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.
Moxie’s Fact Mix: Number 378. Drop date April 2013. About half-way through the mix appears a drum-based African sound blending carefully chopped up vocal samples; pulsating, energetic, brimming with groove. Most noticeably it builds up a continuous tension culminating in a plateau without a true release. It leaves you wanting more in the best possible way - throughout the song - and once it’s over. It feels like engaging in the carnal act of love, except for the fact that every time you’re about to reach climax someone pulls the (utmost figurative) plug.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
Copenhagen-based TEAL Recordings has broken its silence after a year-long period of inactivity. True to form, label-head Psimono has chosen not to mince his words, with a clear, yet characteristically abrupt message: TEAL009 is on its way.
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.
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!
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.
The weekend before last in a tiny clearing in a forest in Reading, a few hundred people were dancing under a cloudless sky of stars on a Sunday night, flanked by ancient trees, papier mâché mushrooms, trippy visuals and sound tracked with obscure re-edits and live performances from the likes of Lovefingers, Mark E, Beppe Loda, Eddie C, Psychemagik, ModernLuv, Bing Ji Ling and Black Merlin. Thanks to hosts Pyschemagik, the UK production duo renowned for their transcendent mix tape journeys and prolific remixing skills, this boutique experience pushed the envelope of what a utopian festival experience could be.
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.
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.
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.
A Warp and Aphex Twin release with artwork that shows all the cost of making the record. A record that ironically without a doubt, will end up on on Ebay for much more than the original asking price
Building on our recent headphone collaboration with Stones Throw we asked ourselves ‘What if the microphone in your headset could be used for something more creative than just speaking on the phone?’
Get this: we recently discovered that our German distributor, Steve, is not only a nice guy who does a stand up job of taking care of AIAIAI’s German market; he also just so happens to be part of the mighty Ashra whom some of you may rightly identify as one of the krautrock movement’s pivotal bands. Being music nerds we kind of lost it when we first heard that Steve currently plays keyboard alongside the group’s founding father, Manuel Göttsching. But after getting the fanboyisms out the way we eventually regained our composure and started pestering him for some krautrock insight. Read on for the tightest ish from NEU!, Kraftwerk and, of course, Ash Ra Tempel.
We haven't stopped listening to Dutch-born, USA-based Martyn's latest album 'The Air Between Words’ since it dropped last month. A constantly evolving producer, his third LP (following previous works on Brainfeeder and 3024) marks a distinctly analogue approach and throws another curveball in his consistently vital production.
Roskilde Festival, if you’ve never heard of it, is Northern Europe’s biggest music event. Starting out with a few naked hippies in sleeping bags going at it in an empty field, the festival is now into its 43rd year and has seen the world’s biggest bands and acts grace its bright Orange Stage. From primal rock to banging techno, here’s what the AIAIAI office would like to see at this year’s festival.
Detroit youngster Jay Daniel jumped up the ranks from being completely unknown in 2012 to being now regarded as one of the keenest new house DJs (and producers) on the underground circuit. His 2-hour set at Distortion Festival on Wednesday the 4th of July cemented these claims and made us feel obligated to delve into the Sound Signature & Wild Outs affiliated musician's discography.
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.
Taken from Martyn’s upcoming album ‘ The Air Between Words’ set to drop on Ninjatune on the 16th of June, ‘Love of Pleasure’ features copeland AKA Inga Copeland formerly of Hype Williams, as well as spooky, cavernous, dubby synths, otherworldly piano and delightfully woozy club-isms. It certainly put a big smile on our faces. Check it out.
The promise of summer is in the air and fitting this mood perfectly the excellent RETREAT label has released a very special double-vinyl anniversary release featuring nine brand new killer house jams from the extended Retreat label family.
Here’s an exclusive, little treat for you: Sean Dack’s trippy promo for Jokers of the Scene’s brand new jam, ‘Pop Shop’, which will be featured on their extremely promising debut album ‘End Scene’, set to drop at the end of this month via Throne of Blood off-shoot, Throne of Kanada.
Click Festival is definitely up there as one of my favourite Danish festival experiences. The music programming is wide-ranging and genuinely interesting with lots to discover and explore, along with a selection of legendary (yet still relevant) names on the lineup to draw in the crowd. On top of that, the organisers appear to take a lot of pride in stretching far beyond the remit of the standard music festival, delivering workshops, exhibitions and lectures with a slickness and professionalism that many events of this type struggle to achieve.
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.