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​Shibuya welcomes new Hi-Fi listening bar called Studio Mule

Toshia Kawasaki of Mule Musiq opens listening bar of the same name

  • Rory Kirkham
  • 11 August 2020

Founded in 2004, Tokyo imprint 'Mule Musiq' has been a staple of the electronic music scene in Japan and throughout Southeast Asia since its founding. With their carefully curated selection of house, techno and electronica, founder Toshia Kawasaki has been extremely successful in attracting artists from far and wide to release on the label. The eclectic label has notably featured acts including Super Flu, Chaos in the CBD, Luciano, Luca Bacchetti, Frankey & Sandrino, Axel Bowman etc, and that's only in the past year.

Toshia Kawasaki has decided to take the project even further in 2020 with his newest venture 'Studio Mule', which shares the name of 2017 established sub-label 'Mule'. The quaint establishment will function as a listening bar, record shop, natural wine and craft beer bar. The venue has been designed by notable Japanese artist Koichi Futatsumata of Case-real, who specialize in interior architecture projects. While the 11-seat venue may be modest in stature, the Thorens turntable, Mark Levinson amplifier and vintage hi-fi Klipsch speakers should help create the perfect warm and cosy ambience.

Located in Shibuya, 'Studio Mule' will be stocked with over 1,000 natural wines and a selection of craft beers. Kawasaki claims to have been stocking his personal wine collection since 2009 and we already know the quality of records they will also have in house.

Toshia Kawasaki describes 'Studio Mule' as a "small place to enjoy an eccentric elegant music and natural wine, craft liquor and beer". We imagine it will fit in perfectly with the vibrant audiophile community in Shibuya.

You can drop in from 6pm-midnight on Monday through Saturday here: 3E 16-4 Kamiyamacho Shibuyaku Tokyo

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