I’m back in Japan and wanted to share some music news. Tomorrow, July 1st is Canada Day and to celebrate, my good Canadian friend Josh Child is bringing his favourite Canadian artists to town to perform on Saturday night at Eleven Tokyo (in Nishi Azabu).
Come check it out if you can and feel free to say hi if you see me on the dance floor!
Saturday July 2nd @ Eleven
- Modern Deep Left Quartet (Cobblestone Jazz + The Mole; Wagon Repair/Canada)
The Mole(Wagon Repair, Musique Risquee, Canada)
- Ozmzo aka Sammy (Real Grooves)
Daia Taguchi (Real Grooves)
Hidehiko Takano (Real Grooves)
Tyger Dhula (Cobblestone Jazz/Canada) – a.m. set
**Click the link below for the 1000 YEN OFF discount or print this mail out and bring it to Eleven on the night of the event**
**english follows japanese**
記念すべき50回目となる今回のReal Groovesではおなじみとなったアーティスト達が登場します。Mathew Jonson率いるModern Deep Left Quartetによる迫力満点のジャムセッション。そして、The Moleによる新作満載のライブセット。長年に渡りパーティに足を運び、サポートし続けててくれた全ての人達に向けて、感謝の意を込めたスペシャルイベントです。Real Groovesの総決算ともいえる豪華な一夜をお見逃しなく！！
Real GroovesのオリジナルTシャツを7月2日、elevenにて開催されるReal Grooves vol.50にて販売します。今回は特別にDVD”Cobblestone Jazz Live at Space Lab Yellow”とのセットで3000円での販売となります。購入をご希望される方は、サイズと数量を明記のうえ、email@example.com までお知らせください。イベント当日、代金と引き換えで、商品をお渡しします。
Modern Deep Left Quartet
カナダのエレクトロニックミュージックシーンを代表する4人のアーティストMathew Jonson、The Mole、Danuel Tate、Tyger Dhulaによって構成されるModern Deep Left Quartet。これまで正式にリリースされた作品はBabyfoot EP（Wagon Repair）のみであるものの、洗練されたサウンドと即興性の高いライブで世界中から注目を集めているCobblestone Jazzの原点であり、初期の活動形態こそがModern Deep Left Quartetである。アナログシンセとドラムマシーンを駆使し、Mathew Jonsonによって作り上げられるグルーヴ。Danuel Tateが奏でるjazzテイスト溢れるメロディと怪しげなヴォーカル。The Moleが操るターンテーブルから発せられる切れ味抜群のサンプルサウンド。DJとしての長年の経験でスキルとセンスを磨いてきたTyger Dhulaによって組み上げられるストーリー。卓越した演奏技術によって4人の才能が完璧なバランスで融合するライブは、エレクトロニックミュージックにおいて真なる生演奏を実現した究極のジャムセッションである。
2004年、カナダを拠点に世界各地で開催されるエレクトロニックミュージックの祭典、Mutekで衝撃のライブを披露し、そこから数年の内に、Wagon Repair、Musique Risquee、Revolverといった名門レーベルから数々の作品をリリースして瞬く間にトッププロデューサーへの仲間入りを果たしたThe Mole。かねてよりMathew Jonsonとの親交が深く、2005年にはKompaktから共同名義で作品をリリースし、さらにはMathew Jonson率いるバンドCobblestone JazzにThe Moleが加わったThe Modern Deep Left Quartetとしての作品も発表するなど、積極的なコラボレーションを行っている。2008年、Wagon Repairからのファーストアルバム“As High As The Sky”のリリース以降、各地を飛び回りそのサウンドを世界中で披露している。最近は、、多くのオリジナル／リミックス作品のリリースを控えていて、ベルリンのスタジオで制作活動に没頭する日々を送っている。
Real Grooves Volume 50 welcomes back friends to celebrate a milestone event. Modern Deep Left Quartet returns with Mathew Jonson at the helm to ignite the crowd with a special live set. The Mole will also grace us with a live set of past and new material that is sure to amaze you. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support over the years. Your energy and passion have helped to create a truly unique and wonderful experience for all. Keep on groovin and believing!!
Special Limited Edition Real Grooves T-shirt will be on sale at Eleven on 7/2 at RG 50 for those who would like to buy. This will be the only chance to get one. We will also be including a copy of the dvd “Cobblestone Jazz Live at Space Lab Yellow” all for only 3000 yen. To place an order before the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the quantity and size. You will be able to pay for and pick up the items on the day of the event.
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Modern Deep Left Quartet
The Modern Deep Left Quartet is the energetic showdown of four of Canada’s best electronic musicians: Mathew Jonson, the Mole (Colin de la Plante), Tyger Dhula, and Danuel Tate.
Sporting a long history of jazz-influenced improvisation, the quartet plays with the added intimacy of longtime friends who are as familiar with each others’ styles as they are with their distinctive personalities. The individual musicians’ own projects all feed back into the whole: both Jonson and the Mole have experienced considerable success as solo artists and performers, while keyboardist Tate has released a pair of solo EPs. Of course, Jonson, Dhula and Tate are together best known as Cobblestone Jazz – K7 signees, Wagon Repair’s flagship act, and a powerhouse performing unit known for one of the most electrifying live shows in electronic dance music.
