DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next installment in its long running and landmark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint. The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks.
DJ Tennis is Manfredi Romano, a lifelong music fanatic who started out managing punk bands, progressed to putting on leftfield events, set up one of the most important Italian rock and electronic booking agencies, then started the Life And Death label. Since then Life and Death has launched acts like Tale of Us, Mind against and Vaal. Tennis’s own recorded output is selective and stylish, often featuring real melodies and a musicality that can be lacking in dance music. That knack for the musical and emotive side of things characterises both cerebral mixes he has put together here.
The mix includes brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink called ‘Certain Angels’, plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes. All in all it’s a thoughtfully composed mix that’s subversive yet seductive in equal measure.
ALVA NOTO + RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
POLE (DJ TENNIS TECHNOID VERSION)
Key My Brain
CARIBOU (FOUR TET REMIX FEAT LUKE LALONDE, ADEM & ONE LITTLE PLANE)
Go! Said The Bird
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER (TENNIS VERSION)
I Love Ya
KENNY DIXON JR
RHYTHM & SOUND
Perché Non Vuoi Ballare?
Let Me Be Me
THE OTHER PEOPLE PLACE
ROBY J (LOM EXTENDED VERSION)
MARIBOU STATE FEAT. PEDESTRAIN (AXEL BOMAN REMIX)
Certain Angles (DJ-Kicks)
DJ TENNIS FEAT. FINK