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Sapphire Slows at Rainbow Disco Club

91 minsRecorded 30 Apr 2017 at Rainbow Disco Club in Shizuoka, Japan
Suguru Saito

The Japanese producer and RBMA alumna puts her shadowy textures and rhythm tracks center stage.

Sapphire Slows is what you might call an everything-ist: she produces, DJs, plays synth and keyboard, and her eerie, drone-like vocals float over her tracks, embellishing their shadowy textures. After the brutal awakening of the 2011 earthquakes in Japan, she became motivated to pursue a career in music. Now a notable name in Tokyo’s house scene, she has toured North America, Europe, China and her home country, and released on labels such as Japan’s Big Love and Los Angeles’ 100% Silk. While some of her songs are submerged in a blue-ish, slo-mo haze, like her name suggests, others are more abrasive and in tune with the whirring pace of krautrock, as on 2014’s Allegoria album. A keen interest in crate digging, a healthy disregard for music nostalgia and her own lucid dreams help root Sapphire Slows’ music in the future.

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