The 12th edition in the AIAIAI mix series comes courtesy of Berlin’s Leisure System, the Berghain residency and rising record label currently making waves with its impeccably tight curation and on-point releases. Attention-demanding, engineered specifically for headphone-listening and hugely rewarding, the selection features jams of the eardrum-tickling variety by Autechre, Ben Frost, TCF, The Bug and a wide range of other upfront, under-the-radar essentials.
Moxie’s Fact Mix: Number 378. Drop date April 2013. About half-way through the mix appears a drum-based African sound blending carefully chopped up vocal samples; pulsating, energetic, brimming with groove. Most noticeably it builds up a continuous tension culminating in a plateau without a true release. It leaves you wanting more in the best possible way - throughout the song - and once it’s over. It feels like engaging in the carnal act of love, except for the fact that every time you’re about to reach climax someone pulls the (utmost figurative) plug.
Pop with a capital K takes over Pumpehuset, as Lancaster lads, Bondax, bring their hook-laden dance music show to one of our favorite Copenhagen venues. Supported by local heroes Unkwon and Marc Helt, this should make for one sweaty night to remember
Trevor Jackson concerns himself with the culture of music. His latest project, F O R M A T, which is also his latest album, will be released on 12 different musical formats. Needless to say, this makes a bit of a statement in a music culture that's overwhelmingly digital and increasingly homogenized. With remarkable effortlessness, the London-based creative and fervent music enthusiast has split open the musical information super highway into 12 antiquated detours, and untangled very basic assumptions about contemporary music culture in the process. We had a chat with Trevor ahead of tomorrow's opening at the Vinyl Factory.
Today is the day that we launch ‘Real Booty Music’; a collaborative project, creating state-of-the-art technology that, bluntly put, enables dancers to play music using their rear-end. Placed somewhere in the intersection between technology and music, seriousness and fun, this is music made by the booty - for the booty
It sort of goes without saying that you lose information when you compress to mp3. What isn’t immediately evident, however, is that you actually also lose a significant amount of sound in that reductive process. Ryan McGuire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, explores the implications of this loss through ‘moDernisT', a work created with the sounds that were left out when compressing Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” to mp3. Check it out. It sounds well ghostly.
Our monthly giveaway continues with an Infiné Records special featuring a fresh combo of gear containing: 1 TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru, 3 Infiné albums on vinyl, and a bit of Infiné merch . All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is sign up for our newsletter and hey presto, you’re in with a chance of winning a set of Young Guru cans and some rad Infiné gear!
Few producers and DJs navigate the depths, textures and nuances of 4/4 techno as deftly and elegantly as Berghain resident, Marcel Fengler. As mainstay in one of the world’s most respected clubs, the Berlin-based artist has carved out a sonic niche for himself, which is as singular as it is instantly recognizable. It’s no secret that banging techno is back with a pounding vengeance, and with mixes and increasingly high-profile appearances at Resident Advisor, XLR8R and Boiler Room, Marcel would currently seem to be reaping the rewards of his enduringly uncompromising creative stance. We had a chat with the talented techno stalwart ahead of his gig at London’s preeminent clubbing attraction, the ever-excellent Fabric.
Straight out of our very own backyard, Copenhagen-based house music act, wilma, are a new duo whose gritty, timelessly classic, predominantly analog beats have found favour with the upper echelons of the international dance music maffia. Having recently signed to Prosumer's new Potion label, wilma's profile is on the rise. Their contribution to the AIAIAI mix series includes the choicest, leanest new and old house cuts from Theo Parrish over Innerspace Halflife to Actress - with bits of Kyle Hall and Murat Tepeli thrown into the vibrant, vinyl-only bargain. Let your house music freak flag fly, from Detroit to Chicago and beyond, as you get down to the 11th edition in the AIAIAI Mix series.
