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WWWβ — a subterranean space under Shibuya’s WWW and WWWX venues dedicated to “club alternative” — is a frequent stop for DJs and producers at the cutting edge of electronic music. But when a large crowd packed itself into the venue on April 20 for an evening of dark, experimental and at times abrasive sounds, something was slightly different — both headliners were from China.
That night, which was headed up by Tzusing and Howell, was the first edition of the so-called Jyoto exchange between WWWβ and Shanghai club All, an ongoing program between the two venues that is just one of the latest expressions of the increasingly fertile interactions between underground electronic music scenes in East Asia.
The producers and DJs connected to Jyoto (named for the “jyō” and “tō” kanji that start the names of Shanghai and Tokyo, respectively) don’t represent a single sound as such, and instead draw from an overlapping pool of influences including grime; the droning, hypnotic beats of gqom from Durban, South Africa; and what has variously been termed “experimental” or “deconstructed” club — an amorphous, largely online-driven scene that ties together regional American and European styles, as well as other global influences, with a glossy, mechanistic sensibility.
Perhaps best distilling these nascent intra-Asian exchanges is the track “Black Pepper” by Shanghai producer Tess Sun, better known as Hyph11E (pronounced “hyphee”), who made her Tokyo debut last year at Hatagaya basement club Forestlimit and who’ll play an upcoming Jyoto event at WWWβ on Friday.
With its lurching beat overlayed with chanting, bursts of gunfire and siren-like synthesizers, “Black Pepper” quickly became a staple in DJ sets on both sides of the East China Sea following its release last November. And in a neat piece of symmetry, it was Japanese dubstep producer Goth-Trad who provided a formative experience for Hyph11E as she made her original forays into club music.
Full Article here:
https://www .japantimes .co .jp/culture/2018/09/18/music/japan-china-forging-ties-electronic-underground/
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