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.
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.