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DJ-Kicks is Laurel Halo's first commercially available mix, but it follows a decade's worth of podcast mixes for various music websites, as well as a background in college radio. Like her music, Halo's mixes incorporate styles from throughout the history of dance music, often leaning toward Detroit techno/electro and U.K. bass culture, but she's also likely to venture into musique concrete and contemporary composition. Halo's DJ-Kicks has a few abstract moments, but it's mainly a steady, headstrong mix, running through nearly 30 tracks in an hour. While never sticking to one sound for long, the mix frequently returns to electro-techno, sometimes of the EBM/industrial persuasion. A track from early, Jeff Mills-era Final Cut surfaces, as well as other Detroit producers such as Stallone the Reducer and FIT Siegel. Halo unearths a lot of gems here, from the trippy, fractured bass music of Siete Catorce to hypnotic, 8-bit-spiked gqom of South African producer Griffit Vigo. The tough, storming electro of Ikonika's exclusive "Bodied (OG Mix)" is another standout. Halo includes several tracks from throughout her own catalog, ranging from the IDM abrasion of "Oneiroi" (off 2013's Chance of Rain) to the swift, assuring "The Light Within You" from her 2018 collaboration with Hodge. "Sweetie," a track Halo composed specially for this mix, surprisingly ends up being one of the most straightforward, stripped-down club tracks she's ever made. The mix never seems to have a specific direction in mind; what's more important is the fact that the energy is kept up throughout, as well as the level of anticipation.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2019
Label: K7
UPC: 0730003737527
catalogNumber: 375
Rank: 158592


  1. Public Art
  2. Always Hate
  3. 5 Min
  4. Puro Rosaceaes
  5. Cricoid Pressure
  6. Just Made Some Jazz Music
  7. Ana
  8. Penny Rut
  9. Plastic PQ
  10. Canto
  11. Poliwhirl
  12. The Light Within You
  13. Bodied
  14. A.C.I.D.
  15. Lachowa
  16. Koraimer Bro
  17. Temptation
  18. Violent Light
  19. Brian’s Having a Party
  20. Side Effects
  21. Oneiroi
  22. Pelican Dub
  23. Lust
  24. Loser
  25. Sweetie
  26. Funky World
  27. Freakey Ke Ke
  28. Ketabali
  29. Ntu

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laurel Halo   Primary Artist
C.A.R.   Vocals

Technical Credits

Blake Baxter   Composer,Producer
Jeff Mills   Composer,Producer
Anthony Srock   Composer,Producer
Max Weissenfeldt   Composer,Producer
Aaron Siegel   Composer,Producer
Kenichi Oka   Composer,Producer
Seth Horvitz   Composer,Producer
Samuel Consiglio   Composer,Producer
Jan Weissenfeldt   Composer,Producer
Dario Zenker   Composer,Producer
Niv Arzi   Composer
Dori Sadovnik   Composer
Daniel Fischer   Composer,Producer
C.A.R.   Composer
Stefan Ringer   Composer,Producer
Jake Martin   Composer,Producer
Laurel Halo   Composer,Producer
Sara Chen   Composer,Producer
Geoffrey Landers   Composer,Producer
Parris   Composer,Producer
Machine Woman   Composer,Producer
group A   Composer
Nick León   Composer,Producer
Panda Lassow   Composer
Tomomi Kudo   Composer
Oscar Hanson   Composer,Producer
Marco Polo Guiterez   Composer
Kayla Waldorf   Composer
Griffith Radebe Khulekani   Composer,Producer
Brady Burke   Composer,Producer
Yannick Schutte   Composer,Producer

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