The 10th edition in the AIAIAI mix series sees rising, Australian duo, HWLS, come correct with a downcast, beat-driven mix repping Evian Christ, The Weeknd, Clams Casino and Tinashe, among many other genre-expanding artists and producers. Comprised of Aussie beat heads Ta-Ku and Kit Pop, HWLS are the latest in a long line of remarkable producers to come out of the music-savvy Australian continent. We had a chat with Kit Pop about their influences, their creative process and the thoughts behind their stripped-down, black/white, visual aesthetic.
Trevor Jackson’s new concept album, which sees each track released on different, obsolete but not forgotten formats like Vinyl, VHS, DAT tape, Reel-to-reel and CD, gathers momentum with a teaser containing snippets from the forthcoming long player. Consider us teased because it sounds pretty damn good.
Here’s a video featuring clever nerds suspending different objects in mid-air by messing with gravity through the manipulation of sound. Droplets of water, bits of wood, plastic and even a small screw get trapped in the vibrating sound waves, creating quite a few levitational wow-moments along the way.
Thing are afoot in the city of Copenhagen. Soulful things. Melancholy things. Grimey, UK Garage-y, house and techno things. At the outermost forefront of all these things you’ll find Rare Nights, a young, intimidatingly switched-on crew of DJs, producers and promoters, operating out of the Danish capital whose bookings, productions and DJ sets are gaining them quite a bit of attention on the Copenhagen club circuit.
Channeling a wealth of delectably disjointed influences from the classic, krauty machine-funk of Kraftwerk to the downcast post-punk of Bauhaus, Radioactive Man’s latest release on rising imprint, Reinhardt Records, sees one of electronic music’s most vital creative forces doing what he does best: provide the analogue-hungry public with pulsating, impeccably crafted, many-sided electro jams. We sat down with the London-based artist for a chat about his new EP, sound engineering and his favorite hardware.
Just in time for your New Year's eve shenanigans, your boy ELOQ delivers a bassy selection of party-starting excellence featuring the raddest, hard-hitting shit from Drop the Lime, Branko, Canblaster, Jam City and MikeQ, among others. This isn't a big mix, nor is it a huge mix. It is, in fact, a MEGAMIX.
We’ve teamed up with our New York-based friends at Ghostly International for a city guide. But this is not just any run-of-the-mill city guide: It’s a tale of two cities—more specifically, Copenhagen and New York. We’ve actually made you a tour of Copenhagen’s sights, sounds, and attractions, pairing them with the New York equivalents. It’s a sweet cross-cultural ride spanning the full range of touristy delights from Denmark’s capital to the Big Apple.
Unkwon AKA Anders Dixen, Copenhagen’s tremendously talented Jack of all trades, just released a tight, new jam, downloadable free of charge. His PR guy sent along photo of the artist rocking our headphones presumably to get us to feature the track, but there was really no need; we’ll always have time for Unkwon’s on-point productions and ‘I Got you’, a vibey, UK Garage-y sounding number with Burial-esque percussion, chiming keys and no small amount of leftfield string sampling is certainly no exception.
Digging deeper into his romanticising relationship with physical music formats, legendary London-based creative Trevor Jackson will be releasing his first new album in 14 years on 12 different physical formats: one for each track on the album. Ambitious in scope and playfully conceptual, F O R M A T explores the uniqueness and stories inherent in physical music from vinyl to DAT tapes.
This skillfully crafted supercut by Russian Video editor Max Shishkin is a rather brilliant tribute to 35 of the greatest space movies of all time - from Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking, 60s epic (that gave our TMA-1 headphone its name) to Christopher Nolan’s soaringly ambitious ‘Interstellar.’ Cramming the best space porn ever made into 4 minutes while Anthony Hopkins recites ‘Do not go into that gentle goodnight' by Dylan Thomas, this soothingly breathtaking video is just what your Monday ordered.
