The multi-armed musical spectacle that is Sónar is about to hit our teeny nation. It goes without saying that we have something to say about that. Girls, boys, robots, mimes and contortionists, here is our guide to the Danish edition of the world’s leading electronic music festival: ye olde Sonar Copenhagen.
Pop with a capital K takes over Pumpehuset, as Lancaster lads, Bondax, bring their hook-laden dance music show to one of our favorite Copenhagen venues. Supported by local heroes Unkwon and Marc Helt, this should make for one sweaty night to remember
Trevor Jackson concerns himself with the culture of music. His latest project, F O R M A T, which is also his latest album, will be released on 12 different musical formats. Needless to say, this makes a bit of a statement in a music culture that's overwhelmingly digital and increasingly homogenized. With remarkable effortlessness, the London-based creative and fervent music enthusiast has split open the musical information super highway into 12 antiquated detours, and untangled very basic assumptions about contemporary music culture in the process. We had a chat with Trevor ahead of tomorrow's opening at the Vinyl Factory.
Today is the day that we launch ‘Real Booty Music’; a collaborative project, creating state-of-the-art technology that, bluntly put, enables dancers to play music using their rear-end. Placed somewhere in the intersection between technology and music, seriousness and fun, this is music made by the booty - for the booty
It sort of goes without saying that you lose information when you compress to mp3. What isn’t immediately evident, however, is that you actually also lose a significant amount of sound in that reductive process. Ryan McGuire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, explores the implications of this loss through ‘moDernisT', a work created with the sounds that were left out when compressing Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” to mp3. Check it out. It sounds well ghostly.
Our monthly giveaway continues with an Infiné Records special featuring a fresh combo of gear containing: 1 TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru, 3 Infiné albums on vinyl, and a bit of Infiné merch . 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 Young Guru cans and some rad Infiné gear!
The 10th edition in the AIAIAI mix series sees rising, Australian duo, HWLS, come correct with a downcast, beat-driven mix repping Evian Christ, The Weeknd, Clams Casino and Tinashe, among many other genre-expanding artists and producers. Comprised of Aussie beat heads Ta-Ku and Kit Pop, HWLS are the latest in a long line of remarkable producers to come out of the music-savvy Australian continent. We had a chat with Kit Pop about their influences, their creative process and the thoughts behind their stripped-down, black/white, visual aesthetic.
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.
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.
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.