Unfold: Japan Episode 2 with Asahi Super Dry03.05.19
Unfold: Japan is a celebration of the many innovative strands of Japanese club culture with Asahi Super Dry beer. Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will be unfolding a different sound across four shows, with expert guests dropping in for interviews, live sessions and DJ sets. Show 2 explores all things Bass with Japan’s Drum’n’Bass stalwart Makoto, trackmaker Daisuke Tanabe, Worldwide FM resident and Belgium’s Lefto, and Shuya Okino from Kyoto Jazz Massive.
On the 11th May, Asahi Super Dry and CRACK Magazine present Unfold in Bristol for a party with Kiki Hitomi, Kahn + Neek, and LUCY [Find our more about the four event series across the UK].
Makoto Shimizu, more widely known simply as ‘Makoto’, is a testament to the international scope and power of electronic music and he is one of the few DJ/producer who made a success outside of Japan with Drum’n’Bass music. Clubbing icon LTJ Bukem signed him to Good Looking Records imprint in 1999 and after his 2nd Album “Believe In My Soul” Makoto began to release music for other labels such as DJ Zinc‘s Bingo Beats, London Elektricity‘s Hospital Records, Fabio‘s Creative Source and of course, the legendary DJ Marky‘s Innerground Records. His musical connection with Brazil’s DJ Marky runs deep, and was solidified with his very own release on Marky’s label in 2009 titled “DJ Marky & Friends presents Makoto”. The pair went on to collaborate and release a number of tracks together. He has toured across Asia, Europe, UK and USA, and most recently Makoto has been busy living in London, releasing on leading imprint Hospital Records to whom he signed in 2017, and setting up his own label – HE:Digital.
As a Red Bull Music Academy graduate and originally coming from a techno/breakbeat background, Daisuke has developed his own style of production to create a distinctive sound between Drum’n’Bass hiphop, electronica, folk and jazz. During his time in the UK, his track was chosen on a Brownswood label compilation, as well as some of the leading lights in the UK breakbeat scene. Beyond Japan, he has toured across the UK, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and Australia. He is a remix master and has worked for wide range of high profile musicians including the UK’s Poppy Ackroyd. He also produces sounds for theatre performances and installations.
DJ/ Crurator/ Radio DJ
Tastemaker of Belgium and beyond. Described by Fact! Magazine “your favourite dj’s favourite dj”, affiliated with Brownswood Recordings, Blue Note, !K7 Records, and one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer. Lefto is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter, and is one of Mixcloud’s highest performing DJs, with 580 shows on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussel under his belt. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His weekly show “Early Bird with Lefto” is Wednesdays 11-13.00.
Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive)
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.
Manabu Shimada – pieces for her No.7
Makoto – Wading Through Crowds (ft. Karina Ramage)
DJ Zinc – When I (DJ Zinc x Makoto Remix) [Bingo Bass]
Unknown Artist – Unknown [Unknown]
S.P.Y – Rock Da House [Hospital Records]
Bungle – Cocooned VIP [ThirtyOne Recordings]
London Elektricity – Funkopolis [Hospital Records]
Unglued Feat. Nelson Navarro – Deep, Dark & Dirty [Hospital Records]
Fatboy Slim – Praise You (DJ Marky Remix) [Skint Records]
MAKOTO – Unreleased [Unreleased]
MAKOTO – Unreleased [Unreleased]
Finger 5 – I Want You Back (Japanese cover)
Grooveman Spot – Rotwang
Grooveman Spot – Edison
Grooveman Spot – Chaplin
Gaggle – 夜ナ夜ナ (Yona Yona) / Scene ＃2
MICHIO – My Melo feat. asai
Poppy Ackroyd – The Calm Before (Daisuke Tanabe Remix)
Daisuke Tanabe Mix
Mariah – 視線 (Shisen)
Stereolab – I Feel The Air (Of Another Planet)
Yosi Horikawa – Longing
Mother Tereco – 24bit Oracle
Dim Grimm- Erstra
Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin Big Band – Memory
Sunao Wada Quintet – Sunset on the Street
Kyoto Jazz Sextet – Still In Love (DJ KAWASAKI 7inch Edit)
KezYM – Rising