Studio !K7 has tapped Juan Maclean to mix the next edition of DJ-Kicks, their long-running compilation series.
Though mostly known for his productions and live performances, Maclean has been a DJ on the side for years, and his new mix reveals a diverse collection of high-energy club records. Over the course of its seventy-two minutes, classic tracks like Rick Wilhite's "Get On Up!" rub elbows with recent disco cuts by Shit Robot, Still Going and 6th Borough Project, while European tech-house artists like Florian Meindl and Alex Niggemann rear their heads from time to time. The mix will also feature two new remixes of "Happy House"–trickily renamed "Feliz Casa"–and an exclusive track by The Juan Maclean called "Feel So Good," featuring frequent vocal collaborator Nancy Wang and the late Jerry Fuchs, who died tragically in an accident last November after years of drumming for Maclean and LCD Soundsystem.
The compilation was mixed live with two turntables, a couple of filters and a tape delay. Though happy with the end result, Maclean says recording DJ Kicks threw him into what he describes as an "existential tailspin." He explains:
So much about DJing has changed in the last 10 years. It seems that anyone at home can make their own mix, whether they're a proper DJ or not. Which begs the question, why bother putting them out at this point? So at the end of the day I just came back to where I had started, which was basically wanting to do something that was representative of where I'm coming from in producing my own music, and also focusing on the current house music scene.Tracklist
01. Juan MacLean - Feliz Casa (Ian Breno Dub)
02. Still Going - Spaghetti Circus
03. Andre Crom & Luca Doobie - Ebony
04. 6th Borough Project - Planets (The Revenge Lost Groove)
05. A+O - Take Me
06. Rick Wilhite - Get On Up!! (Theo Parrish's Late Dub)
07. Florian Meindl - Here Today Gone Tomorrow
08. Armando - Don't Take It (Thomos Edit)
09. Jee Day - Like a Child
10. Giom - I Know You Were Right
11. Alex Niggemann & Superlounge - Chip Chip
12. Manuel Sahagun - Pieces of Me
13. Sonny Foderra - Everybody Get on the Decks
14. Danny Howells - Laid Out (Fully Horizontal Mix)
15. Shit Robot - Simple Things (Todd Terje Version)
16. The Juan MacLean - Feel So Good (DJ-KiCKS)
17. Rick Wilhite - Get On Up!! (Theo Parrish's Late Dub)
18. Juan MacLean - Feliz Casa (Frankel's Rhodes Workout)
!K7 will release Juan MacLean's DJ-Kicks on April 27th, 2010.