Leading the charge in a new wave of Japanese hip hop is a 16 man crew from Setagaya, Tokyo known as KANDYTOWN, which consists of MCs, DJs and producers. Since the release of their first free mixtape KOLD TAPE the crew has been building a steady following.
The sound of Cigarettes After Sex is unmistakably unique with the androgynous and misty voice of Greg Gonzalez. We had the chance to speak to Greg in June at the launch of their full length LP at Rough Trade, London & asked him regarding the use of Man Ray's photographs. Here's what he had to say.
While Martin Garrix's Scared To Be Lonely featuring Dua Lipa passed the half billion stream mark worldwide since its release at the end of January, its shining follow up, There For You featuring Troye Sivan, is set to soar even more wildly.
This isn't a blatant refute to k-pop, but rather, a complement to the mass genre that's commonly characterised by highly synthesised audiovisual effects, key dance moves, exaggerated styling and overstated camera movement to name some.