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!K7 Records was started in 1996. Founded in parallel to the already successful “DJ-Kicks” mix compilation series, the label was launched to establish a long-term platform for artistic and musical innovation. Early releases from cutting edge producers like Nicolette, K-Hand, Nick Holder and Terrence Parker were released to critical acclaim. In addition to our own releases !K7 also started a label cooperation with G-Stone Recordings, the label of Peter Kruder & Richard Dorfmeister, which became a very fruitful partnership. Teamed up and co-branded with !K7, releases from Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tosca, and Peace Orchestra became some of the most highly regarded – and successful – electronic releases ever. Further signings included internationally recognized artists Smith & Mighty, Ian Simmonds, Ursula Rucker, A Guy Called Gerald, Herbert feat. Dani Siciliano, and Rae & Christian. In the new millennium, promising new artists like Swayzak, Earl Zinger, Spacek, Mike Ladd and Ghost Cauldron have signed at !K7 and extend our list of top-shelf artists.

In the meantime, the DJ-Kicks series, with mix CD’s by Kruder & Dorfmeister, Thievery Corporation, Kid Loco, Rockers Hi-Fi, Nightmares on Wax, Playgroup, and most recently Tiga, has advanced to become the “most important DJ Mix series ever” (Mixmag). Born out of the original X-Mix series, the !K7 label made its name for itself on an international level with the DJ-Kicks series as it was one of the first labels to introduce the DJ mix to the worldwide music market. Thus the label became known as one of the leading proponents of DJ Culture in mainstream pop culture and commerce. The next installment of the DJ-Kicks, mixed by the UK’s Chicken Lips, will be in-stores November 2003. who have been making quite a name for themselves on both the international production and DJ circuit. The addition of the Chicken Lips name to the illustrious !K7 DJ-Kicks artist roster further solidifies the DJ Kicks series’ reputation as a rite of breakthrough passage for international DJ talent on the brink of stardom.

For more information on !K7, check out http://www.k7.com
 
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