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.
A few weeks ago Fear Of Flying, the British label led by Ben Micklewright aka BLM and Jay Massive, timidly propelled a ticking bomb into the world of electronic music: Leif Knowles’ first LP, displays the intriguing name ‘Dinas Oleu’ and enigmatic lomo picture. Fear of Flying has proven through the years its talent in surprising its faithful and growing audience, selecting with great care artists from many horizons, developing through the releases an eclecticism which has become a sign of superior high-caliber music.
There’s an expression that everything is clearer in retrospect. I’m not sure what the expression is in regards to music, or the point at which haphazard trends morph into legitimate subcultures, but it does seem that avant-garde talent is better recognized when there’s been a lapse of time. At least that’s the case with Minimal Wave. Minimal Wave is an interesting genre in that it’s more an umbrella term coined in hindsight than it is a unified movement. The term was pioneered by renaissance woman Veronica Vasicka, New York based DJ, photographer, and founder of Minimal Wave Records. Characterized by its use of analog synthesizers, DIY-recording techniques, and minimal musical structures, the movement comprises a vast array of genres, from synthpop, to synthpunk, to minimal synth and coldwave.
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.
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.’
Sometimes you have to abandon all notions of decency and rave hard. This is one of those times.
Nu-disco is a weird term. For starters, it’s not really new, considering it first appeared over a decade ago. And of course, there’s also the spelling. Is new that much more cumbersome to spell than its alternate, edgy consonant + vowel equivalent? Although, there’s something to be said about abbreviating a three-letter word. Using “nu-disco” as a superset genre for several upcoming of artists also poses its own set of problems. How to describe the next wave of this category? New nu-disco? Nu-nu disco? Nu disco squared? Let’s just skip the labels and talk about the music.
Barely a year after releasing the LP Pink, the London-based producer Kieran Hebden better known as the infamous Four Tet returns with a new album, which has so far avoided the usual hype: Beautiful Rewind. Behind the psychedelic cover hides an album swimming against the current trend, resulting in an impressive track, a near perfect summary of all that went before.
Yes indeed, it's that time of year, the Amsterdam Dance Event time of year! In celebration of the impending festival and the party we're supporting, we’ve teamed up with our friend Gregor Tresher for a competition where you can win a grand prize consisting of 1 TMA-1, 1 limited edition Break New Soil ADE 2013 t-shirt and 2 x guest list entrance to the Break New Soil showcase at Amsterdam Dance Event! Read on for details on how to enter
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.
- in which our favorite Aussie beatsmith deconstructs, and revitalizes Empire of the Sun’s original to deliciously bouncy effects.
Marc Barrite is an American artist also known as Dave Aju, (in France would that be Déjà Vu?), whose mission in life is nothing less than to ‘rescue dance music from the blahs’ this may perhaps offer an explanation as to why he recorded his first album entirely from sounds made from his own mouth.
We’ve teamed up with our partners at Seattle’s impeccably curated and just plain awe-inspiring Decibel Festival for a competition where two lucky winners each can win a DECIBEL Festival Pass! ($250). Want to see Machinedrum, Nicolas Jaar, Matias Aguayo, Blondes, Ben Klock, Neon Indian, plus an untold amount of other quality acts live? Read on.
It has been a good year for the ladies of the electronic pop/r&b music scene. Bands such as Chvrches, AlunaGeorge and Mø have filled the airwaves with strong female vocals and gained widespread recognition. And this particular lady is no exception, only she does it with a certain something extra. Her name is Banks. And so far she has been pretty awesome.
Arcade Fire's highly anticipated new single "Reflektor" has arrived, and to celebrate the release of it, they’ve made, not only one, but two videos featuring the track.
In honor of AIAIAI’s fervent NIN fanboys Kasper and Andy here’s an in-depth look into the magnitude, complexity and technology of the new Nine Inch Nails tour. As you might expect, Trent Reznor doesn’t mess around.
Our Latest collaborator and one of today’s most prolific audio engineers, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, will take his expertise to Skillshare, the global online social marketplace dedicated to educating others about a variety of topics, on September 4, 2013. Filmed at SAE Institute New York, Young Guru will step to the digital platform to instruct a series of video lessons entitled "Sound Check: The Essentials of DIY Audio Mixing", a class that will cover the basics of mixing and recording. After learning the fundamentals, students will have the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime contest judged by Young Guru and his team.
I’m not sure how I came across Grup Ses Beats. All I know is once I’d heard a few tracks I had to know more. I embarked on a cyber-manhunt only to discover the act was part of Distortion’s 2013 lineup. Clicking the link, the Festival offered this enlightening biography: “Mysterious Turkish People.”
Musikdagen is yet another of Denmark's somewhat infinite number of Festivals, but still one of the odd ones out. The seasoned gentlemen and now schoolteacher Paw Seitzberg is one of two people behind the one-day festival. Daniel had a talk to him about the festival, it's ongoing upgrades and his own improvisational "fuck-up" act T.R.I.
It doesn’t get much more summery than Washed Out’s latest single that comes with an accompanying jungle-tastic video directed by London-based, multitalented creative, Kate Moross.
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.
Tired of the endless amount of burned out, home-built sound systems blasting (awful) music in the campsites? Then your agony is over, as the festival site opens today! So stop the beer-bowling and come on up and rave with us to these amazing acts.
Finally! After a close call last year and several missed opportunities, Frank Ocean finally made it to Copenhagen Thursday night. Naturally, both the crowd and Ocean seemed eager to hear and play last year's 'Channel Orange'. Over the course of 90 minutes, we go to hear most of his excellent full length, save for some forgettable interludes (sorry, John Mayer) and 'Fertilizer,' which it is hard to imagine anyone complaining about.
The tall music oracle who has tweaked the soon-to-be-released TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru ruminates on the art of crate-digging. There was, for example, that time in Amsterdam where he had to go past several drug dealers and a sketchy brothel to get to a vinyl goldmine guarded by an old lady. Not completely sure what that was all about, but this interview is definitely a fascinating must-see if you’ve got more than a passing interest in music. Click play and get inside the crate-digging mind of one of hip hop’s most prominent engineers.
Today is the day that Modeselektor’s Monkeytown records release the 3rd album from the mad, Berlin-based, disco professor, Siriusmo. On first listen, ‘Enthusiast’ is punishing a tour de force through Diasporic grime, futuristic electro, disco, funk and abrupt, disorienting shifts in tempo and mood. We can safely say that it’s never boring.
Every once in a while you stumble upon a true gem of music history, whether through ground-breaking production, an immaculate voice or the most bizarre background story. The Apollo Stars and their EP 'Power of Source' fit right into that last category.
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.
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'