AIAIAI Mix 006: Distal

AIAIAI Mix 006: Distal

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For the fifth edition in the AIAIAI mix series we have a contribution from Michael Rathbun, an exciting producer from Atlanta who makes rave music for grownups under the alias Distal, and will be releasing his second album ‘Retrograde Space Opera’ next month. Rathbun has produced an exclusive, hour-long oldschool music radio mix for us, where he guides us through a thoroughly prepared and rewarding selection of non-typical DJ music from Frank Zappa to Yung Lean.

New Flavour in your Ear: Wiley – ‘On a Level’

New Flavour in your Ear: Wiley – ‘On a Level’

Well this was unexpected. Wiley, grime’s malcontented wild card, the man who recently asked the Glastonbury Festival to unbook him over Twitter because he didn’t like the rain, just pulled a veritable ace out of his Nike sleeve. ‘On a Level’ is pure, no-bullshit, golden age grime that recalls the UK rapper’s momentous early to mid 00s greatness.

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Buraka Som Sistema: new album and concert in Copenhagen

Buraka Som Sistema: new album and concert in Copenhagen

Let’s take a moment to tell you about two events relating to one of our favorite live bands: Buraka som Sistema, those Portuguese-Angolan emperors of tropical bass music have a new album out, which they’re supporting with a European Fall tour takes them to Copenhagen.

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AIAIAI Mix 005: Eclair Fifi

AIAIAI Mix 005: Eclair Fifi

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With a mix that takes in italo, Chicago house and the latest LuckyMe releases, LuckyMe-affiliated DJ, Eclair Fifi, makes the fifth contribution to the AIAIAI mix series. Marquis Hawkes rubs shoulders with Mathias Zimmerman and Rustie buddies up with Bok Bok & Tom Trago for a varied selection that’s heavy on the percussion, generous with the funk and encouraging of the dance.

Warm Up Finale at MoMA PS1

Warm Up Finale at MoMA PS1

Posted in Parties by Nik Mercer

Let's Play House's Nik Mercer went to MoMA PS1 to document the last of this summer's infamous Warm Up parties, which produced an inspiring read accompanied by some great photos. Take it away, Nik.

Ta-Ku Takes over the AIAIAI Instagram

This week is the week that Australian producer, DJ and creative bon vivant, Ta-Ku, takes over our Instagram account. We’ve been interested in Ta-Ku’s output since we first saw him ripping it up in the Boiler Room around two years ago. It has since then come to our attention that the Melbourne-based artist is not only a gifted beatsmith with a rare ability for crafting bliss-inducing, J Dilla-leaning electronic soul; he’s also quite the photographer as a look at his Instagram account will quickly reveal.

FRESH FRAIAIAIDAY: Win Stones Throw gear and a TMA-1  Stones Throw Edition!

Our monthly giveaway continues with a seriously fresh collection of gear containing: 1 TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition, 1 excellent album by Stones Throw co-founder Charizma, and two Stones Throw tees. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is sign up for our newsletter and, what do you know, you’re in with a chance of winning a set of Stones Throw cans and some dope merch.

Modernluv's ‘Why be Wicked Mix’ and Copenhagen gigs this weekend

Modernluv's ‘Why be Wicked Mix’ and Copenhagen gigs this weekend

Ghostly International-affiliate, DJ, producer and AIAIAI-friend Moderna will be playing a gig at our flagship store tomorrow as one half of her new excellent new duo Modernluv. They’re pretty great, if you don’t mind us saying so, and we highly recommend dropping by Studio A from 4-6pm to hear Modernluv rinse the decks with their delicious mix of exotic house, soaring electro, tight techno and synth oddities.

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Dunkel Radio Interviews FaltyDL

In 2013 FaltyDL released his album Hardcourage, with a real concern for what people would think about his music. Now only a year and a half later, the New York-based producer and label owner has dropped his fourth album In The Wild - a rich voyage through sample-based jazz, hardcore, and unorthodox drum & bass. This album was apparently the easiest album for FaltyDL to make, the most challenging for some people to listen to, and the favorite of many reviewers. Dunkel Radio’s Najaaraq Vestbirk caught up with FaltyDL last week, prior to his gig at the STRØM Festival for a talk about transit fans, Japanese drug culture, and his experiments with science fiction.

