The man of the hour, Louis aka Intriguant brings us the 15th entry to our mix series; a solid hour of power aimed straight at the dancefloor! Coming in hot and just in time to celebrate the arrival of his third album, Spirits, which we couldn't be more honoured to release on TAV Records.
AV003LP: Intriguant - Spirits
Released in late November, the LPs have only just arrived over the weekend due to pressing plant delays. (Thank you 2020.) We're super grateful for the amount of care and dedication taken by everyone involved throughout the process, from Beau Thomas of Ten Eight Seven (Mastering), to Phantom Limb (UK Distro), to Dublin Vinyl (Pressing Plant.) It's been so satisfying to finally listen to this on vinyl. Swing by the shop for a listen, and grab your copy here.
Intriguant's debut - the Recluse LP here at the vault back in Dec 2016!
We've been a fan from the early days, but Louis's musical output isn't the only thing we love about the guy. He's quickly becoming quite the legend this scene needs, filling out a space in the beatmaker / electronic musician gig arena with his Uploading series, giving aspiring electronic musicians in Singapore a much needed platform for performance and experimentation. The series had to be put on hold like all live events this year, but that didn't stop Louis from putting on a stellar 3-part version of the series online dubbed Uploading Now, in collaboration with Singapore Community Radio, BCUBE and the National Arts Council. We were lucky enough to speak with Mixmag Asia about this, you can check out the article here.
Intriguant at Good Times at Blu Jazz back in 2016! Photo Credit: Ungku Ibrahim.
If you've been to parties like Good Times, you know that Louis knows how to turn it up. He's cut his teeth on the decks there, building up the reputation we all recognize today. Fast forward numerous gigs and 3 albums later, his love for good dance music still oozes, and certainly comes forward in his contribution to our mix series. It's a well thought out dancefloor journey that showcases his identity right now as a well versed selector, floating between genres and emotions, keeping the beats driving, mixing smooth, and ending it nice and classy. Lock in for some groove therapy, no wind instruments required!
Tracklist: Asa Tone - Each Pool A Lifetime Cuushe - Emergence Tourist - Kin (Anthony Naples Remix) Dan Kye - Change Nikitch & Kuna Maze - ZBRA (Pablo Valentine Remix) Felipe Gordon - Arpegios extendidos Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 6000 Ft. Anchorsong - Foreign River Brijean - Moody 77 Karat Gold - NCW AceMo & Moma Ready - Nothing Crazy The Cinematic Orchestra - The Workers of Art (Photay Remix) Thundercat - Fair Chance (Floating Points Remix) (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B) Bicep - Apricots Jacques Greene - Dakou Digital Afrika - Dark Matter Romare - The Blues (It Began In Africa) Cody Currie & Joel Holmes - Theme One Kabuki - Tempest (Atjazz Remix) Close Counters - HEY!!! Danvers - Light Movements Thirsty Guys - Or N’Jina Fidde - I Wonder If You Know (Dreams)
AV013 is one for the hip hop & jazz heads! TAV Alumni Matt Sekiya [@magneticmza] delivers a lovely jazz-focused mix for our series. A great blend from the man who used to work right here at the vault, Matt takes us through some delicious rare groove, soul jazz and hip hop for a steady hour. Featuring some of the gems here at the vault as well, namely artists like Sounds of Liberation, Boillat Therace Quintet, Jungle Brown and Speak No Evil off that newly-landed @time-capsule_spacerelease, Island Sounds From Japan.Press play to catch the vibe!
Tracklist: Jonathan Jurion - Sweet Earth Flying Marius Cultier - Mister Joy Speak No Evil - Speak No Evil Tadao Sawai - Hokkai-Bonuta Sounds of Liberation Billie One Roy Ayers - Hey Lover Boillat Therace Quintet - Cenovis Tribe Libra - Ahora Gang Starr - Jazz Thing (Video Mix) AIM - The Force Jungle Brown - Keep It Movin Fela Soul - Still Egotrippin’ Apani B-Fly - Estrangen Jazz Liberatorz - Genius At Work Black Star - Astronomy (8th Light) Mad Skillz - The Nod Factor Big L - Put It On Miilkbone - Keep It Real Jazz Liberatorz - Ease My Mind (Outro)
About MZA: Matt is a DJ and Beatmaker based in Singapore. Grounded in Hip hop, R&B, Funk, Soul, Disco & House, he's made some lasting contributions to record shops like ours over the years. He now runs Japanese Jazz blog ZŪJAGO as well as electronic music imprint Yen Disco Soundsystem.
