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Friday, May 17 2013 | 00:30
Image: 1579679 Sometimes you have to look backwards to move forwards. In the case of Maceo Plex’s DJ Kicks mix, it’s case of looking back with a different perspective. While Maceo Plex’s mix is composed mainly of records that are up to 20 years old, it’s the tone of those records that is important.
Eric Estornel, to use Plex’s real name, has certainly come up with a forward-thing set that doesn’t sound like much else out there.

“The whole mix is very dark,” agrees Estornel. “But it’s very varied as well. It’s really boring to stay one style. If you’re a lover of music, you don’t love one style. I think it’s important to travel through different styles.” The end result is an education, a lesson in how electronic music for the dancefloor is done with intelligence.

Crucially, Estornel has re-edited nearly every track on the mix. “Most of the tracks are really old, so they needed freshening up,” he says. “A lot of them were missing percussion, or some other element I thought they could use.” I went through my own stuff and previous DJ Kicks mixes. Y’know, research. I think it is the most important mix series so I wanted to make sure it was music that I really loved and I want to hear in five or ten years time.
But isn’t it a bit of a contradiction, trying to bump electronic music out of a retro rut by looking to a different set of old records. Estornel reasons it thus: “A lot of the music on there is old, but basically has the sounds and the type of vibe that I think is missing these days. I went through a lot of new music. I didn’t want to select anything that everyone is playing at the moment and I definitely didn’t want to select anything that was already out on digital. The whole mix is comprised of vinyl only and is not going to be out on digital other than the DJ Kicks mix. To do that I had to go through a lot of new music and a lot of old music, and there wasn’t much new music that I really loved.
In time-honoured tradition, the mix contains a massive 10! exclusive tracks, the lead kicks track bing Galactic Cinema, a muscular and suitably off-world house chug. “I’m kind of known for a couple of big disco records and some really deep bassline house tracks, but that track much darker, but still pretty sexy and soulful. The whole thing is dark and futuristic.”

“This mix is kind of my legacy, or, at least, part of it,” says Estornel, by way of a parting thought. “In ten or twenty years I’m going to want to go back and listen to this mix and I hope it’s still fresh.”
Who knows. It sounds pretty timeless right now, though.


- Voted 4th in Resident Advisors 2012 DJ awards
- 10 Exclusive tracks!
- Crosstown [Rebels]." Damian Lazarus' imprint released his debut album, Life Index, to rave reviews in 2011.
- Live Boiler Room set confirmed for 7th March 2013
- 120k Facebook fans / 27k twitter followers
- Worldwide Publicty & Marketing (Major online & print publicity campaign targeting high profile taste making destinations handled in the UK & rest of world by Neil Bainbridge of Kish Communications & Alastair at Infamous PR in the US with online support from Stephen Bolles (!K7)

Tracklisting

LP

01. Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Remix)
02. Maceo Plex & Mark O'Sullivan / When It All Comes To This
03. Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit)
04. Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix)
05. Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit)
06. Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks)
07. Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Treatment)
08. Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creep (Maceo Plex Fusion Edit)
09. S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit)
10. Maceo Plex / Mind On Fire

CD

01. Monsters From ID / Spatial Lobe
02. Voice Stealer / Evaluation
03. Stingray313 / Defect
04. Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Remix)
05. TV Baby / New York Is Alright (Blakspun Minimal Dub)
06. Maceo Plex & Mark O'Sullivan / When It All Comes To This
07. Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit)
08. Kimbu Kimra / Raise The Dead (Love From San Francisco Dub)
09. Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix)
10. Eric Volta / Rez-Shifter (Maceo Plex Remix)
11. Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit)
12. Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks)
13. Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Treatment)
14. Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creep (Maetrik Fusion Edit)
15. Jaydee / Payback (Maceo Plex Remix)
16. S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit)
17. Turner / Multiorgel (Schneider TM Mix)
18. Maceo Plex / Mind On Fire

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