Filastine

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Filastine

We'll never forget the time we saw Filastine playing an impromptu DJ set outside Koenji Station, as part of activist Hajime Matsumoto's anarchic campaign for the local elections (he didn't win, sadly). Such antics come naturally to this ghetto bass agitator, a former cab driver whose politicised, club-ready jams draw on the diverse influences absorbed during his trips around the world, from Moroccan drumming to Indonesian gamelan, cumbia to Brazilian carnival. His first Tokyo date in four years sees him accompanied by some of Tokyo's top sound system operatives, including Killer Bong, The Heavymanners and Rumi.