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DJ-Kicks: Laurel Halo
Laurel Halo
!K7 Records
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March 22, 2019

The 68th edition of the DJ-kicks mix series is another landmark one, with experimental producer Laurel Halo taking the reins. The American’s adventurous 29-track trip features seven exclusives, including two of her own plus those from Rrose, Machinewoman, FIT Siegel, Nick León and Ikonika.

An electronic outlier, Halo hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but has been based in Berlin for a number of years. Landing on labels like Hyperdub, Honest Jon’s and Latency, Halo has released a body of work ranging in style, yet cohered by production and compositional tendencies that sound distinctly her own. Her studio work tends to be a multi-layered mix of the electronic and the acoustic, the organic and the synthetic. As a DJ, meanwhile, she lays down more floor-focussed mixes of techno, bass and worldly drum rhythms, and her live sets are similarly visceral and direct.

Halo’s DJ-kicks packs a lot in to just 60 minutes. It kicks off with the first of two of her own exclusives, ‘Public Art’, a tactile piano loop that sets the melodic tone of the mix in focus. Crunchy drums soon take over and begin what is a blistering ride through electro, trippy minimalism and textures that range from icy and dubby to steel plated and sharp from the likes of Red Axes, Parris and an exclusive from Rrose.

Another exclusive, rough and ready techno cut from Machinewoman follows, before the mid section twists and turns on surging drum patterns, frantic industrial textures and spaced out gqom sounds from the likes of Griffit Vigo, Dario Zenker and Final Cut. This is a mix forever on the move: one minute its tightly coiled and kinetic, the next it’s loose and joyful before switching into more cerebral and insular passages that keep you intrigued. Fusing together so many disparate sounds and textures is no mean feat, but like everything Halo does, here they all add up to something as thrilling and edgy as it is unpredictable and compelling.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Public Art Laurel Halo 2:35 Buy

    Public Art

  2. 2 Always Hate Stallone The Reducer 4:48 Buy

    Always Hate

  3. 3 5 Min Red Axes feat. C.A.R. 4:22 Buy

    5 Min

  4. 4 Puro Rosaceaes Parris 6:01 Buy

    Puro Rosaceaes

  5. 5 Cricoid Pressure Rrose 8:15 Buy

    Cricoid Pressure

  6. 6 Just Made Some Jazz Music Machine Woman 7:10 Buy

    Just Made Some Jazz Music

  7. 7 Ana WCC 4:16 Buy


  8. 8 Penny Rut FIT Siegel 5:17 Buy

    Penny Rut

  9. 9 Plastic PQ Yamaoka 4:35 Buy

    Plastic PQ

  10. 10 Canto Siete Catorce 5:14 Buy


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Track List: LP

A1 Laurel Halo – Public Art
A2 Parris (2) – Puro Rosacease
A3 Rrose – Cricoid Pressure

B1 Machine Woman – Just Made Jazz Music
B2 FIT Siegel – Penny Rut
B3 Siete Catorce – Canto

C1 Ikonika – Bodied (OG Mix)
C2 Panda Lassow – Lachowa
C3 Nick León – Pelican Dub

D1 Stefan Ringer (2) – Lust
D2 Laurel Halo – Sweetie (DJ-Kicks)
D3 group A (2) – Ketabali

Track List: CD

  1. Laurel Halo – Public Art
  2. Stallone The Reducer – Always Hate
  3. Red Axes Feat. C.A.R. – 5 Min
  4. Parris – Puro Rosaceases
  5. Rrose – Cricoid Prure
  6. Machine Woman – Just Made Some Jazz Music
  7. WCC – Ana
  8. FIT Siegel – Pennyrut
  9. Yamaoka – Plastic PQ
  10. Siete Catorce – Canto
  11. Facta – Poliwhirl
  12. Laurel Halo & Hodge – The Light Within You
  13. Ikonika – Bodied (OG Mix)
  14. Griffit Vigo – A.C.I.D. (Electronic Gqom Mix)
  15. Panda Lassow – Lachowa
  16. Dario Zenker – Koraimer Bro
  17. Final Cut – Temptation
  18. Aos – Violent Light
  19. Geoffrey Landers – rian's Having A Party
  20. Via Maris – Side Effects
  21. Laurel Halo – Oneiroi
  22. Nick León – Pelican Dub
  23. Stefan Ringer – Lust
    24 Kirk The Flirt – Loser 25 Laurel Halo – Sweetie (DJ-Kicks) 26 Blake Baxter – Funky World (Blake Baxter Remix)
    27 Kiki Kudo – Freakey Ke Ke 28 group A – Ketabali 29 The Whitefield Brothers*– Ntu
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