Sevensol: The Ransom Note Mix

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The KANN records co-founder and Long Vehicle boss delivers an exquisite mixtape of deep moving sounds designed to keep you dancing.

Sevensol is a splendid producer, DJ and label boss. KANN, the label of which he co-founded alongside Bender, has become one of the best and most significant in a new wave of record labels championing House music in Europe. A figurehead of the Leipzig underground music scene Sevensol cut his teeth at record stores across the city, working behind the counters and gathering a wealth of knowledge which would go on to inform and inspire his own taste and perspective as a DJ.

His music is often deep, pensive and driven by emotions. This is perhaps best noted on his own productions, upon which he works with Bender to craft stripped back, textural music which tugs at the heartstrings as much as it moves the feet.


As a DJ Sevensol’s style is innovative and unique, seeking to take dancers on a journey through multiple genres and styles, all with ethereal undertones. Sevensol is also one half of the DJ duo Manamana alongside Map.ache.

We invited him to record this mixtape a little while back and now that it’s shown up it doesn’t disappoint.

Listen and read the interview below:

Who are you, where are you and what are you?

My friends call me Ali and i am currently looking out the window from the bedside here while writing these at 7am.

What does your music sound like?

A box of drums and stabs glued together with some swaying basslines and FX.

Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?

Where was the mix recorded?

Last sunday in my Kreuzberg apartment – one (not answered) phone call from the neighbor below, so i had to keep the volume really low for myself which made it a bit difficult and brought mistakes inside.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Any activity in motion could may fit. I also always love the picture that a bunch of people sitting together on an afterparty having one of my mixes playing in the background while doing their thing.

What should we be wearing?

Whatever you feel like.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

I played in a restaurant / bar in dublin called Hang Dai last summer which has an crazy custom built soundsystem and DJ setup and i would try to record one there- for my own pleasure first.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Regal86 – La Onda

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

I still really like most of the KANN mixes ( ) we put out over the years and feel not ashamed to recommend these. There´s at least one for any situation and a lot to discover.
I find it sad that soundcloud couldn´t provide a good mobile app and lost many user on the way. My everyday choice is NTS or which both offer two channels to select from. Not more needed. I love to be surprised by music.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Cannot answer this without sounding pretentious. I had the luck to play hundreds of satisfying back to back sessions with Jan (map.ache) as Manamana which was challenging enough over the years.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

I have two 1210s and a E&S Mixer with Canton Ergo 902 Speaker plus one XDJ player but as i mentioned before – it´s really sensitive here and i cannot listen at a decent volume. Really not loud, but the guy sometimes comes up, when i just walk through the room. Back in teen time, i had one of these replica turntable first on my Pitchtisch

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

The first 15 minutes for me.

What were the first and last records you bought?

Bought a couple of 2nd hand recs last week in Leipzig, from which a Lance Desardi Remix for the Greens Keepers on Classic made it into the mix – i´m happy with this transition and the tune in general. My first dance record was Brainchild Vol.2 on Eye Q Records FFM.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Vegetarian goulash, red cabbage and dumplings.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

One record follows the other – there are no rules.