(One important note: As of 2010, Cobblestone Jazz’s studio lineup includes all four musicians from the Modern Deep Left Quartet, as signalled by the title of the band’s second album, The Modern Deep Left Quartet. Cobblestone Jazz’s touring lineup remains the trio of Jonson, Tate and Dhula, and the group reserves the Modern Deep Left Quartet moniker for billings including the Mole.)
The Modern Deep Left Quartet uses early computers and analog instruments to create pared down sounds that retain the quality of improvisational jazz within the parameters of a minimal, dance-floor aesthetic. Through a real-time exchange of musical form, language, and ideas, Tyger Dhula, Mathew Jonson, Danuel Tate and The Mole provide a continual sense of surprise and discovery for their listeners. Both on stage and in the studio, the spontaneity rules.
And while eight hands might seem like a lot, the Modern Deep Left Quartet never feels like there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Each member brings a specific set of overlapping talents to a studio that’s laid out to ensure maximal elbow room, with the musicians staking out positions at favourite machines. Mathew Jonson is a demon tweaker of analogue synthesisers and drum machines, writing bass lines and re-tooling sequences on the fly. Tyger Dhula’s deep history as a DJ and producer help inform the structural underpinnings of the group’s music. Danuel Tate’s jazz background guides the group’s compositions, turning tracks into something approaching actual songs: his comping, solos and processed vocals provide much of Cobblestone Jazz’s most distinctive flavour, but he also knows the power of restraint, holding back to let his friends’ undulating sequences do the talking. De la Plantes turntable dexterity and sampling prowess add a further sonic dimension to the band’s already expansive sound.
The band’s lone recording to date, the Babyfoot EP, surfaced on Wagon Repair in 2005, after which the Quartet focused more or less exclusively on live shows. But all four members came together in 2010 to record Cobblestone Jazz’s bold, definitive album statement, The Modern Deep Left Quartet.
Ever heard of Bobby Orr or the Rocket number 9? Neither had The Mole until he moved to Montreal from Canada’s west coast. And now he loves them. Perhaps there is something magical in the humble success of these men that inspires. Who doesn’t love a reluctant hero?
Dance music fans in Victoria and Vancouver in the 90s heard a lot of The Mole in his infancy. His mentors, believing he had a natural talent, pushed him from his DJ beginnings into music production. This natural talent was, in reality, mountains of hard work consummated in secret not unlike the rigorous discipline kung fu students undertake in those wonderful bamboo forests. For The Mole though this retreat took the form of long winters in the French and arguably the cultural capital of Canada, Montreal. Long, cold winters indeed.
It was only natural that the city’s storied disco story would fit him well. Warm people and cold nights warming blood like so much sap in spring. The Mole is often reminded of his voyageur past (as an 18th generation Canadian he is very proud of his French and English roots) when navigating the graveyards of vinyl that abound in his hometown. What could make a black crack addict feel more at home in this cold climate? I tell you what: 7 years of residency at the Laika bar and numerous appearances at the MUTEK Festival.
Enough about why The Mole has chosen to make his burrow in the storied city, let’s talk about the music. Urb magazine named him one of the ‘next 100’ in 2004. His live set at MUTEK 2004 was one of the top ten in the Village Voice Critics’ Poll 2004, followed by 2005’s collaboration with long time friend and band mate Mathew Jonson ‘Dirt Road and a Boat From Soundwave’ on Kompakt’s Speicher was received with critical acclaim. As were his releases that year on Philpot, Musique Risquée and Revolver. 2005 also saw the reunion of the Modern Deep Left Quartet on Wagon Repair, probably the greatest source of pride for the molito to date.
There is also what The Mole refers to as the ‘starchy root machine’. And with a little like that, it should spark some interest! Anyway, it is a performance in which a minimum of 5 turntables are all playing loops that are either manufactured or hand made. With this The Mole then manipulates them, in a traditional DJ sense, with some effects to bump it up (what he confesses is quite a psychedelic experience for him). And although he has, because of other projects had to put this endeavor on the back burner for a little while, he still gets questioned on when he will bring it back. ‘I’ve only ever don it in Montreal because I think the number of tables scares people and it is fairly experimental… though terribly techno as well’.
With his 2006 ‘In my song/Acadian’ being signed to a Sven Vath mix and a part time collaboration with Paddy from Cobblestone Jazz as the ‘Smokin Posties’ releasing their first remix on itiswhatitis, things were heading in the right direction for The Mole. 2007 saw further standout releases on Wagon Repair and late in the year a relocation to Europe, where he’d spent much of the summer months touring. Now 2008 heralds even greater things as The Mole releases his debut album ‘As High As The Sky’ on Wagon Repair and prepares to tour around it across the globe. Plus there’s the release of singles for Prins Thomas Ful Pupp imprint and there’s plans afoot to create a create diggers wet dream of a 7” label with fellow Canadian Koosh, code named Sticky Fingers.
In some ways all this begs the question of ‘why Bobby Orr and Rocked Richard’. In the end The Mole insists that he’s ‘just a hockey player’. Wait that’s not right! He doesn’t even play hockey. In fact, he can barely skate! But he does love music with a humble and honest gratitude that can be heard throughout his work.