Mon, 16 Sep 2013  /  24 Comments
The final day of The Labyrinth has been canceled due to Typhoon Man-yi.24 Comments
"We are sorry everyone, but because of the typhoon, we have to cancel the final day of Labyrinth," festival organizers Mindgames wrote on their Twitter account. "Nature has spoken." A series of further tweets in Japanese urged attendees to evacuate the festival site at Naeba Greenland in Niigata Prefecture north of Tokyo, as major roads would be closing and flooding and landslides posed a major risk. According to BBC News, the storm has forced the evacuation of "at least 400,000 residents from four prefectures"—Kyoto, Shiga, Hyogo and Mie, all to the southwest of the festival site—as Japan soaked in "an unprecedented amount of rainfall."
The final day of the festival, widely considered one of the best in the world for techno, was set to feature Labyrinth resident Hiyoshi, Berlin-based American Eric Cloutier, festival favorites Voices from the Lake and the closing set from Svreca.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013  /  Post a comment
RA will throw a Halloween party in Tokyo next month.Post a comment
The event will take place at Unit, a long-running club renowned for its sound, on Friday, October 25th. All three rooms will be open, with the Main Room playing host to former Drexciya affiliate DJ Stingray, Morphine Records chief Morphosis and Kabuto, who puts on the Cabaret parties in Tokyo. Former RA podcaster Ena, Berlin artist Objekt and Veta's Okuda will play in the Saloon, while the Unice cafe space, co-hosted by Wiggle Room, will feature 5ive—AKA one half of ESP Institue regulars COS/MES—and soul, funk and disco digging trio walkers. The party will kick off at 11 PM and run until 6 AM.
Tickets to the party are available here on RA.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013  /  24 Comments
The final lineup for this year's Labyrinth festival has been confirmed.24 Comments
Labyrinth, which takes place at Naeba Greenland in Niigata, Japan, is one of the world's best-regarded electronic music events (it regularly tops our best festivals of the month feature for September). The 2013 edition will run from September 14th through 16th. As always, there are plenty of return guests on the bill: festival regulars Peter Van Hoesen, Donato Dozzy, Svreca and Petar Dundov will all DJ, as will Marco Shuttle, Bunker's Eric Cloutier and Labyrinth staples So and Hiyoshi. Material Object will play a tribute set for German producer Pete Namlook, who passed away last year. The live contingent comprises Voices From The Lake—AKA Dozzy and Neel—as well Spectrum Spools chief John Elliott (playing as Imaginary Softwoods) and Atom TM, who will play solo and alongside Tobias. Eaux boss Rrose will be on hand to DJ and play live.
Thu, 09 May 2013  /  2 Comments
A label offshoot of Tokyo event series Mariana, called Mariana Wax, is set to launch this month.2 Comments
The Mariana party, which began back in 2009, is the brainchild of Dave Twomey, a globetrotting DJ and producer with a soft spot for deep and dubby techno. (The name refers to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans.) Mariana Wax will offer another way to showcase that sound, with tracks set to come from Twomey himself, producing as Tr nch, and many of Mariana's previous guests.
Mariana Wax 000 begins with a Tr nch ambient piece which, according to a press sheet, features "the voice of Captain Jacques Picard describing the first descent in 1960 to ... the bottom of the Mariana Trench." Also on hand with more rhythmic material are US producer Mike Parker (his contribution, "Below Zero," was previously put on a very limited test-pressing via his own label Geophone) and Tokyo-based artist and DRONE resident Wata Igarashi.
Fans in Tokyo can celebrate the launch of the new label—as well as Mariana's fourth anniversary—with Twomey, Igarashi and party favorite Peter Van Hoesen, among others, at eleven this Saturday night, before it closes for renovations. Tickets are available here on RA. Mariana fans around the world will also be able to join in the fun with today's Dommune live stream, featuring Van Hoesen and Igarashi. The three-hour session will start at 9 PM JST, 1 PM GMT.
A1 Tr nch - Challenger Deep
A2 Mike Parker - Below Zero
B Wata Igarashi - Valve
Mariana Wax will release Mariana Wax 000 on May 20th, 2013.
