Few producers and DJs navigate the depths, textures and nuances of 4/4 techno as deftly and elegantly as Berghain resident, Marcel Fengler. As mainstay in one of the world’s most respected clubs, the Berlin-based artist has carved out a sonic niche for himself, which is as singular as it is instantly recognizable. It’s no secret that banging techno is back with a pounding vengeance, and with mixes and increasingly high-profile appearances at Resident Advisor, XLR8R and Boiler Room, Marcel would currently seem to be reaping the rewards of his enduringly uncompromising creative stance. We had a chat with the talented techno stalwart ahead of his gig at London’s preeminent clubbing attraction, the ever-excellent Fabric.
Straight out of our very own backyard, Copenhagen-based house music act, wilma, are a new duo whose gritty, timelessly classic, predominantly analog beats have found favour with the upper echelons of the international dance music maffia. Having recently signed to Prosumer's new Potion label, wilma's profile is on the rise. Their contribution to the AIAIAI mix series includes the choicest, leanest new and old house cuts from Theo Parrish over Innerspace Halflife to Actress - with bits of Kyle Hall and Murat Tepeli thrown into the vibrant, vinyl-only bargain. Let your house music freak flag fly, from Detroit to Chicago and beyond, as you get down to the 11th edition in the AIAIAI Mix series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go-go dancers and elaborate stage set ups may be far from the territory that we usually venture into, but we know a good party when we see it, goddamnit. Case in point, is ENTER in Ibiza, which features all of the above, but also happens to have Richie Hawtin and Marcel Dettmann on the decks. ENTER just posted the mother of all lengthy streams lasting ten whole hours and for that we’re eternally grateful. We don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, but checking out Richie Hawtin and Marcel Dettmann comes highly recommended. The fact that both techno legends are playing with our headphones is, of course, not exactly hurting our AIAIAIs.
Well this was unexpected. Wiley, grime’s malcontented wild card, the man who recently asked the Glastonbury Festival to unbook him over Twitter because he didn’t like the rain, just pulled a veritable ace out of his Nike sleeve. ‘On a Level’ is pure, no-bullshit, golden age grime that recalls the UK rapper’s momentous early to mid 00s greatness.
Ghostly International-affiliate, DJ, producer and AIAIAI-friend Moderna will be playing a gig at our flagship store tomorrow as one half of her new excellent new duo Modernluv. They’re pretty great, if you don’t mind us saying so, and we highly recommend dropping by Studio A from 4-6pm to hear Modernluv rinse the decks with their delicious mix of exotic house, soaring electro, tight techno and synth oddities.
Discovering new music that really stands out is always a pleasure. We sometimes come across new music that stands out created by artists that use our products, which is both a pleasure and a privilege. As you might have already guessed, Throwing Snow is one of those artists.
Following a Kickstarter campaign resurrecting the electronic legend’s long lost LP as Caustic Window, that very same album is finally here in digital soundwaves.
You know how the saying goes: ‘If a man is tired of Hudmo, he’s tired of living.’ Or maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but we think you catch our drift. The gifted Glaswegian producer has, once gain, got us hooked with this typically outstanding selection of neon-tinted, brass-infused, bass-heavy belters.
Straight outta Copenhagen, Henrik Koefod AKA Erosion Flow drops a new EP packing a tight list of low-slung, grime-tinged house and hazy, beat-driven electronica. Having already been featured on XLR8R and now set to share the stage with acts like Simian Mobile Disco, Bicep and Oneman at the Somerley Tea Party Festival, we dare say that this particular young Copenhagen upstart looks destined for big things.
There’s a new kid in town. More specifically, Berlin. His name is Max Graef, he makes the city's densest, dustiest, most mood-altering, jazz-influenced beats - and he is actually sort of still a kid at the tender age of 21. We had a chat with the promising young wunderkind about jazz, the inspirations that went into creating his delectable new game-changer of an album - and paying for beers you didn’t necessarily drink.
