I’m sure I don’t need to tell any of you about the horror of the recent events in Japan, the news has been as unavoidable as it has been upsetting. As someone living here in the west (who also happens to have family and friends in Japan), it is also extremely frustrating – what can we do to help?

The only thing, it seems, is to give money to the relief effort – and when that has been done try and encourage and inspire others to do the same. Its the latter part that is the hardest – words seem inadequate at times like this. Music, however, has always been one of the first places I turn to when in need of emotional support and expression.

Along with anime and manga, I have long associated Techno with Japan. Not just because it provides the perfect soundtrack to exploring Tokyo’s neon canyons, but also because the country has embraced the sound since it first emerged in the late ’80s. Much of the Techno I play is harsh, industrial and cyberpunk in its nature – dystopian even. While it provides disturbingly fitting background music to news reports of carnage and potential nuclear disaster, that is the last thing any of us need right now. So instead I have been digging in the (virtual) crates for tunes that feel positive, optimistic and – perhaps most importantly – futuristic and forward looking. The mix below below is not a soundtrack for catastrophe, but instead one for reconstruction and new beginnings. In many ways, the true essence of both Techno and the spirit of the Japanese people.

Listen, download – and then DONATE.

Click here to donate via the US Red Cross

In the US text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Click here to donate via the British Red Cross

Click here to donate via iTunes

Click here to donate to Doctors Without Borders

Japan: Positive Future Frequencies by Shinohara H-Industries