Chris SSG is best known as the co-founder of the now defunct MNML SSGS blog, recognized as a leading source of critical insight on electronic music.
Following the end of the blog in 2012, he has devoted his energies to DJing and organising parties, and in the process has become an integral part of the Tokyo techno scene.
As a DJ, Chris SSG has taken a less common approach, focusing primarily on ambient and experimental music.
He has been developing a distinctive approach that has a similar structure and feel to a techno set, only it is aimed more at the head than the feet.
His style has been illustrated with mixes for podcast series including Resident Advisor, XLR8R, The Bunker, Smoke Machine, and Mysteries of the Deep, and has also curated a Japan showcase for Electronic Explorations.
His ambient DJing is complemented by more straightforward dancefloor sets, where he explores midtempo grooves and warm melodies.
Chris SSG has played most of the major clubs in Tokyo, and in recent years has ventured further afield, appearing at Berghain’s Elektroakustischer Salon, Concrete Paris and The Bunker NY, as well as major festivals including Berlin Atonal, Nachtdigital, Organik, Rural, and Sustain Release.
RA podcast: https://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?id=605
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 electronic music scene, she has toured North America, Europe, China and her home country, and released on labels such as Tokyo’s Big Love, Los Angeles’ Not Not Fun/100% Silk, Berlin’s Nous Disques and UK’s Kaleidoscope.
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.