AIAIAI MIX SERIES
CURATED BY BENJI B
We created the series to promote and compensate musicians with new weekly mix releases on Soundcloud and Mixcloud - all curated by Benji B.
In an increasingly uncertain business of being a musician DJ or performing artist we wanted to find a way to contribute to supporting the music and nightlife scene.
The effort intends to equip artists to advance their creative and performance opportunities on a global stage, as nightclubs and music venues have largely faced ongoing closures and other restrictions internationally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
Co-founder of boxout.fm, Mohammed Abood aka DJ MoCity wears many hats and inhabits many worlds. Raised in India’s capital, Mo is first and foremost a global music entrepreneur. His passion for entrepreneurship and networking in music has seen him lay crucial groundwork in Dubai, Istanbul, across Europe and beyond.
His own words on the mix:
It is a 90 minute mix which I really enjoyed putting together, especially during these times. Making the track selection and having these tracks on repeat for a few weeks wanted to really soak it all in myself before I made the mix, a variety of sounds something for everyone but definitely a good vibes mix. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.
Based out of London, DJ and musical director, Lou Hayter, rose to prominence as part of the Mercury nominated electro-pop group, New Young Pony Club. Today she’s on the books of brands like Chanel, and has been dropping singles like honey across the past few years.
Words from Lou on the mix:
'In lockdown I went back to some of the house music that’s influenced me most in my life like the Moodymann album ‘A Silent Introduction’ which sounds so good at the moment. This is a mix of that soulful New York/ Detroit house sound that I love like Pal Joey and Dream 2 Science and those producers who are still making incredible records right now like Theo Parrish, it feels like a sound of then and now at the same time which I love.'
DJ Die delivers a mix with 90% of the tracks coming from his GutterFunk label. There are a few never-heard-anywhere exclusives from Hella & Rosie, a track called New Rage which was signed in the last few months as was Stormy Mondays by Yung Raj, an up & coming artist from India. Another exclusive by Nuff Pedals called Encompass is also featured. The mix shows Die's width and breadth as a DJ and label owner. GutterFunk has always been a cross-genre label, the labels image follows in the footsteps of Die's background in Jungle- a genre that was wide open in influence and execution. It's this aesthetic that underpins the creative direction the Die follows to this day, its all subject to vibes.
1. 9NUMBERS - INTRO
2. HELLA & ROSIE LEE - NEW RAGE
3. WHITE BULLY - O LORD
4. YUNG RAJ - STORMY MONDAYS
5. ADDISON GROOVE - LAGUNA
6. DIEMANTLE - SPIRIT WORLD
7. NUFF PEDALS - LOST IN THE MIST
8. NUFF PEDALS - ENCOMPASS
9. ADDISON GROOVE - BRAND NEW DROP - PINCH REMIX
10. DIEMANTLE - ONE DAY
11. DISMANTLE - BODIED
12. NUFF PEDALS - ABSTRACT
13. DIE ft BEN WESTBEECH - NIGHT TO DAY
14. DIEMANTLE - WAY I FEEL - ZED BIAS REMIX
LADYMONIX is a Baltimore-born/Detroit-based producer and dj. She’s known for turning out dancefloors from LA to London with her deep disco and house sets, playing the swankiest of nightclubs to the darkest warehouse after-hours.
Gonna Let - LADYMONIX
Do You Believe (Scrubfish Upright Reprise)- Derrick Carter
On A Journey (Journey Mental Mixx) - QX-1
Bad Girls - Xaviera Gold
Something Old School - Total Ka-Os
Ain't No Buddy - Ruff Stuff
Club Nowhere - LADYMONIX
Majick - Donis
Spirit.wav - DJ Juan Coon
Lovelee Dae - Blaze
Not Like Crazy (Quentin Harris Shelter Mix) - Jill Scott
In De Ghetto (Piano Dub) - David Morales & The Bad Yard Club
Front 2 Back ft. KC Flightt (Kenny Dope Old School Remix) - Playgroup
Movin On - LADYMONIX
How Bad I Want Ya (GU Peak True Time Mix) - Soul Element ft Peven Everett
Let It Fall (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) - Lady Alma
This mix is a journey exploring / showcasing the different emotions I’ve been going through during lockdown.
