, Equiknoxx, Tony Allen alongside staples of the DJ’s set – Dobie and Erorrsmith.
Mr Scruff will be touring throughout this month through to November, picking up performances as varied as an in-store at Manchester’s Picadilly Records and festivals slots across Europe.
20th March – Southport Weekender, Bognor Regis, UK
Late March – Piccadilly Records (In-Store), Manchester, UK
4th April – Badaboum, Paris, France
11th April – BMX Warehouse, Pembroke, Malta
12th April – Liverpool Disco Festival, UK
30th April – Auditorium Fausto Melotti, Rovereto, Italy
1st May – Palazzona Di Maggio, Ozzano dell’Emilia, Italy
2nd May – Bagni Miramare, Albenga, Italy
9th May – Nitsa, Barcelona, Spain
22nd May – TBA, Lyon, France
5th June – E1, London UK
6th June – Band on the Wall, Manchester UK
12th June – Drift Festival, Netherlands
27th June – Jazz:Re:Found Festival, Italy
18th July – Llangollen Fringe Festival, UK
19th July – The Beat-Herder Festival, UK
20th July – TBA, Ghent, Belgium
24th July – SuncéBeat, Croatia
21st August – We Out Here Festival, UK
29th August – Moovin Festival, UK
30th August – Maiden Voyage Festival, UK
11th September – Bird, Rotterdam Netherlands
12th September – Into the Woods Festival, Netherlands