Jeff Mills Continues Creative Legacy with Kobe Session Project

Jeff Mills

When it comes to pushing the creative envelope, not many do it more extravagantly than Jeff Mills. Throughout his tenured career he’s accomplished a tremendous amount in the artistic field with exhibitions at Le Lourve, designing his own drum machine,  and really, the list is seemingly endless. His latest endeavor? Kobe Session.

Kobe Session is a collaborative project between Jeff Mills, fellow Detroit native, Gerald Mitchell, and Japanese musicians Kenji Hino and Yumiko Ohno, in which the four artists present a stunning improvisational live performance from Japan in September 2015. Musically, Kobe Session is an inspiring body of work, but the project also serves as a cultural bridge between these respected musician. Jeff Mills and Gerald Mitchell pull their influence from their experiences with Underground Resistance and Detroit as a whole, whereas Kenji Hino and Yumiko Ohno provide drastically different influence based on their respective experiences – Ohno as one of the members of the critically acclaimed band Buffalo Daughter, and Hino from his extensive time learning from jazz legends in New York.

Kobe Session

From left to right: Gerald Mitchell, Kenji Hino, Jeff Mills, Yumiko Ohno

Kobe Session was a project originally intended to coincide with the Exhibitionist 2 DVD Series, but has evidently been deemed worthy enough to also stand on it’s own. Kobe Session will be available in May through Axis Records as a special 180 gram vinyl mastered for high fidelity sounds.

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Track listing

A1. Eventide (14’27”)
A2. Introductions (MC/translator: Masaaki Ishizaki) (4’26”)
B1. Happy Gamma Ray (15’11”)

Kobe Session Artwork

Artwork: Sunset Wave by GOMA (Japan)

Nathan Barato & Francisco Allendes “Got To Get” EP on Session WOMB

session-WOMBTokyo’s WOMB nightclub heads into the new year strong with the inauguration of their Session WOMB, inspired by the unique music culture that emanates from behind the doors of the Japanese nightlife staple. Read more

Dubfire to Play Open-to-Close Set at WOMB, Tokyo


It was another extensive year for Dubfire and the Sci+Tec family, with an array of DJ sets and Hybrid:Live performances around the world, as well as another appearance in the RA Top 100. That said, the year wouldn’t be complete for Dubfire without a stop at one of his favorite clubs in Asia – WOMB, Tokyo. Read more

Q&A: Ken Ishii’s Highly Anticipated Return to Los Angeles



The word “legend” gets thrown into the mix often when referencing many pioneers of the dance scene. Ken Ishii is among the few artists that have truly reached this status, with that word acting as a good starting point to truly capture his legacy in techno. After all, Derrick May even stated that “everyone from Detroit respects Ken Ishii as a creative force and is one of [his] all time heroes” Read more

Air Tokyo will Close at the Conclusion of 2015


Sad news today as Tokyo’s Air Club is set to close at the conclusion of the year. Since its inception in 2001 in the Daikanyama District, Air has been a center for top-notch house and techno bookings from around the world for the last fourteen years. For undisclosed reasons, the club will hold its final night on December 31, 2015 to ring in the new year. No lineup has been announced as of late, but details are to be determined in the upcoming months. Read more

WIRED CLASH with Richie Hawtin, Takkyu Ishino, Radio Slave, Joel Mull, & More


Some exciting news just hit the front steps of Tokyo’s music scene. WIRED Clash, one of Japan’s most well respected techno gatherings, is hosting another event next month at Ageha with techno icon Richie Hawtin, the man behind the ENTER concept and techno label Minus.

Alongside Richie will be local legend, Takkyu Ishino, who has hosted many WIRED Clash events in the past as one of Japan’s forefront techno pioneers . DJ Sodeyama is another rising talent rising of the country who has been making waves in recent years. Sodeyama will be making a appearance at ULTRA in Japan at the techno stage dubbed RESISTANCE.

The lineup keeps getting better from here. Also joining from abroad is Radio Slave, a producer and DJ with decades worth of experience and talent from the UK. Sweden’s shining star Joel Mull will also be making an appearance for the night. He is currently jet setting around Europe but will squeeze some time for Japan in his busy schedule. From the U.S., we have JIA of Los Angeles. JIA is the curator of Electric Island Festival (EIF) based in Guam, and is hard at work developing a electronic music scene on the island. Other than JIA, all of these DJ’s have made past appearances at WIRED Clash. This is a true testimony of Japan’s love for techno and house music. October 24th is a day to come prepared and excited. Get your dancing shoes ready.

