Two innovative artists from Japan and a French import to Berlin headline this edition of Thursdays. Stereociti was first discovered by Mike Huckaby in 2007. The Detroit legend introduced the Japanese producer to the world on his radio show. Immediately after the broadcast of the program, Stereociti released his debut EP “Citifunk EP”, then joined a compilation “Up to the Surface” with producers such as Baaz and Scott Ferguson. In 2011 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, Japanese pop music of the 80’s and his mother who is a player/composer of traditional Japanese musical instruments. Kazuki Yamaguchi is Kez YM: hailing from Japan and based in Berlin, Kez YM has steadily been building an impeccable discography ever since his debut EP “Sweetly Confused” on Gerd’s 4Lux label, with EPs on Yore (noticeably the cult “City Soul EP”), Deep Explorer, Faces, City Fly and others. His fusion of soul-infused Detroit Beatdown-inspired productions have got the nod from Moodymann, Larry Heard, Osunlade, Jimpster, Cassy and many more, and his recent releases sees him refine his signature sound even further, marking Kez YM out as one of the premier Japanese DJs bringing that true-school house flavor to the party with ceaseless energy and grooves. Since relocating to Berlin at the turn of the decade, French duo Arcarsenal have gone on to position themselves as proponents of music as warm as their personalities. Using their shared studio as a base from which they craft their productions, the analogue set-up and penchant for improvisation and jams has led to enthralling releases on mighty Underground Quality, aside their own Bass Cadet Records imprint.