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2021 Mix Winner

It's announcement time! We have arrived at a decision with Benji B on the best mix - and a few honorable mentions.

2021 Mix Shortlist

We're almost there. Between more than 250 mixes, our network of trusted ears have shortlisted 30 mixes, and with Benji B we will soon select the winner!

Keep Making Music

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we're hopeful of better times. We want to celebrate music, and we want to give you the opportunity to celebrate it with us. We present to you the 2021 mix contest!

My Process 001: Nubya Garcia

Presenting our new short film series “My Process”, with creative direction from international tastemaker, curator and producer Benji B. The series gives exclusive insight into leading artists’ creative process via interviews, performances & tutorial segments. First up: Nubya Garcia

Deep Dive: Bio Diaphragm

Ever wondered how sound is engineered? What are the important factors, when designing sound in headphones? We are taking you for a deep dive into our bio-cellulose diaphragms, featured in our speaker unit S05, to give you the insights.

TMA-2 KNTXT EDITION

We have done a special project with KNTXT, the boutique label curated by DJ and record producer Charlotte de Witte - recently ranked as #1 on the Alternative DJ Mag Top 100 chart!

YOU ASKED FOR IT

The RP-01 was developed in collaboration with Benji B for the TMA-2 Deviation Music edition. After seeing all of your comments and requests, we decided to release the 3D file for printing.

RE-READ: SLOWTHAI INTERVIEW

Before the release of Slowthai’s debut album ”Nothing Great About Britain”. We met with him at the recent JOURNEY fest. in Copenhagen to have a chat about what makes Britain great after all, his new music and taking off your clothes on stage.

BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER

To support anti-racist efforts worldwide we have joined forces with global music platform NTS and cult label Brain Dead to launch a limited edition TMA-2 model with all profits donated to anti-racist organisations.

NEW RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING

With our upgraded packaging, launched in the summer of 2020, made completely from recycled materials, and in reduced dimensions and weight, our total packaging CO2 footprint is reduced by 80%.

CIESAY FROM PLACES + FACES

"Music has been a part of it from the beginning. Places+Faces started as me and Soulz taking photos of the rappers that we like. We only take pictures of artists that we enjoy. Places+Faces is a curation of artists we enjoy who are current and also legends."

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

Since the launch of our TMA-1 headphones in 2010, we have been committed to doing things better. With Scandinavian design, modular functionality, and sustainable materials we extend the longevity of every product, creating less waste for the planet.

FASTCOMPANY ON MODULARITY

Why Modular Electronics Matter Even After High-Profile Failures. Audio design company AIAIAI believes modularity has a place in electronics. Here’s why.

LETS KEEP MAKING MUSIC

This is a free platform for you all to share the music you are working on, what you studio set up looks like, or other forms of inspiration to all the music makers out there.

Livestream supporting BLM

143 Soundsystem + Special Guests will stream live from 143 Worldwide Twitch account with DJ sets and a community public forum discussion. Raising money for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

TMA-2 COLORS EDITION

By popular demand, finally we’re delighted to be able to present the official COLORSxSTUDIOS and AIAIAI headphone, available in a special limited-edition. Since 2016, the TMA-2 has been a core part of COLORS’ visual and sonic identity.

AIAIAI x THE DEN PARTY

With Boy Better Know star and London MC Frisco we were celebrating the fifth anniversary of his monthly music showcase The Den. The Den celebrates outstanding British talent in the music industry and has seen the likes of Stefflon Don, Ms Banks, Giggs, Ambush, Skepta and more take to its stage.

INTERVIEW WITH EMMA HOPE ALLWOOD

Before the new decade got out of bed, Men’s Fashion Week was on in London. One of many the next couple of months. We met withHead of Fashion at Dazed Digital, Emma Hope Allwood, in her East London home to talk about the relationship between music and fashion in the 2010s and the future.

INTERVIEW WITH BABY ROSE

Hailing from Atlanta with support from the likes of SZA J. Cole and Kehlani rising star Baby Rose is your new favorite R&B and soul act. “It’s only gonna get better” Baby Rose says reflecting on what it’s like being an artist in 2019. Her career has taken a fast turn after the release of her debut album To Myself and for the first time she’s touring Europe.

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DEEP DIVE

BIO DIAPHRAGM

Ear wondering how sound is engineered? What are the important factors when designing sound in a headphone? We’re taking you through the process of designing the unique sound of our award winning headphones. With an intricate view on our bio-cellulose diaphragm in our S05 speaker units, we go through the key factors when designing sound, such as harmonic distortion.

The bio-cellulose speaker diaphragm in S05 is made of a bacterial cellulose, which is an organic compound that is grown using certain types of bacteria. Bio-cellulose is a really interesting material for many reasons; it’s renewable, biodegradable and it has great acoustic properties. If you look closely at the diaphragm you may be able to see that it contains a structure of very fine fibres. These fibres construct a very stiff but lightweight material which makes it ideal for the use a speaker diaphragm. 

Mix series

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. 

DEGO

MIX 043

As the head of the enigmatic 2000BLACK imprint and revered as one of London’s most important musical visionaries, Dego continues to pioneer forward-thinking soulful music across all tempos and is never restrained by genre, only influenced by quality.

AIAIAI Mix 032 - GE-OLOGY

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!

AIAIAI Mix 031 - DJ Krust

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.

AIAIAI Mix 030 - Cinnaman

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.

AIAIAI Mix 029 - Shy One

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.

AIAIAI Mix 028 - Jamie 3:26

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.

AIAIAI Mix 027 - K15

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.

AIAIAI Mix 026 - Kai Alce

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.

AIAIAI Mix 025 - Sadar Bahar

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.

AIAIAI Mix 024 - Honey Dijon

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.

AIAIAI Mix 023 - DJ Spinna

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.

AIAIAI Mix 022 - Oneman

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.

AIAIAI Mix 021 - Riobamba

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. 

AIAIAI Mix 020 - Lunice

Based out of Montreal, producer/DJ Lunice has always been a disciple 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 Montreak Bass scene, circa 2007-2008.

AIAIAI Mix 019 - Waajeed

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 hiseclecticDJ sets.

AIAIAI Mix 018 - La La

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.

AIAIAI Mix 017 - Jamo Beatz

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. We're happy to announce him for the 17th edition of our Mix series.

AIAIAI Mix 016 - MARS89

Tokyo-based Techno DJ and Producer Masayoshi Anotani, also known as MARS89, gives us his prescription for inner city pressure - works anywhere from Tokyo to Copenhagen.

AIAIAI Mix 015 - Yuksek

Producer, DJ and Partyfine label boss Yuksek is a vital force in the electronic music scene, releasing a string of albums, EPs and remixes on various labels and his own, much lauded imprint. His latest long-form offering, ‘Nosso Ritmo’ is no exception.

AIAIAI Mix 014 - Alan Fitzpatrick

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.

COLORS

Since 2016, the TMA-2 has been a core part of COLORS’ visual and sonic identity.

As the popularity of the platform has grown, the audience had countless questions about the specific model that COLORS trust to be used by the artists featured in their renowned A COLORS SHOW. By popular demand, finally we’re delighted to be able to present the official COLORSxSTUDIOS and AIAIAI headphone, available in a special limited-edition.