Aphex Twin's Syro Vinyl Boxset is going "Straight to Ebay"

Aphex Twin's Syro Vinyl Boxset is going "Straight to Ebay"

A Warp and Aphex Twin release with artwork that shows all the cost of making the record. A record that ironically without a doubt, will end up on on Ebay for much more than the original asking price

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New AIAIAI Artist Page

New AIAIAI Artist Page

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We’ve just launched the new AIAIAI artist page, featuring AIAIAI-using DJs, producers and artists whose work we respect and admire.

Dunkel Radio 'Overlooked' with Benjamin Damage

In this series we'll be asking a variety of names from the scene to point out who and what they believe is being overlooked, so they get a chance to big up the stuff that deserves more attention. For this edition Najaaraq caught up with Benjamin Damage who delivered an impressive techno set at this years STRØM Festival in Copenhagen. The Welsh producer, who releases on Modeselektor’s imprint 50Weapons, unveils some strong selections in this installment of Overlooked.

Matthew Dear Makes Machine Music

Matthew Dear Makes Machine Music

Sampling thousands of General Electric machines from turbines to medical equipment one of our very favorite artists took part in an awe-inpiring project that turns the whirrs, hisses and clangs of General Electric into a new kind of music that’s industrial in the truest sense of the word.

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AIAIAI Mix 004: Nick Hook

AIAIAI Mix 004: Nick Hook

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The fourth contribution to the AIAIAI mix series sees restlessly prolific NYC-based producer, Nick Hook, take us through a frantically paced tour de force of seismic genre shifts. Spanning exhilarating footwork, future jungle, raw 808isms, thoroughly banging techno as well as his own edgy productions and collaborations, AIAIAI Mix 004 includes Machinedrum, DJ Rashad, Canblaster, Young Thug, A-Trak & Cam'ron, Claude Speed, Bok Bok and a general sense of unpredictability.

'World Premiere' - Rap Your Way To A Vinyl Release On Stones Throw

Building on our recent headphone collaboration with Stones Throw we asked ourselves ‘What if the microphone in your headset could be used for something more creative than just speaking on the phone?’

The AIAIAI Guide to the STRØM Festival

The STRØM Festival has slowly but inevitably cemented their reputation as one of Europe’s most important electronic music festivals. An exceptionally tight booking policy, ambitious, cutting-edge events held in off-kilter locations, and, of course, attractive, with-it, festival goers are part of a deftly curated package that grows in both quality and scope with each passing year.

Steve from Ashra’s Top 5 Krautrock Jams

Steve from Ashra’s Top 5 Krautrock Jams

Get this: we recently discovered that our German distributor, Steve, is not only a nice guy who does a stand up job of taking care of AIAIAI’s German market; he also just so happens to be part of the mighty Ashra whom some of you may rightly identify as one of the krautrock movement’s pivotal bands. Being music nerds we kind of lost it when we first heard that Steve currently plays keyboard alongside the group’s founding father, Manuel Göttsching. But after getting the fanboyisms out the way we eventually regained our composure and started pestering him for some krautrock insight. Read on for the tightest ish from NEU!, Kraftwerk and, of course, Ash Ra Tempel.

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Fresh FrAIAIAIday: Win Martyn’ new LP and a TMA-1

Our monthly giveaway continues with a fresh package of gear containing Martyn’s excellent new album ‘The Air Between Words’ on vinyl as well as the Dutch producer’s DJ headphone of choice: the TMA-1. 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 DJ cans and a seriously dope album.

