Forest Swords to curate the next DJ-Kicks mix, causing winter weather to persist for another month

Forest Swords to curate the next DJ-Kicks mix, causing winter weather to persist for another month
Forest Swords' DJ-Kicks cover art

The !K7 DJ-Kicks series has become one of the hallmark gauntlets of true fame in the eclectic electronic music world. It’s like the Oscars for people who buy all black wardrobes from Berlin, love the cold, and pay over $600 for a tattoo. Following mixes from masters like Actress, DJ Koze, Lone, Kerri Chandler, and so many more, the label announced this week that their next mix will be from resident spookyboy Forest Swords.

His mix will be available on vinyl, digital, and CD on May 18…even though it’s supposed to be warm and sunny by then. Right!?!? (Pssst. Hey !K7? I know it’s weird and snowy outside, but Halloween is still over 6 months away! It feels like a jinx to release new rainy-day music so far into Spring…Did the groundhog see his shadow or not???) And this mix will surely be a wintry one, with tracks from Kara-Lis Coverdale, Pantha Du Prince Laurel Halo, Demdike Stare, and more.

As is commonplace with the DJ-Kicks series, the mix from Forest Swords will feature some select previously-unheard tracks from the master of morbidity himself. If you happen to be someone who likes the cold, well, more power to you. I guess you can go ahead and preorder the new mix now. You also can get a frigid feel for “Crow,” one of those new originals, right now down below. Be careful though: I know that as soon as I hit play, a dark cloud blotted out the sun where I live. YMMV.

Forest Swords DJ-Kicks tracklisting:

01. David Toop - Things Just Went Sour Gradually All At Once
02. Forest Swords – Voice Memo of Outdoor Singing Group In Chinatown, Liverpool
03. Anna Homler & Steve Moshier - Ŏŏ Nu Dah
04. Kara-Lis Coverdale - Imgs /r
05. Dialect – Three Sisters Theme
06. Rhythm & Sound w/ Love Joy - Best Friend
07. Anna Domino - With the Day Comes the Dawn
08. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
09. Tokyo Prose & FIS - The Truths
10. Dead Can Dance - Mesmerism (Remastered)
11. Forest Swords – Crow (DJ-Kicks Exclusive)
12. Lutto Lento – Gyal A Devil
13. Disjecta - Smokehead
14. Skinnerbox – Gender (Axel Boman Remix)
15. Deena Abdelwahed - Walk On, Nothing To See Here
16. Pantha Du Prince - Welt Am Draht (Animal Collective Remix)
17. Mira Calix - Umchun​ga Locks
18. Laurel Halo – Throw
19. Demdike Stare - Mnemosyne
20. Djrum - Showreel pt.2
21. Orbital - The Box (Part 1)
22. Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - VII
23. The London Bulgarian Choir - Pilentse Pee
24. Vashti Bunyan – Here Before
25. Forest Swords – Voice Memo of Piston at Manchester Museum of Science & Industry
26. Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameron – Eden Liquindi 2
27. Ánde Somby - Gadni (Spirit of the Mountain)

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