Moodymann DJ-Kicks

Out 19 February 2016

Following a year that saw the 50th entry in the long-running series released to wide acclaim, DJ-Kicks returns in 2016 another landmark edition. Iconic Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann is at the helm for his first ever multi-artist DJ mix compilation. Born Kenny Dixon Jr., Moodymann is a one-of-a-kind electronic music icon, hailing from, and wholly synonymous with the Motor City. He is an outspoken, impossibly charismatic artist who has been putting a distinctive and soulful stamp on house and techno since the early 90s. Melting together jazz, funk, soul, blues and rock in captivating ways, he is responsible for some of electronic music's most definitive tracks, EPs and LPs on labels like Planet E, Peacefrog and his own KDJ and Mahogani Music imprints. As able to serve up the sweetest and most sensual sounds as he is the darkest and most depraved grooves, his own unique voice and stream of conscious musings infuse expertly sought-out samples for music that is decisively alive and authentic.

Moodymann's DJ sets are the stuff of legend. Often playing with his face hidden, Dixon eschews ubiquitous hits in favor of bringing the listener into his personal musical environment. He is not afraid to get on the mic, to speak his mind and to go against the grain. His unpredictable, esoteric sets are invariably treasure troves full of musical gems: some familiar, some unheard, and consistently surprising. And that's what makes him such a perfect fit with DJ-Kicks, a series that invites contributors to indulge their inner most passions for an intimate listening experience.

Across 75 minutes and 30 tracks, Moodymann does not disappoint: despite being a notorious vinyl fetishist, Dixon's aim is to present music of quality, not to one-up fellow collectors. Rather than serving up ridiculously rare or hard-to-find records, he instead focuses on creating a libidinous, blues-drenched mood that takes in heart-breaking soul, gorgeous hip-hop and love-fuelled house. In addition to cuts from his own creative circle, the mix features 11 exclusive Moodymann edits. Like everything Kenny Dixon Jr. touches, DJ-Kicks showcases the taste, skill, and soul of a dance music original.

CD mix:

  • 01. Yaw - Where Will You Be
  • 02. Cody ChesnuTT - Serve This Royalty
  • 03. Dopehead - Guttah Guttah
  • 04. Jitwam - Keepyourbusinesstoyourself
  • 05. Talc - Robot's Return (Modern Sleepover Part 2)**
  • 06. Beady Belle - When My Anger Starts To Cry**
  • 07. Shawn Lee feat. Nino Moschella - Kiss The Sky
  • 08. Jai Paul - BTSTU**
  • 09. Flying Lotus feat. Andreya Triana - Tea Leaf Dancers**
  • 10. Nightmares On Wax - Les Nuits
  • 11. Rich Medina feat. Sy Smith - Can't Hold Back (Platinum Pied Pipers Remix)
  • 12. Julien Dyne feat. Mara TK - Stained Glass Fresh Frozen
  • 13. Little Dragon - Come Home
  • 14. Andrés feat. Lady - El Ritmo De Mi Gente
  • 15. Fort Knox Five feat. Mustafa Akbar - Uptown Tricks (Rodney Hunter Remix)
  • 16. Daniel Bortz - Cuz You're The One**
  • 17. José González - Remain
  • 18. Big Muff - My Funny Valentine
  • 19. Les Sins - Grind**
  • 20. Tirogo - Disco Maniac
  • 21. SLF & Merkin - Tag Team Triangle**
  • 22. Joeski feat. Jesánte - How Do I Go On**
  • 23. Kings Of Tomorrow feat. April - Fall For You (Sandy Rivera's Classic Mix)**
  • 24. Soulful Session, Lynn Lockamy - Hostile Takeover
  • 25. Anne Clark - Our Darkness
  • 26. Peter Digital Orchestra - Jeux De Langues**
  • 27. Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox)**
  • 28. Marcellus Pittman - 1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4)
  • 29. Lady Alma - It's House Music
  • 30. Daniela La Luz - Did You Ever

** = Moodymann edit

Vinyl:

  • A1 Yaw - Where Will You Be
  • A2 Flying Lotus feat. Andreya Triana - Tea Leaf Dancers**
  • A3 Les Sins - Grind**
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  • B1 Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox)**
  • B2 Julien Dyne feat. Mara TK - Stained Glass Fresh Frozen
  • B3 Jitwam - Keepyourbusinesstoyourself
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  • C1 Dopehead - Guttah Guttah
  • C2 Talc - Robot's Return (Modern Sleepover Part 2)**
  • C3 Peter Digital Orchestra - Jeux De Langues**
  • C4 Jai Paul - BTSTU**
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  • D1 Beady Belle - When My Anger Starts To Cry**
  • D2 Daniel Bortz - Cuz You're The One**
  • D3 Joeski feat. Jesánte - How Do I Go On**
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  • E1 Nightmares On Wax - Les Nuits
  • E2 SLF & Merkin - Tag Team Triangle**
  • E3 Lady Alma - It's House Music
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  • F1 Tirogo - Disco Maniac
  • F2 Kings Of Tomorrow feat. April - Fall For You (Sandy Rivera's Classic Mix)**
  • F3 Soulful Session, Lynn Lockamy - Hostile Takeover

** = Moodymann edit