This year we’re going all in on Christmas. And when we say all in we mean ALL IN. Put this in your Santa novelty pipe and smoke it: For the entire month of December we’ll be hosting giveaways, competitions, discounts and happenings urging you to give the gift of music to your friends, loved ones and – who knows – maybe even random strangers you met on the internet.
House/techno duo wilma are Jeppe Willumsen and Dan Madsen from Copenhagen, two local boys who recently got handed the best possible start to their new house musical venture; after sending a few tracks to German, bearded dance music giant, Prosumer, they were suddenly informed that wilma would be included in his upcoming Fabric mix and get signed to his new label, Potion. Things never happen that straightforwardly in an industry where people will often do questionable things to get ahead and you have an infinite number of aspiring DJ/producers all clawing their way to the top (vinyl clenched in teeth) for that coveted spot in the big club DJ booth. In this particular case, however, it just plain did. We went to wilma’s Nørrebro-based studio to get the inside scoop on Copenhagen’s latest, rising up-and-comers.
This week our cultured friends from Ghostly will take the reins on our Instagram account. Expect on-point, music-related items, design-savvy posting and all the other inspirational stuff that comes with one of the raddest labels out there.
Our monthly giveaway continues with a fresh package of gear containing Luke Vibert's latest album on vinyl as well as Luke's DJ headphone of choice: the TMA-1. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is follow us over on Soundcloud and hey presto, you’ve got a shot at winning a set of DJ cans and a rad vinyl.
Wedidit member, LA-based producer and dance music powerhouse Groundislava recently released ‘Frozen Throne’, a deeply conceptual LP filled with icy, trance-tinted, synth-laden RnB, and inviting retro-futurist leanings. This complex electronic album steeped in dystopianism tickled our sci-fi fancy and we couldn’t help being intrigued by its overt nostalgia for times that never were – which meant that we had to fire some questions at the American producer to find out what it was all about. Step this way for Groundislava's views on cyberpunk, what kind of equipment he uses and a top 5 of his favorite 90s trance hits.
It feels pretty special to have jungle innovator, acid experimentalist and all-around electronic music legend Luke Vibert contribute to our mix series. As longtime fans of his consistently incredible output on labels like Ninja Tune, Warp, Rephlex and Planet Mu, we can’t help fanning out a tad. And we’re pleased to say that the seasoned producer’s mix doesn’t disappoint. Establishing a solid ravey foundation with a tribute to LFO’s Mark Bell, the selection morphs into tracks by Mr. Fingers, Luke’s old buddy/collaborator Aphex Twin, after which it makes an acid pit stop and goes full on jungle and even a bit drill ‘n' bassy with tracks like Squarepusher’s classic and frantic ‘Come on My selector’. All the crew must big up Luke Vibert’s AIAIAI mix!
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.
Our affable friends at the Let’s Play House label are up to their old New York tricks again. This time they come equipped with Emperor Machine, and a slew of NYC collaborators for an EP that’s quintessentially New York.
Rappers and MC’s… big apologies for the delay! But after a high volume of entries which led to a significant amount of time needed to listen to each and every entrant, we have a winner for our Rap Mic project. The winner is Christian Edward Guglielmo aka ED-APE from Queens, NY who gets a 7" release on Stones Throw and a pair of Stones Throw Edition TMA-1s
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.
Distortion Festival treated us to the world premiere of Francesco De Nittis aka. Mr. Ties' new live set-up, The Streetband Orchestra - a show so huge, it needed a stage of its own for the duration of the final party. Alongside his bandmates Manon Parent, Michal Matlak, Asger Hartvig & Holger Hartvig, he tweaked, creaked and smashed a multitude of drums, strings, synths and machines for a staggering 12-hours - working their way around disco, R&B, house, techno, krautrock and experimental jams. Ties himself stayed centre-stage, behind a rotary mixer and a monster 32-channel mixing board, switching from playing vinyl to singing, stabbing keys and occasionally messing with the master mixer, all absolutely seamlessly.
Realized in collaboration with sound wizard and longtime AIAIAI friend, Yuri Suzuki, Jeff Mills’ new project The Machine, is an ambitious, conceptual rhythm drum machine, inspired by a singular historical event: the mythical 1942 UFO sighting known as ‘The Battle of Los Angeles.’
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.
