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Saturday, Aug 05 2017 | 08:33
Image: 1564643 Motor City Drum Ensemble's DJ Kicks mix is the latest installation into the outstanding discography of Danilo Plessow, and is not to be missed. The addition of a selection of MCDE exclusive tracks, and the majority of tracks being rare pieces of music from Danilo's personal collection make this a mix of not only exceptional mixing capability.

Danilo was always incredibly young with things. He started producing at the age of eleven—“way too early” as he jokes—having his first release out just five years later: Inverse Cinematics’ “Slow Swing”, released on Pulver Records in 2002, and ended up finding its way into Ricardo Villalobos’ record bag as well as onto one of the first Fabric mix CDs. An album under the same name and a string of EPs followed. Dailo's latest releases, the Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Raw Cuts series in 2010, had the house music world responding strongly to the charmingly fresh and dirty sounding tracks, all mixed down in spontaneous two-hour sessions. Danilo has also released on top labels ranging from 20:20 Vision to Rush Hour as well as his own MCDE and Four Roses imprints, produced for Ben Westbeech and Rainer Trüby and never ceased to amaze with his challenging remix work for artists like Caribou, Jazzanova, DJ Sprinkles and Zero 7.

His understanding of how the parts of a track can work has never been more apparent than on his DJ-Kicks mix. In 10 years, playing 80+ gigs a year, including such temples as Berghain, Fabric London, Rex and MOS, he’s absorbed dance history through hard and disciplined work behind the decks. Look at the opening selections of his DJ-Kicks mix to get a glimpse of his amazing ability to fuse totally disparate sound aesthetics into a coherent whole.

With the next months holding an extensive tour schedule for Danilo, dancers around the world will be able to experience his gift as a selector first hand. That is, before he gets back into the studio to start working on his first album as Motor City Drum Ensemble as well as a live act. All this will prove, just as his DJ-Kicks is doing now, that there is no such thing as stagnation in the ever-evolving cosmos of Danilo Plessow!

A1. James Mason - Sweet Power, Your Embrace
A2. Electric Wire Hustle - Again (Scratch 22 Remix)
A3. Peven Everett - Stuck (Original)
B1. Creative Swing Alliance - Don't Forget Your Keyz
B2. Rick "poppa" Howard - Can Your Love Find It's Way (Club Vocal)
B3. Motor City Drum Ensemble - Basement L.o.v.e (Dj-Kicks)
C1. Arts & Crafts - I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
C2. Philippe Sarde - Le Cortège Et Course (Edit)
D1. Recloose - Cardiology (Isolée Remix)
D2. Sun Ra - Door To The Cosmos Available from 25.08.2017
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