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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The third installment in our mix series comes from New York renaissance man Jacques Renault who’s cooked up a potent, varied and intoxicating brew of thumping house music and up-tempo dance floor curveballs. Recorded live and packing just the right amount of drum machine-fetishism, ethereal piano, timeless horns and bouncy percussion to keep you revisiting the selection time and time again, the third edition in the AIAIAI Mix series is an hour and 42 minutes in the company of a man who quite clearly knows what he’s doing.
The second edition in the AIAIAI Mix series comes from producer/DJ/ Danish dance music don Kasper Bjørke, one of the most interesting, talented and iconic figures that contemporary Copenhagen club culture has cultivated over the last 10 to 15 years. This excellent contribution sees the seasoned selector sticking to his eclectic guns while finding a renewed, forward-looking focus that includes tracks by Pional, Daniel Avery and The Emperor Machine, among many other dark and atmospheric anthems.
Hot on the heels of his recent Boiler Room appearance, Tartelet Record’s rising, Essen-based signing Glenn Astro found the time to make us a mixtape chock-full of dusty, trip hop-y beats and electronic soul (with a bit of Discovery-era Daft Punk thrown in for good measure), which celebrates the release of his new EP. Yes indeed, Glenn Astro’s AIAIAI Mixtape might very well be your doorway to obtaining that coveted weekend mojo.
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.
This Friday one of our favorite house music duos will be playing at the Warehouse Project in Manchester. If this mix is anything to go by and you're the kind of intelligent individual who decides to go, you’ll very likely be down on your knees praying to the Dark Lord of House when Waze & Odyssey hit the wheels of steel come Friday.
Future Disco Radio supported by AIAIAI once again provide upfront sounds from the world of disco, house and everything in-between. This week’s show is presented by Sean Brosnan and features music from Omar S, HNNY, La Fleur as well as a special guest mix from The Revenge recorded live from Space Ibiza.
Ghostly International’s ever dependable Missy Livingston AKA Moderna steps up and delivers a choice selection of ethereal melancholy, sun-bleached disco and atmospheric techno. If you need a soundtrack that provides the aural backdrop to driving into a radiating, orange sunset with your best friends, look no further.
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.
South Africa's bestest most dopest producer/rapper/designer unleashes a rad new mixtape that pays homage to his birth year and comes with an 8-bit video game. Listen to the mix tape, play the game and enjoy your weekend. Starting: now.
Ghostly’s Fort Romeau comes up trumps with a summer-y mix that provides the aural equivalent of a giddy teenage stroll beneath the iridescent lights of an amusement park in June. If you’ve no idea what the hell that means, we can assure you it means warm, imaginative and thoroughly inviting disco and house that has a bliss-inducing, anticipatory vibe about it.
Our with-it Swedish pals at Discobelle hook up with Sound Pellegrino’s mighty Teki Latex for an exclusive mix full of uncompromising, dubby, industrial dance floor mayhem from the likes of Kowton, Pearson Sound, MikeQ, Edmx and Truss. Teki - who happens to one of the original TMA-1 testers - goes in hard with a mix that hints at angular new dance music genres. Give it a spin and tell us what you think.
For those of you interested in keeping up with emerging sub-genres of the bass world... For the rest of you it's perfectly fine to stop reading now.
The founding father of the legendary London club night, Secret Sundaze, recorded a three-hour set when playing Panorama Bar some weeks ago. A classy set ranging from deep Afro inspired tunes to Chicago, Acid and back again. Lots of hidden gems in there and well worth a listen...
I’m taking time off to rehabilitate, thus no article today. However, I have prepared a little mix that I hope you will enjoy... See you next week!
Oh Levon. Is there any better way to enter the new year than with a mix from your hand? Back in 2010, you and the now defunct mnmlssgs blog rang in the new year with an exquisite mix of house and techno of the finest kind. Now, you're doing it all over again!
We’ve been pestering our old pal, Tomas for a mix for a while now and lo and behold it’s finally here! The DJ/producer/drummer’s first mix for us is an intense, deep and ethereal affair that will transport you to timelessly grandiose places of concentrated bliss. Mixed on the TMA-1 Studio, Tomas proves - once again - that you don’t always have to shout to get heard.
Remember that 'SUP Magazine/Cosmic Kids post we ran a few weeks back? There's more to that story. More specifically an excellent desert-inspired mix by those star-gazing Cosmic Kids. Let your weekend fade into sweet, sweet oblivion courtesy of the Cosmic kids ambient mix. Take it away, Ron.
His name is Dances With White Girls and he made us a mix. That’s all you need to know, really. But, in the name of general inclusivity and spreading the good DWWG word, we can tell you that he’s an NY-based producer/DJ/rapper, that he releases slammin tracks on Plant Music and Throne of Blood and that he presumably likes to dance with white girls. Don’t we all?