It's house and disco with a twist of yoga on Andy Butler's next mix CD.
As the main creative force behind one of the most widely loved and critically acclaimed disco groups in recent memory, Butler's career as a DJ is naturally overshadowed, but that doesn't mean it's an afterthought. Raised on New York's '90s club scene, he knows his house music, and is regularly tapped for DJ gigs around the world (including a New Year's Eve slot at Laboratory, the notorious sex club beneath Berghain in Berlin).
DJ-Kicks intersperses classic artists like DJ Duke and Victor Simonelli with contemporary ones like In Flagranti. There's also two exclusive tracks: one by Hercules & Love Affair track called "Release Me," which features vocals from LA DJ Whitney Fierce, and another by an act called Haze Factory, entitled "A Bit of Redemption."
In an interesting twist, Butler also chose to make yoga a common thread in the mix by overlaying vocal samples of his guru, Parahamansa Yogananda. "I wanted to include a spiritual aspect because nightclubs, as silly as they are in some ways, there is a religious experience to it for a lot of people, and that's the way it was for me when I was young. When I was listening to people like Francois Kevorkian he would literally take me to another place. I've had nights when I've danced for hours until I was a mess of sweat at Body & Soul and people would come up to me and ask, 'What are you on?' And I was like, 'I'm not on anything, I'm just having a spiritual moment.' So I wanted a bit of that in the mix."
01. Mankind - Don't Keep Me Waiting
02. Rhythm Mode:D - Can You Feel It (Reach To The Top)
03. Hercules And Love Affair - Release Me (DJ-Kicks)
04. Fax Yourself - Strut Your Techno Stuff
05. Klubb Kidz - Don't Want To Hurt You (Skool Flava Dub)
06. Solution - Feels So Right
07. DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Love Don't Come Easy (Power Dub)
08. Cloud 9 - Do You Want Me
09. Mark Imperial - The Acieed That Ate New York
10. Inflagranti - Magojiro
11. Haze Factory - A Bit of Redemption
12. Fierce Ruling Diva - Allemaal, Allemaal!
13. Jump Chico Slamm - Feel Free
14. Z.A.M. - Africa Freedom (Johannesburg Dub Mix)
!K7 will release Hercules And Love Affair - DJ-Kicks on October 29th, 2012.