Wed, 08 May 2013  /  3 Comments
Tokyo club eleven will close on May 25th for renovations.3 Comments
The Nishi-Azabu venue opened in Febraury 2010 on the site of Space Lab Yellow, keeping most of the same staff as the former club. It's become home to regular parties like Sound of Berghain/Panorama Bar and Fumiya Tanaka's Chaos, as well as midweek bass and hip-hop events. The club has also welcomed a steady stream of established US DJs like Francois K, Joe Claussell, Timmy Regisford and Theo Parrish. eleven's owners have confirmed the venue will close at the end of the month while renovations take place. Whether it will reopen with the same name and concept is still unclear.
Thu, 28 Feb 2013  /  2 Comments
Sónar is coming to Japan this April, with editions of the Barcelona-based festival taking place in Tokyo and Osaka.
The festival, with roots in Barcelona dating back to 1994, has become an increasingly international concern over the last decade or so. The Tokyo version of the festival, called SonarSound Tokyo, was part of the first wave of global versions. (São Paulo, Seoul, Guadalajara and Reykjavík are some of the other cities that have hosted Sónar outposts over the years.) This will be the sixth time Sónar has come to town, and all told, SonarSound Tokyo will feature more than 40 artists. About half that number have been confirmed so far, and the roster includes a mix of international and local talent. A number of electronic luminaries will be on hand, including Underworld's Karl Hyde (who's debuting a new solo project) and LFO. The UK will be well represented with performances by Adrian Sherwood & Pinch, Actress and Darkstar, and John Talabot will help fly the flag of Sónar's hometown. Green Butter, Sapphire Slows and Submerse are among the artists representing the Japanese scene, and Red Bull Music Academy's SonarDôme stage will host a number of the organization's Japanese alums.
A handful of the artists playing the Tokyo festival, including RA's 2013 top live act Nicolas Jaar and Japanese producer Altz, will also perform at a two-night showcase in Osaka called A Taste of Sónar. As with SonarSound Tokyo, the lineup for these Osaka shows is set to expand in the coming weeks.
Apr 05 A Taste of Sónar in Osaka, Universe, Kansai2 Comments
Apr 06 SónarSound Tokyo 2013, ageHa, Tokyo
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Apr 08 A Taste of Sónar in Osaka, Club Quattro, Kansai
Mon, 28 Jan 2013  /  1 Comment
Mule Musiq will issue a compilation from the legendary experimental artist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, entitled Selected Pieces 1990 to 2011, in February.1 Comment
Roedelius's prolific musical career stretches back more than four decades. A German native now living in Austria, he's best known as a member of the pioneering krautrock outfit Cluster, which disbanded back in late 2010. Down the years he's been active in dozens of solo and collaborative projects with the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann.
In an accompanying press release, label head Toshiya Kawasaki explains that he first asked Roedelius about the idea of releasing on Mule Musiq last summer. Ultimately, Kawasaki says, "He sent me a lot of unreleased songs, and I selected my favourite eleven." Fans of Roedelius should have a good idea of what to expect: the compilation features plenty of airy synth work alongside a handful of more overtly rhythmic passages.
Selected Pieces 1990 to 2011 adds to a busy beginning of the year for Mule Musiq, which recently revealed details for a new mix CD from DJ Sprinkles and a new album from Eddie C on the Endless Flight sub-label. This compilation, adorned with cover art from Mexican painter Emi Winter, will be made available on CD and vinyl.
01. Per Se
02. Out Of The Dark
03. Vienna 2020
05. By The Way
07. Once Upon
09. Frolic At Six
10. Ultimate Feeling
11. As Simple As
Mule Musiq will release Selected Pieces 1990 to 2011 on February 18th, 2013.
Thu, 24 Jan 2013  /  61 Comments
DJ Sprinkles will release a mix CD, Where Dancefloors Stand Still, in March.61 Comments
The mix is intended to be a response to Japan's "fuzoku" laws, which place restrictions on people dancing in nightclubs and sees a 1:00 AM curfew regularly enforced across the country. Although the legislation has been in place since 1948, recently Japanese authorities have implemented the restrictions with extra zeal. Born and raised in the US, Thaemlitz moved to Japan in 2001 and has lived there ever since. As Terre Thaemlitz and under other aliases such as Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion (K-S.H.E) and DJ Sprinkles, the producer has explored deep house, ambient and experimental music.
