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.
'Fantastic Man' is a documentary investigating Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. Directed by Jake Sumner, the film tells the story of a label's attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who've worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story.
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 KiNK, the Bulgarian with an enthusiasm for Detroit techno, who toured so much over the past year that ‘music almost started to feel like work’. Here providing some illuminative tips on overlooked music.
Our friends at Red Bull Music Academy have produced an epic one and a half hour film documenting the inspirations and rigours of making music. Featuring an all-star diverse cast of talent, this is one to watch.
This idea is something we would have loved to have thought of. A business card that turns into a wallet sized, battery-free speaker for your smartphone. (Something you should off course only do if you forgot your headphones)
Look, it's Bonobo coming to save your Monday with a mood-altering, sun-drenched remix.
Following the launch of a new website and the announcement of a new record label focusing on Danish talent, Dunkel Radio returns to the air for this season of fortnightly shows. Najaaraq and Emma were joined in the studio with Sara Svanholm and Simone Øster for for a chat about the weekend’s partying schedules and some fawning over Xosar and her wonderful live set from Distortion last year.
AIAIAI collaborator Yuri Suzuki has, along with his fellow members of new designs formation, Dentaku developed a state-of-the-art small, synthesizer which allows you to build instruments using conductive materials and simple electronic sensors.
As a new TMA-1 X packaging feature, we've interviewed some producers and DJs who shared their tips for making it in the music game. Getting your hands on the content is fairly easy: download the Layar app to your smartphone, scan the TMA-1 X packaging and hey presto! You’ve got access to handy tips from people in the know. Check out the video and get cracking.
Dunkel Radio is celebrating their two year anniversary and the launch of their new website with a get-together at the AIAIAI studio today
Over the course of a relatively short span of time, Young Turks has gone from containing a bunch of 18-year-old party promoters to being one of the most important independent record labels of our time. Ardent followers of the British music scene have been privy to the awesomeness of the Young Turks label for a long while as their steady stream of quality releases from The XX, Chairlift, Sampha, SBTRKT, John Talabot and Koreless, among others, have cemented their position as a vibrant, boundary-pushing music hub. And we have a feeling that this video of their New Year’s beach party in Tulum, Mexico, will only serve to strengthen the growing consensus that Young Turks are a musical force to be reckoned with.
Bike-nerds of the world rejoice, the object of your obsession has now been turned into music. By recording sounds generated from his bike and building a track around the samples, the composer/ sound artist known as Johnnyrandom has created an ode to the modern bicycle.
It’s no secret that dubstep has had a hard couple of years amongst music connoisseurs, after the ‘brostep’ branch of the EDM explosion in the states left it with some pretty unpleasant connotations. Many of its former devotees have now switched to more socially acceptable soundstreams in techno, old-school electro and ‘outsider house’. But in Copenhagen we have one young Dane who refuses to abandon his beloved sound. Ruben Dag Nielsen, undoubtedly Denmark’s most prolific dubstep producer, has tossed out records on international labels like Biscuit Factory, Boka, New World Audio and All Out Dubstep and frequently tours outside of Denmark. I stopped by his apartment in Copenhagen NV for a chat about his new imprint Circle Vision, childhood memories of drum machines and his thoughts on the end of the internet.
Yes, that’s right, THE Chris Cunningham, warped genius of ‘Rubber Johnny’ and Aphew Twin’s ‘’Come to Daddy’ fame. Seems like an odd match on the face of it, but our general feeling is that the upcoming documentary might just be sensationally good as we’ve just learned that Chris Cunningham is in fact husbanding Warpaint’s bassist Jenny Lee Lindbergh. And we’re assuming that this would give the longhaired director of cutting edge filth access to areas that other directors who are, shall we say, less intimate with the band might not have access to. Anyhow, the trailer looks pretty neat. Check it out.
Purveyors of electronic soul Flying Lotus and Dâm-Fûnk have gained a new funky L.A. ally - Samuel "Seven" Davis Jr.
A buoyant, joyous track with hints of bittersweet electronic pulses, Tomas Barfod’s latest single provides a promising start to the year.