Record Shopping With Lena Willikens
This Friday we host four of house and techno's brightest stars: deeply revered New Jersey DJ and Dekmantel resident Joey Anderson, Oval Space resident Dr. Rubinstein, and hotly-tipped London collective Universe Of Tang. Rounding off the line up is Salon Des Amateurs' resident and Cologne native Lena Willikens, who will be making her long-anticipated Oval Space debut.
Ahead of the show, Lena took some time out from her three month artist residency at Villa Kamogawa (of the Goethe Institute) to show us around Meditations, her favourite record shop in her current city of residence, Kyoto. Lena is in Kyoto as one half of Phantom Kino Ballett, an audiovisual drama performance project with Sarah Szczesny that marries an hallucinogenic audio mix with experimental music video, combining quotations of movie scenes, interview extracts and spoken word with painting and collage in motion and including club references like strobe lights and smoke machines.
In her own words, "the record store Meditations is just around the corner from where we stay. Meditations is a little store with a small but extraordinarily elegant selection of mainly new releases."
She'll be bringing her selections with her to the show this Friday to give away to one lucky winner.
Don't DJ – Hyperspace Is The Place / Hyperspace Is No Place
This record is rhythms for a brain massage! I just love Don't DJ's distinctive output. It's released on one of my favourite Japanese Labels, EM Records.
Jan Schulte – Tropical Drums Of Deutschland
A wonderful compilation of my friend Jan Schulte (aka Wolf Müller). No wonder that it's one of the best selling records at Meditations right now.
Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass
This is the most beautiful reissue of the year! No doubt Midori Takada is one of the best marimba percussionists. It's a mystery to me that she hardly plays concerts in Japan.
Yasuaki Shimizu – Music For Commercials
A classic from the Made To Measure cult series on Marc Hollander's label Crammed Disc.
Haku – Na Mele A Ka Haku (Music Of Haku)
A masterpiece from 1975 by the Hawaiian artist Haku. Thanks to Koki Emura who runs the Osaka based record label EM Records for reissuing this great record.
Lena Willikens plays at Oval Space this Friday alongside Joey Anderson, Dr. Rubinstein and Universe of Tang