In this series we'll be asking a variety of names from the scene to point out who and what they believe is being overlooked, so they get a chance to big up the stuff that deserves more attention. For this edition Najaaraq caught up with Benjamin Damage who delivered an impressive techno set at this years STRØM Festival in Copenhagen. The Welsh producer, who releases on Modeselektor’s imprint 50Weapons, unveils some strong selections in this installment of Overlooked.
Sampling thousands of General Electric machines from turbines to medical equipment one of our very favorite artists took part in an awe-inpiring project that turns the whirrs, hisses and clangs of General Electric into a new kind of music that’s industrial in the truest sense of the word.
The fourth contribution to the AIAIAI mix series sees restlessly prolific NYC-based producer, Nick Hook, take us through a frantically paced tour de force of seismic genre shifts. Spanning exhilarating footwork, future jungle, raw 808isms, thoroughly banging techno as well as his own edgy productions and collaborations, AIAIAI Mix 004 includes Machinedrum, DJ Rashad, Canblaster, Young Thug, A-Trak & Cam'ron, Claude Speed, Bok Bok and a general sense of unpredictability.
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?’
The STRØM Festival has slowly but inevitably cemented their reputation as one of Europe’s most important electronic music festivals. An exceptionally tight booking policy, ambitious, cutting-edge events held in off-kilter locations, and, of course, attractive, with-it, festival goers are part of a deftly curated package that grows in both quality and scope with each passing year.
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.
Our monthly giveaway continues with a fresh package of gear containing Martyn’s excellent new album ‘The Air Between Words’ on vinyl as well as the Dutch producer’s DJ headphone of choice: the TMA-1. All you need to do to be in with a shot at winning is sign up for our newsletter and hey presto, you’re in with a chance of winning a set of DJ cans and a seriously dope album.
As followers of our newsletter will know, we recently supported an exhibition at with-it, NYC-based gallery The Hole. Featuring an all-star cast of contemporary creative frontrunners, like Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Roger O’ Donnel (The Cure) and Know-wave radio, the exhibition aimed to create: ‘a perspective towards physicality, allowing for an intuitive and communal dream-like experience’ as curator Cara Stricker so poetically puts it. Check out photos of the headphone installation and the opening below.
As Sci-fi enthusiasts, we can’t not feature the trailer for what looks set to be biggest post-apocalyptic blockbuster of 2015, ya know?
Our New York-based contributor, Sabrina, digs deep into the inner workings of Joakim's creative process in an extensive interview, focusing on the gifted French producer's ambitious, challenging and ultimately extremely rewarding new album, "Tropics of Love."
When Nathan Fake released his game-changing debut at the age of 19, it was a genuine moment in electronic music. Signaling an ethereal, new direction, the then upcoming talent knocked the wind of out electronic music fans and critics alike with his incredible, wide-eye-inducing wall of overpowering synths and forward-thinking production. And 2012’s ’Steam Days’, a gloriously crackling mess of electronic static swept generously in grand soaring melodies, proved, once again, that there really isn’t anyone quite like the Norfolk-native known as Nathan Fake. We’ve been fans of Nathan’s for quite a while and saw fit to send him a few questions, which he was nice enough to answer. Here’s what he had to say about inspirations, 'good rave synths' and his new label, Cambria Instruments.
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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.
Annie Hall is a DJ, producer and vinyl cutter based in Windsor, Canada. She lives in Detroit Underground HQ, and from her home she can look down on Detroit, a city that has evidently shaped her output as a producer; whether she is making complex IDM, possessing techno, or lush classic electro. Three years ago Hall and her partner Kero invested in “the machine”, as she refers to it, the invention that allows the couple to cut vinyl from the comfort of their own home. Dunkel Radio’s Najaaraq Vestbirk caught up with Hall for a chat about her love for classic electro, her business with producer E.R.P and this rare vinyl cutting machine.
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.
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.