DJ SO (Satoshi Aoyagi) is a central figure at Mindgames, the people behind The Labyrinth festival, where he plays a supporting role as resident with his delicate blend of ambient and techno. The Japan Times peeks into his record bag.
Golden Oldie: John Tejada — “The End Of It All” (Palette Recordings). One of best tracks I’ve met. It’s great for ending parties with smiles.
New Classic: Efdemin — “Acid Bells (Martyn’s Bittersweet Mix)” (Metisse). This isn’t dance music, more electronica. After parties, the gentle piano heals my soul.
Floor Filler: Aril Brikha — “Groove La Chord” (Fragile Records). It repeats the same sample and then brings up the dance-floor little by little with the gradual use of the filter. Killer techno.
Must-Listen: Adam Marshall — “North At Night” (Cynosure). This tune is also not dance music. It merges quiet, nostalgic melody with an impressive chord progression. It’s a superb atmospheric chill-out track.