Ali B established Air Recordings as the recording arm of his infamous Air parties, which have been running since the mid nineties at venues across London, including The Blue Note, 333, Mass, Electrowerkz, Rhythm Factory and its current home, Cargo. Air is now a worldwide name taking on arenas at festivals such as Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Hi-Fi, Two Tribes (Australia) and more. It is widely acknowledged as the biggest force in British beats regularly playing host to artists including The Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors and The Freestylers.
Musically, Air Recordings covers a wide range of leftfield sounds. Releases have included Finish electro breaks duo Mr Velcro Fastener, US stalwarts, Tony Faline and DJ Love, the UK’s Will Saul (with Ursula Rucker), and rising star, Janette Slack, alongside Ali B himself who’s recent track with The Jungle Brothers propelled Air Recordings into the major league. ‘Beats On A String’ was play-listed on BBC 6 in the UK and Australia’s national Triple J radio station. The first album released on Air Recordings, ‘Ali B Presents Air Breaks’, is a definitive snapshot of the worldwide breaks scene in 2006.
Ali B is a prominent member of London’s leftfield scene. Over the last decade he has held down residencies at the capital’s two most influential clubs. He spent his teens working at the Acid Jazz label and then as a DJ, made his mark as resident at the legendary Blue Note club. He now resides at Fabric where he has been from the day it opened. He also hosted a weekly radio show on Capital FM for five years, the UK’s biggest commercial radio station.
Ali’s own artist productions, including his recent track with Jungle Brothers, and remixes for the likes of Positiva, Multiply, Sony and Cheeky, have taken him, and breaks, to an international audience. The next releases on Air Recordings will come from Diverted, DJ Love, Janette Slack and Ali B.