Our tireless support for Danny Wolfers AKA Legowelt AKA a lot of other pseudonyms knows no bounds. We’re particularly excited by his latest offering, a dreamy slab of vinyl packing four tracks of deep and dirty mission music.
When Glenn Branca, one of the most prolific and prominent voices to come out of New York’s late 70s - 80s musical avant-garde, speaks you really should listen. Not only because his uncompromising attitude to musical experimentation is considered to be one of the main forerunners of bands like Sonic Youth, but also for the reason that his singular, wonderfully winding and fucked up take on the guitar sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did some 30-40 years ago. Provinding an insight into the artistic subconscious that contributed significantly to tearing open the fabric of popular music, this short but sweet interview with the Louisiana Channel is also good for a few shrewdly perceptive, creative truths along the way.
Look, it's Bonobo coming to save your Monday with a mood-altering, sun-drenched remix.
Over the course of a relatively short span of time, Young Turks has gone from containing a bunch of 18-year-old party promoters to being one of the most important independent record labels of our time. Ardent followers of the British music scene have been privy to the awesomeness of the Young Turks label for a long while as their steady stream of quality releases from The XX, Chairlift, Sampha, SBTRKT, John Talabot and Koreless, among others, have cemented their position as a vibrant, boundary-pushing music hub. And we have a feeling that this video of their New Year’s beach party in Tulum, Mexico, will only serve to strengthen the growing consensus that Young Turks are a musical force to be reckoned with.
Yes, that’s right, THE Chris Cunningham, warped genius of ‘Rubber Johnny’ and Aphew Twin’s ‘’Come to Daddy’ fame. Seems like an odd match on the face of it, but our general feeling is that the upcoming documentary might just be sensationally good as we’ve just learned that Chris Cunningham is in fact husbanding Warpaint’s bassist Jenny Lee Lindbergh. And we’re assuming that this would give the longhaired director of cutting edge filth access to areas that other directors who are, shall we say, less intimate with the band might not have access to. Anyhow, the trailer looks pretty neat. Check it out.
It's actually been waaaay to long since we featured our old friend and TMA-1 collaborator Tomas Barfod on the blog - which is why a fresh Souncloud update from the Great Dane couldn't have come at a better time. In this mix that he created for Danish national radio show Unga Bunga in early 2013, he once again demonstrates his unparalleled ability for balancing mood and texture with rythm and beat. It's one of those melancholy-yet-uplifting selections that just might have you dancing with tears in your eyes, as the song goes. Failing that, listening to it while enjoying a good cup of coffee and looking at the falling snow through your window, should get you good and ready for 2014.
The Deep are an intriguing, new Los Angeles-based electronic sci-fi duo shrouded in enticing conceptual mystery. Their new single Singular Silence has created quite a bit of stir in the blogosphere, partially because it’s backed up by a hefty arsenal of remarkable remixes - such as this wonderfully unpredictable, Björk-resembling Pieces of Juno mix that we’re particularly taken with here at AIAIAI HQ.
Helsinki-based ceramics artist/designer Man Yau has crafted a series of remarkably elegant, conceptual sculptures that look and feel like a million dollars. They’re the sort of trophy-like objects that you might secretly dream of being able to afford - when you move into that swanky new Lower Eastside apartment where Apartamento and Monocle magazines are casually interspersed on the charmingly weathered upholstery of your vintage Eames sofas. However, these sculptures come with an interesting catch; they’re actually fully functional bongs ready to be filled with potent Mary Jane and get you high as a kite.
- is a crowd funded documentary featuring, among other creative heavyweights, Diplo, Jurassic 5 and Ghostly International’s Tycho. According to the producers it: ‘reveals the dramatic collapse of the music industry and the unintended consequences the internet revolution is having on creators of all kinds.’ If this trailer is anything to go by, it does look as if UNSOUND is actually a very legitimate attempt at watching out for starving artists struggling to make ends meet in ‘the ‘age of free.’