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Labyrinth Japan Reveals Full 2015 Lineup

Mathew Jonson Live

Labyrinth Festival in Japan is heralded as one of the most anticipated events in Japan, if not the world. Taking place in the middle of September each year, Labyrinth eloquently fuses the breathtaking landscape of Neaba Greenland in Niigata with the cutting edge and futuristic sounds of the best that techno has to offer.

Labyrinth 2015 will see a heavy roster of both live acts and DJ sets, and is scheduled to run from Saturday September 19th until Monday the 21st. As a festival, Labyrinth prides itself on the serene atmosphere in the mountains and incredibly thought out bookings. It’s a special event for everyone involved, year after year – from the artists and organizers to the fans and world travelers.

Labyrinth DayOver the weekend, Labyrinth will feature live sets from the likes of Voices From The Lake, Atom & Tobias, Mathew Jonson (pictured above), Mike Parker, as well as a special presentation of The Colundi Sequence by Aleksi Perälä.

The DJ sets are equally impressive. Labyrinth is bringing in the usual suspects such as Peter Van Hoesen, Scuba, and Sebastian Mullaert (of Minilogue), and will also feature artists such as Patrick Russell, Nuel, John Elliott, SO, and Hiyoshi.

With amazing musical programming in the luscious setting of Niigata, Japan, it comes as no surprise that Labyrinth is considered one of the best festivals in the world. For more information, see the Labyrinth Official Website.

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Labyrinth 15 Lineup

Ultra Japan to Host Resistance Stage

UltraJapanUltra Japan has announced their line-up for this years Resistance Stage. Earlier this year Ultra decided to widen their dance audience by bringing in the underground sound to their festival makeup. Ultra Miami brought in artists such as Tale of Us, Dixon, Joseph Capriarti, Guy Gerber, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, and Ultra is following a similar path for the Japanese edition. Ultra Japan will see the likes of Sasha and John Digweed, Nic Fanciulli, Harvard Bass, and Henry Saiz, among others. 

A handful of Japan’s finest and most respected DJ’s will also be making appearances on Ultra’s Resistance Stage. One of the most familiar names in the industry, Satoshi Tomiie, will hit the decks on the first day of the event along with Osamu M, a rising talent of Japan. Sugiurumn of Bass Works Recordings and DJ Sodeyama will play on the second day of the event and are sure to represent the country to the best of their musical abilities

Ultra Japan will take place On Sunday September 20th and Monday September 21st at Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park. Stay up to date with Ultra by following the information below.

Ultra Japan: Official Website | Tickets 



Japanese Sports Car to Feature Roland Synthesizer Sounds


GLM Model ZZ car featuring Roland-powered driving sound system

Roland, one of the leading synthesizer manufacturers, will be taking their talents and technology to the Japanese automotive industry this Fall. The technology titan has recently announced that they will be co-developing a “neo-futuristic driving sound generation system” for GLM’s ZZ Roadster (seen above).

Utilizing Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology, the ZZ Roadster will have the ability to generate futuristic sounds that can adapt to real-time driving situations such as: acceleration, deceleration, and even changes in the road conditions. Roland and GLM even take it a step further allowing the driver to select various sound types based on their preference.

The Roland press-release states that the technology “will give sports car enthusiasts the experience of driving a space ship on the road.” The sounds of the Millennium Falcon in the driver seat of a sports car? Yes please…

This is certainly newfound territory for Roland and car enthusiasts. It might also be the only time we wouldn’t mind driving without our own grooves going through the sound system…


[Source: The Verge & Roland]

Sensation Japan is Coming this October

Fifteen years ago at the turn of the century, the festival known as Sensation was introduced to the dance community. Here were are in 2015 and since then, Sensation has landed in over 30 countries, and stands atop as one of the leading events on the festival circuit. This October Sensation takes their vision to Tokyo, Japan for what is sure to be another extravagant and memorable festival production.

On October 10, 2015, Sensation will present Wicked Wonderland at the Makuhari Messe venue in Tokyo. Sensation Japan is open to everyone ages 20 and over, and has a run time from 9:00PM to 5:00AM. Sensation is yet to release a lineup for the Japanese edition, but that hasn’t stopped people from securing their ticket for the monumental festival soon to take place in Tokyo.

Stay up to date with Sensation Japan for more information as we draw closer to the event.

Sensation Japan: Official Website | Tickets 

Sensation Source of Light Welcome to the Pleasuredome

[Photos Courtesy of Sensation]