Forest Swords - DJ-Kicks (2xLP)

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!K7 are pleased to announce Forest Swords as the next curator of the ever essential DJ-Kicks series.

Following acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, soundtrack and installation work, and remixes of the likes of Bjork, Barnes has curated a 25-track compilation that draws a line between inspirations, and his current peers.

"My favourite nights when I was younger, there wasn't really a focus on etiquette; sticking to genres, perfect transitions – it was all pretty DIY, like having someone cook up their personal mixtape in front of you, just to share music between people," says Barnes. "John Peel's eclectic radio show made a huge impact on me growing up, so that kind of personal, instinctive approach to selecting tracks always felt more exciting than something that was sterile and seamless. I wanted to carry some of that spirit into this compilation."

Like much of his own output, Forest Swords' DJ-Kicks dances around pristine electronics to embrace more organic textures: 80s post punk (Anna Domino, Dead Can Dance), classic 90s British electronica (Orbital, Disjecta), and smokey digi-dub (Rhythm & Sound), all rub up alongside some of the most forward-facing producers working today (Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo) and avant garde explorers (David Toop, Kara-Lis Coverdale).

The compilation shifts through rhythms and emotions: from pop icon Neneh Cherry's primal thudding to the zombified throb of exclusive Forest Swords track "Crow." Drawing threads between decades, borders and genres, DJ-Kicks is a collection of tracks that feels as restlessly curious, and crucial, as Barnes' own work.

The London Bulgarian Choir - Pilentse Pee

Rhythm & Sound w/ Love Joy - Best Friend

Anna Domino - With the Day Comes the Dawn

Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

Forest Swords - Crow

Tokyo Prose & FIS - The Truths

Dead Can Dance - Mesmerism

Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameron - Eden Liquindi 2

David Toop - Things Just Went Sour Gradually All At Once

Kara-Lis Coverdale - Imgs /r

Lutto Lento - Gyal A Devil

Laurel Halo - Throw

Disjecta - Smokehead

Demdike Stare - Mnemosyne

Orbital - The Box (Part 1)

Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - VII

Vashti Bunyan - Here Before