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Liquid Funks Finest Comes to Seoul
Japanese DJ Makoto to Play in Club Cargo
By Mark Basquille
Irish Correspondent
DJ Makoto — Progression sessions

Club culture in Seoul has been steadily growing over the last few years, with the emphasis largely on Hip Hop, House & Trance. Despite the fact that various other genres of music are also represented their impact has yet to make quite the same impression.

There are however still various venues and promoters who, against the odds, have been bringing DJs and artists from these more 'underground' scenes (i.e.) Techno, Breakbeat, Drum & Bass, Dub, etc.)

Although these guests are often relatively unknown here, it is none the less an extremely important part of the development of the Korean music scene.

For exactly this reason, Seoul is privileged to be hosting a party for Makoto, possibly the most prolific artist from one of the U.K.'s pioneering drum and bass labels, 'Good Looking Records.'

Started by L.T.J. Bukem in 1994, as an outlet for his uniquely musical take on this 'new' music, it soon developed into one of the most respected independent dance labels in the world. 'Good Looking' has become synonymous with a smooth and musical style of drum and bass which has been described as both 'intelligent' and more recently as 'liquid funk.'

DJ Makoto of good looking records

Since his introduction to the label in 1998, the Tokyo based Makoto has quickly made a name for himself and his tracks have regularly featured on both the 'Earth' compilation albums and the 'Progression Session' mix CDs. As well as releasing a number of singles for 'Good Looking,' his talents are also evident on several e.p.s and a full artist album entitled 'Human Elements.'

He's become as well known for his mixing skills as his productions and has been one of a select few DJs to compile and mix his own Japanese 'Logical Progression' CD. Although internationally respected, Makoto has undoubtedly done more to put Japan on the d&b map than any other single artist.

He is currently in the middle of a Far East tour and will be appearing in Seoul alongside one of the U.K.'s most talented M.C.s and vocalists, Deeizm M.C. The combination of her live singing skills and his smooth mixing style will be a showcase not to miss!

You can catch MAKOTO & DEEIZM M.C. alongside one of the U.K.s finest up and coming DJ / producers, HYDRO (Quarantine, DNAudio, Fuze, dub sessions) and some of Koreas finest d&b DJs: MURF, YANG YANG and J-PATH.

This Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Club Cargo in Hongdae, Seoul. Doors: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 10,000 won (with one 1 drink) Before 12 a.m. — 15,000 after.



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Mr. Mark Basquille, who previously served as art director for The Seoul Times, is now serving as special correspondent. The famed publishing design expert is also artist and ardent writer. He lives nowin Dublin, Ireland. His website is www.basquille.com

 

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