DJ-Kicks (typeset DJ-KiCKS on all cover artwork) is a series of DJ mix albums, mixed by various artists for the independent record label !K7 Records.


DJ-Kicks started out in 1995 as a compilation of electronic DJ club-style mixes in the techno or house genres, with the then-novel twist of being targeted to a home listening audience. Soon afterwards, both the choice of compilers and the genres included were expanded: In addition to DJs, more and more producers (like Terranova), remixers (like Kruder & Dorfmeister), bands (like the Stereo MCs) and musicians (like Nicolette) compiled DJ-Kicks albums. The actual music began to vary wildly as well, ranging from Trüby Trio's downbeat jazz sound to Kemistry & Storm's aggressive drum and bass. Still, all contributions remain broadly within the electronic music genre.

The first DJ-Kicks release was C.J. Bolland's in 1995, and the series is still regularly expanded. As of October 2006, there are 28 releases in the series, with a release rate of roughly two to three new ones each year. Some of the DJ-Kicks mixes are very popular and counted among the regular albums of the compiler, most notably the one by Kruder & Dorfmeister. The DJ-Kicks series has been called "the most important DJ-mix series ever" by Mixmag. The 26th release was a special celebratory (and unmixed) "best of" compilation, DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives. It consisted of original tracks by the DJs who had mixed the earlier albums in the series.

DJ-Kicks releases

DJ-Kicks: C.J. Bolland

DJ-Kicks: Carl Craig

DJ-Kicks: Claude Young

DJ-Kicks: Kruder & Dorfmeister

DJ-Kicks: Stacey Pullen

DJ-Kicks: Nicolette

DJ-Kicks: The Black Album

DJ-Kicks: DJ Cam

DJ-Kicks: Terranova

DJ-Kicks: Smith & Mighty

DJ-Kicks: Andrea Parker

DJ-Kicks: Kemistry & Storm

DJ-Kicks: Thievery Corporation

DJ-Kicks: Kid Loco

DJ-Kicks: Stereo MCs

DJ-Kicks: Nightmares on Wax

DJ-Kicks: Trüby Trio

DJ-Kicks: Vikter Duplaix

DJ-Kicks: Playgroup

DJ-Kicks: Tiga

DJ-Kicks: Chicken Lips

DJ-Kicks: Erlend Øye

DJ-Kicks: Daddy G

DJ-Kicks: The Glimmers

DJ-Kicks: Annie

DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives

  • Artist: unmixed DJ-Kicks artist compilation
  • Released: 27 February, 2006
  • Catalogue Number: !K7200CD

DJ-Kicks: Four Tet

DJ-Kicks: Henrik Schwarz

DJ-Kicks: Hot Chip

  • Artist: Hot Chip
  • Released: 21 May, 2007
  • Catalogue Number: !K7213CD
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DJ-Kicks: Booka Shade

  • Artist: Booka Shade
  • Released: 22 October, 2007
  • Catalogue Number: !K7222CD
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DJ-Kicks: Burial

11 November, 2008 (US)

  • Catalogue Number: !K7227CD
  • Website:

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