As a dance-music mix didn’t feel right in such a standstill era, this selection is mostly composed of contemplative cuts.
As weird as it sounds, I’ve - lately - realized how much of an obsession I had for intros, outros, interludes or just beat-less tracks :
The inspirations behind this work finds its roots in this obsession.
This piece also acts as a moodboard + my first research towards future productions, experimenting around an ambient music filled with jazz / nu-soul chords.
In a way, this mix is a hunt for the perfect interlude, a compilation of sometimes short, sometimes long intermissions forming a new whole filled with imperfections.
It has also been inspired by a discussion with my good friend Zainab Jama, music swap with my friend Maxine, the discovery of Diggs Duke and the ever going research of a common thread and consistance between the different sounds I equally love.
For the past two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ, one of few on the planet capable of taking audiences worldwide on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk, breaks and dance classics.
A need for experimentation, exploring new sounds and new ways of making music – the inspiration driving Mute’s recent signing HAAi, the Australian-born London-based DJ who continues an incredible couple of years with two releases on the prestigious label
Her own words on the mix:
I wanted to make a 4x4 club mix for this as I’m really missing it all and wanted to play some techno. It’s peppered with a bunch of unreleased tracks by myself that I’ve been playing round with during lockdown.
Loads of unreleased tunes in there some by well known and some by up and coming artists that have been getting me through recently.
The virtuoso known as GE-OLOGY is a rare find. The gifted music producer, and exceptionally skilled DJ has been acclaimed for over two decades where he's worked with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott and De La Soul, and he's done a very special mix for the 32nd edition of our Mix series!
TRACKLIST: From the personal collection.
GE-OLOGY's own words on the mix:
What a year 2020 has been. In various ways, it uprooted so many of our lives and brought us into this temporary new age of social distancing...essential to fighting the pandemic, but unnatural in comparison to the social norms, habits and behaviors we had previously been used to. With social gatherings severely restricted, it has forced us into our own imagination to find new ways to feed our souls the human touch and intermingling we thirst for, but once took for granted. In response, Zoom video conferencing parties have become a thing, as well as live DJ sets on Instagram and Twitch. But with this explosion of live performances from the comforts of ones home to ours, it's still not a comparable substitute for the deep and beautiful culture of live music performances in small smoky bars, or steamy basement parties, or crowded arenas packed with a sea of people, or club nights headlining our favorite DJs...or even traveling to exotic music festivals in foreign outdoor lands.
With this in mind, I took some time to reflect on so many of the priceless experiences I've been fortunate enough to enjoy over such a significant portion of my lifetime so far...and I couldn't be more grateful. The love and dedication I hold deep in my soul for music, and the art of DJing stems from my appreciation of the brilliant musicians who created compositions that spoke to me, funky rhythms that moved me naturally, and skillful creative Disc Jockeys that knew how to tell stories through vinyl records like literary masters use words in poetry. This love, most-importantly, stems back to my family, and how music has played such an important role in all of our lives. It's directly connected to many of my greatest childhood memories, and has helped to shape me into the person I am today.
In honor of my family, as well as my extended music family around the world, and the great legacy of live music and club nights that so many of us miss, I wanted to do something very special with this mix. I decided to approached this from various angles...building it up gradually as I would playing 'all-nght-long' at my residency club night in NYC, with a lot of rare, funky and beautiful records from my collection, some very pricey these days...some inexpensive, taking the listener on an extensive 2 hour (120 mins + 20 secs) sonic journey of beautiful melodies, rhythms, voices and instrumentation, with some old school style "A cappella" blends, intersecting various genres from Hip Hop to Soul to Jazz-Funk to Gospel to Disco to pure African dance floor HEAT! Definitely one of my favorite and most fun mixes I've recorded over the years. Food for the heart and soul. ENJOY!
