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.
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.
Will Bankhead's The Trilogy Tapes has steadily been churning out music on cassette, CD and vinyl en masse over the last 6 years, yet due to the fact that half of its artists are absolutely unknown, it has retained the kind of mystery that usually only surrounds younger platforms. It continues to deliver some of the most exciting experimental technoid underground music out there today, combined with Bankhead's own unique artwork, and it is this secrecy and brilliance that has seduced me into giving TTT some attention with a proper write-up.
The central team at Dunkel Radio is Najaaraq Vestbirk, Daniel Bruhn, Emma Blake and Oscar Börjeson, and each of them acts like they’ll die of boredom if they don’t have at least another 10 projects orbiting their person at any one time. Najaaraq provides a glimpse at the Dunkel Radio Diary, for the purposes of bragging, shameless self-promotion, and possibly also as a point of reference for some of the more forgetful members of the crew.
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.
Everybody’s favorite mask-rocking producer recently made his mood-altering new EP available for streaming. Accompanying the atmospheric sound is a hypnotic visual concept dreamt up by Hidden Places, frequent SBKTRKT collaborator and inventor of the iconic mask, which has come to be the trademark of one of the most interesting electronic producers working today. Look and listen after the click.
- in which the talented Dutch multi instrumentalist puts his own unique spin on Shlohmo’s ‘Places’ in that characteristically soulful BINKBEATS stylee.
Sephan Laubner is a discrete yet prolific producer based in the little town of Harz, Germany; known for his work under the pseudonyms STL and Lunatik Sound System. Prolific is an understatement when describing Laubner’s music as he has released 13 albums under his STL moniker in the past 11 years, and if you add up his Lunatik Sound System albums, the result is nothing less than 30 LPs.
The silvery sound of Fatima of Eglo Records fame is at the forefront of defining a new approach to electronic music, that praises songwriting and musicianship over sole club functionality. Her recent Resident Advisor Sessions performance plus the announcement of her debut album this year meant we had to give this blissful voice some love.
Our friends at Red Bull Music Academy have produced an epic one and a half hour film documenting the inspirations and rigours of making music. Featuring an all-star diverse cast of talent, this is one to watch.
Look, it's Bonobo coming to save your Monday with a mood-altering, sun-drenched remix.
Following the launch of a new website and the announcement of a new record label focusing on Danish talent, Dunkel Radio returns to the air for this season of fortnightly shows. Najaaraq and Emma were joined in the studio with Sara Svanholm and Simone Øster for for a chat about the weekend’s partying schedules and some fawning over Xosar and her wonderful live set from Distortion last year.
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.
Purveyors of electronic soul Flying Lotus and Dâm-Fûnk have gained a new funky L.A. ally - Samuel "Seven" Davis Jr.
A buoyant, joyous track with hints of bittersweet electronic pulses, Tomas Barfod’s latest single provides a promising start to the year.
The Finns don’t have it easy—half the world isn’t sure exactly where their country is located or what language they speak, and their neighbors have a history of isolating them when they aren’t trying to invade. Personally, I think Helsinki is pretty cool. And being an anomaly isn’t always a bad thing—especially when it gives your take on underground music its own special flair. Which is exactly the case with Finland’s contribution to minimal synth/synthpop.
‘Electro. Yo! I heard electro is back man. Break out your Speak & Spells and shit.’ - Ron Morelli, Dazed Digital 10 Things
- a blast of warm tropical breeze and a treat for the ears and the eyes. During the summer a video of a very cool six-year-old girl doing breakdance to a very groovy tune was released online. The girl is called B-Girl Terra, the band behind the tune is called Jungle, and they've quickly become a band to watch.