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KASPER BJORKE / EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA – NIGHT SOUL EP

MULE MUSIQ RELEASE 289 + vinyl distribution by KOMPAKT > January 19, 2023

In short, this NIGHT SOUL release is the collaboration of two highly musically spirited and gifted Danes KASPER BJORKE and EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA on TOSHIYA KAWASAKI’s MULE MUSIQ label with future vinyl distribution by KOMPAKT from 2024/1/19.

KASPER BJORKE / EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA – NIGHT SOUL EP > MULE MUSIQ RELEASE #289 > VINYL DISTROBUTION 1/19 KOMPAKT

In detail, KASPER is the eclectic producer who finds himself on a wide range of labels such as Kompakt, Live At Robert Johnson, Permanent Vacation, hfn Music, Eskimo, Compost, Longform Editions, and Correspondant. KASPER is also the romantic DJ emanating golden shine from behind the decks of Panorama Bar (Berghain), Rex Club, Robert Johnson, Fabric, and bygone Ageha, and to this day he continues weaving his DNA magic throughout the vast reaches of the electronic soundscape. His golden blazing gleaming smiling collaborator EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA aka JACOB FUNCH is a live act band musician, producer, label owner, and guitarist known from the trio band ‘Late Great Fitzcarraldos’ as well as his other band ‘I Got You On Tape’.

KASPER and JACOB first crossed paths when KASPER was working as an A&R scout at Fake Diamonds Records and signed JACOB’s trio band ‘Late Great Fitzcarraldos’ for their debut release.

Since then they’ve kept in touch and now bring us their 1st collaboration NIGHT SOUL which was released digitally on TOSHIYA KAWASAKI’s MULE MUSIQ early this month with a New Year vinyl distribution by KOMPAKT from January 19th 2024.

A MULE MUSIQ RELEASE (DIGITAL + TRACK 5 ‘SABRINA’) / CATALOGUE #289

KOMPAKT VINYL DISTRIBUTION STARTS 2024/1/19

The NIGHT SOUL cover art is by the renowned STEFAN MARX depicting cats, who inspired by his spring visit to Tokyo, gifted the world an ongoing series of 2 books based upon his 360 degree drawings Leporello of Yoyogi Park and Komazawa Park out on A-GENT TOKYO. KAWASAKI-san has repurposed it as his CATS CATS CATS flyer for his year end event @ MITSUKI on Saturday 12/30.

As per NIGHT SOUL’s track audio layout, KASPER and EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA proceed with ‘PAU’ original version A1 and the ‘PAU’ remix by BELLA BOO A2 with ‘ANDREA’ original version B1 and the ‘ANDREA‘ dub version by LONGHAIR OFFSHORE B2.

Vinyl collectors please note SABRINA (BJORKE RETOUCH OF EL AGUA ORIGINAL 505 VERSION) is a digital release only.

To everyone’s delight rumors confirmed of a strobing music video for ‘ANDREA‘ set to the golden era of Ibiza in the late nineties, without cell phones nor bottle service, with a generation of youth dancing the days away and catching seaside sunsets in unknown splendor. A Tune ouT Tokyo exclusive full feature video:

KASPER BJORKE / EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA –ANDREALIVE IN IBIZA VIDEO

Let’s teleport back to Ibiza in the ’90s where we arrive with enough cash to last a couple of weeks with energy to burn. As we quickly gather it’s everything we imagined and more; the sun burns a la sunny beach days, the over-stimulated yet please never end nights, and the slurried stream of friendly grins on sweaty bodies. Above the sights, sounds, heat, sweat, and tantalizing thrills are 3 people you’ll never forget: PAU, ANDREA, and SABRINA.

SABRINA, ANDREA, and PAU

PAU friends of everyone, now your friend, with the thick Catalan accent and the bouquet scent of cologne, sex, cigarettes who was also your river into the scene starting with some cafe called Del Mar or Mambo or whatever and then the never ending afterparties. While ANDREA was the most fun at first, but she realized your selfish hopes of long-term off island dreams which she dashed to the rocks as did the sea. SABRINA (digital release only) was the one met on a nervous spiritual frequency, or rebound, which lead to a blissful golden sunrise from the island’s rocky shores to the chakras.

