Timely is a DJ event spinning wamono (Japanese) music, primarily “city-pop” --- a genre of music originated in the 70s in Japan that has been recently revitalized worldwide. The DJ event is hosted by YNO, a Japanese DJ collective (Kapsoul, Ricky, and Chikaramanga), who are fanatics of music and deep-cut culture. This “only vinyl” performance is held at The Mermaid (428 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) on the last Friday of every month . Beyond city-pop, Timely also offers a wide range of other wamono music, including rock, rap, arcade and anime songs, soul/R&B, and minimalist composers, which is carefully curated by YNO. Timely has become a popular event because of their original style, gathering the LA Japanese community, music lovers, vinyl fanatics, and locals into one place.
Timely Friday, January 31st (the last Friday of every month) 10pm - 2am @The Mermaid (428 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) NO COVER, 21+
YNO, Yellow Ningen Organization, is a Japanese DJ collective that was formed in Downtown LA in the spring of 2010 by long-time friends, Kapsoul, Ricky, and Chikaramanga. Kapsoul is a beat-maker and DJ who has been playing an active part in LA’s underground music scene, solidifying his role as a unique music event promoter. Ricky, the CEO and creative director of a popular downtown shop Popkiller, which handles original T-shirts, vintage clothing, and records, has established a following in the local DJ scene as a pioneer in Japanese pop culture in LA. Chikaramanga, a member of hip-hop group Giant Panda and the founder and co-owner of hip-hop label TRES, has gained notoriety in the LA music scene as a beat maker, DJ, and MC. Although these creatives established their careers in separate fields, they were brought together through their love of city-pop. City-pop was a genre of music popularized in Japan in the 70s through the 80s. Recently, there has been a revival in city-pop worldwide. These forty-something Japanese guys grew up listening to the original iteration of city-pop. Needless to say, they are excellent curators in the genre. Based on their concept of “only vinyl,” they formed YNO in order to introduce city-pop to LA’s music scene but at the same time expand the genre. YNO is currently hosting a monthly event called Timely at The Mermaid (428 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012). For an “only vinyl” wamono performance by these three Japanese aficionados, check out Timely.
I can't believe it has already been more than a few weeks since we had the release party. The party was amazing. We had such a great time. I would like to thank Ricky at Popkiller, Newman (of Giant Panda), Thes One (of PUTS), and everyone who came to support. These are photos from the party.
Left to Right: Comel (Time Machine), Newman (Giant Panda), Chikaramanga (Giant Panda), ESQ
Thes One (PUTS)
Doronko Beats T-Shirts will be available on Tres website soon.
Newman a.k.a. Alex Boomin (Giant Panda)
I brought two of my Akai MPC60 and set them up with a DJ mixer like a turntable setup. I did a beat set with it for about an hour. It was my first time doing something like that, but I think it came out pretty good.
We are going to have album release party for Chikaramanga "Doronko Beats" in Los Angeles on May 19th, 2018. I, Chikaramana, am going to bring two MPC60s and do a beat set and Newman of Giant Panda is going to do a special DJ set to celebrate the release and relaunch of the label.
We will have "Doronko Beats" LPs and T shirts for sale at the event.
Here is the info of the party. RSVP from the link at the bottom.
Chikaramanga (of Giant Panda) “Doronko Beats” Album Release Party