HAAi Signs To Mute; "Systems Up, Windows Down" EP Out Now



Credit: Imogene Barron
HAAi and Mute are delighted to launch the label’s latest signing with Systems Up, Windows Down, a new EP out today.

Listen to “6666” here and listen to the full EP here.

HAAi (aka Teneil Throssell) is an Australian-born, London-based DJ. Rising from the ashes of a disbanded psych band – for which she was vocalist and guitar player – HAAi was inspired by a chance trip to Berghain and started DJing by digging into a wealth of music on the psychedelic spectrum from around the globe. Her Coconut Beats parties in London’s Dalston neighborhood led to shows on Rinse FM and Worldwide FM, eventually resulting in a prestigious residency at the London club Phonox where she played Saturday nights for two years (up until autumn 2018).

As her residency came to end, BBC Radio 1 broadcast her Essential Mix which went on to win the accolade of the Essential Mix of the Year, alumni of which include Helena Hauff, Caribou, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar and Ben Klock. HAAi was then granted a monthly Radio 1 slot, which continues into 2020.

Signing to Mute is a dream come true for HAAi. She first came to Mute’s attention via a remix for Daniel Avery, from there the rest is history. In addition to the new EP, she is readying an album which she says will have a more modern and contemporary sound. “I'm really excited about being part of Mute, it blows my mind to think I have the support and encouragement to do all the things I would like to do and maybe I wouldn't have had the confidence to do on my own.” HAAi is already eager for the next stage of her producing career, spending more time in the studio to record with live instruments and working with other musicians - “to make the whole process a bit more three dimensional.”

The new EP, Systems Up, Windows Down, feels like an evolution from the previous releases on her own label. With a more mature, dancefloor focused sound full of heavy basslines, breaks and crisp percussive electronics, she has experimented more and pushed the boundaries of her production. The title of the EP harks back to a youth far from the club circuit in remote rural Australia where there wasn't a hell of a lot to do. Weekends were spent driving around town, along the coast and beach roads with the windows down while blasting music from car radios.

The tracks lean heavily on her personal archive of field recordings, both from her own travels and scouring the internet. The opening track includes the revving of her stepdad's ‘60s Mustang engine. On “It's Something We Can All Learn From,” she uses an almost forgotten artifact from a trip to Marrakech and CHONKIBOI” is grounded in an earwormy ritualistic vocal.

‘”6666,” the last addition to the EP and one of HAAi’s favorites, was initially composed for the Genesis stage at Glastonbury and has since grown to be a monster of a tune, adding a tougher element to the EP. The closing track (which names the EP) is a ten-minute burner which has been garnering love over the summer festivals.

Systems Up, Windows Down EP Tracklisting
1. Don’t Flatter Yourself Love
2. Stop Looking At Me Swan
3. 6666
5. It’s Something We Can All Learn From
6. Systems Up, Windows Down

HAAi Tour
November 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Nitsa
November 29 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Shine (w/ Ben Klock)
November 30 – Manchester, England – The Warehouse Project (w/ BICEP)
December 7 – Istanbul, Turkey – Zorlu Centre
December 13 – Alsisar Rajasthan, India – Magnetic Fields
December 28 – New South Wales, Australia – Lost Paradise Festival
December 30 – Waiohika Estate, New Zealand – Rhythm & Vines Festival
December 31 – Cardrona Valley, New Zealand – Rhythm & Alps Festival
January 1 – Melbourne, Australia – Let Them Eat Cake @ Warribee Mansion
January 4 – Sydney, Australia – Paradise Club @ Universal
January 25 –Bristol, England – HAAi Curates @ Motion
February 1 – Oxford, England – Bullingdon Club