100% Silk in Japan
The guys at the Tokyo-based label Diskotopia often eschew the party circuit, choosing to concentrate on letting their music do the talking. However, every once in a while there is an event special enough to tempt the lads out of their recording studios and into the club. This July will see Diskotopia host their summer party in collaboration with one of the hottest underground blogs/labels in America at the minute, 100% Silk.
Travelling to Japan as label ambassadors for the show will be Daniel Martin-McCormick and Damon Palermo who will perform live as Ital and Magic Touch respectively, as well as teaming up as Mi Ami. Daniel and Martin are two of the most prolific exponents of the recent vein of bedroom producers raiding early house music grooves and samples to make grainy retro club jams. Releases like Ital’s “Only For Tonight” and Magic Touch’s “Clubhouse” have been taking up the column inches on some of the most renowned taste-making blogs. The 100% Silk contingent will be completed by Tokyo’s own Sapphire Slows, who has only been producing music under her moniker for just over a year but can already boast releases of her dreamy proto-house tracks on not only 100% Silk, but fellow LA label Not Not Fun also.
Diskotopia will take care of curating the DJ line-up, which will include label stalwarts BD1892 and A Taut Line as well as hand-picked Tokyoites; Slim Tikini Pickens, sauce81 and myself, Mark Birtles. As if that wasn’t enough, the lounge will play host to the Greeen Linez “Things That Fade” release party where the guest DJs will include the Cuz Me Pain collective and ex-80kidz frontwoman, Mayu.
The party will take place at one of Tokyo’s hottest new live music/club venues, WWW. This converted cinema in the heart of Shibuya boasts one of the most powerful sound systems in the city, with a Funktion One set-up providing crystal sound clarity and thunderous bass for what promises to be one of the hottest underground parties being thrown this summer.
Words: Mark Birtles
Translation: Haruka Sadayasu