A Review of : Osiris DCLXVI – Mix 001 by @MrTikini #NP

From @MrTikini

From @MrTikini

What I’ve been waiting on /// Osiris DCLXVI 

Mix 001 by @MrTikini

Words by @TokyoTwilighter

I’ve been in anticipation of THIS mix by good friend, collaborator of choice and DOPE DJ – MR. Tikini ever since we first met year over half a decade back.

One of the MOST talented people I know, not just because he can spin but because he is one of the FEW non-Japanese residents that has been successful in connecting the Japanese music scene with the outside world.  His attention to the nuances of Japanese culture and his sincere admiration for the dope artists here make for amazing collaborations and sound results.

For me personally I have seen my good friend go through transitions professionally and personally that from my perspective have finally found a creative outlet in this new mix series.  The vibe is raw like a live mix, but smooth and refined in a way that reflects pre-meditation and life experience.

At first I thought the mix was a bit dark, much like a lot of the Japan scene has been of late.  Hard beats and lyrics that reflect a hustler attitude and non-stop grind, but then the transition around minute 14 shows an almost naive hope, a re-birth maybe.   And when I heard the innocent voice of Darren’s adorable mixed son speaking in English it confirmed what I already knew, this mix was about more than an eclectic selection from the ‘real’ music scene, it was a tribute to the collection of experiences in the British-born/Japan-kidnapped/one-half Spexsavers Mr. Tikini’s emotional state as of late.

This is by no means, ‘a pretty mix’, it’s for lovers of the paranormal, those experienced in heartbreak and emotional explosion.  Those of us able to be unbridled in our fury and desperate in our passion.  From around track 10 – Cas Ft Sheg Nasa – Spaced, the British hip hop influenced and slightly grimey London scene makes its presence known.  Check out the video’s visuals below.

In a lot of ways, I found the mix hard to listen to.  It brought up some emotions in me that I didn’t expect, raw feelings about life and the grind I personally have been on that have been a trial to deal with as of late.  For Tikini, I wonder if it was in that mind state that he free flowed in the booth to create this mix.

At the risk of alienating other age groups, the late 20s, early 30s range that me and my close friends are moving through right now involves a lot of transition and traditional lifetime milestones (marriage, kids, promotions, death of family members, etc.) It is also a moment where a lot of us are trying to decide if we can purse a passion as a full-time career and whether our responsibilities and relationships are adding unnecessary weight to our creative process.  It is a time to decide, is now the moment to be ‘selfish’?  Or am I beyond that opportunity because of my life decisions?  Am I prepared to live with the financial, familial and career consequences of my choices?

Perhaps I am reading too much into the mix, but as I listened to the raw sounds that blended into a short soundtrack to a snippet of my life that’s what I got out of it.

Not for the tame of heart, this mix will make you think.  And if it doesn’t, then you may want to check purgatory cuz your soul is lost in between this world and the next.

Photo by Jesse Freeman

Design by Reuben Cape:
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Engineered by Kazuhiro Namba:

#NP “Wordy” TOWA TEI with BAKUBAKU DOKIN

This video is EXTRA trippy.

#np Crystal Kay ☆ Delicious na Kinyoubi

@TokyoTwilighter makes her video debut!

Enjoy a ‘Where’s Waldo’ of trying to find Mariko

I was SO excited when I saw this high-quality version of the Japanese songstress Crystal Kay’s latest music video, not only because it is a great song and she’s an amazing lady, BUT because I AM IN THE VIDEO.  Yes, I know that I often lecture that ALL CAPS are unnecessary but in this moment I find them 100% appropriate.

Now, I realized that since the scenes and sequences move quite quickly that it may be hard for anyone, even my mom, to pick me out of the enthusiastic bowling party crowd at first.  However, I am in over 20 shots, and once you find me, it’s like I just keep jumping out of nowhere throughout the video… look!  Mariko!  And again!  And again!

I am rocking the awesome Marc Jacobs glasses, blue shirt and thick yellow and black necklace I was lent to via Ms. @GyeNyame 🙂

Oh and Crystal looks pretty amazing in the video as well 🙂

 

 

INTERVIEW : Welcome to @Raye6 … in JAPAN

‘Hurricane vocals’, daring fashion, big hair, saavy business sense and tantalizing stage performance skills.  Raye 6 is the perfect example that a woman can have it all and do it all when you’re focused on what you want.

Name: Raye6
Occupation: Inspiration
Twitter: @Raye6
Website: http://raye6.com/

@TokyoTwilighter : How many times have you been to Japan?

@Raye6 : Two times.

@TokyoTwilighter : Tell us how the latest trip came around.

@Raye 6 : Same as last year, through Jon Lynch who is the creator of Japan Music Week.  This year Jon proposed a sponsorship deal, we negotiated and I accepted his best offer. Marlboro Japan was the primary sponsor this year and they used 2 of my singles ‘Universal Lover’ & ‘Misstery’  available on Itunes. You can also go onto the Marlboro jp site to download my music.

@TokyoTwilighter : What was the most memorable part about your trip?

@Raye6 : Hanging out with some of the most beautiful people in Japan! I wrote about it on my blog on http://raye6.com/?p=324 . I got to connect with DeeJays, producers, label owners, directors, photographers, make up artists, writers and more! It was a beautifully creative trip!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you learn any Japanese words or customs?

@Raye6 : Only cross the street when the light turns red, KAMPAI! (cheers), HAI (yes), Sumimasen (excuse me)

@TokyoTwilighter : Where was the best place to party/perform?

@Raye6 : Best place to party is Micro Cosmos, best place to perform was all of them! Nippori for the GUNGNIR Skate event, Glad, Unit. I love everything about the venues and the promoters of the events.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What did you eat while in Japan?