Couldn't ask for a better person to revive our mix series! Radio presenter [@intotheblue-bfm] and label head [@botanicrecords] Tim Sharp delivers a lovely hour through his personal stash for AV012 - an all analog affair, an ode to digging and discovery. Lock in & press play! Recommended timing: right before the sun goes down.
Tracklist: Pupa – Untitled [@ujikaji] Andrew Wasylyk - Flight Of The Cormorant [Athens of the North @djfryer] ???? - ???? [ATC-412, Art-Tune Company Hong Kong] 姚蘇蓉 - 臉兒紅, 心兒笑 [Wan Chai Records] Quiet Village – Circus of Horror [@k7-records] Alleycats - Mangsa Renungan Mu Ümit Aksu Orkestrası - Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni [@zelzelerecords] Yuan Mou Gen Ren Zou (阮某跟人走) - 你唔貪猪哥 (w/The Stylers) Ahmad Nawab/Dhalan Zainuddin – Lagu Disco Ku [Gila Records] Waipod Phetsuphan - Ding Ding Dong [@paradise-bangkok] BURHAN TONGUÇ RITM GRUBU ve ISMET SIRAL - Du-Bi-Ba [@black-pearl-records] Andre Tanker Five – Swahili [@cree-records] Happy Boys – Dji Den [Fajalobie] Armanda Cusopoli – Non C'È Sole [NG Records] Mumbo Jumbo – Wind it Up [@efficientspace] Holy Balm – Fashion [@chaptermusic] Bullion – Say Arr Ee [@r-srecords] Drone – Nothing Dominant [Strange Love] Old Mate – I Think of You [@major-crimes-records] GASHH – Apocalypse [@botanicrecords] Kinn Leon – Visionary [@kitchen-label]
About the mix: "Recorded on a recent public holiday here in Singapore with a pair of Technics SL-1200s and a portable Sony tapedeck, run through a Pioneer DJM-750. Being for TAV I wanted this to be an all-analogue affair and in the end that suited the day perfectly; a rare afternoon without phone, internet or notifications.
As so often happens, this was actually supposed to be a practice take but I enjoyed it so much that here we are. There are always more records to get to but ultimately I felt the selection captured the spirit of what I was trying to do, which is to pay tribute to visiting and spending time around some of the region’s finest record stores and labels; somehow recreating the sense of discovery and delight that comes with making the pilgrimage to legendary places like ZudRangMa Records in Bangkok, unlikely spots like the flea markets of KL’s Amcorp Mall, the fabled Red Point Record Warehouse here in Singapore and - of course - the amazingly-curated Analog Vault. I think it also goes without saying that hanging out at any of these places (and countless more examples) is a privilege made all too apparent given the year we’ve had.
Ultimately, I wanted the mix to feel like browsing a crate or surfing a radio dial between these places; less concerned with technicalities of a club-style DJ set than an open-minded desire to discover something new (or old, really) and to see where a frequency - or crate - leads. Bursts of static; a needle that gives up halfway; worn-out grooves paired with pristine audiophile-quality pressings; decades-old cassette tapes barely holding on and some very dusty fingers - a look into the corners of my own analogue vault, so to speak." - Tim Sharp
About Tim: Tim is a New Zealand-born, Singapore-based radio presenter and label head with a decade on-air at leading independent stations from Sydney to KL – most recently as host of cult new music show Into the Blue on BFM 89.9 Malaysia. In 2016 he co-founded Botanic Records: dedicated to forward-thinking new music from Southeast Asia and beyond.
There are many different motivations for Vinyl collectors out there from the purist who believes vinyl LPs reign above all, the librarian who loves archiving and finding the rarest, the casual who collects records every now and then or the musical conductor, aka the DJ who finds joy in presenting their valuable finds. Everything comes from the sheer love of music, and Ichiro (aka Itch) is all of the above in our opinion.
The motivation to do what they do as vinyl collectors give the musical journey a sort of focus, allowing one to learn from the chosen path. It can be broad, it can be zoned in or even both, no matter what there's always something to take away! So let's dig into the mind of collector DJ Itch and see where this mystical motivation comes from and leads to.
