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.
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.
The words “atmospheric” and “spacious” aren’t typically used to describe dance music. Neither are comparisons to the ambience of Arthur Russell with accents of Balearic rhythms and drum-machine soul. Good thing Fort Romeau isn’t typical. His music defies categorization, which is paramount to his success. And what success it’s been: since releasing his debut LP Kingdoms on LA record label “100% Silk” last year, Mike Greene, the man behind the moniker, has received widespread acclaim for his seriously fresh take on dance music, marked by smooth hints of old-school Chicago House. 2013 saw the release of singles SW09 on Spectral and Jetée/Desire on Ghostly International, followed by this month’s release of EP Stay True, whose title track is a seven-minute dance odyssey of epic proportions. In a sense, Fort Romeau is bringing house music to the home. He is one of the few artists capable of capturing the raw energy of a long night in a warehouse through your desk speakers, without sacrificing his signature sleek production and dream-like, sophisticated sound. And it’s not just his music that’s provocative: it’s also his opinions. I had the chance to chat with the artist about his upcoming LP, his creative process, and that whole digital vs vinyl debate. He had a lot to say.
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.
Some of us remember a time when the incessant whining over the lack of Future Shock would not cease. ‘Where’s my jetpack?’ ‘Where are all the flying cars’ and ‘Why can’t I beam myself to Tokyo’ would be some of the questions posed by an increasingly impatient horde of nerds and technology enthusiasts. But within recent years these yearning cries have abated considerably as very clever people have gotten on the ball and provided the mind-blowing moments in innovation. The latest of these is the MYO armband, which lifts us into the 2054 setting of Minority Report with downright incredible gesture recognition technology.
With a slight delay, here’s a little video capturing the atmosphere of the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru launch and the subsequent party at the DL. It was hotter than all hell when we launched the Young Guru headphones back in early August. Fortunately, our new headphone collaboration piqued the interest of the NYC massive to the point where they were down to come out and mingle instead of staying home in their air-conditioned abodes.
The concept of Trans Metro Express is to give four electronic acts the opportunity to compose a live set for the Copenhagen Metro, inspired by a video of a specific Metro stretch. The music is subsequently played live in the moving Metro while the Copenhagen massive go Metro mental, as it were. It’s safe to say that the compentent creatives behind The STRØM Festival of Electronic Music go that extra mile to provide the very best in music, movement, and memorable experience. A fact which this year’s Trans Metro Express was, very literally, a moving testament to. AIAIAI tagged along for the ride and filmed the entire thing, which resulted in this very video. Check it out.
We all like our phones. Some of us even like them a little too much. But, as anyone who’s experienced a malfunctioning smartphone can attest to, they come equipped with a significant problem: phones just don’t last that long. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Phonebloks, a simple but brilliant new concept, proposes an alternative: a phone that loses the malfunctioning component and replaces it with a new one.
We love these dudes. Watch how they get the crowd all riled up with Afrofuturistic, skittering industrial-step (yup, just made that up) and then confuse the hell out of them with Shabba Ranks…only to get them all worked up in a tizzy once again, wooohooo! If you thought Paris was slippin, shame on you. Teki Latex and and Orgasmic AKA the Sound Pellegrino Thermal team are here to slap you upside the head with badman skills and A-list attitude.
"I never really planned this music career, I thought it was impossible..." says Parisian producer, Arnaud Bernard at his Soundcheck. With his unique take on hip-hop, which first ignited his interest in music as a record-collecting ten-year-old, and his ear for unusual samples, Onra has become one of the world’s most sought-after producers. Now signed to Fools Gold Records and after six studio albums, including the game-changing ‘Chinoiseries’ which was crafted from samples of Chinese and Vietnamese records he had discovered whilst travelling, Onra talks Marvin Gaye, playing Budapest, combined with footage from his sell-out second time in Australia.
On the latest episode of Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed online go-to for audio engineering knowledge hosted by grammy-winning engineer, Dave Pensado and music connoisseur Herb Trawick, Young Guru talks about his part in making Empire State of Mind a worldwide hit, ‘matching your skills to the sound’ and how to handle the pressure of the music biz. Mandatory viewing for upcoming and aspiring producers and engineers.
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.
When Steven Warwick, a.k.a. Heatsick, invited me to interview him at his Bella Sky hotel room, I bolted. Arriving in Copenhagen two years ago, I stayed for two weeks at the Danhostel Amager in the shadow of Bella Centre’s strangely askew towers. Rarely since have I had the occasion to revisit this chillingly bland monument to international wealth, tucked away in the back of an island built on the city’s overgrown former floating trash dump. The hotel’s uniquely vertical nature always stuck out in my mind while journeying through Copenhagen’s flat horizontal cityscape.
PHONO Festival is happening in Odense 12th-14th September. Dunkel Radio selects a guide to the three Danish acts not to be missed on the lineup this year.
We had a party in Hong Kong that celebrated the AIAIAI x SALT x Milk Magazine Instagram treasure hunt.
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.
Future Disco Radio supported by AIAIAI once again provide upfront sounds from the world of disco, house and everything in-between. This week’s show is presented by Sean Brosnan and features music from Omar S, HNNY, La Fleur as well as a special guest mix from The Revenge recorded live from Space Ibiza.
FACT TV spent last weekend at the very promising Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam where they soaked up the vibes and shone their knowing camera light on one of the most interesting electronic producers of the 21st century. Tune in for a concise dissection of the Dutch electronic music scene as well as a few truth bombs on the state of Ibizan tech-house.
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.
- in which Mr. Greene unleashes a veritable tidal wave of tight, sweat-drenched house, techno and disco house upon a diverse, equally sweat-drenched, array of eager party beavers.
Artist Di Mainstone wants to transform New York's Brooklyn Bridge with the Human Harp, an instrumental sculpture that allows people to physically play the bridge. It’s ambitious, interesting and a little loopy in an arty, tech-infused, New York stylee.
Our friend and collaborator on the Make the City Sound Better Sound Taxi Project strikes again. And this time he’s bringing robots. Little white robots that turn marker squiggles into sound.
- is an interesting, little independent sci-fi flick with a strong concept, inspiring digital effects….and somewhat mediocre acting. But don’t let the latter deter from watching these 8 minutes of skillfully crafted sci-fi.
On the 30th of August Studio A will host an opening arranged by our friends at EIGHT Magazine and Red Bull Studios Copenhagen.
Mysterious, dark and uncompromising techno in all guises, Modern Love has stayed true to its’ unique sound palette of experimental techno. Whether it's the submerged, sub-hundred BPM compositions of Andy Stott or the lush dub of Deepchord or Demdike Stare’s breakbeat techno, the output remains of the highest quality. The Manchester-based label is closing in on its 100th release, which prompted me to consider and compile walkthrough of my personal faves from the Modern Love back catalogue.
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.”
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.