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)

Japan’s Rainbow Disco Club Just Dropped Heavy 2016 Lineup


Rainbow Disco Club is known world-over as Japan’s premier boutique festival, and with good reason. Last year the festival ended up in Resident Advisor’s Top 10 Festivals to attend in May thanks to a roster of artists that blends worldwide talent with the top of Japan’s dance music DJ pool.

The festival moved to its current location at Higashi Izu Cross Country Course in Shuzuoka in 2015, also expanding for the first time to a three-day operation. This new tradition is set to continue between Friday 29th of April and Sunday May 1st this year, with another selection of fine dance music artists set to provide the musical backdrop for the weekend.

Legend Andrew Weatherall will be accompanied by the likes of Nightmares On Wax, who will be playing a DJ set, Gilles Peterson and Move D. A selection of Rush Hour Allstars will also be returning to the festival’s decks  with Antal, Hunee, Soichi Terada and San Proper all set to represent the highly acclaimed label this year. Other local talent comes in the form of Kenji Takimi, Kaoru Inoue, Kikiorix and Sisi, while The Black Madonna is scheduled for an exclusive back-to-back set with the esteemed DJ Nobu. Red Bull is sponsoring a separate stage with a program that includes DJ Funk, Egyptian Lover, Kuniyuki as well as DJ Sodeyama, one our selected artists to watch for 2016!


For tickets and information visit Rainbow Disco Club’s Official Website.

Event Info available on Facebook and Resident Advisor.

New Tokyo Club, Contact, Opening Next Month


One of Tokyo’s iconic clubs, Air, closed last year with one final hurrah on New Year’s Eve. It has now been announced that Global Hearts, the company behind Air, is opening a brand new concept club next month in the city’s area of Shibuya.

The new basement venue, Contact, features a main space, a smaller bar area and will adopt the no-photography policy that has been widely praised in select world clubs such as Berghain/Panorama Bar and Output in New York City.

In an interview with Resident Advisor,  the club’s director Yuko Ichikawa explained the vision behind the new venue. “We’d like to create a space where everyone can easily come and enjoy the music without any concerns. A place where you forget that you even have a mobile phone to ‘take pictures.’ There will be a policy for no cameras/video recordings/etc., but we will hire professional photographers. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind the photographers forgetting to take pictures because they get sucked into the music and the environment,” he said. “There are no resident DJs at the moment. We want Contact to be a venue where young DJs would work hard and be proud to stand inside the DJ booth. A place where the DJs can grow alongside the venue, and eventually call it their ‘home.'”

Contact will launch things off on Friday, April 1st, with Ostgun Ton’s Function on headlining duties. The following two months’ programming alone highlight the impressive focus on quality from the club’s booking perspective, with Francois K, Laurent Garnier, Louie Vega and DJ Nori joining Dekmantel and Giegling showcases to round up the month of April. In May, the club is set to play host to DJ Nobu, efdemin, Erika and Derrick Carter just to name a few.

For full lineup details for April and May, head to the Contact’s club page on RA.

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WOMB Tokyo’s Renewal Opening Set For This Weekend

Richie Hawtin & Dubfire playing at WOMB

Richie Hawtin & Dubfire playing at WOMB

Tokyo’s WOMB is set to re-open this coming weekend following an entire remodeling process that saw the mega-club closed for approximately a month.

The 1,000 capacity venue occupies four floors and is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital sound system and high-quality production value that sets it apart not only as one of the most sought-after party destinations of Japan, but of the entire Asian continent.

WOMB is known world over for hosting top-tier international names in techno, house and EDM while also giving space to emerging artists from Japan’s own vibrant dance music scene. Opened in the centre of Shibuya in 2000, WOMB has also hosted WOMB ADVENTURE since 2008, an indoor festival that attracts 10,000 attendees each edition. In the past few years WOMB has hosted esteemed names the caliber of Jamie Jones, Dixon, Loco Dice, Dubfire, Joseph Capriati and Nina Kraviz just to name a few. The club has also hosted its own stage at Guam’s Electric Island Festival in 2015 with a Japanese techno roster made up of Ken IshiiSugiurumn, Ko Kimura, Takkyu Ishino, and TECHRiDERS.


In true WOMB style, their grand re-opening celebration will take place over two separate nights. First, the return of their regular party “THE YES,” headlined by performances from both resident Shinichi Osawa and Tanaka Tomoyuki. Night two will see Cocoon master Sven Väth play an open-to-close set as part of his 2016 World Tour, with a selection of locals in the smaller rooms.

WOMB has released a video highlighting the renovations that have taken place at the club:

Information and tickets:

Day 1 – Fri 2/26

Day 2 – Sat 2/27

Connect with WOMB Tokyo: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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

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.

WIRED Clash: Official Website | Facebook Event | Event Listing
ageHa: Official Website | Facebook


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.

Labyrinth Festival: Official Website | Resident Advisor

Labyrinth 15 Lineup

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]



DJ Shu-ma: What You Feel [Bass Works]

Album Art Dj Shu Ma

Sugiurumn has established a phenomenal outlet for releasing underground dance music through his label, Bass Works Recordings. Making it’s home in Japan, Bass Works Recordings has put out over 100 releases, and counting, while releasing an array of talented artists such as: Satoshi Otsuki, Hito, Satoshi Fumi, Ken Ishii, and many more.

The label has brought in DJ Shu-ma for the 105th release on Bass Works Recordings, and he delivers two slabs of optimal hypnotic and Balearic techno.

What You Feel is a two track EP that brings you in to full on terrace vibes. The original mix utilizes chopped up vocal samples and carries through with a deep FM sine wave groove, while playful drums and pads act as the foundation of the break. Lush chord stabs are soon to follow propelling this one right to the heart of clubbers on the dance floor.

The Ibiza mix of What You Feel is where DJ Shu-ma’s Balearic roots really shine through. The track remains relatively unchanged, but it’s with the inclusion of an underlying piano melody that gives it an airy atmosphere and one perfectly suited for early mornings on the White Isle.

What You Feel EP is currently out on all major music retail outlets. You can preview the tracks below, and make sure to stay up to date with DJ Shu-ma and Bass Works Recordings for more music.

Release Information

Release Date: July 15th, 2015
Available on: Beatport | Juno Download

DJ Shu-ma: Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport
Bass Works Recordings: Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport