In which AIAIAI Australia help put on a great party in Melbourne. 'Espionage' is arranged by local cats The Operatives and it looks set to be pretty righteous.
Here's the first full-length interview in our Fragments series. First up is Dan Snaith AKA Caribou talking about music, mathematics, intuitivity and DJing.
We are proud to present Justin Townes Earle this Saturday the 19th at Pumpehuset
Get ready to get down with AIAIAI Australia and the Roof to Reel parties at the Rooftop bar.
Storm, Copenhagen’s renowned fashion and lifestyle boutique, will be selling the Fool’s Gold edition TMA-1. Get yourself down to Store Regnegade 1 where you can touch, test and try on the limited edition headphones.
The AIAIAI crew went to Amsterdam for the launch of the new Fool’s Gold limited edition TMA-1. We talked to Red Light Radio, held a launch party with the beautiful people at Precinct 5, drank ourselves silly, got down like funky robots on the floor of the Melkweg club and took pictures of it.
We like to talk to people who know what they’re talking about.
We’re pleased, proud and ever so slightly peppy. And the reason for this is that we’re just about to launch our latest headphone, the Fool’s Gold limited edition TMA-1!
Quite frankly, they should've hired us for soundtrack duties.
If we were filthy rich, the first thing we would do would be to get our butts on the first plane to Melbourne where AIAIAI Australia are hosting what looks set to be a grade-A get-down.
Design geeks probably won’t be majorly surprised that we’re into design history, more specifically the design philosophy of the German design maverick, Dieter Rams.
We know it, our fans know it, and now Detroit techno legend Carl Craig knows it too: using the TMA-1 will, in any given context, fill you with so much love and unbridled affection, that you will feel compelled to share it with your immediate surroundings. As a deterrent of negative impulses and increaser of sweaty hugs, the TMA-1 stands unrivaled.
Tiga James Sontag accomplishments have been documented a 100 times over. He’s a skilled DJ, a savvy label head of Turbo Recordings and a flamboyant, charismatic entertainer. What most people don’t know, however, is that Tiga’s dad is a legendary Goa-trance DJ and that the young Tiga would travel back and forth between the hippie-infested beaches of Goa and snowy Montreal.
Labeling Mathew Dear’s talent is not the easiest of tasks. First of all, he works in a wealth of different guises such as Audion, Jabberjaw and False that showcase the diversity in his musical ability.
Like many other bass music aficionados, Steve Goodman AKA Kode9’s first encounter with the lower end of the electronic register was jungle and drum ‘n’ bass. The Glasgow native went to a local club where he discovered the music that changed his life. Today, he has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the university of Warwick, he’s written a book on ‘ Sonic Warfare’, he keeps releasing his own eagerly anticipated productions and he runs Hyperdub, the bass music label of the moment.
Is there anyone in the Western hemisphere who hasn’t heard of Erol Alkan, the leather-clad DJ maverick of Cypriot-Turkish descent who’s had a hand in the development of almost every current, identifiable dance floor direction?
Pilooski maintains an unwavering dedication in his DJing and re-editing and in his own productions that are always placed somewhere out in leftfield. Moreover, his output is getting recognition from production heavyweights such as James Murphy, so it’s pretty safe to say that Pilooski is on the rise.
Beatsmith Ramble John Krohn AKA RJD2 has so many unrealized psychedelic beats stored in that brilliant dome of his, that the world’s collective consciousness would suffer some sort of brain-frying meltdown if he were to release them all at once. Luckily, he’s chosen to put them out in relatively slow succession, thus saving us all from kissing our brains goodbye by ‘kissing the sky’, as Jimi Hendrix put it.
If someone had told us 11 years ago that Norway was well on its way to becoming an epicentre of krautrock-influenced space-disco we would have laughed our asses off. Sorry, Norway, but that just wasn’t in the cards for us. Nevertheless, here we are in 2011 and Norwegian Thomas Moen Hermansen AKA Prins Thomas is one the prime exponents of a trippy genre that shows no signs of dying out. The worldwide disco mafia is still in full effect and the psychedelic Prins Thomas DJ set is one of their most frequent places of worship.
If you had to sum up the last decade in one name, you could do worse than offering up James Murphy. The producer of The Rapture’s first album, lead singer of LCD Soundsystem and co-founder of era-defining DFA records was none other than the guy who got the po-faced indie kids dancing.
Philipp Jung is one half of M.A.N.D.Y. , the Berlin-based duo who have kept the world’s more discerning dance floors moving since they started their first Frankfurt club night in the mid 90s. And the pair hasn’t rested on its laurels. Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer are presently the heads of the world-conquering Get Physical label, they’ve played to around 500.000 people at the Love Parade and they’ve recorded a significant number of exceptional mixes.
Crunch, swish, bleep, Ross Birchard AKA Hudson Mohawke’s cominatcha with tumultuous technicolour beats and 8-bit, neon-tinted melodies.
Naysayers and haters will tell you that DJs are just random guys who play other peoples records for a living. If you’re ever confronted with this cynicism, you should hand them two mixes: Michael Mayer’s legendary ‘Immer’ from 2000 and his crucial Fabric mix from 2003
Swiss-based Lucien Nicolet, or Luciano as most of the world knows him, has been active on the global techno scene for quite a while. He started DJing in the early to mid 90s in his native Chile alongside Latin American contemporaries such as Dandy Jack, and he has since then gone on to produce landmark albums and singles that have stood the test of time
Berlin-based Seth Troxler is the exact opposite of the anonymous, graphic design T-shirt-wearing DJ. He brings personality, wit and a healthy dose of depravity to the table, and his productions and mixes on labels such as Spectral Sound, M_nus, and Bpitch Control are warped, sex-filled takes on the sound of the ‘motor city’ that has given us so many deliciouslydark machine anthems.
Aksel Schaufler AKA Superpitcher has created epically moving, subtly experimental techno for over a decade. The friend of the original Cologne-based founding fathers of the Kompakt label (Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt, Jürgen Paape and Michael Mayer) has created his own wonderfully idiosyncratic branch on the rapidly growing tree that is contemporary electronic music.
Sometimes we wish we knew French because it would make us able to understand what Julien Pradeyrol AKA Teki Latex was rapping about. It sounds like the head of the dance floor- conquering Institubes label (RIP!) has something important to say when he’s spittin’ and we’re no doubt missing out. We’ll just have to settle for his choice DJing skills and party-starting stage persona that’s the epitome of rowdy, good vibrations.
Aaah, Tim Sweeney. That bespectacled purveyor of all things tastefully eccentric and subtly subversive. When Tim’s New York radio show Beats in Space is claiming its small share of the airwaves on Tuesday nights, the international DJ mafia know it’s time to listen.
American folk singer and full-beard-bearer extraordinaire, Bonnie “Prince” Billy once teamed up with Hot Chip to do a vocal reworking of their forthcoming single ‘I Feel Better’, which was renamed ‘I Feel Bonnie’. This marks yet another unlikely collaboration in a series of many, a former being the Alexis Taylor/Robert Wyatt duets on ‘Whistle for Will’ and ‘We're Looking for a Lot of Love’.
Like many other boundary-pushing electronic acts, Hamburg-based Stefan Kozalla started out in the hip hop scene. He earned his DJ stripes in German group Fischmob where he became an accomplished turntablist with an ear for incorporating the more progressive end of the hip hop spectrum.