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.’
Just when you thought the Stones Throw label could not possibly get any doper, they unveil one of the most monumental mega jams in recent memory. The hook up between Snoop and Dâm-Funk is one of those collaborations that makes you go:’ why hasn’t this happened before? And the answer to that question is quite obviously that the stars had to be aligned just right, so that the celestial shine from Planet Funk could focus a twofold beam of iridescent cosmic energy at Snoop’s sizable blunt and Dam-funk’s opulent ‘do - the force of which has pulled these seasoned Caesars of the groove together in the one of most delicious, synthed-out love-ins of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, it is our pleasure to present: The Funk. AKA Dâm-Funk and ‘Snoopzilla’ - ‘Faden Away.’
Fetisch and &ME AKA Terranova are not only very nice guys, they’re also the duo you need to book if you want the sort of wonderfully unpredictable party soundtrack that channels the freedom-loving spirit of The Paradise Garage while kicking out the latest lean, focused and forward-thinking jams. Check out how one of Kompakt’s classiest twosomes effortlessly balance the divide between full-on house music dance-a-thon and cultured listening session at the perpetually rowdy Boiler Room Berlin.
Sometimes you have to abandon all notions of decency and rave hard. This is one of those times.
African acid-rave and pounding house vibes aplenty, as the man with the tallest headgear in dance music takes center stage at Boiler Room London, armed with facepaint, dancers and champagne. If that opening sales pitch doesn’t have your undivided attention, we will posit the contention that you are well and truly dead inside.
To some of you, Daniel Avery’s very distinct dance floor flavor isn’t all that new. The 27-year-old producer and resident DJ at Fabric has been doing the rounds on the electronic music circuit and indeed the outer reaches of the known blogosphere for quite a while. But the striking novelty of his debut album lies not in an upcoming talent’s take on the sonic zeitgeist, but in a versatile artist’s singular departure from it.
- is the music video that finally proves wrong the guy who made the music video for Authechre’s ‘Gantz Graf.’ Back in 2002, after Alex Rutterford had released the stunning video for Autechre’s equally mesmerizing single, he answered a lot of questions about the creation of the video. And, because people apparently asked him a lot of questions about algorithms, he stated that: ‘it's fool's gold thinking that someone can sit there writing a piece of software that can make intelligent decisions about pace and animation." Well, this has just been proved wrong with Matt Pearson’s creation of a system that interprets audio and generates the striking visuals of the ‘Prisms’ video.
FACT TV spent last weekend at the very promising Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam where they soaked up the vibes and shone their knowing camera light on one of the most interesting electronic producers of the 21st century. Tune in for a concise dissection of the Dutch electronic music scene as well as a few truth bombs on the state of Ibizan tech-house.
- in which Mr. Greene unleashes a veritable tidal wave of tight, sweat-drenched house, techno and disco house upon a diverse, equally sweat-drenched, array of eager party beavers.
- is an interesting, little independent sci-fi flick with a strong concept, inspiring digital effects….and somewhat mediocre acting. But don’t let the latter deter from watching these 8 minutes of skillfully crafted sci-fi.
Björk’s awe-inspiring ‘Biophilia’ project gets a bit of extra mileage through a new Channel 4 documentary that explores the evolution of music around the world.
The capable guys and gals at Slices interview the Berghain resident who is arguably one of the most important techno DJs of our generation. Over the course of the in-depth interview, Slices make Marcel spill the beans on his EBM influences, his thoughts on futurism in electronic music - and the ‘basic feeling’ or ‘grundgefühl’ of wearing leather jackets. Go and ahead and watch, you most certainly will not regret it.
The first contributor in our new mix series is label boss, Fade to Mind artist and skilled DJ, MikeQ, who has crafted a bouncy ballroom odyssey that’s all about the dance floor and full of tasty, cutting-edge suprises. It may be Monday, but we get the distinct feeling that this mix transforms everything in its wake into full-on Friday.
Rising underground label Unknown to the Unknown once again up the ante in the house music stakes with new bit of heat from Lords of Midnite - which we strongly suspect might be another one of Legowelt AKA Danny Wolfer’s multifarious guises. ‘Drown in Your Love’ is everything a summer banger should be with its drifting, aquatic synths, smudged, deconctructed ‘ardcore drum patterns and what you might call ‘xxx-rated, tropical motifs.’, if you were so frivolously inclined.
