Japanese Import

15 May

Ahh, dubstep.

A truly British musical sub-genre, borne out of the grime of suburban dancefloors, adolescent bedrooms and pirate radio stations broadcasting from sink estate tower blocks.
A sub-genre as English as fish and chips or binge drinking.
Straight outta Croydon.
(There’s the missing link between Dizzee Rascal and Captain Sensible, then..)
Much loved by the likes of Hot Chip.
A parochial taste, a bit like yodelling or flamenco.

So many may be surprised to discover that Japan is surfing its own little dubstep explosion.

However, when your own correspondent was in Japan back in 1994, when drum ‘n’ bass “broke through” to the UK charts, the local CD stores were bursting with imported “ドラムンベース” compilations and likes of Osakan comedians Downtown -masquerading as the Geisha Girls – and pop-techno whizz Tetsuya Komuro (who has worked with all manner of Japanese from old school idols like Seiko Matsuda, through J-chart fodder like Kumi Koda and Ayumi Hamasaki, to respected exports like DJ Krush and Ryuichi Sakamoto) were having “jungle”-based top ten hits.

Here’s a taste from leading light of the Japanese dubstep scene, DJ 100mado.
100bpm djmix 2010 april by 100mado

Is that a touch of My Bloody Valentine in there…
or a Flipper’s Guitar rip-off thereof?

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