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.
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.
It’s that time of year again. Time to endure the unsightly effects of consecutive days spent partying to mindless, repetitive beats. Time to show up late and quite possibly drunk for work. And time to enjoy the very best that the Copenhagen music scene has to offer. Despite the fact that ageing Distortion-goers invariably complain that everything was so much better in the ‘good old days’ dance music is undoubtedly in a very interesting place at the moment. And we would argue that the Distortion festival is still one of the best places in the world to experience the life-changing elation that comes with it. Ladies and gentlemen, step right this way for the AIAIAI Guide to Distortion 2014.
Taken from Martyn’s upcoming album ‘ The Air Between Words’ set to drop on Ninjatune on the 16th of June, ‘Love of Pleasure’ features copeland AKA Inga Copeland formerly of Hype Williams, as well as spooky, cavernous, dubby synths, otherworldly piano and delightfully woozy club-isms. It certainly put a big smile on our faces. Check it out.
The promise of summer is in the air and fitting this mood perfectly the excellent RETREAT label has released a very special double-vinyl anniversary release featuring nine brand new killer house jams from the extended Retreat label family.
We've hooked up with our friends from Vans and Vice for a little Copenhagen celebration. It all goes down in the basement of an old monastery and we promise that it will be a lot of fun. If you’ve never been to Sankt Gertruds Kloster this is definitely the time to rectify that unfortunate state of affairs. In terms of creepy, post-apocalyptic, Game of Thrones-y vibes the saintly establishment delivers in every conceivable way.
- and it’s quite the impressive eatery. Kilo Design’s Lars Larsen, who some of you might know as the leading creative force behind the design of our headphones, was part of a creative all-star team that set out to realize an innovative, flamboyantly stylish restaurant, inspired by the flavours of the South American continent. Aiming to conscientiously merge the vibrant food tradition of countries like Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico with the more understated Scandinavian aesthetic, Llama is a wonderfully idiosyncratic addition to the Copenhagen restaurant circuit. Good job, Lars, Jakob, Jonas and Bjarke.
Here’s an exclusive, little treat for you: Sean Dack’s trippy promo for Jokers of the Scene’s brand new jam, ‘Pop Shop’, which will be featured on their extremely promising debut album ‘End Scene’, set to drop at the end of this month via Throne of Blood off-shoot, Throne of Kanada.
It’s here. The turbulent Technicolor sea of camp stage outfits is upon us. This year Denmark is hosting the gargantuan media pandemonium right here in AIAIAI’s backyard, the fair city of Copenhagen.
The third installment in our mix series comes from New York renaissance man Jacques Renault who’s cooked up a potent, varied and intoxicating brew of thumping house music and up-tempo dance floor curveballs. Recorded live and packing just the right amount of drum machine-fetishism, ethereal piano, timeless horns and bouncy percussion to keep you revisiting the selection time and time again, the third edition in the AIAIAI Mix series is an hour and 42 minutes in the company of a man who quite clearly knows what he’s doing.
Is a documentary about iconic New York City anthems and the drum machines that created them, produced by the Red Bull Music Academy. Check out the trailer and salivate profusely over the machine-musical tidbits on offer.
The sun was shining, the drinks were cool, the vibe was chill. It was an alright day in Studio A. Thanks to everyone for coming down and standing around in front of AIAIAI HQ, beer in hand. Here’s a little video documenting the action from the Record Store Day celebrations in our flagship store.
Record Store Day is a day that celebrates the world’s physical record stores. This year we’re joining in the festivities and inviting a line up of local and international DJs and artists to play in Studio A. We’re also launching our new vinyl concept that offers a painstakingly curated selection of records, handpicked from the world’s leading vinyl distributors. Drop by Studio A on the 19th of April, have a Red Stripe or three and check out performances and DJ sets by Justin Miller, Disco Dick, Tyson Ballard and AIAIAI’s very own Ahle & Messi.
Neither AIAIAI or WEDIDIT see anything wrong with a little bump n’ grind. This was pretty much why we decided to hook up at the SXSW Festival for a parking lot party featuring Shlohmo, Paul Wall, Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise. A good deal of bump as well as a generous helping of grind ensued and WEDIDIT filmed it, made this video and sent it our way. Shouts to everyone for coming down and props to The Good Company for that polishing the video with that authentic, 90s, VHS shine.