“It’s time for heroes” – that sentiment sounds about right.

Our friend, producer Sofia Kourtesis, returns this week with a new remix releasing today, and a mix for us. And they’re both richly sentimental and gorgeous.


First, there’s Sofia’s inventive remix of “Cool Kids” by Me Succeeds. It’s free-flowing and spontaneous, dense but magical, coming at a time when so many productions feel overly mechanical or self-consciously dark. The vocals are somehow nicely dissonant on top of those thick layers. And there’s an additional spoken element – taken from her uncle, sampled and reversed.

The remix is out on Ki Records – that’s the label of Christian Loffler, a German imprint but dubbed with the Japanese word for tree.

And then there’s a mix Sofia has made for you fine folks here at CDM. It’s not a holiday mix per se, but it is full of so many of our favorite things. (Aphex Twin and Avalon Emerson, for sure.)


Take a listen – I love this one, selection and mix:

It’s time for heroes, indeed.

Track ID:

Fort Romeau – IKB
Leon Vynehall – This Is The Place
Gold Panda – Chiba Nights
Anthony Naples – Refugio
HNNY – Solsidan, Original Mix
Aphex Twin – Xtal
Avalon Emerson – The Frontier (High Desert Synthapella)
Huerco S. – Promises of Fertility
Kiasmos – Orgoned

Avalon Emerson, another of our favorite producers and DJs of the year.

Avalon Emerson, another of our favorite producers and DJs of the year.

More on Sofia – it’s been great to watch her career evolve, along with her DJ and production work, and now bringing some really high quality stuff into Berlin’s club Chalet as its talent booker:


  • Will

    So good!

  • Will

    Also, that photo of Avalon Emerson… I’d like that life, or at least that photo’s slice of it. Classic convertible, red garden shed, gazebo built into the hill side, solar panels, poster covered shack, stone wall, firepit(?)… She must be doing something right.