KASPER BJORKE / EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA – NIGHT SOUL EP

MULE MUSIQ #289

2024/1/19 – VINYL RELEASE > KOMPAKT

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EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA AND KASPER BJORKE

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks KASPER BJORKE, EL AGUA ES PROFUNDA aka JACOB FUNCH, TOSHIYA KAWASAKI @ MULE MUSIQ and vinyl distribution by KOMPAKT.

NIGELTHREETIMES – METROPOLIS LP

ASTRAL BLACK | AST046 | Limited edition vinyl & digital release October 13, 2023

NIGELTHREETIMES aka Nigel Reynoso is the Queens, New York Drum & Bass / rolling breaks producer and DJ who recently played in Tokyo including events ‘GRATIAS @ Pure’s Sound Market in Nishi-asakusa’ and ‘DD@DD @ Débris Daikanyama in Shibuya City’.

NIGEL’s hot release “METROPOLIS N” is the latest offering from the U.K. label ASTRAL BLACK. A label, since 2013, building it’s reputation as a platform of forward thinking producers with a critically acclaimed back catalogue.

NIGELTHREETIMES’METROPOLIS N” is an 8 track LP that distills eclectic influences through the lens of rolling 160 BPM breaks – taking in Jazz, 8-bit game soundtracks, science fiction & jump up Drum & Bass.

NIGELTHREETIMES – METROPOLIS N / LP / ASTRAL BLACK (RECORDS)

NIGELTHREETIMES currently holds down residencies on both ‘Rinse FM’ & ‘The Lot Radio’. He initially built his reputation as one of New York City’s most versatile club DJs.

Through his 2020 release ‘Call Of The Void’ project, he began to build his reputation as a producer.

METROPOLIS N” starts off with the rhodes tinged double header of ‘TSQ MELTDOWN‘ & ‘EARLY MORNING FROM 103RD STREET‘, the latter featuring some of the best double bass work heard on a jungle track since Roni Size’s ‘Brown Paper Bag’ back in 1997. 

On the tracks ‘ROAD2RAILS‘ and ‘PHANTOM SHORES‘, NIGELTHREETIMES ditches the instrumentation in favour of oscillated square waves, dubbed out vocal FX & 8-bit melodies, without ever losing site of the projects underlying sense of optimism.

On the album closer ‘INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION‘, NIGELTHREETIMES manages to bring together the influences heard throughout the project, tying together muted rhodes chords, squarewave basslines, flutters of alien melodies and finely tuned, slices breakbeats into a 5 minute symphony. 

The consistency and exacting production skills heard throughout METROPOLIS N elevate this project from another drop in the digital ocean, to a landmark opus from a producer carrying the torch for this timeless sound, making the project worthy of a spot alongside some of the classics this genre has produced. 

NIGELTHREETIMES – METROPOLIS N

ASTRAL BLACK > October 13, 2023 > Limited edition vinyl & digital release

BANDCAMP LINK

Fled Tokyo @ Tune ouT Tokyo THANKS:

NIGELTHREETIMES, ASTRAL BLACK, and KOKI SUGIYAMA.

REMOTIF – IN THE BLINK OF A COMSIC EYE EP

Released on X-Kalay, July 21, 2023 > catalogue: XK030

REMOTIF is the moniker of Joe Reddick, the Bristol based DJ / producer, who through his other-worldly productions finds his eastward journey full sails ahead. He is no stranger to Asia with gigs earlier this year at ‘Seltsam’ in the Philippines and ‘Decommune’ in Thailand. Hopefully the shores of Japan lay only a few moons away.

REMOTIF is not only found performing in Bristol and London, but also around Europe for open-air psychedelic festivals such as ‘Refractor’ in Spain and weekend marathon raves like ‘5y Warning’ in Berlin.

REMOTIF

With his EP release ‘In the Blink of a Cosmic Eye‘ we pray to Kami-sama that he’ll no longer be a stranger to Japan. This pure bliss EP with intelligent dark trance and prog house euphoria releases on July 21st and is cosmically timed for the festival season worldwide.

