Marcel Dettmann has mixed the latest edition of the DJ-Kicks series—and you can now stream the compilation ahead of its October 14 release.
While Dettmann is known for his sets at his residency at Berghain, his DJ-Kicks mix is crafted for listening, and displays a more reflective side of the DJ-producer. The mix explores a wide array of selections from various sub-genres; ranging from a new vocal-led Snuff Trax release, to rapping on Clarence G’s 1991 release "Cause I Said It Right," recently reissued by Clone Records.
As Dettmann explains, this mix is a “lost and found story—I can draw from 25 years of collecting records, digging deep, revisiting, researching.” While he has previously spoken out about the need to escape home production and using different studios, “when it came to the DJ-Kicks mix, I was sitting for weeks in my music room at home listening to records, sometimes together with the kids, editing, researching, playing games… it turned out as a good combination to be at home with the family whilst working on this music project. I was listening to a lot of music which is great, music that I hadn’t listened to for ages and certainly wouldn’t have played in a club set.” The result is a mix “that doesn’t conquer itself to trends.”
Over the course of the mix’s duration, Dettmann reveals multiple new original productions; most notably a collaboration with Levon Vincent "Can You See." The pair have collaborated before in the past, releasing"‘Vengeance" on Levon’s own Novel Sound label towards the end of 2015. The track sees the duo venture into darker territory; a stripped back, sub-bass laden affair, the quality of this production immediately stands out in the early stages of the mix.
Dettmann also collaborates with MDR affiliate Wincent Kunth on "Possible Step": “[Wincent] is a close friend of mine, we had loads of fun producing this track but we never released it. But now felt like the right time and I couldn’t think of any reasons not to show it to the public.”
In addition to four brand new original Dettmann remixes and edits, there’s also an unreleased remix of his "Let’s Do It" from Ostgut Ton label mate Rolando.
Ahead of it's October 14 release, you can stream Dettmann's mix here.