DJ Tennis – DJ-Kicks - 2017 Techno Downtempo Ambient 3LP
DJ Tennis – DJ-Kicks
Studio !K7 – K7338LP
DJ-Kicks – K7338LP
3 × Vinyl, 12", Compilation
14 Jul 2017
Ambient, House, Techno
A1 Traumprinz - Intrinity
A2 Loscil - Sickbay
B1 D'Arcangelo - N-Tower
B2 Basic Channel - Q-Loop
C1 Frank Bretschneider - Go! Said The Bird (Tennis Version)
Remix – DJ Tennis*
C2 The Other People - Place Let Me Be Me
D1 Bochum - Welt Le Nuit
D2 Kenny Dixon Jr. - Soul Sounds
E1 MBG - Jumpin Trip
E2 Monolake - Pio
F1 Pole - Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version)
Remix – DJ Tennis
F2 Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Aurora
Phonographic Copyright (p) – !K7 Music – K7338LP
Copyright (c) – !K7 Music – K7338LP
includes download Card for full DJ Tennis DJ-Kicks Mix
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Label Code: LC07306
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DJ Tennis - DJ-Kicks
"Man achieves his tallest measure of serenity when surrounded by beauty," industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss once said. It's as true for what we listen to as it is for what we see and touch. By that measure, Manfredi Romano's contribution to the long-running DJ-Kicks series is hugely successful. That's no surprise, as the artist, AKA DJ Tennis, is one of clubland's go-to guys when it comes to moody and meditative atmosphere. Though the Life And Death cofounder's selections may not rival a view of, say, the Grand Canyon or the Cézanne wing of your local art museum, DJ-Kickshas a hushed elegance that's innately alluring.
with pulsing rhythms occasionally punctuating the reverie. The evocative minimalism of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Aurora" delicately emerges from the crystalline grandeur of Bochum Welt's "La Nuit," while Bauri's appropriately named "Twinkle Stars" blinks its way into the glassy percolation of Rival Consoles' "Recovery." Melodies occasionally ooze towards new age sentimentality, but the patiently unfolding mix, heavy on selections from the more amiable ends of ambient and IDM, generally keeps any potential treacle factor in check.
But even with the near-constant presence of a 4/4 pulse, it would be a stretch to call it peak-time club music. Opening with the hypnotic tremble of Basic Channel's "Q-Loop," the session slowly winds its way through placid house and techno. Romano's own mix of Frank Bretschneider's "Go! Said The Bird" has the feel of a hazy twilight at summer's end. Robert Hood's "Escapes," from his 2002 album, Point Blank, is one of the Detroit artist's more muted tracks, with soft synths spiralling around syncopated chords and a jazzy Rhodes riff. Even the tougher tracks aren't exactly gut-punchers. The low-end throb of Red Axes' "Paratrooper," for example, has a hint of swagger, but its stuttered ululations and fine-cut filigree convey an aura of fragility.
Tracks stack atop each other in ways that feel natural, unforced. He can make connections that others might miss, , the loping, bittersweet electro pop of The Other People Place's "Let Me Be Me"