Where Dancefloors Stand Still will see release on Tokyo's Mule Musiq, the same label that released the acclaimed Midtown 120 Blues LP, which was voted RA's number one album of 2009. The mix's tracklist reveals a selection of classic deep house from the likes of Braxton Holmes, Fingers Inc and Sound Mechanix mixed with more contemporary fare from Alex Danilov and MyMy. A press release claims that Where Dancefloors Stand Still "transforms dancing into a ritual in which dancers do rhythmic body painting that amalgamates the individual identity into a collective". Having written and lectured extensively on gender and social issues, Thaemlitz is known to mix music and politics.
In addition to the 14-track CD, a 2x12-inch vinyl sampler with nine tracks will also be released. Where Dancefloors Stand Still will be the first major offering from Thaemlitz since last year's exhaustive Soulnessless release, which was described as the world's first "full-length mp3 album" and contained more than 30 hours of music and video.
01. Braxton Holmes - 12 Inches Of Pleasure (Ron's Foreplay)
02. Alex Danilov - Deep S
03. Sound Mechanix - I Can't Forget
04. The Rhythm Slaves - The Light You Will See (Trentemoller's Deep Dub Mix)
05. Lectroluv - If We Try (Ambient Dub)
06. Manoo & François A - The Deep
07. Classic Man - Rapid Winds (75 MPH Mix)
08. Understars - Forestfunk I (No Damkkb Mix)
09. Gene Farris - Good Feeling
10. The Rude Awakening - The Dip (5AM Dipsco Mix)
11. MyMy - Everybody's Talkin' (Original Mix)
12. Choo-ables - Hard To Get (BT's Massive Groove)
13. Fingers Inc. - Never No More Lonely
14. Keys & Tronics Ensemble - Calypso Of House (Paradise Version)
Mule Musiq will release DJ Sprinles's Where Dancefloors Stand Still in March 25th, 2013.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013  /  7 Comments
Eddie C will release his second album, Country City Country, on February 18th.7 Comments
The 16-track set will arrive two years after the Canadian producer, full name Edward Currelly, released his debut LP, Parts Unknown. As with that album, Country City Country will see release on Endless Flight, an offshoot of Tokyo's Mule Musiq. Following a slew of singles and EPs for labels like 7 Inches Of Love, Sleazy Beats and Home Taping Is Killing Music, Currelly first appeared on Endless Flight in 2010 with the Between Now And Then EP. According to the label, Country City Country sees Eddie C combining his love of hip-hop with his trademark soul-tinged house and disco. Mule will host an album launch party at the Seco Lounge in Tokyo on February 2nd, and there's a remix package slated for release soon.
01. Got I Own Thing
02. Stoney Pharmacy
03. Fool On The Hill
05. Drinkin and Thinkin
06. Jam On Dallas Road
08. Every Life Under The Invisible Hands
09. Black Meat Dance
12. Surprise Pass
13. It Goes Free
14. La Palette
15. (Be Aware) Nothing For Free
16. Let's Stay Together
Endless Flight will release Eddie C's Country City Country on February 18th 2013.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012  /  Post a comment
Richie Hawtin will return to Womb Adventure this weekend in Tokyo.Post a comment
Since it started five years ago, Womb Adventure has been one of the biggest electronic music festivals on the calendar in Tokyo. Minus has always been a cornerstone of the event, and this year will be no exception, with Hawtin bringing his Enter. concept to Japan for the first time. Aside from Hawtin himself, the lineup features Dubfire, Loco Dice and Matador (playing live) in the main room. Daddy G of Massive Attack is billed in the Womb World Wide Arena, along with Darren Emerson, Nina Kraviz and Mark E. There's an afterparty scheduled the next weekend Womb, though lineup details for that one are still under-wraps.
Chatting via email earlier this week, the crew behind Womb Adventure gave us some inside perspective on the annual event:
How did Womb Adventure start? What was the original idea or concept behind the festival?
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