Alex From Tokyo has overseen a collaboration between Adidas’ offshoot brand Y-3 and some of the most respected names in underground House.
German sportswear behemoths Adidas collaborated with influential Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto a decade ago to create the Y-3 line, a collection designed to inject fashion ideals into the traditionally more functional domain of sportswear. Now a hugely successful brand in its own right, Y-3 are celebrating their 10 year anniversary with today’s free release of the 14 track ‘Y-3 Ten Year Anniversary’ compilation, with special vinyl and CD versions being mixed by Japanese born, NYC based DJ Alex From Tokyo.
Chicago Deep House pioneer Larry Heard, known for his classic work under his ‘Mr.Fingers’ alias, makes an appearance on ‘Three Spheres’, a meditative jam. Detroit eccentric Maurice Fulton meanwhile, makes a rare appearance on the superbly named ‘Asteroids Playing Ping Pong’, a frazzled techno inflected number complete with real ping pong sound effects. Berlin based Mano Le Tough drops a playfully off kilter number with ‘Being Yourself’, whilst Frank Wiedemann, one half of Innervisions duo Âme, drops the ever changing ‘Moorthon’. In addition to mixing duty, Alex From Tokyo delivers ‘X’ from his Tokyo Black Star alias.
You can stream and download the tracks below, whilst ‘Y-3 Ten Year Anniversary’ is available on limited edition vinyl and CD from retail outlets now.