Tokyo-based producer/DJ Takumi Kuwahara garnered a cult following when his hazy, hip-hop influenced productions went viral on Soundcloud in 2011, and his debut three-track EP, Lucky, followed shortly after. Notoriously mysterious, little is known about the Japanese producer, but he cites “love” as the theme for his 2012 EP, Blurrywonder, a five-track release that layers romantic dreampop atop his glitchy hip-hop sound.

Taquwami’s exclusive SSENSE mix opens with the bubbling, underwater sounds of Temporary Suicide’s Dubai Siren, then fades into looped vocals from Shlohmo’s post-dubstep remix of LOL Boys’ Changes, and Balam Acab’s reworking of Twin Sister’s dream pop number Kimmi in a Rice Field. Favouring ambient soundscapes throughout, the mix’s experimental electronic undertones - courtesy of artists like Chrome Sparks and Oneohtrix Point Never - are elevated with fluid, downtempo offerings from the likes of Arca, Dntel and Taquwami himself; he closes the mix with his own unreleased chillwave demo, Hate Winter.

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Temporary Suicide Dubai Siren

LOL Boys Changes (Shlohmo Remix)

Worshiper Stained Glass Bimbo

Twin Sister Kimmi In a Rice Field (Balam Acab Remix)

Chrome Sparks I'll Be Wait For Sadness Comes Along

Guerre See The Birds (Albatross Remix)

Oneohtrix Point Never Child Soldier

Arca Manners

Dntel Anywhere Anyone

Taquwami Hate Winter (Unreleased Demo)

Owwwls for SSENSE


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