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Sapphire Slows

  • 東京

東京在住のプロデューサー、DJ、パフォーマー。2011年のデビュー後、瞬く間に世界中のアンダーグラウンド・シーンから注目を集め、Red Bull Music Academyへの参加、バルセロナでのSonarへの抜擢、ロンドンのRinse FMのレジデントなどを経て国内外で精力的に活動している。世界各地のレコード・レーベルからリリースされてきた彼女の楽曲は、繊細なシンセシスと囁くようなボーカル、うねるようなベースとビートを特徴としながら、ジャンルでは形容しがたい独自の情緒的な質感とストーリーを紡ぎ出す。近年のライブでは、アナログ・シンセサイザーの中でも伝説の名機と言われる〈ブックラ〉を使用したセットで特別な音楽体験を作り出している。

Sapphire Slows is what you might call an everything-ist: she produces, DJs, plays synth and her eerie, drone-like vocals float over her tracks, embellishing their shadowy textures. After the brutal awakening of the 2011 earthquakes in Japan, she became motivated to pursue a career in music.

Now a notable name in Tokyo’s electronic music scene, she has toured North America, Europe, China, Australia and her home country of Japan, and released an impressive body of work, with LPs, EPs, tracks and remixes coming out on the likes of Not Not Fun, 100% Silk, Kaleidoscope, Nous Disques, Kalahari Oyster Cult, Hivern Discs and most recently AD93.

While some of her songs are submerged in a blue-ish, slo-mo haze, like her name suggests, others have a sound that is both indelible and difficult to neatly categorise. Taking cues from minimal, electronica, ambient and off-kilter pop, her own music feels greater than the sum of these parts, combining an unerring sense for space, detail and atmosphere with slow-motion melodies and heady, cosmic vocals to create something personal and truly unique.


RELEASES
Melt – Big Love Records (2011, JP)
True Breath – Not Not Fun (2011, US)
Just Wanna Feel – 100% Silk (2012,US)
Allegoria – Not Not Fun (2013,US)
Confession - Big Love Records(2016,JP)
The Role of Purity - Nous Disques (2017,GE)
Time - Kaleidoscope (2017,UK)
Emotion Still Remains - Nous Disques (2020,GE)
New You For Others, Same You For Yourself - Hivern Discs (2020,ES)
Swirl - AD93 (2020,UK)

PICKED UP MIXES
Dekmantel Podcast 330 (2021)
Patterns of Perception 79 (2021)
Naivetape #38 (2020)
Hessule Audio Rinse FM (2018)
Nous Disques Rader Radio (2017)
Edwin Europe № 48 (2016)
Radio Cómeme - Beat Bouquet (2016)
MNML SSGS - Contact Tokyo 30.07.2016 (2016)
Sounds Of Sonar(2015)
Romantic Acid Night Driving(2014)
Sapphire Slows 80’s Megamix (2014)
The Voice Of Cassandre Mixtape (2013)

SOCIAL
Soundloud // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

RECENT PICKED UP PRESS
Pitchfork - Best mixes, album review, single premier (2011-2017)
XLR8R - Artist Tips (2017)
Bleep - DJ Charts (2017)
Japan Times - Interview (2017)
Hype Machine - Album Premier (2017)
i-D Japan - Interview (2017)
UNCANNY - Interview (2017)
RA JAPAN - Monitor speakers review (2018)
RA JAPAN - Interview about Japan’s electronic music scene under the pandemic (2020)