Wednesday 29 January 2014

NEW RELEASE & TOUR! -- N'toko: Mind Business

Mind Business (CAR-77)

CD available from:

12th (Wed) - Tokyo, Shibuya Home
13th (Thu) - Yokohama Shicho Shitsu
15th (Sat) - Nagoya Ripple
19th (Wed) - Kumamoto Navaro
20th (Thu) - Fukuoka Utero (DJ set)
21st (Fri) - Fukuoka Utero
22nd (Sat) - Kagoshima Word Up
23rd (Sun) - Saga Rag-G
29th (Sat) - Tokyo, Koenji 20000V/二万電圧

母国スロベニアのスーパースター、NtokoUKやヨーロッパ大陸をCrystal CastlesをはじめMelt Bananaほか、そうそうたるメンツらと共にツアーを周ってきた。そんなNtokoにとって第二の故郷とも言える場所が東京だ。これまでコンスタントに東京に長期滞在を果たし、地元のインディーズミュージシャンらと音楽活動を行ってきた。

A superstar in his native Slovenia who has toured continental Europe and the UK and played alongside everyone from Crystal Castles to Melt Banana, N'toko has also made a second home of sorts for himself in Tokyo, where he regularly stays for extended periods, working with local indie and experimental musicians.

Ntokoの奏でる音楽はEBMやインダストリアルの要素を含んだ「ヒップホップ」と「エクスペリメンタル・エレクトロニック」の2つのルーツから成る。また、彼はパンクやオルタナミュージックシーンに深い愛情があり、音楽性そのものだけではなく、音楽のもつ荒削りさ・勢い・インディペンデントスピリットへの愛情が深い。2012年春夏には日本国内ツアーを敢行し、NtokoのアルバムはThe WireやMTVなど国際的なメディアで賞賛を受けた。

His music has twin roots in hip hop and experimental electronic music like EBM and industrial, and he has a profound fondness for the punk and alternative music scenes, not just for their music but also for their rawness, energy and independent spirit. He toured throughout Japan in Spring/Summer 2012 and his albums have received praise in the international media from outlets such as The Wire and MTV.


In Slovenia, N'toko's music and socially-conscious lyrics have made him a (sometimes unwilling) spokesperson for a generation, while in Japan he is fascinated by the trashy subcultures of Koenji, the avant-garde fashion world of Harajuku and the club scene of Shibuya. All of these themes collide in his music, strung together with a keen ear for beats and a dry sense of humour.

「Mind Business」はNtokoの日本国内リリース第2弾のアルバムであり、ヨーロッパでの生活や日本での滞在生活に影響を受けた作品となっている。ミュージックビデオ「The Baddest」(directed by by Tomaž Šantl)では祖国スロベニアが鋭く観察されており、「Mind Business」(directed by Matt Schley)では日本の映画監督 石井 聰亙にインスパイアされていて、この2つのMVを見ていただくと彼の音楽性を垣間見ることができるだろう。
このアルバムはスロベニアのプロデューサーIgor Vukによりミックスとマスタリングが行われ(タイトルトラックのみSwiss producer Beckoningがプロデュース)、Seijiro Murayama、ZONZONO、Yuki Kanekoら日本のミュージシャンもセッションに参加している

"Mind Business" is N'toko's second album released in Japan and shows influences from his life in Europe and his stays in Japan. This is easily apparent in the videos, with "The Baddest" (directed by by Tomaž Šantl) depicting sharply observed scenes of his native Slovenia, and "Mind Business" (directed by Matt Schley) a Sogo Ishii-inspired surreal mind trip through the backstreets of Koenji. The album was mixed and mastered by Slovenian producer Igor Vuk apart from the title track, produced by Swiss producer Beckoning, the album also draws from sessions with Japanese musicians like Seijiro Murayama, ZONZONO and Kaneko Yuki.

Saturday 25 January 2014

Miu Mau "Monochrome/Spring" + Hysteric Picnic "Cult Pops" Tokyo Release Party (March 1st, 2014)

Miu Mau and Hysteric Picnic are having a release party for the "Monochrome/Spring" 7inch and the "Cult Pops" mini-album on March 1st. They'll be joined by disco-punk trio Jebiotto and psychedelic kraut-blues band Buddy Girl and Mechanic, with Saya from Merpeoples joining as a guest DJ.

Place: Shibuya Home
Date: 3/1(Sat)
Time: 19:00 open / 19:30 start
Cost: ¥2000+drink (adv) / ¥2500+drink (door)
- Miu Mau
- Hysteric Picnic
- Jebiotto
- Buddy Girl and Mechanic
- Sayaka (Merpeoples)
- Ian Martin (Call And Response Records)

Sunday 19 January 2014

Tententen: Naked (January 19th, 2014)

January finds Tententen revelling in the icy grip of winter with Gallic beat expressionists Lo-shi and industrial noisettes group A. Join us and greet the new year with arms and legs open: feel its chill breath on your bare flesh and laugh, hahaha!

Date: 19th Jan (Sun)
Place: Koenji Art Bar Ten/天
Time: 8:00pm-1:00am
Cost: ¥500+1 drink
- group A
- Lo-shi
- Umez
- ケンジル・ビエン
- Ian Martin (Call And Response Records)
- eetee
- Tintin au Congo à poil (Thomas Lebrun)

Thursday 2 January 2014

Fashion Crisis Shinnenkai! (January 2014)

Celebrate the new year with the first Fashion Crisis of 2014. There'll be a semi-acoustic live set from indiepop sweethearts Groves and tunes from guest DJs Saya from Merpeoples (the band) and Ryotaro from Ragnarok (the place) who will be playing together as Parallels.

Date: January 3rd (Fri)
Place: Koenji One
Time: 8:00pm-midnight
Cost: FREE!
- Groves [CANCELLED]
- Parallels
- James Hadfield
- Ian Martin