LWE simply had to learn more by chatting with Tristen (with input from Aim’s graphic designer, Jan Kristof Lipp), who explained the label’s conceptual framework, its visual approach, and where the new X series fits into the imprint’s aesthetic remit. Tristen also contributed Talking Shopcast 16, a deeply hypnotic hour of house which goes a long way in explaining how his taste extrapolates into Aim’s particular sound.
In addition to their in-depth interview, Jonsson/Alter contributed LWE’s 114th exclusive podcast: a recording of a late-2011 live PA which conveys just how loose and party-oriented their music can be when the timing is right.
LWE caught up with Brandt Brauer Frick about the creativity hatched by the Ensemble, working with Rashad Becker, and how UK bass music is inspiring their new material. They also created LWE’s 109th exclusive podcast, a genre-promiscuous mix placing many of their favorite 2011 releases between classic techno sides and seminal classical music.
LWE quizzed Steinhoff and von Ahlefeld about Smallville’s origins, its relationship with its sibling labels, and plans for 2012. Together as Smallpeople, they also provided Talking Shopcast 14 — an exquisite hour of house delicacies to start the year of right.
As one of house music’s most compelling new prospects, LWE tracked down Morning Factory to discuss their division of labor, their take on the Dutch dance scene, and the advice they would give young producers. They also provided us with our 105th exclusive podcast, a blistering 80 minutes of high quality house laced with vintage favorites and potential classics.