@Raye6 : I ate a lot of croissants and water from a bakery in Mark City in Shibuya, Seafood Curry from Shantay (DELICiOUS), I had Japanese pancakes at Micro Cosmos and it was like biting into heaven!

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you go shopping and what did you buy?

@Raye6 : I went shopping at Don Quixote they have everything! I went to find gifts for my family and friends. That place is like a drug store, beauty supply, macy’s, kmart, and fao schwartz all in one! I made a detour into 109 and damn near lost my mind! So many floors full of so many things! A girls paradise! I couldn’t decide what to buy so I bought nothing lol!!!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any regrets about this trip?

@Raye6 : I regret I couldn’t stay longer! I know I can accomplish so many things in Japan but I’ll be back again and again and each time will be magical!

@TokyoTwilighter : What is the biggest challenge regarding performing in Japan compared to the US?

@Raye6 : No challenge, I perform with nothing but passion anywhere I perform. You get what you put out!

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the reaction to your music in Japan?

@Raye6 : People were excited and in aww. I’m a bit of a shocker on and off stage and they love it!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Are you planning another trip back to Japan?

@Raye6 : The next trip will be sometime in June so I can cover more ground. Between GOD, my relationships in Japan and my work ethic, I will be on the Official “Welcome To Universe 6 Tour”

@TokyoTwilighter : What do you definitely want to do next time that you didn’t get to do this time?

@Raye6 : Shop for me! I need a $2000.00 USD budget to rip a mini hole in 109!

@TokyoTwilighter :  Any words for your fans in Tokyo?

@Raye6 :

Passion is Universal
It has no skin color, no religion, nor does it have bias

I’ve witnessed in my many years on this planet

people’s passion for food, love, music, war, work and more

A passion to live is a common goal we possess as humans
My trip to Japan showed me once again my passion for living

To live
To breathe
To see
To take it all in
I have a Passion for life

To that I say KamPai! Cheers to you all! I will always have a PASSION for Japan

Back to Tokyo for Round 2! Konnichiwa Greenstreet!


Greenstreet has the kind of sound that is indescribable while at the same time being unforgettable.  Excellent live performers, they made a splash on the Japanese music scene in 2010 with performances all around the Tokyo area for the Japan Music Week.  This year they return to Japan to get into the studio, talk Japan exclusive distribution deals and perform for their growing overseas fan base.  Here’s what they had to say about their last trip to Japan and what they’re looking forward to this time around.

Name: Greenstreet
Occupation: Music
Twitter: @alivegreenst @rengreenst @soupagreenst @snaxxgreenst 
Website: http://greenstreetrecords.net

@TokyoTwilighter :  How many times have you been to Tokyo?

A-Live : Once, but currently preparing for our second trip there next month.

Soupa: Once.

@TokyoTwilighter :  What surprised you the most about Tokyo?

A-Live : The efficiency of the city was incredible; from the trains, traffic, supermarkets, etc. I live in New York City, and it’s not half as efficient as Tokyo. The energy of the people was also positively surprising — everyone was super friendly and helpful in almost every situation.

@TokyoTwilighter : Where did you party?

A-Live : Hmm. Roppongi was crazy, we did the gaijin (gaijin is a slang term for not Japanese) thing to do and went to Gas Panic..for better or worse. Shibuya was my favorite locale overall.

Soupa : Everywhere. Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shibuya..especially at The Game.

@TokyoTwilighter : How was the music scene in Tokyo?

Soupa : The hip-hop scene in Tokyo was a small and supportive crowd.  I felt like they were a family, and I really appreciated them letting me be a part of that family while I was there.  It showed me that hip-hop has no borders, and that’s great for the future and progress of our art.

A-Live : I think Tokyo has a dynamic music scene, and the best part of it is, they seem to support their own. It also showed me that music is truly an universal language; we met so many people that didn’t speak even English but were rocking with us a 100%!

@TokyoTwilighter : Did you try any Japanese cuisine or snacks?

A-Live : Yeah! The highlights for me were kaiten sushi, the ebi burger at Mos Burger, and curry udon. Also Calpis soda! Soupa went to sleep cradling a can of that every night.

Soupa :  The sushi conveyor belts were a lot of fun. I could have eaten at one of those places for every meal of every day.  I was also a big fan of dorayaki.

@TokyoTwiligher : What was the biggest challenge while visiting Tokyo?

Soupa: My Japanese…or lack thereof.

A-Live : Hm, the language was a problem at times. I’m trying to become conversational in Japanese before my next trip. Also, the exchange rate..the US dollar is miserable, smh.

@TokyoTwilighter : What’s on your Tokyo bucket list for next time?

Soupa : Honestly, I would really like to get outside of Tokyo and explore the rest of the country. On the train ride from Narita airport, I saw a lot of beautiful scenery in the countryside that I would like to get a closer look at.  I also want to take a trip up to Nagano and chill with the macaques in the hot springs at Jigokudani.

A-live: Definitely echo what Soupa said. I want to go to an onsen as well. Also, I want to get an invitation to the Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando but..that’s probably wishful thinking, haha.

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Greenstreet will be back to Japan from November 3rd – 28th.

This weekend, November 4th they’ll be performing at Grande in Shibuya

#Np Terius Nash – Long Gone

The lyrics were so blunt and raw, much appreciated.

Entire album 1977 is available for free download here

#np Mac Miller – Donald Trump

Learned about Mac Miller via ILuvLola.net For all you tumblr fans out there you’ll be excited to know the site is a tumblr 😉

 

#np U Do It For Me – Algebra Blessett

#np MeLo X – BK AllNighter

Video by Light Up Films

#np B. Howard ‘dance floor’