Hi Itch! Thank you for doing this interview, could we start off with just a little bit about yourself?
Hi Analog Vault, thank you for asking me for this interview. I’m Itch, a DJ and a vinyl collector, and have been actively collecting vinyls inspired by the passion for “local exotic funk a-go-go” music from the ’60s to early ’80s in Singapore, Nusantara, and around the region. The music genres I’ve been collecting are A-Go-Go, Hala-Hala, Melayu-Indo grooves, Chinese Disco, Pop Yeh Yeh, Asian City-pop, and so on. My DJ set specializes in Asian sound and exotic music introducing forgotten local music gems from the past to modern listeners, and brings back nostalgic vibes for old-timers. My vinyl collection journey started from early 2017 when I visit Red Point Record Warehouse to purchase some second-hand Jazz or relaxing music vinyls. But, the owner recommended me to listen to locally produced funky music, and when I listened to it first, it was quite an addictive exotic funky tune that I haven’t heard before. From that day, my digging journey of local gems has started.
* Treasure Hunting with an Itch - Photo Credit Rizman Putra
Yes! we have always noticed your great collection of rare South-east Asian titles from attending some of your gigs! Could you expand a little more about this particular interest and what is your motivation behind this research initiative?
My interest came from after knowing about a Golden Era of Music scene back in 60s/70s Singapore. For many years, I’ve been listening to many kinds of music, and always enjoyed listening to Jazz or Motown soul music in 70s, but I didn’t know much about the same era music scene in Singapore. This curiosity motivated me to start listening to those music from online or YouTube. The vinyl collection of South-East Asian vinyls started when my DJ friend from Japan, Yohei Hasegawa, introduced me to vintage record shop in Singapore, which also helped me to open my journey of digging “local exotic funk a-go-go” vinyl records!
*Recent finds of SEA titles by Itch
1. Saloma - Entah Di-Mana EP
*Recent finds of SEA titles by Itch
2. Mahani Mohd & Jopie - 1000th Ku Nantikan
With that in mind, how do you go about choosing which ones go into your record bag and which ones remain when digging for SEA titles? Is there a particular mood or sound that you usually look for?
Choosing vinyl is the most difficult part. When you start digging, I just look through the shelves randomly and check any title I’ve been searching for. If I find it, those will straight go into my record bag! If not, I sometimes ask the shop owner for any recommendation or new stock, then search from that stack. But my budget is limited on one visit, so I just select those which can be used in the DJ event. The interesting part of digging is to find the dope groove music from the cheaper second-hand records! I try not to buy the expensive one. When I go digging, I just focus on the music produced in 60s to 80s from around the region which can be used on my DJ mix. Recently, I’ve been listening to soul and funk music from Malaysia in 70s, and there many wonderful covers and original songs.
We are also curious as to how you would organize them in your own personal space. Would it be by the era, style, mood, or region?? It's always nice to have a system in place for easier navigation especially for a DJ like yourself.
Never knew that my record collection can become so big in three years, and its always problematic to organize these records in my space. Currently I organize by its region (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japanese, others), then after that will put those in alphabetical order or its musical style. Otherwise, it’s difficult to remember where I put the vinyls. But, usually I always keep my favorite vinyls in my DJ bag, so I can listen to it anytime!
Apart from that, we also realized your love for Japanese City-pop and Funk, where you also have your very own night called “NightCap”. Could you tell us a bit about what the style means to you and maybe one of your favorite City-pop albums for a much-suggested listening.
Yes, “Nightcap”, my monthly night at White Label Records, is a good platform to introduce some of my favorite Japanese City-pop music mixed with Malay Funk or Nanyang Chinese Disco. Am happy that this monthly event turned one in February! As an Asian rare groove DJ, and as a Japanese, I wanted to share some of my Japanese rare groove music collection (Japanese Funk & Japanese city-pop). Some funk and boogie music produced in Japan have great vibes! Tatsuro Yamashita’s “Sparkle” (included in the LP album ‘For You’) and Miki Matsubara’s “Stay With Me” (EP) have been played every time at “Nightcap”, and always happy to see the audience singing together! My favorite City-pop albums will be Tatsuro Yamashita’s “SPACY”, Ruriko Ohgami’s “Typhoon Lady”, Taeko Ohnuki’s “Sunshower”, and so on…
We are always fascinated with collectors who purposefully dig for old records that are super rare to find, it's almost like a treasure hunt. Could you share a little about your focus on your musical journey recently? Is there a DJ / Collector / or ethos that you are inspired by? Maybe one or two rare records that you’ve been wanting to find as well.
