!K7

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K7 records was started in 1996. Founded in parallel to the already succesfull “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 their own releases they also started a label cooperation with G-Stone Recordings, the label of Kruder & Dorfmeister, which became a very fruitful partnership. Teamed up 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 regardings artists Smith & Mighty, Ian Simmonds, A Guy Called Gerald, Herbert feat. Dani Siciliano and Rae & Christian. German producers like Shantel, Funkstörung and Terranova were also engaged, and have now advanced into the international league of electronic musicians. In the new millenium, promising new artists like Swayzak, Earl Zinger, Spacek, Mike Ladd and Ghost Cauldron have signed at !K7 and extended their list of top-shelf artists.

In the meantime, the DJ-Kicks series, with mix CDs by Kruder & Dorfmeister, Kid Loco, Rockers Hi-Fi, Nightmares On Wax, Thievery Corporation, Playgroup and Tiga advanced to become the “most important DJ mix series ever” (Mixmag). And !K7 Records has grown into a high profile label with offices in Berlin, London and New York.

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