The title of the EP is inspired by a tweet from Eris Drew that resonated with REMOTIF:

‘Every person we encounter is a little universe. As it goes, we will all be dead in the blink of a cosmic eye. I am not being morbid. That’s just real. For better or worse, this is your time. Don’t wait to be, become or live. Don’t wait to do what you need to do in this world’.

@ErisDrew – Twitter

To REMOTIF these are words to live by. He hopes the EP captures some of that ephemeral zest for life and love that a unified dance floor can provide.

In the Blink of a Cosmic Eye‘ is x-kalay’s 30th release from the label, catalogue XK030, complete with a digital-only remix from Youandewan on Bandcamp.

The first half finds the Bristol mainstay at his deadliest. Harnessing pure proggy momentum, peak-time scorcher ‘In the Blink of a Cosmic Eye’ comes hurtling out the tracks. Take a dose of the 1st of 5 preview tracks above.

It’s Inside U’ then keeps pace with more of that driving, fractal pressure. Tunnelling wormhole torque straight out the nether-realm. Take another dose of the 2nd of 5 preview tracks just above.

Comparatively restrained but no-less mind-altering, the B-side embarks on a full-blown vision quest with full length YouTube videos below:

Where breaks-fuelled cut ‘For Love or Money’ nods to early ‘90s bleep, ‘3AM in the Möbius Strip Club’ ushers into a chugging, ritual-ready space. Proper third-eye dilating stuff.

This EP has a little bit of everything from trippy dark forest goblin trance to uplifting prog euphoria to sub-heavy Detroit inspired 808 whomp to delicate, piano-laden downtempo chug to a sick, groove heavy reinterpretation by Youandewan.

After every passing moon we await REMOTIF in the Land of the Rising Sun.

REMOTIF – IN THE BLINK OF A COSMIC EYE EP

x-kalay – July 21, 2023 – Vinyl Record + Digital Release

https://x-kalay.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-blink-of-a-cosmic-eye

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks REMOTIF and x-kalay.

AIRHEAD – LIGHTNESS LP

Hemlock Recordings| digital release September 29, 2023 | physical March 1, 2024

AIRHEAD aka Rob McAndrews is the London born electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer with his release “Lightness” on the U.K. label Hemlock Recordings being his 3rd on this label. “Lightness” is a mini LP with 7 tracks that let the melodies rise from the weightless drums like a leaf given flight in the autumn wind.

Rob is a longtime friend of James Blake who were former school mates exchanging music until forming early studio collaborations. Moreover, Rob has also been a long-time studio contributor for James with his pivotal guitar lick to “Lindisfarne” in 2011 and his recent contribution to James’ “Playing Robots in Heaven” this year in 2023.

How many people can say they played a crazy Moog guitar at the request of Brian Eno for James’ track “Digital Lion”? AIRHEAD can!

Lightness” marks a subtle yet precise shift into new sonic territory, beating at a higher tempo and releasing from much of the dominant of sub bass that propelled his earlier work.

The refracted take on drum and bass was conceived while staring out over Laurel Canyon and realising the desire to float away.

Once grounded, Rob set about trying to capture that feeling by removing all weight from the drums and letting the melodies drift through.

Harmonically this is his most advanced record, drawing inspiration from studying and adapting some of the techniques from Joe Pass, Barry Harris, Ted Greene and Mick Goodrick to work for other instruments.

The overall sound is analog and highly dynamic, featuring tightly packed layers of guitar recordings and effects treatments. Clips of ethereal sounding experiments with synthetic voice software can be heard on “Still Waiting For U” and “Ghosts in CS” punctuating the sweetness with an air of uncertainty. The symphonic closing piece “Unbearable Lightness” is a collaboration with American contemporary classical composer Nico Muhly.

AIRHEAD – LIGHTNESS LP

Hemlock Recordings > September 29, 2023 Digital Release > March 1, 2024 Physical Release

https://airhead.bandcamp.com/album/lightness

Tune ouT Tokyo THANKS:

AIRHEAD, HEMLOCK RECORDINGS and OLI @ THE LIGHTPR.

