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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012


Shinya Okamoto

Staff writer

Shinya Okamoto, a Tokyo-based DJ, promoter and founder of Foureal Records, gives The Japan Times a peek into his record bag in the runup to Sound Selection coming up early September.

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Opening Number: Patrice Scott — "Far Away (Mike Edge Remix)" [Sistrum]: Not the most dynamic of tracks, but rich with emotion. Makes me feel as if I'm deep in the ocean — I definitely use this to open my sets.

Golden Oldie: Porter Ricks — "Port Gentil" [Chain Reaction]: Although I really like nondanceable dub-techno as well, this incredibly deep and powerful tune is in solid form. It's great to play out because it pretty much works with records from any genre.

New Classic: Quadra — "Sky" [Unreleased version]: A song first created back in 1995 by an artist that I have huge respect for, Hiroshi Watanabe as Quadra. The quality of the newer version shows how his musical core hasn't been compromised over 17 years of production. It's a piece that really hits home.

Floor Filler: Conforce — "Junction (Peak Mix)" [Rush Hour Recordings]: I rarely throw down real floor-killers during my sets, but this genreless tune surely and steadily builds the dance floor up to a feeling of moving at break-neck speed by the time the climax hits.

Must-Listen: Connective Zone — "All The Ones" [Unexplored Beats]: These guys may not be the most famous producers out there, but every track they create is awesome. They're definitely a group that I wish more people around the world would listen to.

Set Closer: Naohito Uchiyama — "Halo" [Foureal Records]: A song that beautifully represents my label's aim to provide "tracks whose colors will never fade." It has been years since its release, but it's still on heavy rotation. And it's a track whose color hasn't faded since my first listen to it, I'll probably be playing it until I quit being a DJ.

Shinya Okamoto plays Sound Selection with Silent Servant in Shirayama Flower Park, Chiba Prefecture, on Sept. 1 (12 p.m.; ¥7,800 in advance). For more information, visit soundselection.jp

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