Jengi Releases ‘Rare EP’ and Music Video Featuring Indie-K Artist SUMIN

The young Dutch DJ/producer, Jengi, returns with his third EP to date, ‘Rare’. After teasing the compilation with two successful singles, ‘Rollerskates’ and ‘Ice Tea’, the full EP is available now. Drawing inspiration from disco, modern R&B and the creative sounds coming out of the South Korean indie electronic scene, Jengi has defined his unique sound even further with this new release via Studio KOTO.

‘Rare’ manifests an avant-garde interpretation of 80s funk & soul, but with a fusion of indie-K. Jengi teamed up with the respected South Korean singer, SUMIN, on new single ‘Far Away’ to present a contemporary sound, accompanied by an epic music video that was filmed in Seoul. The second new single, ‘Feel Good’ is out today, and just as the name suggests, it’s comprised of feel-good beats with experimental vocal cuts.

After amassing over 5 million streams with his “Mine” Bazzi vs Jengi remix, Jengi is determined to release cutting-edge originals. But who is Jengi? A true experimenter and vocal-chop musical genius, who finds inspiration after drinking cheap wine and making punk music for fun with his friends. He’s a secret introvert on a mission, reimagining classic sounds, as he produces indie electronic treasures. A creative and a visionary, Jengi is steadily pioneering unconventional and creative music with a refreshing new sound derived from genres we all know and love.

About Studio KOTO

Studio KOTO is an independent record label & artist agency pioneering uncompromised and forward-looking electronic music of the highest quality. Launched by artist manager Rana Vatanparast, Studio KOTO strives to offer a global platform and shape the future of electronic music by finding unique ways to build bridges between music, culture, art & brands. Studio KOTO's roster currently consists of the talented Dutch producers The Flexican, Wantigga, Jengi & Jaël and is in expanding rapidly.

ME「目」EP Launch Party @ Sound Museum Vision [Highlight Video]

Studio Koto, Red Bull Studios, Sam Tiba, Canblaster, Wantigga, Jael, Jengi, The Flexican, AWICH, Loota, and Emufucka collaborate to deliver a wonderful EP inspired by Japan, titled ME (目), meaning “eyes” in Japanese. Here is the roundup of their launch party, held at Sound Museum Vision earlier this year.

Huge Thanks to Studio Koto, Redbull Studios, and Sound Museum Vision for making this possible!

Check out the full ME EP here.

Limited vinyl records for the EP are now on sale here!

Electronic Music Meets Japanese Hip-Hop With The Release Of ME目EP

The Japanese influenced collaborative EP by nine international artists, ME (目 pronounced méꜜ), is now unleashed.  An inimitable sound with a unique vibe, modernizing traditional Japanese sounds in an uncompromised forward-looking manner. The EP comes as the first release under Studio Koto, the cutting-edge music label and artist agency launched by Rana Vatanparast. In collaboration with Red Bull Music Studios Amsterdam and under the creative direction of Sam Tiba, Studio Koto and their impressive roster of talent have joined forces to produce this pioneering EP comprised of seven powerful tracks.

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From the Netherlands to France and all the way to Japan, distance was no limit for the nine artists who collaborated on this stunning EP from across the globe. The newly-formed team boasts some massive names including the widely-renowned Club cheval members, Canblaster and Sam Tiba, along with Dutch legends The Flexican, Wantigga, Jengi and Jaël, and the prominent Japanese rappers Awich, Loota and producer Emufucka.

Following on from the success of their African-inspired EP, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the artists once again set their sights on an exotic theme, choosing a Japanese style with the oriental energy to match. “We’ve mixed broken beat, electronic music and experimental R&B with chord progressions and instruments regular in Japanese music, to try and blend our personal styles with the Japanese music we love.” said Dutch artist, Wantigga.         

Recorded partly in Red Bull Music Studios Amsterdam, Sam Tiba said, "It was great to gather in the studio with six producers who have mutual love and passion for Japan. During three sessions we tried to merge our favoriteinfluences with a subjective but sincere depiction of what Japan means to us.”         

Although the artists were not always in the same country, Japanese rapper, Awich, said it worked, “When you work with multiple different producers from different countries and cultures, it’s really exciting to see what they will do with what I had provided them”.         

Wantigga found working internationally to be particularly inspiring, as he said, “To have been able to work with Japanese artists that I listen to, makes this project extra special for me.”         

While Sam Tiba also raves about the experience, stating “The result of the EP is seven very diverse tracks, which nicely reflects the signature sounds of all the producers involved and gives a personal interpretation to traditional Japanese sounds."         

Released under Studio Koto, this project not only showcases the agency’s high calibre artists but also positions the label as an international player to watch, demonstrating to be at the forefront of industry trends.

About Studio KOTO

Studio KOTO is an independent record label & artist agency pioneering uncompromised and forward-looking electronic music of the highest quality. Launched by artist manager Rana Vatanparast, Studio KOTO strives to offer a global platform and shape the future of electronic music by finding unique ways to build bridges between music, culture, art & brands. Studio KOTO's roster currently consists of the talented Dutch producers The Flexican, Wantigga, Jengi & Jaël and is in expanding rapidly.

Check out the incredible live version of "Broken Japan", shot in Red Bull Studios Amsterdam:

Here is the link to the full EP on Spotify.

Follow Studio Koto: Soundcloud // Facebook // Spotify // Instagram

Free Tunage Vol. 1: Free DLs From HMLT, Jengi, Florian Bery, Jeevs, & TYDE

We've been going through a lot of changes here at Tokyo Native. One of the most notable being our new venture, Resident Sound, an extension of Tokyo Native that focuses on bringing out foreign talent to Asia. While this brings more work to our plates, I just want to let you know that this won't affect the amount of great music we'll be sharing with you here. In fact, I actually think it has had the opposite effect; we feel reinvigorated and are motivated more than ever to provide you all with some more content.

As a way of saying thank you to everyone who has been supporting us, we put together our first instalment of Free Tunage, a selection of high-quality free downloads for your listening pleasure.

We've got a lot of cool things in the works, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated!

Thanks again for your continued support,

Mickey