Formed in 2010, Archie Pelago is a live performance trio based in Brooklyn, New York, comprising Hirshi (trumpet/DJ), Cosmo D (cello/Ableton) and Kroba (sax/Ableton). Drawing on their roots in jazz and classical music, they transform their common love of experimental electronic music’s far-reaching potential into DJ-style performances and production. The boys sent us this stellar mix filled with fresh live instrumentation, good old-fashioned thumping house music and delectably cosmopolitan classical vibes. Frankly put, If Archie Pelago’s painstakingly realized contribution doesn’t fill your heart with zesty, musical optimism, you might just be a lost soul with nary a hope in this wretched world.
Trevor Jackson is a man who thinks about his place in the world. The London-based creative's output, whether that's music, large-scale interactive projects at London’s ICA or subtly subversive record covers, actually tells you something meaningful about the current state of things. It has that all too rare ability to make you think. As the head of legendary imprint, the very aptly titled, Output Recordings, his constant compulsion to push the envelope within music and graphic design has influenced a generation of young creatives despite the absence of a discernable recurring aesthetic. The consistently uncompromising conceptual approach to his art would seem to be what has the up and comers paying attention. As you might imagine, he has a million projects going on all at once. When we met him at his East London studio for a chat, it was actually hard to know where to begin; we detected more than a few interesting topics when Trevor started talking. In the end we decided to focus on his arresting latest artistic venture: ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever’ and went on to discuss physicality in music and today’s transient convenience mentality.
Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen AKA Cancer are two talented, thoughtful men from Denmark. Nikolaj is the lead singer with the soaring voice in When Saints go Machine and Kristians’ solo project Chorus Grant has been making waves with its earnest and affecting folk-tinted rock. Together they are Cancer, a duo which provokes thought and delights ears in equal measure through its remarkable name and piercingly delicate, stripped-down melodies where production value and good, old fashioned musicianship take center stage alongside ethereal lyrics and a raw, emotionally charged sound palette. We caught up with the Copenhagen-based band in their practice space for a chat about the beauty in grief, their creative process - and their fondness of 'gross' soft rock.
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!
Our monthly giveaway continues with a fresh package of gear containing Groundislava's rad new album ‘Frozen Throne’ on vinyl as well as an ultra-limited edition Frozen Throne TMA-1 made to celebrate the release of the LP. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is sign up for our newsletter and hey presto, you’ve got a shot at winning a set of Groundislava cans and a seriously dope album on vinyl.
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.
For the fifth edition in the AIAIAI mix series we have a contribution from Michael Rathbun, an exciting producer from Atlanta who makes rave music for grownups under the alias Distal, and will be releasing his second album ‘Retrograde Space Opera’ next month. Rathbun has produced an exclusive, hour-long oldschool music radio mix for us, where he guides us through a thoroughly prepared and rewarding selection of non-typical DJ music from Frank Zappa to Yung Lean.
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.
With a mix that takes in italo, Chicago house and the latest LuckyMe releases, LuckyMe-affiliated DJ, Eclair Fifi, makes the fifth contribution to the AIAIAI mix series. Marquis Hawkes rubs shoulders with Mathias Zimmerman and Rustie buddies up with Bok Bok & Tom Trago for a varied selection that’s heavy on the percussion, generous with the funk and encouraging of the dance.
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.
Our monthly giveaway continues with a seriously fresh collection of gear containing: 1 TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition, 1 excellent album by Stones Throw co-founder Charizma, and two Stones Throw tees. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is sign up for our newsletter and, what do you know, you’re in with a chance of winning a set of Stones Throw cans and some dope merch.
Ghostly International-affiliate, DJ, producer and AIAIAI-friend Moderna will be playing a gig at our flagship store tomorrow as one half of her new excellent new duo Modernluv. They’re pretty great, if you don’t mind us saying so, and we highly recommend dropping by Studio A from 4-6pm to hear Modernluv rinse the decks with their delicious mix of exotic house, soaring electro, tight techno and synth oddities.
In 2013 FaltyDL released his album Hardcourage, with a real concern for what people would think about his music. Now only a year and a half later, the New York-based producer and label owner has dropped his fourth album In The Wild - a rich voyage through sample-based jazz, hardcore, and unorthodox drum & bass. This album was apparently the easiest album for FaltyDL to make, the most challenging for some people to listen to, and the favorite of many reviewers. Dunkel Radio’s Najaaraq Vestbirk caught up with FaltyDL last week, prior to his gig at the STRØM Festival for a talk about transit fans, Japanese drug culture, and his experiments with science fiction.
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