Danish musicmaker Kölsch, whose debut album 1977 came out last year, has been selected to weave together a mix for the Balance Series, which is kind of a big deal, world renowned even, having on its back catalogue mixes from the likes of Guy J and Danny Howells.

Balance are a, hmm, musical entity I guess. They're a label, distribution and marketing company too, also servicing Australia for EMI/Universal releases.

But it's not the first mix Kölsch has done this year, he's also crafted a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, as well as one for i-D Magazine's Music To… series. He's in high demand, yo.

His Balance Presents mix includes John Talabot, Caribou, Radiohead, amongst others, plus two exclusives from Kölsch himself, a remix of Coldplay's 'A Sky Full Of Stars' and an original track called 'Punchbuggy'. Speaking about the mix, Kölsch said, "It took me a while to find the perfect tracks for the mix, as I was looking for the perfect balance of very musical records with vocals, and the more energetic tracks. I’m very happy with the outcome." He added: "I tested out the mix a few times, and for me the best way to listen to it is while traveling. In the plane or car, it really makes sense."

BUT I'M SITTING DOWN. I'm missing out on the kinetic energy of this one. Yes, it is energetic – there is as much iridescence in melody as there are sludgy sinkholes of bass. It's out 28th November (Australia; it's 1st Dec for UK/EU/Asia, and 9th Dec for North America). You can get it on Amazon. But for now, here's a nice preview.

Discovery: This too melodic for you? Then check out the rich, icy techno of 'Konter' by Recondite.

  • Tracklist:
  • 1. Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Journey Of The Dragons
  • 2. Pional – It’s All Over (John Talabot’s Stripped Remix)
  • 3. Danny Daze – Freeze (Frozen mix)
  • 4. Patrice Bäumel – Mile High Gang
  • 5. Henrik Schwarz – Lockstep
  • 6. Minilogue – Endlessness
  • 7. Radiohead – Videotape
  • 8. Dhumen – No More
  • 9. Kölsch – Punchbuggy [Exclusive]
  • 10. Adrian Hour – Chordgresion
  • 11. Odd Parents – Learn To Fly (Maceo Plex Flight Home Remix)
  • 12. Stephan Hinz & Phillipp Ruhmhardt – Panther
  • 13. Kölsch feat Waa Industry – Papageno
  • 14. Kenny Larkin – Plankton
  • 15. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)
  • 16. Karl Friedrich – Bodies
  • 17. John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Stuck In My Mind (Soukervalli Remix)
  • 18. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (Kölsch Remix) [Exclusive]
  • 19. Audion feat. Troels Abrahamsen – Dem Howl (Joris Voorn Mix)