MAYUDEPTH – ANGELS FROM HELL FEAT. UMI ISHIHARA EP

A ‘SHIKI KYOKAI‘ vinyl release from ‘DBH MUSIC‘ distribution >>> July 1, 2023

MAYUDEPTH, DJ and producer based in Tokyo, sent waves worldwide with her party MOTORPOOL’s collaboration with creative studio DOMMUNE and their BOILER ROOM TOKYO co-production September 2022.

She released her 1st EP ‘Sneakpeek’ in 2018 on the ‘Shiki Kyokai‘ label, run by Japanese techno sound innovator DJ SHUFFLEMASTER.

As for DJ’ing, MAYUDEPTH’s style is based on techno, mixing various genres such as industrial, electro, breakbeats, and house music. She expresses a tough and deep world view with grooves interconnecting the alternative underground scene to major Japanese festivals such as Rainbow Disco Club.

MAYUDEPTH’s 2nd EP ‘Angels from Hell featuring Umi Ishihara‘ [Shiki-Kyokai] was released featuring the A1 track ‘Love is resistance‘ music video by the talented film director Umi Ishihara:

Umi Ishihara’s poetry reading arise as the vocals to ‘Love is resistance‘. In her own words “the sounds loaded from the poetry reading will project memories and scenery from the wriggling age onto the dance floor”.

MAYUDEPTH’s A2 track ‘Angels from Hell featuring Umi Ishihara‘ is the receding undercurrent from which the A1 track ‘Love is resistance‘ thrust itself unto shore. The broken kick, the swirling pads like beach foam, and Umi’s subdued poetry reading submerge us into a deeper state of reflection.

Shiki Kyokai’s label founder DJ SHUFFLEMASTER surfs in with his dub mix of ‘Angels from Hell featuring Umi Ishihara‘. The kick returns full-throttle with the siren stabs circling like sharks who hunt prey relentlessly.

Vinyl buyers be warned! The digital only bonus track ‘Love is resistance (DJ SHUFFLEMASTER mix)‘ is a Bandcamp exclusive.

That being said MAYUDEPTH’s EP release is worth it’s weight in vinyl with ‘Love is resistance‘, ‘Angels from Hell featuring Umi Ishihara‘, and ‘Angels from Hell featuring Umi Ishihara (DJ SHUFFLEMASTER dub mix)‘.

MAYUDEPTH – ANGELS FROM HELL FEAT. UMI ISHIHARA EP

Shiki Kyokai – July 1, 2023 – Vinyl Record Release

https://mayudepth.bandcamp.com/album/angels-from-hell-feat-umi-ishihara

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks MAYUDEPTH, SHIKI KYOKAI and DBH MUSIC.

SIMPLE SYMMETRY – PROBLEM EP

Released on Multi Culti, June 5, 2023 > catalogue: MC064

SIMPLE SYMMETRY turn in an epic, mournful EP that reflects on their journey in exile. Quoting their own words “The world as we know ended on 24th of February 2022, when the brutal mechanism of continuing, massive destruction of humanity and faith has been triggered.” 

After a long-standing affiliation with Multi Culti that includes remixes for Nicola Cruz’s ‘Tzantza’ and Drugface’s ‘In The Clouds’, as well as the huge edit ‘Yalla’ for CULTED001, the Russian brothers weigh in with a heavy 12” that comes on the back of an emotional year where they defected from Moscow, their world turned upside down by politics of aggression.

The EP’s first track ‘Problem’ is built around a kernel of punk panic performed by Hugo Van Heijningen (of Red Light Radio, Cawd Slaydaz, Order Collective).

The anxious rage embedded in that opener finds a kind of disoriented catharsis in ‘Where I Am’, an uptempo ravey anthem that recalls the rush of CJ Bolland’s ‘Electronic Superhighway’ with a sense of angst and energy all their own. It’s the song of the soul-searching raver, finding a sense of home in the ecstasy of the dance, amidst a backdrop of oppressive fear and uncertainty.

Back in 2020, Simple Symmetry were invited to play at a small and beautiful festival in Marrakech. That was exciting in itself, but even more exciting was the prospect of finally meeting Andrew Weatherall and having the opportunity to chat with him. Like many others in the so-called electronic music scene, they were deeply influenced and captivated by Weatherall, considering him a mentor and an almost imaginary friend.

