Artist: Tokyo Offshore Project
Title: Theatrical Techno Illustrated
Label: Mental Groove Records
Release/catalogue number: MGCD104
Release date: 09.03.2015
Format: CD / DIGITAL
Tokyo Offshore Project are Djs and producers Frankie Valentine and Simon Lovejoy who were heavily involved in the construction of the underground UK house and electronica scene of the "early" 90’s and japanese musician Kiyoshi Myaura.
POINT OF INTEREST:
Simon Lovejoy is responsible for Dj Harvey’s edits on their own Black Cock label and co-"wrote & co-"produced Björk’s first electronic tunes.
Simon Lovejoy was resident at Soho’s "The Brain Club", an historically important club in the development of the electronic scene and the first club to encourage live PA’s like Ultramarine or Orbital.
Frankie Valentine djs since the late 70’s and one of London underground house finest player and still working the crowd like frenzy.
First time on cd including 3 unreleased tracks.
FOR FANS OF:
Balance Records, early 90’s underground house and electronica, Future Sound Of London, B12 and related.
This album is a collection of the trio underground house & electronica releases between their short lived activity between "1990" and 1995 taken from Balance Records, Scien and their own Kooky Grooves imprint.
Below is a writing by Simon Lovejoy to immerse you in their trip to japan where they meet Kiyoshi:
The music of Tokyo Offshore Project. Winter 1990. Airport, London, waiting for DJ Frankie to turn up from club land. The flight announcement to Japan.Making tune with Roland 202, I borrowed from DJ Choci. The Mile High Mix. Airport. Alaska, stamp passport City. Drive through, over expressway, introduction of Kiyoshi. Hotel lobby. Bellboys take tatty bags on trolley. Hotel Lift 32 floors. Scared, fast. Hotel room. Ordering room service, freshen up, can't open window, scared of heights. Hotel lobby. Meeting next to a piano, told of trip to north Japan. Nara. Apartment. Minimalist design, meet Kiyoshi’s friend a video director, have smoke. City. Noodle man, taxi. Lost on Sake, following postman back to Hotel room. Towel by door, borrowed smoke, MTV on cable, asking questions. Bullet Train, five course meal Zen temple, walking, peaceful people praying, gift to God for good luck. City. 3am, recording street sounds, phone booth, cig, hot/cold drinks machines. Office round meeting table, flowers, administration staff, round room, fax, phones ringing, eating noodles, engineers don't speak English, manuals in Japanese Studio. Vocal booth, tuner, men in suits, emotionless, staring through window. Record shop, meet westerners, club flyers, found first record, rare. Story of Wigan from the Brain club and his airship as it goes over city, advertising his shop. Studio. Eating late breakfast, cereal from noodle bowl Studio, empty, hammock up, cold drinking milk from noodle bowl, stroking. City taxi trip round expressway, past harbor lights to Electric Avenue, pop star David Byrne buying gadgets, buy DAT Walkman too. Karaoke bar. Hostess’ constantly changing, filling drinks, singing, standing outside toilet with towel, Kiyoshi asks which one, on the house, can take to Love Hotel, choose a room, Jacuzzi, massage, bar cabinet, taken to restaurant, live fish, geisha girls, one modern, one traditional, talk of our experience. Airport, rest time in Thailand sitting by window of plane watching ground staff standing in line waving at us.