Review: Leif // Dinas Oleu

Review: Leif // Dinas Oleu

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.

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Scandi Synth: exploring Nordic minimal synth, coldwave, and synthpop

Scandi Synth: exploring Nordic minimal synth, coldwave, and synthpop

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: The Deep - Singular Silence (Pieces of Juno mix)

New Flavour in Your Ear: The Deep - Singular Silence (Pieces of Juno mix)

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – ‘Faden Away’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – ‘Faden Away’

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.’

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Nightwave - ‘ Rave Hard’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Nightwave - ‘ Rave Hard’

Sometimes you have to abandon all notions of decency and rave hard. This is one of those times.

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Nu Kids on the Block: the next generation of disco revival

Nu Kids on the Block: the next generation of disco revival

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.

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Review: Four Tet // Beautiful Rewind

Review: Four Tet // Beautiful Rewind

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.

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COMPETITION: Win a TMA-1 and Tickets to the Break New Soil Showcase at Amsterdam Dance Event! UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

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

New Flavour in Your Ear: Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Empire of the Sun – DNA (Ta-Ku Remix)

New Flavour in Your Ear: Empire of the Sun – DNA (Ta-Ku Remix)

- in which our favorite Aussie beatsmith deconstructs, and revitalizes Empire of the Sun’s original to deliciously bouncy effects.

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Review: Dave Aju and the invisible art trio // Look Out Above

Review: Dave Aju and the invisible art trio // Look Out Above

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.

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Competition: Win Tickets to the Decibel Festival! - UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

New Flavour in Your Ear: Banks

New Flavour in Your Ear: Banks

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.

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New Video for Arcade's Fire's 'Reflektor'

New Video for Arcade's Fire's 'Reflektor'

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.

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Behind the Scenes of the Nine Inch Nails Tour

Behind the Scenes of the Nine Inch Nails Tour

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.

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Skillshare: Essentials of Audio Engineering with Young Guru

Skillshare: Essentials of Audio Engineering with Young Guru

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.

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Solid Beats for Solidarity

Solid Beats for Solidarity

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.”

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Musikdagen - Copenhagen's Coziest Festival

Musikdagen - Copenhagen's Coziest Festival

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.

New Flavour in Your Ear: Washed Out – ‘Don’t Give Up’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Washed Out – ‘Don’t Give Up’

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: 'Lords of Midnite – Drown in Ur Love’

New Flavour in Your Ear: 'Lords of Midnite – Drown in Ur Love’

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.

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Dunkel Radio Recommends: The 5 electronic acts you simply cannot miss at Roskilde Festival 2013

Dunkel Radio Recommends: The 5 electronic acts you simply cannot miss at Roskilde Festival 2013

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.

Review: Frank Ocean @ TAP 1

Review: Frank Ocean @ TAP 1

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.

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Crate-Digging with Young Guru

Crate-Digging with Young Guru

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Siriusmo ‘s New Album ‘Enthusiast’ is out Today

New Flavour in Your Ear: Siriusmo ‘s New Album ‘Enthusiast’ is out Today

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.

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Scientology's Warped House Band Once Made a Record Called 'Power of Source'

Scientology's Warped House Band Once Made a Record Called 'Power of Source'

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Broken Twin

New Flavour in Your Ear: Broken Twin

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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Neeon - 'Zero Gravity'

New Flavour in Your Ear: Neeon - 'Zero Gravity'

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'

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Dunkel Radio Recommends: The 5 Danish Acts You Don’t Wanna Miss At Distortion 2013

Dunkel Radio Recommends: The 5 Danish Acts You Don’t Wanna Miss At Distortion 2013

Distortion Festival 2013 is closing in and we can’t wait. 5 days of good music, happy people and lots of beer. We have made a list of the talented Danes, playing at Distortion who you should check out.

The perpetually hip, multi-talented Dev Hynes is making a new solo album

The perpetually hip, multi-talented Dev Hynes is making a new solo album

Here’s little run-down of his achievements and a couple of reasons why you should check out the upcoming album.

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Review: Koreless - 'Yugen'

Review: Koreless - 'Yugen'

"Yūgen" is dense. Koreless' latest EP is so fully packed with rich sounds that the airwaves sometimes feel almost tangible. They aren't, of course, but that brief moment where you suppress even that rational thought is exactly where "Yūgen" comes to life.

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