Far East Style
Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. Just a short post, before I send a proper update about my current vinyl hunting efforts in Vietnam.
Post Japan, it’s been a busy time with school holidays and family visits, hence the radio silence. In brief the trip to Japan went really well, with three different parties; 2 in Tokyo, and 1 in Osaka. Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who came down to the nights, as well as our hosts, Disk Union, Grassroots, New Tone, Em Records & Drum & Bass – cheers for making us all feel so welcome. We did a couple of interviews too, one of which, with Groove Meeting, has just been posted on the web:
The first party in Tokyo and the one in Osaka were both ‘Paradise Bangkok’ style events, and it was great seeing crowds bob and weave to music from Thailand, Pakistan, Benin and Jamaica. Grass Roots was a more laid back affair that head nodded its way into the wee hours. Other than seeing people really enjoy themselves, the nicest comments we got were regarding the fact that we were promoting Asian music specifically, and reintroducing tunes that had previously gone under the radar. In Japan, people seemed to particularly appreciate this, and seemed to relate to luk thung and molam on a personal level, even though it was broadly unfamiliar. This felt good, and points the way to some future direction for these events.
Japan is also a perennially dangerous destination for the vinyl junkie, and me and Nat found some real gems, especially on the reggae side! A great selection always, from Disk Union, Small Axe, Carib, Black Ark (Kyoto) and of course Drum & Bass.
Drum & Bass boss, Masa, invited us to do a podcast, which they broadcast weekly. Good vibes all round – you can check part 1 and part 2 here:
Am currently in Ho Chi Minh working on research for the Dust To Digital comp – as with all these trips, it’s the unexpected that hits you the strongest! Full update soon…