"Missing in action rap beat colossus whets appetite for overdue comeback… Necessity was the mother of invention for Andy Turner. The Barrow-in-Furness beat digger pillaged Cumbrian charity shops for breaks in the early '90's crafting a batch of soulful, stand-alone instrumentals on an old Amiga computer that helped fledgling Manchester hip hop label Grand Central become a genuine force. With the added exotica of cameos from passing US rappers YZ, Diamond D and Souls of Mischief, Aim ballooned from a bedroom auteur piecing together Evel Knieval interviews with old Bobby Womack guitar licks (Original Stuntmaster) into a festival conquering octet with serious chops. The John Carpenter-sampling Demonique and the heavenly strings of Fall Break still sound remarkably fresh and wide-screen, Turner's fidelity to hip hop undercut by jazz sensibilities that let the spaces speak in volumes."
4/5 - Andy Cowan
"The Journey of Cumbrian-born Andy Turner has taken some considerable turns, from indie band member to record shop owner and Hacienda regular, promoter and DJ to dope producer. As Aim, his jazz-fuelled trip-hop was the signature sound of Mark Rae's Grand Central label in the early noughts, until he started the ATIC Records imprint, releasing his last solo album 'Flight 602' in 2006. 'Drum Machines & VHS Dreams' is a timeless retrospective of his best beats, a fresh re-rub of 'True To Hip Hop' epitomising his continuing work with the East Coast's finest and reminding us of the haunting, crisp aesthetics and cinematic breaks and samples that defined an era."
8/10 - P. Dudman
"First emerging at the tail-end of the '90's trip-hop boom, Cumbria's Aim breathed new life into a flagging genre with his widescreen, forensically-crafted productions, inspired both by his windswept rural surroundings and a childhood spent immersed in US videogames and straight-to-VHS sci-fi and horror (hence this best-of's title). Aim's most famous release remains 1999's 'Cold Water Music', a haunting slice of danceable trip-hop every bit the equal of anything DJ Shadow produced. But there was always more to him than soulful melodies and chunky breaks, and while there's plenty of that on this 14-track edit-down of his early 12s and three studio albums, there are also two golden-era style hip-hop bangers featuring guest rhymes from AG and QNC.There's no denying this compilation would've sounded a little dated just five years ago, but in 2014, for some reason, it's sounding dead-on."
8.5/10 - Joe Madden
DJ Broadcast interviews Aim about music, ATIC Records and his new 'best of' album 'Drum Machines & VHS Dreams' Read the full interview here.
The legendary Don Letts drops Aim 'True to Hip-Hop' on BBC Radio Music 6! The full show is up for a limited time, head over to the BBC Radio Music 6 website to listen to his show . If you're a fan of radio use the brand new BBC Radio playlister the + button next to the tune and add the song to your very own bespoke playlist! To get your very own copy of this Remix on limited edition picture disc 7" vinyl, head over to the ATIC shop .
You need to hear this! Vice Magazine's Noisey Muisc & Phillips premire Aim 'True to Hip-Hop'. Check it out HERE ! Be sure to share, tweet & like!! Also Aim has finally set up a Soundcloud! Be sure to click on his profile and follow, lot's of fresh music and mixes will be shared here.
"New York's D.I.T.C. (Diggin' in the Crates) crew were a huge influence on my music when I was starting out. The early 90's output of artists like Show & AG, Diamond D and Lord Finesse inspired me to make the move from DJ'ing to production. I've been meaning to remix this track for years and releasing Drum Machines & VHS Dreams seemed like the perfect time to finally get round it." - Aim 2014
An all-new Aim Remix of ‘True To Hip-Hop’ feat. AG (of legendary hip-hop crew D.I.T.C.). The original version, which first appeared on Aim’s classic debut album ‘Cold Water Music’, is transformed into a relentlessly energetic, synth and dirty sax-fuelled club banger, that breaths new life into AG’s incredible vocals. It’s the perfect bridge between Aim's production past, present and future and a heavyweight taste of things to come. Presented on Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc vinyl housed in a deluxe PVC bag, the track is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Drum Machines & VHS Dreams – The Best Of Aim 1996-2006’.
Available to Pre-order now
Aim and Niko head over to Cork Ireland on Valentines Day, Friday February 14th to join Stevie G at The Pavilion to be part of the Dirty Weekender #4. A rare chance to see an Aim DJ set as well as guest vocals from Niko plus Cork favorite Stevie G playing nothing but vinyl, Friday night is expected to be a Loved up affair indeed. For more info visit The Pavilion website .
Happy New Year from ATIC Records! We're really looking forward to this year's releases and will be setting things off in style with a 'Best Of Aim' album due this spring featuring classic cuts hand-picked by the man himself, along with an all-new Aim remix of 'True To Hip-Hop' featuring AG of D.I.T.C. Following that will be the long-awaited full album collaboration between Aim and QNC and a stunning new Niko EP. Sign up to the ATIC Newsletter for the latest updates and as ever, thanks for the support and all the best for 2014!!!