Akio Nagase’s All Time Japanese Acid House Top 10

A veteran DJ / producer of some 20 years standing, the Osaka born and bred Akio Nagase is probably best known for his long-running Makedub events. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Basic Channel, Carl Craig, Smith & Mighty, and Chicago`s Trax Records he’s released music on a variety of labels in his homeland, and now has a new record coming on Singapore’s Darker Than Wax. His Roots Magic E.P. contains dance floor dub-wise, jazz-juiced house, balearic beat piano rollers and TB-303 touting funky alternatives. Hopefully there’ll be a full interview with Akio-san sometime soon, but until then here’s his all time Japanese Acid House Top 10. 

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YMO / Nanga Def

I can’t believe they released this song in ’93! The serious side of YMO with a blend of African rhythm and a 303.

909state / Serial Killer

He is a fellow DJ and artist from Osaka – who makes a lot of simple and cool music. 

Kuniyuki / Acid Air

A very respected artist. Authentic tribal acid grooves backed up by delicate compositions.

Akira Arasawa and Ground / Multi Gud Z

This is a different kind of acid house – like a musical journey, it`s a collage, a collection of techniques.

Takkyu Ishino / Jack Taro

A Japanese artist who was one of my biggest influences at the beginning of my career. The sound he creates is loved by the Japanese dance floor. My hero.

Jack Taro

Haruomi Hosono / Laugh-Gas

The originality and perfect groove are unique and timeless.The best acid house song in Japan.

ECD / A.C.I.D.

A different kind of acid house by the legendary rapper ECD, who laid the foundation for Japanese hip-hop. Hardcore Spirit!


Akio Nagase / Like A Acid House

Here I  tried to create a “free world of acid house” – fusing the traditional music of various countries with my 303.

Gonno / Desolation 303

Rocking the floor slowly and exuberantly. This is THE sound of acid house.

Tsumami / Acid House

This song has a cool 303 groove and intertwining vocal samples at the end. Tsunami is an artist I found on Bandcamp and now play a lot.

Tsunami Acid House

Akio Nagase`s Roots Magic E.P. is available to order now on Darker Than Wax.

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