Before venturing into the world of dance music, Japanese artist Jun Kamoda was producing glitchy hip-hop as Illreme and as part of hip hop trio Baleine 3000. Making beats under the moniker for over 15 years, Kamoda had established himself as a staple of the Japan’s underground scene before striking out under his own name in 2016, releasing The Clay EP on Brooklyn’s Mister Saturday Night, the Blind Disco 12″ on Black Acre, and appearing on Mall Grab’s Steel City Dance Discs imprint.
His club experiments come clearly informed by his days twisting samples into new forms for his hip-hop productions, a creative process more evident that ever before on his recent debut album for Bristol’s Black Acre. The eponymously titled full length is laced with Kamoda’s signature playful approach, as he bounces his way through the worlds of house, disco, funk, broken beat and beyond.
His debut on our mix series works much to the same manner, with Kamoda effortlessly flicking between feel-good riddims by Joss Moog, Roman Flugel, Kyodai, Jimmy Edgar and more. Tuck in below.
Jun Kamoda / Imitation Dawn
Dan Kye / Like You Wanna
Taraval / Gonna Rain
Joss Moog / La Minute De Vitesse
Roman Flugel / Sliced Africa
Immortal Music / Slam Dance
Jun Kamoda and Luksek / Dance Sweet Dance
Jun Kamoda / Don’t want you
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou / Djanfa Magni (Bosq’s Afro Disco Mix)
Poirier / Sowia ft. Samito
Kyodai / Iyesá
Jimmy Edgar / Let Me Tell U
Ouer / Supra
Metro Area / Atmosphrique
Sly & The Family Stone Feat. Moby / Love City
HNNY / Cheer up, My Brother
Jun Kamoda’s debut album is out now on Black Acre.
Buy it here.