In the summer of 2018, Boiler Room & Native Instruments took Kode9 to Tokyo to explore the full spectrum of Japanese bass culture. A central focal point of our trip was an introduction to the ancient discipline of taiko: the enormous tree-hollowed drums used in Japanese culture for thousands of years. Originally used as fearful instruments in the theatre of war, it's only in the last half-century that they've been used for performance. As a researcher in sonic warfare and the theoretics of bass, Kode9 was our ideal candidate to tackle their sheer magnitude.
Over the course of a few days, he set out sampling various taiko and took them into the studio with Osaka-based footwork producer DJ Fulltono. The result is "TKO", a heavy-duty 160BPM workout that brings the ancient drums right into the modern context of Tokyo's futurist footwork scene.
released March 27, 2020
Kode9 & DJ Fulltono
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