Winter-themed, introspective and smooth like butter, the 9th contribution to the AIAIAI mix series comes from the rapidly ascending, Hamburg-based, producer, Luka Seifert AKA Luka. With a chilled out tracklist that includes The Cinematic Orchestra, MF Doom, Ta-Ku, Shlohmo, Shigeto bits of jazz and everything in-between, Luka’s selection is tailored to headphone listening and the subdued, reflective melancholy of winter.
This probably won’t make it into the AIAIAI product range anytime soon, but watching the nifty peeps at Inspire to Make dexterously turn objects made for destruction into shiny earphones made for listening is a decidedly satisfying experience. Check it out.
In celebration of our TMA-1 collaboration with Ghostly International, Ghostly asked three of their amazing artists, NYC's Vatican Shadow, Detroit's Monty Luke and LA's Moors to remix favourites from Recondite, Shigeto, and Lusine for an exclusive remix sampler. Grab it here free of charge.
We’ve teamed up with the legendary American record label, design brand and technology innovator Ghostly International for a special edition headphone that merges Danish audio design with impeccably curated, timeless sound culture. Produced in a limited number, the collaboration comes with exclusive new features, designed and engineered by Ghostly International.
This year we’re going all in on Christmas. And when we say all in we mean ALL IN. Put this in your Santa novelty pipe and smoke it: For the entire month of December we’ll be hosting giveaways, competitions, discounts and happenings urging you to give the gift of music to your friends, loved ones and – who knows – maybe even random strangers you met on the internet.
House/techno duo wilma are Jeppe Willumsen and Dan Madsen from Copenhagen, two local boys who recently got handed the best possible start to their new house musical venture; after sending a few tracks to German, bearded dance music giant, Prosumer, they were suddenly informed that wilma would be included in his upcoming Fabric mix and get signed to his new label, Potion. Things never happen that straightforwardly in an industry where people will often do questionable things to get ahead and you have an infinite number of aspiring DJ/producers all clawing their way to the top (vinyl clenched in teeth) for that coveted spot in the big club DJ booth. In this particular case, however, it just plain did. We went to wilma’s Nørrebro-based studio to get the inside scoop on Copenhagen’s latest, rising up-and-comers.
This week our cultured friends from Ghostly will take the reins on our Instagram account. Expect on-point, music-related items, design-savvy posting and all the other inspirational stuff that comes with one of the raddest labels out there.
Our monthly giveaway continues with a fresh package of gear containing Luke Vibert's latest album on vinyl as well as Luke's DJ headphone of choice: the TMA-1. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is follow us over on Soundcloud and hey presto, you’ve got a shot at winning a set of DJ cans and a rad vinyl.
Wedidit member, LA-based producer and dance music powerhouse Groundislava recently released ‘Frozen Throne’, a deeply conceptual LP filled with icy, trance-tinted, synth-laden RnB, and inviting retro-futurist leanings. This complex electronic album steeped in dystopianism tickled our sci-fi fancy and we couldn’t help being intrigued by its overt nostalgia for times that never were – which meant that we had to fire some questions at the American producer to find out what it was all about. Step this way for Groundislava's views on cyberpunk, what kind of equipment he uses and a top 5 of his favorite 90s trance hits.
It feels pretty special to have jungle innovator, acid experimentalist and all-around electronic music legend Luke Vibert contribute to our mix series. As longtime fans of his consistently incredible output on labels like Ninja Tune, Warp, Rephlex and Planet Mu, we can’t help fanning out a tad. And we’re pleased to say that the seasoned producer’s mix doesn’t disappoint. Establishing a solid ravey foundation with a tribute to LFO’s Mark Bell, the selection morphs into tracks by Mr. Fingers, Luke’s old buddy/collaborator Aphex Twin, after which it makes an acid pit stop and goes full on jungle and even a bit drill ‘n' bassy with tracks like Squarepusher’s classic and frantic ‘Come on My selector’. All the crew must big up Luke Vibert’s AIAIAI mix!