Born in Bristol, the co-founder of Full Cycle crew, DJ Krust is much noted in the jungle underground for his push-the-envelope productions, and is a name that has become synonymous with the foundation and early evolution of jungle and drum & bass culture.
in his own words:
It should’ve been obvious but we missed the details. What was the truth behind the truth behind the real story that was the question that was on everybody’s mind,
It was a phantom and an illusion that was manifested deep in the mind of creators, we couldn’t penetrate it so we decided to innovate but that approach soon reached its limit.
It wasn’t until we discovered the information at the bottom of an audio signal that was self correcting. The dimensions were at 300 dB they might as well have been buried underneath 100 tons of concrete, they bear no resemblance to audible codes that we could use however
This was a breakthrough and we were grateful and now many people will be able to audibly distinguish between light frequencies and the dynamic assertion of language and I have the interpretation that it’s now believable but only in headphones.
So I invite you with a request from the centre of the eye to take part in this experience.
Thank you for your commitment.
Born in the south of Holland and started playing music at the age of 12, Cinnaman is part of the infamous Rush Hour Record Store crew, and is one of the most talented and diverse djs to emerge from Holland.
Cinnaman's own words on the mix:
So I tried to make a mix like I was playing in a small club where you can mix up genres after each other. So from house to grime to electro and whatever you wanna call it. Its was fun making this and made me miss clubs even more.
Shy One lives and breathes the eclecticism and diversity of her DJ sets and productions. Having started off DJing on pirate radio at 13 years old, She has been exposed to and influenced by the full spectrum of sounds her hometown of London has birthed and nurtured over the years.
Her own words on the mix:
"I decided to freestyle this mix, not plan a tracklist and just follow my heart. Like most people I've really been pining for the club and have fallen in love with a lot of tracks made for the dancefloor over the last few months. Other than my radio show I thought this a great opportunity to play them for an audience."
Hailing from the Beverly area on the South Side of Chicago, Jamie 3:26 has garnered recognition in his own right as a master selector capable of lighting any dance floor on fire.
Words on the mix from Jamie 3:26 himself:
"This mix session was made with the intention of my messages being sent through music. Sit back,Relax and let me handle things!"
K15 has been making music for more than ten years and releasing it for just over half that, drawing his influences from everything from jazz, hip-hop, broken beat and soul, to house and techno.
K15's own words on the mix:
"From bursts of introspection and despair, to contemplation and hope, this is a selection of music that resonated with me over the last few months."
Staying true to house music, Djing for Djing’s sake, Kai Alce isalways pushinghimself, and us on the dancefloor. Whether it’s behind the turntables or through his label NDATL Muzik, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
"So I thought for a while what should I submit for this mix. Since AI being a headphone company in which I own a pair & did this mix with, I felt that a more sublime musical journey would be best for one listening through AIAIAI headphones alone.
Starting with none other than Larry Heard the G.O.A.T. giving the best runway to the rest of the mix. Slowly moving thru tracks from Dukesoul (RIP), live UK band Soul State Jazz into Paul Hunter aka Second Crusade let's you know the groove is there.
Jovonn shows us why he is the truth with his classic remix of St. Germain hit "Rose Rouge", Bobby Konders take on Herb Alpert's "North On South St" was NYC Late night burner from early 90's, into the future with myself & Hanna with a little unreleased tribute to lost heroes Notorious B.I.G., Mike Huckaby & J Dilla
Bringin us to the mix's first vocals "Stay This Way" featuring heartfelt words from Just One of KemeticJust, These Words by Javonntte taken from his debut EP "The Musical Stylings Of" on NDATL which propelled him into underground stardom & "Pick Yoself UP" by the elusive Marcellus Pitttman.
Wrapping up the mix with UK stalwart Mr. G's "Bands Tight" & Kenny Dope's amazing rework of classic "Rude Movements"
So sit back & enjoy my humble serving of audible medicine."
