Ever wondered what happens when you double drop the red pill and blue pill? You end up at a 20 hour marathon with Real Gang’s finest of course.
Their sterling reputation for everlasting parties continues this weekend with some of our favourite selectors in attendance on the controls. This one has all the ingredients to be an extra special affair. Some of the labels closest and dearest are on the line up including Alci, Reiss, Maher Daniel and a very special b2b set from Cosmjn and Lizz to name a few.
Those who went to their last party across Gorilla and South know this is a recipe that just works. 20 hours of music across two of Manchester’s most respected underground venues. Add a clued up crowd full of like minded individuals and A* soundtrack. It’s safe to say this weekend is looking spot on from the off.
A Tokyo native and London resident for several years now, Junki Inoue has been collecting and playing vinyl records since he was 16 years old. Part of the Toi Toi Musik squad and Cartulis crew, in 2021, Junki reinforced his dedication to music by launching his own record label- SAISEI, which has just issued its third release, a reissue of the widely respected Japanese producer Suzukiski and his 1993 Thought LP. For the first time, all 12 tracks will be available on vinyl, with the majority of them exclusively re-edited particularly for vinyl extended play.
Having observed Junki’s diverse sets and knowing his perception of music culture, we were curious to see how he would respond to our Music Through Pictures. We won’t give anything away, but there are nine tunes below that you should absolutely add to your playlist…
I.R.M. – Arc Chamber
Junki:Fold club in London where I regularly play for my residency – Cartulis Music. One of the few clubs that strongly encourages me to play more serious techno bangers like this. This is probably one of the earliest Japanese trance records I own, which was released in 1992. This would be a perfect peak time tune to play there.
Junki: This track instantly came to my mind when I saw this image. This is the one from the Japanese legendary duo Kino-Moderno formed in 1986 that I reissued on vinyl for my label’s first release – SAISEI. A spacy and futuristic electro-techno gem was originally recorded in 1989. It still sounds so fresh today, and I believe this will always sound timeless. I felt a sense of odd connection to the fact that this early Japanese acid house track got reissued in the UK where it has its roots by a Japanese who happened to be born the same year as the music.
Brian Bristol – Ear Candy (FYI Chris Demerara Remix)
Junki: This little dude with a big eye in this image reminded me of the artwork of this UK based label – Mysticisms. The original version of this track was released on a US house label in 1996, but I really like this new remix they’ve added to their reissue came out in 2018. This smooth breakbeaty deep house gem always brings a magical moment to the dance floor.
COLOGNe – Soul Evolution
Junki:The Lion and Lamb is everyone’s favourite local boozer in London, and it has been my dearest home since its beginning. I love playing at the pub because it allows me to pack more softer (but groovy) music that I don’t get to play so often. The tune I picked here is from the 2nd release of SAISEI. Originally recorded in the mid-’90s by a prolific Japanese artist Takuya Sugimoto better known as his Web alias. I love its deep and warm vibes with a bit of trippy feeling that gives a certain charm atmosphere. A mega classy 6 tracker – COLOGNe / Deep Talk EP is now available at your favourite record stores.
Spock Jr. – Ion (Boccacio Edit)
Junki: This strange Belgian new beat techno from 1988 is the perfect tune to describe the situation of this image – Attack of the (Acid) alien invaders. It took me years to really appreciate this track, but I came to like it more and more and am up for this now – Trippy af 👽 I imagine that some people would get panicked and try to escape from the dance floor literally like these people in this image if you drop this in the wrong place at the wrong time…But hey, no risk no fun eh?
Kino-Moderno / Acid Water
Junki: Again, this is from the same EP by the legends – Kino-Moderno. This was the first thing that came into mind when I saw this twisted, trippy and psychedelic image. As you can guess from the track name, its all tripped out and sounds very flooded indeed. I call it (Japanese) Acid 😃🇯🇵
Z@P – Tracid
Junki: Arguably the most successful and recognisable release on Cartulis label that needs no introduction – It’s safe to say this is a future classic of our generation. For those of you who are already a fan of this tune, I’d highly recommend you check out the second release of Cartulis sub-label – ALT records that are about to drop soon. You’ll find the track by Z@P that bears a close resemblance to Tracid. After-hours tip!
Takkyu Ishino – Aoi Neon
Junki: Tokyo’s neon lights are on 24/7, and it’s something to see if you get a chance to visit Japan – the city that never sleeps. This hidden Tech-House bomb by a Japanese veteran producer & DJ Takkyu Ishino fits this image perfectly – Aoi Neon which translates to Japanese to mean Blue Neon Lights.
Suzukiski – Thought
Junki: This is the title track and the closing track of Suzukiski’s Thought album, the latest release on SAISEI due in November. I’m honored to reissue this masterpiece on vinyl for the first time after almost 30 years of its existence. I love the moment when I listen to some of his softer music like this with my headphones on, especially after an intense clubbing night. As Masaaki Hara described in the liner notes for this reissue – An introspective moment that takes you into your own inner world. The image of this empty train matches perfectly with this state of mind. I don’t exactly know what this is, but it has something that makes you feel ok to feel alone, and it did help me. I think this is one of the beauties of Japanese electronic music I adore and probably the reason why I was so drawn to their music more than ever during these strange pandemic times.
Zingiber Audio continues to release incandescent material to celebrate 10 years of activity. Their latest VA vinyl-only compilation features four banging originals from some of the best underground producers of the moment, and the result is just brilliant.
EWax’s captain SY takes the lead with “Got To Be”, and the track hits the hard from the very beginning. Bass proceeds with style and class throughout the track sweetly rolling on top of the pounding kick and the dusty hats. Some fluffy synth stabs make their appearance sporadically, coloring the scene with sparks of light, smooth arps, and hooks. The crisp drums have a crispy feel, lightly slapping in the background. During the break, the magic finally happens, and the track swiftly moves to a much calmer and meditative mood thanks to deep old-school chords. The new scenario allows a vocal to finally cut right into the mix before vanishing once again in the bounce.
A2 is courtesy of Wave Particle Singularity who opts for stripped-back drums and a very airy pad for the core of the track. It’s nice to step into this colorful sonic world that he creates and get lost in the luscious airy vocal. The groove struts restless and full of different elements, creating constant variation and giving lifeblood to the track also thanks to tiny crisp details in the drum patterns.
Frenchman Dustyard is knee-deep into sound and soul. His track “Hydrat” is all about a melancholic feeling of loss and wandering where the mind travels as it gradually unfolds. Sweet organic percussions give a touch of human feel on top of the sequenced drums and sampler chords. The result is a bouncy and profound jam where warm chords gently rotate around the groove, making it flow lush and steady. Small hooks call for attention and move in short, tidy melodies. The structure is very liquid and it’s hard to tell when things start or end in the flow, leaving the listener suspended in an ever-evolving moment.
Rounding out the package, Venice-based Nicola Brusegan brings on his signature minimal touch with a pinch of dreamy deep housy flavor. Titled “Under Beat” is a very atmospheric jam full of movement which is given by constant tremolo on the main synths. The rotation is provided by a gloomy sub-bassline which keeps the overall pace kind of laid back and sexy. The metallic and flangered drums are thick enough to stand out from the rest, making this one a great tune to close a very well-rounded EP.