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Thursday, April 19, 2012



Special to The Japan Times

Tokyo-based DJ/producer Ken Sumitani, aka Stereociti, has been spinning funk-and-soul-infused deep house and Detroit-influenced techno records — as well as cutting his own — since he began a residency at the infamous ex-club Maniac Love . The Japan Times flicks through his record bag in the runup to his Golden Week gig at Tokyo's most promising electronic music festival, Rainbow Disco Club.

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Opening Number: Gemini — "New Style Of" [Peacefrog Records]. My favorite track for pulling in the crowd. From this starting point, the journey can go absolutely anywhere.

Golden Oldie: John Coltrane Quartet — "Ballads" [Impulse!]. This album brought me into the world of black music back when I was a kid. Not just my DJing style, but my whole lifestyle was hugely influenced by this release.

New Classic: Ryo Murakami — "Underworld EP" [Baud]. I particularly like this one out of his productions. It has a permanent spot in my record bag. Almost scarily deep, this release reminds me of a giant octopus wrapping its tentacles around its prey.

Floor Filler: Mixx-Blood-Camero — "Sweet Nectar" [Saber Records]. Put out in 1991, this tune is a collaboration between Chicago house legend Marcus Mixx and his sound engineer Gitano Camero. An awe-inspiring beat and bassline combined with synths that sound like they're almost alive. My favorite deep house track of recent years.

Must-Listen: Stereociti — "Kawasaki" [Mojuba]. My first album on Mojuba. Not just for house and techno fans, but for people who can share in the vibes of — and also the appreciation of — good beats.

Set Closer: Uku Kuut — "Real Love" [Peoples Potential Unlimited]. A slow-burning and melodic boogie-disco number from Estonia-based Uku Kuut. Brilliant.

Stereociti's new album "Never Trust A DJ" comes out May 2 on local label Octave-Lab. He is slated to spin at the RA VS party at Eleven in Tokyo on April 28 (10 p.m.; ¥3,500 ; www.go-to-eleven.com) and Rainbow Disco Club at Harumi Port Terminal in Tokyo on May 3 (10 a.m.; ¥5,500 in advance; www.rainbowdiscoclub.com).

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