One of the biggest names in the Japanese underground, Kenji Takimi has spent the course of two decades establishing a reputation as Japan's most predictably unpredictable, and arguably finest, selector. The head of Crue-L records, who have released acts such as Cornelius, Kenji Takimi has a supernatural knack for melding an eclectic grab–bag of cuts into something innately danceable. He's a hero, with the penultimate track on his latest mix fittingly being a bootleg of David Bowie's "Heroes".
The mix, premiering exclusively on THUMP, is a wild ride, closing with spacey euphoria from the collab between Sydney's Jagwar Ma and Dreems.
Stream the mix below, with tracklist and Australian tour dates after the embed.
Roy Harper - "Another Day"
The Gist - "Love At First Sight"
Pink Industry - "What I Wouldn't Give"
Elysia Crampton - "The Totaled Angelica"
Balearic Gabba Sound System - "BGSS Quando"
Primal Scream - "Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)"
ML Booster - "Wanna Go Party"
Diamond Jackson - "Streets"
Warten Borgmann - "Groove Together"
Krycek - "1991 (Natural Magic's Convarrubias Version)"
Closed Paradise - "Your Love I'm Gonna Take"
Pallaspeople - "Airtic (DJ Duke Remix)"
Falty DL - "River Girl"
Avalon Emerson - "Constantly My Cure (Vocal Mix)"
Red Axes - "Waiting For A Surprise"
Shawlands Arcade - "The Bro- House Anthem"
The Flying Lizards - "Sex Machine (Extended Mix)"
Mio Mio - "Mio Mio"
Being Borings - "The Romance Edit Sculptors"
DJebali & John Dimas - "Soul Vision"
Pierre Codarin - "Jazzed My Table"
David Bowie - "Heroes (Liquid People Bootleg Mix)"
Jagwar Ma & Dreems - "Another Day In The Sun"
Kenji Takimi will tour Australia this month:
March 6 - Animals Dancing - Shadow Electric - Melbourne, VIC
March 9 - Late Night Valentine - Perth WA
March 12 - Golden Plains - Meredith VIC
March 13 - FC x MCA - Sydney NSW
Kenji Takimi on Mixcloud