2020 has proved a busy year for Kyoto-based DJ and producer Stones Taro. Aside from running his own party and label NC4K with Lo-Max, he’s been churning out EPs this year for Highball, YAM’s offshoot Body Action Music and a return to High Class Filter and Ian DPM’s Scuffed Recordings.
With each of these releases, and his track for us today, he presents his own take on 90s breaks and jungle, moving these sounds further into the future whilst respecting its roots.
“What I represent with this track is respect for and the innovation of Jungle. Recently, the BPM for Jungle has more variations than the golden era. “Air Drive” is basically a modern slow Jungle style, but it’s also the bridge from 135BPM to faster. In the break section of this track, if you try to make your CDJ tempo fader higher, you step into the JUNGLE.”
This year we’ve chosen to split profits from the release between two charities, both of whom are doing important work within their respective fields.
The first charity is London-based organisation You Make It, a creative programme that offers young women access to tools, networks and experiences — group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience, start-up support and 1-1 pastoral support — giving them the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment.
The second is Nigeria-based initiative Project Protect, a subdivision of Burna Boy’s charitable NGO The Reach, launched to help provide financial, medical and legal resources for EndSars protestors during and after the protests.
Check the below playlist for all tracks in our Calendar.
Artwork across the series by Mark Grieg.