Cosmodelica: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy with DJ Paulette
Cosmodelica: Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy
Unfold: Japan, Episode 4 with Asahi Super Dry
Kiki Hitomi (WaqWaq Kingdom) Kiki Hitomi is the singer/songwriter from bass explores King Midas Sound(Ninja Tune), Black Chow and was founding member of the Japanese Dubstep duo Dokkebi Q. Her highly acclaimed solo debut album “Karma No Kusari” appeared on Jahtari in 2016 and is roaming the galaxies ever since. Apart from her own solo…
Kiki Hitomi is the singer/songwriter from bass explores King Midas Sound(Ninja Tune), Black Chow and was founding member of the Japanese Dubstep duo Dokkebi Q.
Her highly acclaimed solo debut album “Karma No Kusari” appeared on Jahtari in 2016 and is roaming the galaxies ever since.
Apart from her own solo project Kiki is half of WaqWaq Kingdom, a Japanese tribal bass duo consisting of Kiki and Shigeru Ishihara (A.K.A DJ Scotch Egg). Their genre and time bending sound is like a psychedelic Nabe hot pot: melting Japanese traditional style Minyo with Jamaican dancehall, footwork, dub, techno, tribal polyrhythms and Super Nintendo soundtracks.
Photo by: Cliona Ni Laoi
Sauce81 is a producer/composer/singer aka N’gaho Ta’quia / 77 Karat Gold.
With raw beats, warm and ruff synth, rugged instrumentation and soulful vocals, sauce81 brings deep funkness into his machine grooves. After releasing singles and remixes on various labels, his two 7inch singles “Natural Thing” and “Dance Tonight” on Alexander Nut & Floating Point’s consistently excellent label Eglo Records gained a lot of attention worldwide. He also dropped the album “In The Pocket” under his N’gaho Ta’quia alias, as an homage to his musical roots from the 70’s funk, soul, jazz music and blaxploitation movie soundtracks, with psychedelic synth sounds and soulful vibes driven by dirty fat beats. Took part in Red Bull Music Academy 2008 Barcelona and performed at Sonar Sound Tokyo, Do Over, 5 Years of Boiler Room, Rainbow Disco Club, Wonderfruit and many other music festivals, events touring worldwide. SOICHI TERADA × KUNIYUKI × SAUCE81 Live Session at Rainbow Disco Club(JP), ADE 2018(NL), Warehouse Project(UK), Japan Connection(FR) has been an epic performance showing new possibilities for electronic/dance-music performers to jam with each other on machines.
Also known as 1/2 of 77 Karat Gold: a collaboration project with Grooveman Spot on Jazzy Sport. In 2015 they delivered a package with their diverse styles of electronic funk and groove science in their debut album “WANNAFUNKWITU”. The latest project “S8102” with Shing02 is a sci-fi space trip soundtrack.
His funky and soulful machine live set triggering beats, looping synth, bass, keys and singing over the tracks, and mixing the songs like a DJ is a special one to check out.
Quite simply one of the world’s most famous club DJs and Producers, François has been visiting and sampling the culture of Japan for over 20 years and sells out shows in Tokyo and beyond. His monthly show “World of Echoes” is 3rd Tuesdays 15.00-19.00 on Worldwide FM.
Sami-T (Mighty Crown)
Mighty Crown, also known as the Far East Rulaz, was founded in 1991 by friends from Yokohama, Japan. Mighty Crown gradually got their fame by playing at clubs and by selling self-produced mix tapes throughout Japan. After building their sound system (movable speaker boxes) in 1994, they started clashing with other Japanese sound systems and became the undisputed and undefeated sound clash champion in Japan (1998). Since then, they have been influencing and leading the whole dancehall scene in Japan.
They have won several soundclashes in Jamaica and have toured internationally. Most recently they inked a deal with Nike to market a Mighty Crown shoe, have their own clothing line and continue to be a part of the Irish and Chin crew. Made up of 4 members, including co-founders and brothers Masta Simon and Sami T, along with Ninja and Cojie, the sound has dominated the sound clash and juggling arenas, providing fans with a high level of Reggae Dancehall entertainment.
DJ / Creative director of KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE / Music writer
Since forming “Kyoto Jazz Massive” as a DJ unit in the beginning of 90’s, Shuya and his posse have built up a jazz / club crossover music scene in Japan, and have successful careers overseas. In 2000, Kyoto Jazz Massive signed to Compost Records in Germany and in 2006 Shuya Okino released his acclaimed solo album “UNITED LEGENDS”. He has written a book and is currently working on another on the subject of DJing in the Club Jazz scene. Shuya Okino continues to be a hugely important figure in the Crossover/Jazz scene worldwide – he has a weekly show called “Jazz ain’t Jazz” on InterFM897, the prominent Japanese FM station, and “WW Kyoto” 2nd Mondays 11:00-13:00 (GMT) on Worldwide FM.
