There’s something really special about Japanese house music, an abundance of talented producers having risen from the Tokyo scene over the last decade or so with a discernible warmth to their productions. Perhaps the best known of these, Soichi Terada has been praised near and far for his glistening dancefloor lifters, and will get a rapturous reception as he takes to Leeds’ HiFi Club on Saturday 18th February.
Starting his career as a producer in the late 80s, Terada began shaping his music with a quirky 8-bit sound that leant itself perfectly to game music, and thus began a journey that would see him soundtracking the popular game series Ape Escape around a decade later. Founder of the Far East Recordings imprint upon which most of his tracks have been released, Soichi had been quietly beavering away as a solo artist and member of musical group Omodaka for some time before Hunee’s Far East Recordings compilation catapulted him into the European underground’s line of sight in 2015. Loved for his ability to make tracks that are both deep and light-hearted at the same time, Terada has become a much sought-after performer thanks to his endearing live sets, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s witnessed one firsthand and been left disappointed.
Terada’s appearance at HiFi is the result of of another collaboration between the basement club and Simon Scott’s Dimensions Soundsystem, and the latter will be bookending their guest’s set with selections from the depths of their collections. Not just extraordinary promoters, the Dimensions team are flawless DJs with decades of experience behind the decks, so you can expect this night to have all the musical adornments that such a prestigious booking deserves.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Soichi Terada