HAAi, aka Teneil Throssell, rose from the ashes of a
disbanded psych band, where she was vocalist and
guitar player and, inspired by a chance trip to Berghain,
started DJing by digging into a wealth of music on the
psychedelic spectrum from around the globe. Her Coconut
Beats parties in Dalston led to shows on Rinse FM and
Worldwide FM, and eventually to a prestigious residency at
the London club Phonox where Throssell played Saturday
nights for two years. As her residency came to end, BBC
Radio 1 broadcast her Essential Mix which went on to win
the accolade of Essential Mix of the Year. Past winners
include Flying Lotus, Helena Hauff, Nicolas Jaar & more.
HAAi was then granted a monthly Radio 1 slot. The end of
her residency at Phonox allowed HAAi to play shows and
big festival stages all over the world, including Over the
last year, including Sonar Festival and Glastonbury.
Her 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 experiment more and pushed the boundaries of
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
step dad's '60s Mustang engine. On 'It's Something We
Can All Learn From' she uses an almost forgotten artefact
from a trip to Marrakech and 'CHONKIBOI' is grounded in
an earwormy ritualistic vocal.
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 a new album, which she says will have a
more modern and contemporary sound. ''I'm really excited
about being part of Mute,'' she says. ''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.''
1. Don't Flatter Yourself Love
2. Stop Looking At Me Swan
5. It's Something We Can All Learn From
6. Systems Up, Windows Down