Yet more proof that we do actually live in remarkable times. Google have apparently found a way to connect everyone to the internet. And when we say say everyone we mean EVERYONE. As in the entire planet. Assuming the project succeeds, this effectively means that the remaining 5-6 billion people who are not wired in like the rest of us will get access to the internet by way of Google’s high-altitude balloons, which will eventually form a planet-covering network. Yes, the ambition and scope of Google’s latest project is dizzying to say the least.
Aching, frail vocals sung just above a whisper, chiming piano and gauzy, trip hop-y soundscapes are the order of the day as Majke Voss Romme AKA Broken Twin takes you through her vulnerable emotional register that articulates the familiar but still affecting tales of longing and loss.
Is a stunning multimedia installation that will, quite frankly, leave you reeling. And begging for more. We’ve been following the work of artist, illustrator and Ghostly International collaborator Sougwen Chung for a while and it’s nice to see that that her lofty ambition and unyielding talent keeps developing into bigger and better entities.
Just in time for the summer, Neeon made the French touched electronic pop album that a lot of people were expecting from Daft Punk. Step inside and surrender your inhibitions to German-based Neeon's effortless, warm and impeccably produced 'Zero Gravity'
Yup, we talked to the sound of the underground, the sound of Scuba, that influential bass music producer turned larger-than-life dance music don who's on a seemingly never-ending ascent. Check within for pointers on vocal samples, running a succesful electronic music label and why the 90s is the best decade for dance music.
Watch and learn as Brenmar and MikeQ throw it down in a bassy, bouncy, XXX-rated stylee.
A few months ago our friend James from the venerable Throne of Blood label sent us a mix from TOB signees Bohemian Groove because he thought we might dig it. Turns out we loved it and that made us dig a little deeper into Bohemian Groove who are actually comprised of members of Renaissance Man and Jokers of the Scene, the latter of which are responsible for this remix that’s about to get all up in your Monday face in the most thrilling of ways.
And does it in a rather thought-provoking way that asks profound questions about the fundamental nature of sound. Deaf artist Christine Sun Kim examines the physical aspects of our favorite medium to make it more inclusive to everyone – including people who can’t actually hear it.
Hype is something we try to avoid because we’re elitist snobs. Well, actually, it’s mainly because we think it’s a bit boring to post the same bits that everyone else is posting. That said, there’s no way in hell we’re not posting the mighty Panda bear riffing on his collaboration with our favorite French robots. Click play and listen to Panda Bear explain his longstanding infatuation with Daft Punk, the pressure of performing on the spot and recording old sounds to make them new. Take it away, Panda bear.
A hypnotic, visual meditation on North American leisure culture created by Evan Prosofsky, the guy who directed the memorable ‘Oblivion’ video for Grimes, Bat for Lashes’ ‘All Your Gold’ and Grizzly Bears’ ‘Yet Again’. Sporting an ethereal soundtrack by Dirty Beaches, this contemplative video set in the ‘strange suburban utopia’ of World Waterpark in Alberta, Canada, might just restore your Monday brain to its normal functions.
This Record Store Day sees our graphic designer's solo project, Yen Sleep, hook up with Danish duo Broke for a limited edition 12". Cop this visceral slice of intense machine-made music before the vinyl nerds buy in bulk and run for the hills.
Baauer is that kid who produced that thunderous joint with Just Blaze and started one of the internet’s biggest crazes in recent memory to boot. However, as it becomes glaringly obvious a few minutes into the Austin-based Boiler Room appearance alongside RL Grime AKA Clockwork, he’s also a skilled selector with an ear for moving the crowd. Together they show Austin how it’s done in a UK-inspired stylee. Get on it – and watch out for that Artful Dodger drop!
Well, we’ll have it by the end of summer, at least. If you, like us, found yourself deeply immersed in Neill Blomkamp’s unconventional, South African Sci-fi thriller, you’ll want to get a good look at this very promising new teaser. Featuring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Blomkamp has gone from the indie circuit to big budget blockbuster territory – and by the looks of this trailer, he just might pull it off.