Unfold: Japan, Episode 3 with Asahi Super Dry
Akiko Kiyama Japanese, Tokyo based, Akiko Kiyama holds a hefty 30 releases including 3 albums to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterrior, MEAN, Nervmusic and op.disc amongst others. Her debut EP “Dimension” (2014) on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Vaeth and…
Japanese, Tokyo based, Akiko Kiyama holds a hefty 30 releases including 3 albums to her name on world renowned labels such as Contexterrior, MEAN, Nervmusic and op.disc amongst others. Her debut EP “Dimension” (2014) on London’s Sud Electronic received outstanding support from the industry and names such as Richie Hawtin, Sven Vaeth and Ricardo Villalobos. Live performances in London’s Fabric, Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, Moscow’s Arma17, MUTEK, Worldwide Festival Sete and many more. In 2015, her own label “Kebko Music” has been established. In the label, Akiko will release her 4th album, which is a ten track showcase of this artist complex talent, showing a new direction of electronic music with her humorous textures and rather adhesive groove. Akiko continues to explore, produce and release as well as pushing the boundaries of minimal techno with her live set’s performed around the world. Kebko Music’s YouTube channel has just landed.
Wooed by many high-profile acts wanting to take them on tours and featured as icons in McQ by Alexander McQueen’s campaign and works by Juergen Teller, as well as some of the world’s biggest festivals putting their name on their lineup including Glastonbury, Coachella, and Fuji Rock, BO NINGEN embody today’s art/music scene where crossovers of different cultures are flourishing. They are fusing disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves and bringing them across the oceans. This journey has been a success, attested to by support they garnered from musicians spanning a wide range of genres and generations including Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Kasabian, TV on the Radio, the Fall, and Savages to name a few. Their iconic look is only surpassed by their intense live performances, which have earned them a place as one of the most captivating live acts in the UK. Having released 3 albums so far, they are currently working on their new album scheduled to be released in 2018, recorded around the world in London, Tokyo and LA in a constant search for inspiration.
Maïa is a unique singer and flautist. Striking stage presence, crazy folk trance, volcanic energy, traditional and pop Japanese singing and occasional touches of flute make up the exciting mix that is Maïa Barouh.”From a French-Japanese background, she has clearly found her way towards a boundless musical self-expression, rooted in solid classical training and a unique rendition of her heritage. The audience can expect to be transported along the Paris-Tokyo axis to space and beyond. She describes her style as ELECTRO-ROOTS-POP-PUNK. Maïa sings using an unknown special throat technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds, but the flute is her first instrument. After studying classical and jazz, she quickly transformed the way she played as she started making her own music, improvising, singing with her flute and using it as percussion. The earthquake and the nuclear accident that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 marked a turning point in Maïa’s development as a musician. The man-made catastrophe and the destruction that followed pushed her to re-root herself deeply in the musical traditions of Japan, gathering the songs of fishermen, sailors, party songs from Fukushima which she calls as « Japanese bleus » and take them out to the wider world, in her own interpretation, while integrating also her compositions.The album « KODAMA » got released in France UK and Japan in 2015.
Mari* is a Radio Producer, a Radio Presenter, and a multi-cultural free spirit. She has lived and worked in the US, Japan and the UK and has produced and coordinated radio shows with more than 30 radio stations around the world.
She presents bite size daily morning show on Worldwide FM called “Morning Mari*” (Mondays – Fridays / 9.45-10.00) and Japanese music focus show “Oto Nova Japan (音の波)” every first Monday (16.00-18.00).
DJ/Radio Presenter/Event Producer.
Founding member of United Future Organization (U.F.O.) which was formed in 1990. The collective established the beginning of Japanese club culture, and released 5 full albums in 32 countries which gained a massive reputation in 12 years. After leaving U.F.O. in 2002, he has continued to play as a solo DJ at clubs and festivals internationally and currently produces events and supervises music for notable fashion brands. He has remixed many high profile artists in a wide range of genres, such as James Brown, Astor Piazzolla, Gotan Project and Melanie De Biasio. In 2013, he gathered talented and forward-thinking artists based in Tokyo to produce a project called “HEX,” which presents Tokyo’s progressive form of Jazz to the world and was released from Blue Note Records worldwide. His latest project “Toshio Matsuura Group” gathered radical musicians from UK and performed at Worldwide Festival in 2018. He has a weekly show called “TOKYO MOON” on InterFM897, a popular Japanese FM station, and “WW TOKYO” 1st & 3rd Monday of every month broadcasting 11:00-13:00 (GMT) on Worldwide FM.
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