Unfortunately, that conversation never came to be as he passed away on February 17, 2020. The festival never took place; it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several months later, while enduring the confines of lockdown, SIMPLE SYMMETRY began working on the sketch for ‘Funeral of Past Affections‘ – their earnest attempt to engage in a transcendental conversation with someone who held such profound significance for them.

Supporting them on this trip are long-time compatriots Red Axes, a natural fit for the indie-punk elements in ‘Problem,’ and Multi Culti’s mystery man Ofofo.

SIMPLE SYMMETRY‘s productions stand the test of time as they unleash their tracks upon dance floors months before releasing them. Case in point with this live recorded set for PROEKT in Tel Aviv-Yafo with their EP’s first track ‘Problem‘ played back in March.

As the world waits for this war to end let’s unite our support for our dearly missed friend’s SIMPLE SYMMETRY, who we first interviewed back in 2019 (The T.T.T. Archives), as they continue to release musical wonders from exile away from their loved ones.

SIMPLE SYMMETRY – PROBLEM EP

Multi Culti – June 5, 2023 – Vinyl Record + Digital Release

https://multiculti.bandcamp.com/album/problem

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks SIMPLE SYMMETRY and MULTI CULTI.

SARA MILLER – LUNAR THEORY EP

Released May 19, 2023 on Permanent Vacation > Catalogue: PERMVAC292-1

SARA MILLER’s spirit animal is a moonlight riding owl who, in her human form, is an Irish born DJ, music producer and sound engineer based in Berlin, Germany.

Her artistry both behind the decks and in the studio is gleefully inspired by Berlin’s distinct hedonism, indulging the city’s timeless dance floor energy to enact glorious ecstasy upon ravers.

Astral melodies, rubbery basslines and soaring breaks embrace under SARA’s inherent exuberance, an experiential wonder that has seen her remain a constant presence in such Berlin clubbing institutions as :://About Blank, ELSE and Watergate.

Celebrated mixes for HÖR, Oye Records, Tiger Tapes and Permanent Vacation also further her cause.

LUNAR THEORY”, released this year on Permanent Vacation, marked SARA MILLER’s highly anticipated first solo EP following her debut production “Orange Sea” released on the “Permanent Vacation 7” compilation in 2021.

Tapping into Sara’s vast musical knowledge in 4 dynamic house variations, “LUNAR THEORY” highlights her vibrant world within the celestial dance.

On LUNAR THEORY EP’s 4 tracks, SARA has drawn inspiration from her broad musical knowledge and years of DJing experience and party wizardry.  You can detect influences from 90’s classic house, breakbeat, Italo and acid in her tracks, all combined into a fresh and sparkling result. 

Each track bounces along with purposeful energy while embracing lush harmonics, plush pads and bubbling acid tones along its way. A wonderful record that’s bound to soundtrack the glorious summer dancing season ahead.

But music is not the only source of inspiration for this notorious night owl; nighttime and its celestial companion, the moon, are equally important to SARA’s work.

So “LUNAR THEORY” is a sonic journey that attempts to reflect the four primary phases of the moon and the moonlight by which each track was inspired.

SARA MILLER – LUNAR THEORY EP

Permanent Vacation – May 19, 2023 – Digital Release

Digital Worldwide https://saramiller.bandcamp.com/album/lunar-theory-ep

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks SARA MILLER and BENJAMIN FRÖHLICH from PERMANENT VACATION.

EDEN BURNS – BIG BEAT MANIFESTO VOL. VII EP

Released June 9, 2023 on Public Possession > Catalogue: PP082

EDEN BURNS is a DJ and producer hailing from the deep south of Aotearoa in New Zealand.

As a teenager, he connected with the world of dance music via scuffed tech-house records in dollar bins and a DVD rip of Paris Is Burning. Drawing on these inspirations, his early productions hit a sweet spot between wide-eyed weirdness and club-ready maximalism.

EDEN BURNS will release with long-time cohorts Public Possession from Munich on June 9th bringing forth BIG BEAT MANIFESTO VOLUME VII EP.

Read on and listen brothers and sisters, read on and listen to EDEN BURNS’ B.B.M. VOL. VII EP.