Sadar has been digging for records all of his life. In s time where Chicago was filled with DJ’s who played house and disco sounds, Sadar chose a different direction, playing rare, hard-to-find grooves.
Sadars own words on the mix:
"It's a mix of rare disco gospel and afro beat! Get ready for another Disco Beatdown"
Honey Dijon's brazen style blends all genres without looking to the past. She captivates with her instinct, versatile sound and dazzles the club and fashion circuit in London, Paris, Berlin and New York.
Honey Dijon's own words on the mix:
‘This mix is a tribute to my roots in Chicago house music that continues to inspire dancefloors around the world’.
DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. Turning heads throughout the industry, Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Motown Records.
Short and sweet from DJ Spinna himself:
"This is an all 7” vinyl mix. The vibe is uptempo Disco, Boogie and Funk with a splash of House at the end."
Oneman is a club DJ through and through. Stephen Bishop hopscotches through his hard drive playing the best in UK club music and well beyond. His playful presentation style is carried over from the pirate radio stations he grew up listening to in South London.
Oneman’s own words on the mix:
"This mix takes you through the more broken end of the dance music scale, blending up front UKG, electro and breaks with a few NY Dance sounds, the journey goes from a calmer melodic start into more percussive realms"
Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. She’s on the Discwoman roster, and is known for her rowdy and deeply researched live sets, reflecting back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance.
Riobambas own words on the mix:
“It's election week here in the United States, and this recording is an authentic reflection of where I'm at in holding space for both rage and hope. Channelling dreams of the death of the old system, and a rebirth into a foundation that truly serves and uplifts every one of us.”
Based out of Montreal, producer/DJ Lunice has always been adisciple of hip hop. Crafting his early education listening to masters like Dilla, Madlib, and 9th Wonder, his outlook completely changed when he got his first break DJing legendary parties, in the then-budding Montreal Bass scene, circa 2007-2008. We're happy to presentLunicefor our 20th edition of our Mix series.
Words from Lunice himself on the mix:
"I plan my mix similarly to how I perform and produce my music. With a kind of “live”aspect to it. Despite the times we’re living in now, hopefully you can feel that “liveliness” I felt making this.”
Founder of record labels Bling 47 and Dirt Tech Reck, Waajeed, emerged from the birthplace of soul driven hip-hop underground music - Conant Gardens in Detroit. Today, a force to be reckoned with, Waajeed continues to push the envelope as a producer and with his eclectic DJ sets.
Words from Waajeed himself on the mix:
Clubbing in Detroit in the late 90's was a magical time. Dark spaces filled with funky tech beats blurred the genres. This mix is reminiscent of those late nights becoming early mornings. Ghetto Tech or Booty as us locals called it was the sound of the time. Artist like DJ Godfather, Jammin Gerald and Deeon were our modern day Mozart. Creating and playing the music that filled the dancefloor and my imagination.
Lauren Andrew aka. La La began her musical journey getting her first set of decks from local Glasgow institute Rubadub, and it wasn’t long before she took to DJing across the city. Her signature sound has carried her across Scotland and she is now setting her sights on the rest of the UK and beyond.
Based out of London, Jamo Beatz is the DJ for South London rap collective House of Pharaohs. He has worked with the likes of Migos and Sheck Wes, just to name a few, and is known for his unpredictable style and ability to spot emerging talent
Producer, DJ and Partyfine label boss Yuksek has been a vital force in the electronic music scene for the last two decades, releasing a string of albums, EPs and remixes on boutique independents, major labels and his own, much lauded imprint. A classically trained musician and film score composer, his sound has veered from left-of-centre indie, to quirky groove and tropical, always bringing a unique musicality and sense of fun with it. His latest long-form offering, ‘Nosso Ritmo’ is no exception, with a disco & brazilian inspired sound and a host of outstanding collaborations at its heart.
Universally respected DJ and producer Alan Fitzpatrick provides the next edition of the AIAIAI mixtape. The ‘We Are The Brave’ label boss continues to transition rapidly from techno underground artist to global headliner.