It’s that time of year again. Time to endure the unsightly effects of consecutive days spent partying to mindless, repetitive beats. Time to show up late and quite possibly drunk for work. And time to enjoy the very best that the Copenhagen music scene has to offer. Despite the fact that ageing Distortion-goers invariably complain that everything was so much better in the ‘good old days’ dance music is undoubtedly in a very interesting place at the moment. And we would argue that the Distortion festival is still one of the best places in the world to experience the life-changing elation that comes with it. Ladies and gentlemen, step right this way for the AIAIAI Guide to Distortion 2014.
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.
We've hooked up with our friends from Vans and Vice for a little Copenhagen celebration. It all goes down in the basement of an old monastery and we promise that it will be a lot of fun. If you’ve never been to Sankt Gertruds Kloster this is definitely the time to rectify that unfortunate state of affairs. In terms of creepy, post-apocalyptic, Game of Thrones-y vibes the saintly establishment delivers in every conceivable way.
Never mind your Function Ones or the Despacio soundsystem made by 2ManyDjs and James Murphy; here's the worlds loudest soundsystem that will actually kill you if you experience it in person.
- and it’s quite the impressive eatery. Kilo Design’s Lars Larsen, who some of you might know as the leading creative force behind the design of our headphones, was part of a creative all-star team that set out to realize an innovative, flamboyantly stylish restaurant, inspired by the flavours of the South American continent. Aiming to conscientiously merge the vibrant food tradition of countries like Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico with the more understated Scandinavian aesthetic, Llama is a wonderfully idiosyncratic addition to the Copenhagen restaurant circuit. Good job, Lars, Jakob, Jonas and Bjarke.
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.
Dunkel Radio will welcome DJ Richard and Anders Vendelbo into the studio to talk about their experiences running their respective labels, White Material and Nord Records.
It’s here. The turbulent Technicolor sea of camp stage outfits is upon us. This year Denmark is hosting the gargantuan media pandemonium right here in AIAIAI’s backyard, the fair city of Copenhagen.
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.
Is a documentary about iconic New York City anthems and the drum machines that created them, produced by the Red Bull Music Academy. Check out the trailer and salivate profusely over the machine-musical tidbits on offer.
If you follow astrology, you may be aware of all the cosmic chaos this past month. If that’s not your thing, you can just pick up a copy of Throne of Blood’s newest release “Moon Rock Volume I” and go on an out-of-body auditory voyage without even leaving your room. The 12-track compilation, which its label describes as, “exploring the outer reaches of electronic ambience, Kosmische vibrations, and crystalline acoustics,” drops today. I had a chance to catch up with label co-founder and renowned DJ James Friedman to talk New Age, the universe, and just how one goes about making a project that’s equal parts Ambient, Sci Fi Soundtrack, and analogue dance music.
The sun was shining, the drinks were cool, the vibe was chill. It was an alright day in Studio A. Thanks to everyone for coming down and standing around in front of AIAIAI HQ, beer in hand. Here’s a little video documenting the action from the Record Store Day celebrations in our flagship store.
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.
Record Store Day is a day that celebrates the world’s physical record stores. This year we’re joining in the festivities and inviting a line up of local and international DJs and artists to play in Studio A. We’re also launching our new vinyl concept that offers a painstakingly curated selection of records, handpicked from the world’s leading vinyl distributors. Drop by Studio A on the 19th of April, have a Red Stripe or three and check out performances and DJ sets by Justin Miller, Disco Dick, Tyson Ballard and AIAIAI’s very own Ahle & Messi.
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.
There’s a new kid in town. More specifically, Berlin. His name is Max Graef, he makes the city's densest, dustiest, most mood-altering, jazz-influenced beats - and he is actually sort of still a kid at the tender age of 21. We had a chat with the promising young wunderkind about jazz, the inspirations that went into creating his delectable new game-changer of an album - and paying for beers you didn’t necessarily drink.
Neither AIAIAI or WEDIDIT see anything wrong with a little bump n’ grind. This was pretty much why we decided to hook up at the SXSW Festival for a parking lot party featuring Shlohmo, Paul Wall, Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise. A good deal of bump as well as a generous helping of grind ensued and WEDIDIT filmed it, made this video and sent it our way. Shouts to everyone for coming down and props to The Good Company for that polishing the video with that authentic, 90s, VHS shine.
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.
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.
When Glenn Branca, one of the most prolific and prominent voices to come out of New York’s late 70s - 80s musical avant-garde, speaks you really should listen. Not only because his uncompromising attitude to musical experimentation is considered to be one of the main forerunners of bands like Sonic Youth, but also for the reason that his singular, wonderfully winding and fucked up take on the guitar sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did some 30-40 years ago. Provinding an insight into the artistic subconscious that contributed significantly to tearing open the fabric of popular music, this short but sweet interview with the Louisiana Channel is also good for a few shrewdly perceptive, creative truths along the way.
Emma caught up with French producer Low Jack before his set at Culture Box for Untitled Tricks. He talks a bit about making an album for L.I.E.S and his relationship with Ron Morelli, his local scene in Paris and his own musical progression. He also gives us some insider info on the inspiration and sound for his next record for In Paradisum.
- 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.
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.