By the time you’re gonna read this, a part of the IDMW.Com team will be currently overseas trying to get the best out of Miami for you lucky fellas. We welcome this week one of the most promising emerging talents around by the likes of Detroit based DJ/artist/producer PirahNa Head (known for his contribution to Diviniti’s recognition), whose debut LP is finally due to hit the streets by the middle of April. Our Single Of The Week is provided by Steppah Huntah (another promising nu face hailing out of France that some of you may remember for a transient appearance last year on German label Compost Records) who, alongside Blue Smith, delivers a stunning package titled ‘So Alive’ with a serious house remix by the likes of Teddy G on Strasbourg label Soultronik. As for this week’s issue, they are the works of serious groove lovers from Nik Weston with his Japan Corner selection to Erik Rug delivering the 2nd installment of his Waxgroovin’ Rockin’ it page for our French reading visitors. Let’s get the f.nk out of it !

NIPPON NIK CORNER

The final installment of the three KJM albums BY KJM (the other two have been RE KJM..... FOR KJM...) is out this week. Watch out for a limited edition double vinyl of RE KJM which dropped in limited amounts in the shops this week. RE KJM is chokka bloc of goodness featuring specially recorded tracks which are remixes of older Kyoto Jazz Massive material. My personal favourite is the broken beat vocal masterpiece by Yukihiro Fukutomi with Ernesto on ''Deep In Your Mind''... Elsewhere, there is other great stuff including remixes by Jazztronik ('Shine'), Toshio Matsuura ('Behind The Shadow'), Aurora... which is Chari Chari under his other guise... DJ Mitsu the Beats (''Spiredom 2004''), Monday Michiru ('’A Calmaria’') and other great stuff.

More Especial news is that Sleepwalker plan to release a new single ''River Of Love'' featuring Bembe Segue c/w ''Eclipse'' which is Sleepwalker cover version of a Kyoto Jazz Massive track. Other projects and releases in the future include Bossa Free / ''I Am With You'' c/w ''Rise Me up''. BF is another jazz project of Hajime Yoshizawa and this single will be more jazz orientated versions of Hajime's own tracks. Masa Project is a new project from one time Mondo Grosso and now Sleepwalker Saxophone player Masato Nakamura with a version of Pharoah Sanders ''Love Is Everywhere'' featuring Rob G & Valerie Etienne. On the flipside is a new track ''Natural Cally'' featuring Noel McKoy. There's a Jazztronik single 'Madrugada' with a Louie Vega Elements Of Life mix. Some more music from Bakura (another project from Domu) is also rumoured. A new album from Ski is out now on Pony Canyon. It features the golden tonsils of one Amp Fiddler.

There's some truely amazing full of jazz dance from Soil & Pimp Horns with a brand new 4 tracker with 'Avalanche' being the track in particular that will certainly blow the cobwebs from winter hibernation well away. The sleeve is thicker than a club sandwich and the obsession with detail with Japanese labels mean that you always feel you have something truely substantial in your hands when you have a Japanese slab of wax with one of those ''sleeves'' in your grubby mits. One 45 which is causing lots of chitter chatter is the debut single from Ino Hidefumi who released a 7'' of two versions. One is ''Never Can Say Goodbye'' flipped by ''Billy Jean''. Sounds dodgey but trust me its awesome ! Already sold out on a limited pressing as we go to press but the few lucky European DJ’s who manged to get their mitts on the 45 have been singing its praises. A new single from Ino Hidefumi is due in the next 2-3 months.

On the broken beat tip there's a great single from Loop with a track called ''Shadows Of The Sun'' featuring Bluey from Incognito and a tuff mix from Yukihiro Fukutomi. On the hip hop front, Grooveman Spot has recently released a very jazzy limited edition hip hop 12'' featuring Common that is well worth checking and Maspyke member Tableek recently dropped a dope hip hop 12'' (w/ a jazzy sample from Beck ?) on the Jazzysport label.

Jazztronik (watch out for soon to be published interview here on IDMW.Com) releases an album on UK label Pantone which is basically 3 albums (one on Flower and two on Tokuma) into one album entitled Samurai. Single soon to be dropped with S.UM.O. remixes. Hold tight !

Daz I Q from Bugz in the Attic tells me he recently had a good tour of Japan as he accompanied Orin Walters (Afronaught)... Dom Servini from Straight No Chaser as we go to press has just left London for his first Japanese DJ tour and Mad Mats from Raw Fusion/Jugglin has also been there recently. Gilles Peterson is set to do a one off gig in Tokyo for Nike and then spend some family time in Kyoto for a week or so. Recloose, King Britt, Rainer Trüby and Satoshi Tomiie (last week-end) have also all been here recently and people soon come include Jazzanova at Club Yellow (04/02), Joe Clausell at Air, Juan Atkins, Idjut Boys (Yellow 03/26). Meanwhile techno pioneer Ken Ishii is currently on tour in Europe.

For Japanese releases & Especial Bags, slipmats & T shirts then try therecordroom.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if there is something you are after from Japan (in particular nu jazz,bossa or hip hop) new or second hand but cannot find. Another shop that's started selling Japanese releases is www.ifmusic.co.uk... They tend to be a little more expensive than The Record Room but they have different stuff in stock from each other. As always, be prepared for those Japanese price tags....!!!

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