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Thursday, June 21, 2012


Toshiya Kawasaki

Staff writer

The name of this Tokyo-based DJ may not ring a bell, but many a music fan should know the labels he has brought to life. Kawasaki is the heart and soul of Mule Musiq and the Endless Flight sub-label, as well as the now-defunct Mule Electronic, which have hosted such dance-music innovators as Henrik Schwarz, Minilogue, DJ Sprinkles and Mark E to name a few. In the runup to the Mule Musiq presents ... Endless Flight With Innervisions party at Womb this month, The Japan Times takes a look inside his record bag.

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Opening Number: Roedelius — "Le Jardin" [Egg]. Simply a great opening. This track is taken from my favorite Roedelius album, "Jardin Au Fou."

Golden Oldie: Herbert — "The Audience" [Studio !K7]. The best tune from the best album by the best artist in the modern electronic-music era.

New Classic: Henrik Schwarz & Kuniyuki feat. Fumio Itabashi — "Once Again" [Mule Musiq]. An excellent collaboration between Germany's and Japan's top house producers, featuring a legendary Japanese jazz pianist.

Floor Filler: DJ Koze — "I Want To Sleep" [International Records Recordings]. Even though it was released in 2008, this is my top dance pick from these past 15 years. Supremely simple, effective and original, Koze is the most unique musician around the dance-music scene these days.

Must-Listen: Kuniyuki — "Earth Beats (Fingers Acid Mix)" [Mule Musiq]. A great remix from my hero, what a brilliant collaboration. Coming up next month!

Set Closer: Depeche Mode — "Goodnight Lovers" [Mute]. This is definitely one sentimental number.

Toshiya Kawasaki will play with Ame and Henrik Schwarz at Womb in Tokyo on June 23 (11 p.m.; ¥3,000 with flyer, ¥3,500 at the door). For more information, visit www.womb.co.jp.

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