EDEN BURNS – FREE YOUR MIND [Public Possession / PP082]

May 19th we witnessed the pre-released track FREE YOUR MIND from the EP on Bandcamp and YouTube. Public Possession will release B.B.M. VOL. VII EP in full on June 9th with all 4 tracks.

FREE YOUR MIND, the A1 track of B.B.M. VOL. VII, slips us deeper into the night with it’s powerful tribal undercurrent of the amazon river post torrential rain. The acid line pokes it’s turtle head out from the frequencies of the low end with EDEN‘s grin. Then those silky smooth vocals seduce the dance floor to lose absolute control of mind, body and soul.

EDEN BURNS – HOUSE NON STOP (CLIP) [PUBLIC POSSESSION]

The unreleased B1 track HOUSE NON STOP on B.B.M. VOL. VII takes us to the break-of-dawn like a tributary on the brink of holding its banks from a deluge. The acid is released and peaks in this track which hits like the sun from a club door opening in the morning. The suggestive sounds laced in the track will give light to perfect morning communal rituals.

EDEN BURNS – MULTITOOL (CLIP) [PUBLIC POSSESSION]

The other b-side unreleased track MULTITOOL is lovely ensemble of cowbell and/or hi-hat with the clap. The village madman bangs his pot to warn us of the ensuing BIG BEAT downpour from both the A1 and B1 tracks of the B.B.M VOL. VII EP. The early peak in this B2 track is like a jet stream bouncing back-and-forth between two fronts of atmospheric pressure. Like zig-zag contrails in the sky.

EDEN BURNS – BIG BEAT MANIFESTO VOL. VII EP

Public Possession – June 2023 – Vinyl Record & Digital Release

Digital order Worldwide https://edenburns.bandcamp.com/album/big-beat-manifesto-vol-vii

Vinyl order Japan https://diskunion.net/clubt/ct/detail/1008678269

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks EDEN BURNS and PUBLIC POSSESSION.

BOYS’ SHORTS – WITH YOU EP

4 track EP released May, 2023 on Permanent Vacation

BOYS’ SHORTS is a Greek dj/production duo. The duo was founded by Vangelis (ex-LAGASTA) and electronic artist Tareq.

Their sound is a blend of everything they love to mix in their DJ sets, from disco to breaks and slow techno to acid. To quote the boys “…we make people dance!”

So far, they’ve released on labels such as HE.SHE.THEY, Cormac’s Polari records, Iptamenos Discos, Love Child, Future Disco and out now on Permanent Vacation the WITH YOU EP!

Boys’ Shorts – With You

In BOYS’ SHORTS own words “WITH YOU” is a track we wrote with a journey in mind that starts with just the 2 of us and on our way we are joined by more people. 

This is somehow the way we see our journey in music as a duo. Like a car ride high in the sky. Just like the artwork of this EP.

Where you can see things from a distance. Kind of personal, but at the same time a way to communicate with the strangers you meet in your way.

It’s a ride you do for yourself, and then you realize that there are more people who want to join you.

“With you” stands for all of us: me with you and for everyone who wants to join”.

The WITH YOU Remixes:

AMARCORD‘s remix of WITH YOU, gives it an indie touch, adding heavier feels and hazy vocals that give it that sense of approaching excitement in slow motion.

The other WITH YOU remix is by EDEN BURNS who is no stranger to Tokyo. EDEN‘s remix gives us the front seat ride from the flying car of the EP album art. A bouncy thrill ride that takes you through the yin yang elements of darkness and light. The initial fear of this ride soon turns to pure joy and wanting of more.

BOYS’ SHORTS – WITH YOU EP

Permanent Vacation – May 2023 – Digital Release

https://boysshorts.bandcamp.com/album/with-you

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks Vangelis and Tareq of BOYS’ SHORTS and Benjamin Fröhlich at Permanent Vacation.

LUIGI SAMBUY – GEMINI EP

5 track EP released 2023 on GOURANGA MUSIC

New York based Italian producer Luigi Sambuy graces us with his long awaited release ‘Gemini EP’, named after the two iconic 1960s space shuttles that were sent into space concurrently.

They teamed up with artist Alaia De Santis, who brought the essence of this EP to life in the cover artwork.

