Sam Reed aka Tokyo Prose has established himself in the top echelon of world-wide liquid Drum & Bass producers. His tunes have found themselves into the crates of artists like Calibre, Marcus Intalex, DJ Marky, Presha, London Elektricity, Lenzman, SpectraSoul, Logistics, and many more.

He was first snapped up by Samurai Music back in 2008, when Tokyo Prose were still a duo. Three years later came a breakthrough double-pack 'Introducing Tokyo Prose’, featuring standout tunes "Saving Grace” and "Rose Without Rain".

Collaborations with Soul:R’s Phil Tangent and NZ’s Fis soon followed and showcased the versatility of the Tokyo Prose sound. After relocation to the UK signings to Hospital Records and Sun & Bass Recordings were seen as stepping stones leading to 2014's mighty debut album ‘Presence’.

‘Presence’ marked the culmination of Reed’s musical exploration and evolution up until that point - encapsulating the soulful, emotive vibrancy of the Tokyo Prose sound, now fully formed and refined. It is as complete of a Drum & Bass album as you will find; varying BPM's and featuring artists throughout - every track leading into the next with pin-point precision.

Clever introductions of celebrated vocalists DRS, Riya and Fox, with collaborators including Lenzman, Synkro and LSB push Reed's variation whilst keeping a polished aesthetic with a firm focus on musicality and groove.

Reed's stint living and DJing in the UK took his career to a new level. He returned home to New Zealand mid way through 2015, allowing him to further focus on his music. The 'Dawn Chorus EP' was released on Samurai Red Seal and featured four varied, blissful tracks pressed on a stunning gold 12" record.

Soon after saw his first feature on Marcus Intalex's hugely respected label Soul:R  with 'Tell Me', on the 5th edition of the popular Fourfit series . That was followed by a couple of tunes on another established label, BCee's Spearhead Records; again working with LSB on his 'About Tonight EP' ('It Finds You') and a remix of BCee’s 'The River Runs Dry'. He has also recently helped to launch Hybrid Minds’ new self-titled label; with a Tokyo Prose remix of the vocal anthem 'Touch' (featuring Tiffani Juno) starring on the flip.



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February 13, 2018 — Charlie B