Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

by Mike Sunda

Although the major spectacle looming on Tokyo’s horizon is undoubtedly the 2020 Olympics, there is one event this year that will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who spends longer on their gym playlist than their workout: The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is set ...

Producer Yosi Horikawa goes all natural on 'Vapor'

Jun 20, 2013

Producer Yosi Horikawa goes all natural on 'Vapor'

by James Hadfield

Yosi Horikawa’s beats burble, hiss, slosh and gurgle. On his debut full-length, “Vapor,” the 34-year-old producer may wield some identifiably hip-hop rhythms, but they’re tangled in a rich, intricately detailed tapestry of field recordings, sampled percussion, snatches of tribal chants and warm, guileless synthesizers. ...

Back to school for two Tokyo DJs

May 2, 2013

Back to school for two Tokyo DJs

by Mike Sunda

Whether it’s an annual soapbox derby or sending a man to the edge of space just because they can, energy-drink manufacturers Red Bull have never been afraid to throw their cash at projects that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Red Bull Music ...

Sonar festival sounds out Japanese hopefuls

Apr 4, 2013

Sonar festival sounds out Japanese hopefuls

by James Hadfield

For two decades, it’s entertained, educated and — on more than a few occasions — polarized electronic music fans. As Barcelona’s Sonar festival enters its 20th year, it’s still as contrary as when it first started: an event with equal space in its heart ...