For Luigi Sambuy, this EP represents an ascension into deeper space, exploring sounds that are different from his previous releases on Anjunadeep and Mechanical.

The two tracks on this EP are very diverse in style and purpose.

First up is Gemini 6, evocative of an ancient distant sound, brought into the future through an amalgamation of breakbeats and synth waves. This track features a rare Partos Trocados vocal sample.

Gemini 7 is a deep and dreamy house track, which gently evolves over time bringing our mind to a peaceful state of ecstasy.

Following the two originals we have a series of remixes, each with its own unique style. The first two, coming from Italian producers.

Etna reworks Gemini 6, giving it his own tribal deep twist, adding melodic strings that give us a sense of timelessness and journey.

Next up is Danilo Braca, one of Italy’s finest exports on the underground Brooklyn scene. His remix of Gemini 6 is quite hard to pinpoint to a genre. Comprised of spatial sounds, acid notes and a thrilling guitar riff performed live by Alvise Marino, Danilo’s remix ventures back and forth from space and the wild west.

Finally we have one of Britain’s most exciting young acts, Dharma, adding his signature electronic sound on Gemini 7. A faster pace and new exciting elements, give us an exciting dance floor trippy moment.

LUIGI SAMBUY – GEMINI EP

Gouranga Music – 2023 – Digital Release

Disc-o-lypso

https://discolypso.bandcamp.com/album/gemini

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks Luigi Sambuy, Gouranga Music and Isaac and Luigi at Discolypso.

SEBRA CRUX – DON’T WORRY PSY HAPPY LP

11 track LP released April 21, 2023 on Life and Death Label

Veteran artist Sebra Cruz releases his debut album ‘Don’t Worry Psy Happy’ on DJ Tennis’ revered Life & Death imprint. The daring eleven track LP is as experimental as it is definitive and encapsulates the Italian spirit in perfect style.

The LP follows two previously teased singles; ‘Margaret’, an ode to Cruz’ girlfriend which is a deeply passionate and expressive melodic house offering and album title ‘Don’t Worry Psy Happy’ a hedonistic, tripped out soundscape. 

The lead track ‘Sunfish’ is a melange of powerful synths overlaid with sporadic vocals and a swinging breakbeat which make the record the perfect soundtrack for early morning dancefloor euphoria. 

The album continues its genreless motif and is hard to pin down. It broaches a variety of styles including cinematic and ambient leaning sonics such as ‘Optimist’ and ‘Poliziesco’, the latter which includes Gabriele Fabbri’s atmospheric guitar riff throughout. 

‘The Siebel Road To Mars’ is a similarly powerful yet emotive record which samples current Italian President Sergio Mattarella between the piano and the extraterrestrial sound palette. Continuing with the more abstract tracks ‘Flying Junior’, which was named after Cruz’ own sailboat, emulates the peacefulness and tranquillity of the sea. It’s yet another reflection of Sebra Cruz’ artistic personality. 

Juxtaposing the calm and serene records from the album, ‘AltreCose’, inspired by the energy of the Neapolitan people during Sebra’s DJing residency in the 90s, is a more high energy disco-infused record. Similarly ‘When Life Was Slow’, released on Life & Death back in 2020, is another upbeat dance interpretation and a tribute to Cruz’ passion for Italian composers from the 60s and 70s.

Speaking about the album Sebra says: “What emerges is in my opinion an album with predominantly Italian spirit, disco, house with both edgy and gentle influences. I never decide what to do first, I simply follow my spur of the moment instinct. Releasing an album for Life & Death is cool because I’ve always had huge respect for Manfredi.”

Sebra Cruz and DJ Tennis have a long lasting and trusting collaborative relationship exhibited by the former’s numerous releases on Tennis’ Life and Death label. DJ Tennis’ encyclopaedic musical brain and shared passion for Italian composers perfectly complements Sebra’s stylings. 


Striking an impeccable balance between abstract and obscure sonics and more methodical and conventional melodies, ‘Don’t Worry Psy Happy’ is a body of work that exquisitely expresses Sebra Cruz’ personality via different worlds and mediums.

Tune ouT Tokyo thanks Sebra Cruz, Life and Death Label, Fred @ Hypha.