Make Love to the World at The Hole NYC

As followers of our newsletter will know, we recently supported an exhibition at with-it, NYC-based gallery The Hole. Featuring an all-star cast of contemporary creative frontrunners, like Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Roger O’ Donnel (The Cure) and Know-wave radio, the exhibition aimed to create: ‘a perspective towards physicality, allowing for an intuitive and communal dream-like experience’ as curator Cara Stricker so poetically puts it. Check out photos of the headphone installation and the opening below.

The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is here and it looks seriously awesome

The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is here and it looks seriously awesome

As Sci-fi enthusiasts, we can’t not feature the trailer for what looks set to be biggest post-apocalyptic blockbuster of 2015, ya know?

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Interview: Joakim

Interview: Joakim

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Our New York-based contributor, Sabrina, digs deep into the inner workings of Joakim's creative process in an extensive interview, focusing on the gifted French producer's ambitious, challenging and ultimately extremely rewarding new album, "Tropics of Love."

Interview: Nathan Fake

When Nathan Fake released his game-changing debut at the age of 19, it was a genuine moment in electronic music. Signaling an ethereal, new direction, the then upcoming talent knocked the wind of out electronic music fans and critics alike with his incredible, wide-eye-inducing wall of overpowering synths and forward-thinking production. And 2012’s ’Steam Days’, a gloriously crackling mess of electronic static swept generously in grand soaring melodies, proved, once again, that there really isn’t anyone quite like the Norfolk-native known as Nathan Fake. 

We’ve been fans of Nathan’s for quite a while and saw fit to send him a few questions, which he was nice enough to answer. Here’s what he had to say about inspirations, 'good rave synths' and his new label, Cambria Instruments.

The AIAIAI x Stones Throw Scratch Banner

The AIAIAI x Stones Throw Scratch Banner

We've made, what we believe to be the first turntable scratch machine banner ad ever.

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Martyn's 5 Influential Ninja Tune releases

We haven't stopped listening to Dutch-born, USA-based Martyn's latest album 'The Air Between Words’ since it dropped last month. A constantly evolving producer, his third LP (following previous works on Brainfeeder and 3024) marks a distinctly analogue approach and throws another curveball in his consistently vital production.

AIAIAI’s Roskilde Festival Picks

Roskilde Festival, if you’ve never heard of it, is Northern Europe’s biggest music event. Starting out with a few naked hippies in sleeping bags going at it in an empty field, the festival is now into its 43rd year and has seen the world’s biggest bands and acts grace its bright Orange Stage. From primal rock to banging techno, here’s what the AIAIAI office would like to see at this year’s festival.

Dunkel Radio Interviews Annie Hall

Annie Hall is a DJ, producer and vinyl cutter based in Windsor, Canada. She lives in Detroit Underground HQ, and from her home she can look down on Detroit, a city that has evidently shaped her output as a producer; whether she is making complex IDM, possessing techno, or lush classic electro. Three years ago Hall and her partner Kero invested in “the machine”, as she refers to it, the invention that allows the couple to cut vinyl from the comfort of their own home. Dunkel Radio’s Najaaraq Vestbirk caught up with Hall for a chat about her love for classic electro, her business with producer E.R.P and this rare vinyl cutting machine.

Dunkel Radio Loves Jay Daniel

Dunkel Radio Loves Jay Daniel

Detroit youngster Jay Daniel jumped up the ranks from being completely unknown in 2012 to being now regarded as one of the keenest new house DJs (and producers) on the underground circuit. His 2-hour set at Distortion Festival on Wednesday the 4th of July cemented these claims and made us feel obligated to delve into the Sound Signature & Wild Outs affiliated musician's discography.

New Flavour in your Ear: Throwing Snow

New Flavour in your Ear: Throwing Snow

Discovering new music that really stands out is always a pleasure. We sometimes come across new music that stands out created by artists that use our products, which is both a pleasure and a privilege. As you might have already guessed, Throwing Snow is one of those artists.

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Aphex Twin’s Caustic Window album is now Available for Streaming

Aphex Twin’s Caustic Window album is now Available for Streaming

Following a Kickstarter campaign resurrecting the electronic legend’s long lost LP as Caustic Window, that very same album is finally here in digital soundwaves.

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