By Seth Colter Walls
By Brett Koshkin
By Spencer Wilking
By Christina Black
By Calum Marsh
By J. Pablo
By Phillip Mlynar
By Jenna Sauers
With !K7, you're talking that rare realm of indie-label über-cool. Founded in post-techno 1996, the company first offered its DJ-Kicks collections spotlighting European beatmasters. By the time !K7 forged an association with Vienna's G-Stone, though, and snagged Kruder & Dorfmeisterwhose relaxed braininess and sexuality moor but don't define the label!K7 seemed a special prospect indeed. It resurrected the stylish musical seriousness of the '70s-'80s Franco-American Celluloid label, or the international wit of Michael Zilkha's also disappeared Ze.
Unlike the chatty Ze, however, !K7 can live without words. As demonstrated by !K7150, a delicious and deep two-disc compilation of !K7's past and future, marking the Berlin-based company's 150th release, this is soundhound country. From the English producer Herbert designing melodic angles to Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber's colorful yet rigorously composed dance-pop fancy Tosca to Rae & Christian performing with Bobby Womack, !K7 music romps around in the Egyptian-cotton vibe of vintage U.S. jazz and soul. For this aural persuasion, the edge courts the un-edge, the urban remembers the rural, and harshness is something other people tolerate. Buy !K7150 now and receive a third disc, a DVD that collects 14 addictive videos. More Antonioni than MTV, they all sound good, too.
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