Our friends at Bulk went and pulled one of the DJ bookings of the year as far as Copenhagen is concerned. This Saturday, the stripped-down surroundings of Culture Box will serve as the backdrop to Serge’s Clone’s lauded skills on the 1s and 2s. It’s not often that this kingpin of the international electro maffia comes to Copenhagen, so make sure you get yourself down to ‘Boxen’, as us locals call it, and witness the might of Clone Records.
Formed in 2010, Archie Pelago is a live performance trio based in Brooklyn, New York, comprising Hirshi (trumpet/DJ), Cosmo D (cello/Ableton) and Kroba (sax/Ableton). Drawing on their roots in jazz and classical music, they transform their common love of experimental electronic music’s far-reaching potential into DJ-style performances and production. The boys sent us this stellar mix filled with fresh live instrumentation, good old-fashioned thumping house music and delectably cosmopolitan classical vibes. Frankly put, If Archie Pelago’s painstakingly realized contribution doesn’t fill your heart with zesty, musical optimism, you might just be a lost soul with nary a hope in this wretched world.
Trevor Jackson is a man who thinks about his place in the world. The London-based creative's output, whether that's music, large-scale interactive projects at London’s ICA or subtly subversive record covers, actually tells you something meaningful about the current state of things. It has that all too rare ability to make you think. As the head of legendary imprint, the very aptly titled, Output Recordings, his constant compulsion to push the envelope within music and graphic design has influenced a generation of young creatives despite the absence of a discernable recurring aesthetic. The consistently uncompromising conceptual approach to his art would seem to be what has the up and comers paying attention. As you might imagine, he has a million projects going on all at once. When we met him at his East London studio for a chat, it was actually hard to know where to begin; we detected more than a few interesting topics when Trevor started talking. In the end we decided to focus on his arresting latest artistic venture: ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever’ and went on to discuss physicality in music and today’s transient convenience mentality.
Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen AKA Cancer are two talented, thoughtful men from Denmark. Nikolaj is the lead singer with the soaring voice in When Saints go Machine and Kristians’ solo project Chorus Grant has been making waves with its earnest and affecting folk-tinted rock. Together they are Cancer, a duo which provokes thought and delights ears in equal measure through its remarkable name and piercingly delicate, stripped-down melodies where production value and good, old fashioned musicianship take center stage alongside ethereal lyrics and a raw, emotionally charged sound palette. We caught up with the Copenhagen-based band in their practice space for a chat about the beauty in grief, their creative process - and their fondness of 'gross' soft rock.
Once again it’s about that time, time to go mental for DJ, producer and label boss DJ Haus, a man whose relentlessness when it comes to churning out the purest, heaviest most bone-rattling club music imaginable is pretty much unaparalleled. We asked him for his top 5 tracks of the moment, which he provided with a bit of classic DJ Haus banter thrown in for good measure. Listen and learn!
Our monthly giveaway continues with a fresh package of gear containing Groundislava's rad new album ‘Frozen Throne’ on vinyl as well as an ultra-limited edition Frozen Throne TMA-1 made to celebrate the release of the LP. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is sign up for our newsletter and hey presto, you’ve got a shot at winning a set of Groundislava cans and a seriously dope album on vinyl.
Go-go dancers and elaborate stage set ups may be far from the territory that we usually venture into, but we know a good party when we see it, goddamnit. Case in point, is ENTER in Ibiza, which features all of the above, but also happens to have Richie Hawtin and Marcel Dettmann on the decks. ENTER just posted the mother of all lengthy streams lasting ten whole hours and for that we’re eternally grateful. We don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, but checking out Richie Hawtin and Marcel Dettmann comes highly recommended. The fact that both techno legends are playing with our headphones is, of course, not exactly hurting our AIAIAIs.
The weekend before last in a tiny clearing in a forest in Reading, a few hundred people were dancing under a cloudless sky of stars on a Sunday night, flanked by ancient trees, papier mâché mushrooms, trippy visuals and sound tracked with obscure re-edits and live performances from the likes of Lovefingers, Mark E, Beppe Loda, Eddie C, Psychemagik, ModernLuv, Bing Ji Ling and Black Merlin. Thanks to hosts Pyschemagik, the UK production duo renowned for their transcendent mix tape journeys and prolific remixing skills, this boutique experience pushed the envelope of what a utopian festival experience could be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.