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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.