Nigo (Mo Wax) Nigo is the Japanese mastermind behind A Bathing Ape, the hottest T-shirt imprint in London and Tokyo right now (the latest Ts come in mock soup tins). James Lavelle is boss of London's sassy record label Mo Wax, a one-time Stussy groupie and ardent Ape-head. The pair have pulled together the slickest, most ultra-hip, cross-city collective of faces, DJs and musicians since the legendary Stussy Tribe of the late 1980s. Whereas Stussyites just got a personalised jacket to hang out in, the new Ape crew get to let loose in expensive recording studios. Modern jazz played on decks and samplers, Ape Sounds has got tracks written and performed by such luminaries as Money Mark, Ben Lee, Cornelius, Boze and Takagi Kan (Natural Calamity, Major Force) and Lavelle himself. Nigo doesn't actually play anything, and uses Tokyo DJ Kudo to translate his concepts into reality in the studio. Like a museum tour of 1990s sounds, the extended Ape family segue through Hong Kong-flavoured hip-hop, Latin disco, cute pop, slacker acoustic rock, laid-back dub and soul. Among the genre-hopping eclecticism, stand-out tracks include Money Mark's Simple Song, one of two titles written by 'the fourth Beastie Boy' Mark Nishita, and the punk-rockabilly fireball Jet Set, by the seminal Japanese hip-hop scenester and musical provocateur Takagi Kan. Low-slung and edgy: very ape.