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!
Sometimes music should just be pleasant and nice. But thankfully this isn’t one of those times. What I mean by this is that Antenna Happy’s new Pinto EP could, perhaps, to the casual listener, come off as pleasant enough, yet middle-of-the-road background music that doesn’t really go anywhere. However, this casually tuned ear needs to wise up and pay some serious attention because Antenna Happy’s swirling, undulating kraut-techno is exponentially bliss-inducing once you unpack its manifold luminous layers.
Our affable friends at the Let’s Play House label are up to their old New York tricks again. This time they come equipped with Emperor Machine, and a slew of NYC collaborators for an EP that’s quintessentially New York.
Rappers and MC’s… big apologies for the delay! But after a high volume of entries which led to a significant amount of time needed to listen to each and every entrant, we have a winner for our Rap Mic project. The winner is Christian Edward Guglielmo aka ED-APE from Queens, NY who gets a 7" release on Stones Throw and a pair of Stones Throw Edition TMA-1s
Copenhagen-based TEAL Recordings has broken its silence after a year-long period of inactivity. True to form, label-head Psimono has chosen not to mince his words, with a clear, yet characteristically abrupt message: TEAL009 is on its way.
Distortion Festival treated us to the world premiere of Francesco De Nittis aka. Mr. Ties' new live set-up, The Streetband Orchestra - a show so huge, it needed a stage of its own for the duration of the final party. Alongside his bandmates Manon Parent, Michal Matlak, Asger Hartvig & Holger Hartvig, he tweaked, creaked and smashed a multitude of drums, strings, synths and machines for a staggering 12-hours - working their way around disco, R&B, house, techno, krautrock and experimental jams. Ties himself stayed centre-stage, behind a rotary mixer and a monster 32-channel mixing board, switching from playing vinyl to singing, stabbing keys and occasionally messing with the master mixer, all absolutely seamlessly.
Realized in collaboration with sound wizard and longtime AIAIAI friend, Yuri Suzuki, Jeff Mills’ new project The Machine, is an ambitious, conceptual rhythm drum machine, inspired by a singular historical event: the mythical 1942 UFO sighting known as ‘The Battle of Los Angeles.’
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.