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8 Things to know about Sapphire Slows


We’ve got a soft spot for Tokyo-based artist Sapphire Slowswho produces drifting synthwave with hints of dreampop. After the brutal earthquakes in Japan in 2011, she decided to chase her dream and launch a music career. And now, she’s blowing us away with this ethereal new wave sound. 

Can’t wait to check out Sapphire Slows IRL? Subbacultcha members can attend her performance for free on 6 April during Dreaming the Dreamhouse at the Minimal Music Festival at Muziekgebouw ‘t IJ, taking place from 3 to 7 April ♡

So here are 8 more things you need to know about Sapphire Slows:

  • All tracks are made in her bedroom.
  • A sapphire is a transparent precious stone, typically blue, which is a variety of corundum (aluminium oxide) or a small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colours in its plumage and a short tail.
  • The cover art of her albums is just as crisp and colourful.
  • Google her ‘Romantic Acid Night Driving’ playlist – it’s amazing.
  • Released on many incredible labels such as Big Love, Not Not Fun and 100% Silk.
  • Loves a beer before the show (spotted on Instagram @sapphireslows)
  • Digital sounds, synthpop, and a drone-like hazy voice.
  • For the best night in your life, in your headphones, check our her 80’s Mega Mix.

The cherry on the pie? Subbacultcha members can also catch Sapphire’s DJ set for free. She’ll be performing alongside Kate NV, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Garland, Driftmachine and Phillip Jondo at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ as part of Minimal Music Festival.  Find more info on the Subbacultcha event page