Release Date: Feb 25, 2014
Record label: !K7
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Techno, Club/Dance, Experimental Techno
DJ-Kicks continues to push out the finest mixes from some of the most relevant artists and producers in the electronic music world, and the latest offering comes courtesy of German trio Brandt Brauer Frick. As is customary for a DJ-Kicks mix, an exclusive track from the artist behind the release made especially for the mix features, and for Brandt Brauer Frick it's the splashy 'Hugo' sitting between Jam City's 'How We Relate To The Body' and Machinedrum's 'Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real'. "I definitely think the mix shows a different side of us," says Paul Frick, one third of the trio.
According to the information dispersed by the !K7 label, Brandt Brauer Frick took a wholly purist approach when it came to assembling their addition to the DJ-Kicks series. The trio are known much more as musicians and producers than as DJs, yet they used only turntables and -- talk about going the extra distance for authenticity -- had eight exclusive selections pressed up as dubplates. Mixed during daytime at Berlin's Watergate club, though it's not revealed whether one member did the mixing or all three tag teamed, this DJ-Kicks plays out like a set from the staff of an ultra-hip record boutique.
The latest instalment in the legendary DJ-Kicks series comes from German techno trio Brandt Brauer Frick. The group's live performances have gone as far as incorporating a full orchestra and have become a beacon of slick house and techno since their formation in 2008. Their DJ-Kicks, however, is a little more nonchalant than what's usually on offer.
If anyone is still describing Brandt Brauer Frick as some classical version of Kraftwerk, it's time to stop. The German trio once dealt in austere minimalism, but on their DJ-Kicks mix, that sound has been jettisoned in favour of heavy, eclectic, acid-fried funk. Think: house and techno by way of Flying Lotus.Brandt Brauer Frick's DJ-Kicks shows the German trio rifling through 28 tracks like music nerds excitedly sharing new records with friends.
Compilations and DJ mixes are notoriously difficult to cover. When it comes down to writing the review, I can’t really discuss the music from a compositional point of view, since all of the featured artists deserve a special and separate write up. What I can talk about, however, is the curatorial aspect of the release, its flow, structure, and of course selection.