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Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

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IN THE RECORD BAG

Mr. Tikini


Staff writer

After arriving in Japan from London in 2007, Mr. Tikini (aka Darren Okot) quickly found his place in the local DJ scene. He has a wide range of influences, from his jazz- and soul-loving father to London's pirate-radio scene. Formerly a part of Spexsavers, Mr. Tikini can now be found on Japan Visionary Broadcasting. He's involved in a new project called "Osiris DCLXVI" that's reportedly "occult-influenced," let's check out what's in his record bag:

Opening Number: Lakim — "In The Mood (TNGHT)" [Esoteric, Soulection

Records]: Seductive and fits after most other songs regardless of their genre, and has such a new yet nostalgic vibe to it. Right now I am enjoying playing out a lot of current unknown/known music, and have been following this label Soulection that released this tape and similar sounding ones, too.

Golden Oldie: 2Pac — "Check Out Time" [Death Row Records]: Definitely not that old but a golden one none the less. "All Eyez on Me" was one of the only rap albums I had on cassette back when I was 13 so I rinsed it out quite a bit on my way to and from school. Love dropping this tune any chance I get, like I do with any type of funk music in my sets — and G-funk is no exception.

New Classic: Piff Gang — "Keep It Moving" [Independent]: Piff Gang are definitely Britain's response to this new wave of hip-hop, that is emerging all over the place right now. I love how this younger generation of hip-hop artists take a way more rock 'n' roll approach to the music they create. Piff Gang look set to do even bigger things in the future. This is their latest single off their new mix tape, "Green Life."

Floor Filler: Falcons — "Vroom" [Independent]: If you see me playing any time soon you will probably be dancing to this number, which entices people to move ... kind of unconsciously ... ha ha! I dunno but this one definitely gets love. Much respect to Falcons.

Must-Listen: My new mix for "Osiris," again focused on new music that has a particular feel to it that seems to make the notation of genre slightly redundant. My answers to these questions have definitely been biased by this "Osiris" sound ... as I am probably more known for playing more house-, dance- and bass- oriented music as opposed to hip-hop.

Set Closer: Kendrick Lamar — "Real" ['Good Kid M.A.A.D City', Top Dawg Entertainment]: The whole "good kid m.A.A.d city" album is amazing, but this jam, with Anna Wise from Sonnymoon, is the one that really stood out. The message and beat combine to create an atmosphere that is conducive for both endings and new beginnings — like the end of a good party!

Mr. Tikini plays as part of his Osiris project twice on Jan. 12. First he'll play at a Radd Lounge in-store party in Shibuya, Tokyo (4 p.m. start; admission is free); he'll play 27destiny in Shibuya with special guest DJ Yamez and a slew of others (11 p.m. start; ¥2,500 at the door). For more information, visit www.funktiontyo.tumblr.com.


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