Yes, digging vinyls especially the old ones are like treasure hunt! Recently, I’ve been focused on more Malay and Singapore soul and funk from 70s and 80s; Ahmad Nawab, Uji Rashid, Rahimah Rahim, Sharifah Aini, Anita Sarawak, Carefree, Flybaits, etc). Their music has wonderful soul, groove, and boogie with a bit of exoticness, and they can blend well with Japanese City-pop at my events.
I was first inspired by NADA, a sound duo comprised by Safuan Johari and Rizman Putra, who reinterpret Malaysian traditional music with modern technology. I learned a lot about 60s to 80s Malaysian music from them and inspired me to DJ. Then, I always get inspired by music selection by my favourite DJs, Iramamama, Vinylheavy, Tiko Disko, Yuichi Kishino, Hibiki Tokiwa, Yohei Hasegawa, etc.. Their music help expand my music knowledge about Asian music!
To end it off, We would like to say that you are one of the rare music lovers out there with such a sincere and genuine approach. Each record probably brings its own memories and experience back to you. Could you maybe tell us what do these records mean to you at the end of the day and how does it gel into your everyday life?
From these vintage records, each record has its own music culture history and these music brings back the vibes from those era into our daily life. Besides the music, the design or fashion from those era can be seen from the vinyl record, which is interesting part of the vinyl digging experience! Singapore has developed and changed very fast, but through the vinyl record I still can see how Singapore was before. Each vinyl has its own history and story.
A mix by DJ Itch for our Mix series - Providing an all Vinyl mix, picking flavours from the South-East Asian Region, songs and melodies that are nostalgic to all of us here.
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Thank you Itch for taking your time off and shining some light onto some of these musical gems. By doing this interview it has inspired us to always keep the musical search going! So much to learn from the past and so much to look forward to at the same time. Hopefully through reading this, it will inspire you to go on your own musical search and continue to keep your curious nature alive. Keep the fire burning :)
You can find out more about DJ Itch aka Ichiro via the mediums below! Please also check out his weekly mix that he has been doing during the Circuit Break era called "Stay Home Singapura". We Highly recommend to put them on for some time travels and spot on vibes.
The 14th edition of our intimate in-store series OutIn saw Guided Meditation (Nigel Lopez) and Daniel Peters take to our decks for a Selector Special.
The last time these two got together was back in 2016, for the official Daido Moriyama exhibition afterparty at the Singapore International Photography Festival. They were joined by The Analog Vault Selectors for an evening of eclectic selections, making for a journey through numerous windows and alleyways of music throughout. If you've missed it, here is your chance to check it out!
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For the 7th Edition of our mix series, we have Daniel Peters who has been writing about music for close to a decade, occasionally taking the reigns at parties to play a selection of dance floor burners and atmospheric jams. He’ll claim it’s eclectic, but it’s really just all he has.
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For the 6th edition of our mix series, we have Nigel Lopez aka Guided Meditation, founder of experimental label Evening Chants and indie label Middle Class Cigars. His moniker Guided Meditation is a channel for him to share his discoveries in the experimental/ambient/electronic side of things.
Establish connections. Take what you will, make what you will. Our associates Horizon99 came through The Analog Vault with their strong passion and love for music with Sant (Head Honcho) on the decks taking us on a sonic journey through various styles.
Here is the get down of what happened!
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Part 5 of our mix series served up by the legends themselves, Horizon99. Tune in, turn up, LEAP out.
For the 10th edition of our in-store series OutIn in September, our guests RAH and Senja from Revision Music joined us on the decks for an evening of vibes for all tribes.
Both RAH and Senja are well-loved DJs in our local dance music community with an undying appreciation for music of all sorts, and firm roots in Hip Hop, World and Bass music. They founded their events and music promotion collective Revision Music as a platform to nurture the legacy of our region’s underground through culture, vibe and music. This fully comes across at their recurring events such as Singapore’s only dedicated Drum n' Bass night Sub City that happens monthly at Piedra Negra, as well as the celebrated bi-monthly music market known as Tribe at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club.
Have a listen to the recordings from the day and take a journey through the routes of soul, funk, bass, house, afro and hip hop music. :)