He needs no introduction — label boss, radio host and globe-trotting DJ Gilles Peterson is known for his colourful forays into club and music cultures around the world. He’s brought Cuban, Brazilian, pan-African and even British sounds to the forefront through his various shows and labels, including Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud and Brownswood Recordings.
But one of the scenes that impacted Gilles the most in his early years would be Japan’s — his japanophilia has brought us gems of discovery like United Future Organisation, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Jazztronic and A Hundred Birds, to name a few.
Gilles recently went back to his club-fueled excursions in Japan and recently aired ‘The Unique Sound of Japanese Club Culture’ on BBC Radio 6 Music, featuring some of the most formative tunes that shaped the country’s soundtrack for late night subculture.
We’ve compiled almost every song from ‘The Unique Sound of Japanese Club Culture with Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music’ into a Spotify playlist that was aired by Gilles and his guests Dave Dorrell, Toshio Matsuura of United Future Organisation, Yuko Ichikawa from Contact (Tokyo), Shuya Okino of Tokyo Jazz Massive, SHICHO and American radio host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.
Have a listen below on Mixmag Asia's new Spotify account.
You can also check out the full episode on BBC Radio 6 Music here.