Returning artist Stereociti released his first full-length album “Kawasaki” on Mojuba. It was highly acclaimed by both dance music fans and critics, and is already regarded as a milestone in the history of deep house music. His sources of influence are not only House and Techno music from Chicago and Detroit, but Jazz, Fusion, Dub, Rare Grooves and Japanese pop music of the 80’s. Many Berliners know Akirahawks: discreet but firmly grounded in the hauptstadt night community, he’s one of its best hidden gems. Since Akirahawks settled down for good in Europe’s electronic mecca, he has been spreading thick sheets of intergalactic space-funk over various crowds at local clubs. Also deeply involved in the record label game, Akirahawks runs the ‘House Mannequin’ imprint alongside his label partner Shingo Suwa. Pushing quality over quantity, the releases are known for their raw, alternative and versatile disco / house sounds and are an accurate reflection of Akira‘s tastes and selections when he’s playing out. And indeed Japan’s Shingo Suwa is on hand as well tonight, who began his career as a producer/DJ in 2004 and decided to move to Berlin in late 2005. In early 2008 he founded his own label Merkur Schallplatten, with seven EPs that have received wide underground recognition. Shingo Suwa’s fresh groovy vibes have kept him very busy in the scene.