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DJ-Kicks: Matthew Dear
Matthew Dear
!K7 Records
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Release Date
January 27, 2017

A man of many musical hats, Texas born, Detroit raised Dear has a wide reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion. Often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with his own stylised vocals at the centre.

“There are snippets of friends and family strewn throughout the mix. A lot of the vocal interludes you hear are from a portable recorder I've carried with me over the years.”

As co-founder of both Ghostly International and Spectral Sound, Dear has also been responsible for some of the underground scene’s most exciting new music, plenty of which appears here. Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed and always evolving career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special. Included along the way are three brand new and exclusive cuts from Dear himself, one under his own name and two as Audion. They are typically weird and intriguing cuts that tie the whole unhinged and freaky mix together. Also helping to add to the left-of-centre afterparty vibe are inclusions by artists as diverse as Thatmanmonkz and Matrixxmann, ItaloJohnson and Pearson Sound, Randomer and Simian Mobile Disco.

“I always have a lot of unreleased music laying around, those I included on here seemed to fit. A mix like this is always a good place to showcase my own productions, but I didn't want to oversaturate it with my own stuff.”

Wholly timeless yet totally of its time, this is the first new work from Dear in a while. Once again, though, it proves that he is a master of subversion; someone who can head down a brain frying techno warren then effortlessly onto raw machine grooves via left of centre synth ditties and kaleidoscopic house music. In his considered hands, they all make perfect sense.

“I wanted to create a mix that could be listened to anywhere, and reflect a little bit of everything that I play. Whether you're in your car, preparing to open the club, or having a bottle of wine with friends at home, this mix is for you.”

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Ode Nils Frahm 4:34
  2. 2 Wrong With Us (DJ-Kicks) Matthew Dear 5:12 Buy

    Wrong With Us (DJ-Kicks)

  3. 3 Ongaku (HVL Remix) Mahal 5:52 Buy

    Ongaku (HVL Remix)

  4. 4 Double Lune (Third Child Boomer) Monsieur Georget 7:04 Buy

    Double Lune (Third Child Boomer)

  5. 5 Silo Sol Kreon 9:42 Buy

    Silo Sol

  6. 6 Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Mix) Caserta 5:32 Buy

    Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Mix)

  7. 7 Lust For Sale (MGF Mix) Gwilym Gold & Doc Daneeka 7:57 Buy

    Lust For Sale (MGF Mix)

  8. 8 Nuutri Smoke 14:46 Buy


  9. 9 Bread & Butter Decius 8:32 Buy

    Bread & Butter

  10. 10 ITJ10B1 ItaloJohnson 6:45
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Track List: LP

A1 Matthew Dear – Wrong With Us (Dj-Kicks)
A2 Kreon – Silo Sol
A3 Caserta – Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Remix)

B1 Gwilym Gold X Doc Daneeka – Lust For Sale (MGF Mix)
B2 Smoke (52) – Nuutri

C1 Italojohnson – ITJ10B1
C2 Groovesh – Glowing

D1 Dudley Strangeways – Hallam
D2 Gary Sloan & Clone (11) – Harmonitalk (Alex & Digby Edit)
D3 DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Kumu

Track List: CD

1 Nils Frahm – Ode 2 Matthew Dear – Wrong With Us (Dj-Kicks) 3 Mahal – Ongaku (HVL Remix)
4 Monsieur Georget – Double Lune (Third_Child Boomer Mix)
5 Kreon – Silo Sol 6 Casert – Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Mix)
7 Gwilym Gold X Doc Daneeka – Lust For Sale (MGF Mix)
8 Smoke – Nuutri
9 Decius – Bread & Butter 10 ItaloJohnson – ITJ10B1 11 Vin Sol – Instinct [Matrixxman Remix]
12 Groovesh – Glowing 13 Duff Disco – Feed The Horse 14 Dudley Strangeways – Hallam 15 Alex & Digby – Angolan Rumble
16 Gary Sloan & Clone – Harmonitalk [Alex & Digby Edit]
17 Randomer – Rendell Pips 18 Markus Enochson – Hot Juice Box 19 Simian Mobile Disco – Staring At All This Handle
20 Pearson Sound – XLB 21 Soulphiction – Sky So High
22 Audion – Live Breakdown 23 Audion – Starfucker 24 Audion – Brines 25 DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Kumu

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