From today a first selection of classic DJ-Kicks will be available to stream for the first time. Apple Music has endeavoured to build a system which can properly identify and directly compensate rights holders who have tracks in DJ Mixes. Additionally, Apple Music also embraces curators, recognising them as important musical cultural contributors and compensating them along with the rights holders of the music. For us at !K7 this means that many early of the early DJ-Kicks catalogue and the most complete collection of mixes will now be available to stream on Apple Music, with the rights holders, curators and supplier all being paid.
To mark the launch Apple Music have also put together a short film ‘Celebrating DJ-Kicks’ featuring Jayda G, Tiga and Carl Craig. Head to Apple Music for the full film and to listen to full mixes from: Tiga, Terranova, Playgroup, Nicolette, Booka Shade, Vikter Duplaix, Carl Craig, Stereo MC’s, Henrik Schwarz, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Annie, The Glimmers, Chicken Lips. Having a space online for our archive to exist is something we have been contending with since the dawn of the web, one place for fans to engage with our collection of mixes by some of the most important artists in electronic music.