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I am very happy to announce that I will be playing at the Andy Stott party at Unit on Friday 13th February. It is shaping up to be an interesting night of weird techno music. As for the lineup: I don’t need to say much about Andy Stott, he’s very well established these days. Supporting him will be Steven Porter playing live. They are based in Kansai, and don’t play in Tokyo very often, so this is a great opportunity to see them. I’ve heard good reports about their liveset. And rounding out the mainfloor will be Haruka from Future Terror. I really feel he has progressed a lot with his DJing over the last 6-12 months and is now firmly establishing himself as one of the best techno DJs on the Tokyo circuit.

I am very excited about this gig: I am looking forward to playing again on Unit’s killer system and given the curation of the event, I think there is a lot of space for me to go heavy and weird. So come down and join me for what should be a provocative and worthwhile night of techno music.

Advance tickets available at the RA event page

Unit event page

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I’m very partial to my deep, meditative drones, so I am very happy to have come across a couple of brilliant recent releases. All of these are pretty reduced, very much in the Eliane Radigue zone. And interestingly, all by women, though I am not sure there is any greater meaning there…

Else Marie Pade – “Electronic Works 1958 – 1995”

Important records are always a very reliable source of drone music, with some great releases from Radigue, Eleh and the like. Don’t really know anything about Pade, beyond what the press sheet says. As it is a 2CD / 3LP, I’m still digesting it, can’t do it all in one sitting, but there is definitely some very strong material here.

Fran Reed – “Soop Kitchen”

Again, I have no idea who this person is. I discovered it through Advisory Circle’s EoY chart. There isn’t that much info about her online from my quick look, but it appears it is her debut album and she is inspired by the San Francisco tape centre. It is very impressive for a 1st release, very singular and well realised.

Sarah Davachi – “August Harp”

I was happy to recently discover that the digital version of this had been made available. I had been waiting since it appeared on tape, as I really liked her first release, “The Untuning of the Sky”. And while that is a strong release, wow, her new one is seriously next level. This has quickly become my favourite drone release in … I am not sure, but a while. This is profound, captivating stuff. Davachi has an upcoming release on Students of Decay, which I am now eagerly awaiting. From these releases – and especially “August Harp” – it is clear that Davachi is a special talent with great potential. Really looking forward to following where she goes from here.

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After a bit of a break, we’ll be returning to Dommune next week for our first party for 2015. Fortunately for us, Marco Shuttle will be visiting Tokyo briefly, and he’s managed to find time to squeeze in doing a DJ set for us. He’ll be playing from 10pm – midnight next Tuesday 20 January. Marco is coming off a very successful 2014, with the release of his debut album on his own Eerie label following on from the very well received “Sing Like a Bird” EP on Time to Express. This will be his only show in Japan, so make sure to come down to the Dommune studio or tune in. Registration will be open from Saturday or Sunday, keep an eye on the Dommune and MNML SSGS twitter accounts for the link.

Dommune registration page

RA event page