Club Yellow—which just celebrated its tenth anniversary—maintains close
ties with the New York house scene that sees regular visits by top-flight
DJs such as Francois K and Kerri Chandler. Next Saturday, New York DJ
and Chandler associate Jerome Sydenham brings his tribal grooves to Yellow
as part of his Japan Ibadan 2002 tour.
Born in Ibadan, Nigeria to an English father and Jamaican mother, Sydenham
was schooled in England before moving to New York in the early '80s. Those
diverse roots today influence his work, and echoes of Africa as well as
cutting-edge dance floor sounds can be heard in his music.
Sydenham first became involved in the New York club scene in the mid-'80s,
procuring a residency at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightspot Nell's,
by 1987. He next spent a five-year stint as A&R man with Atlantic
Records, where he worked with acts such as En Vogue and Simply Red.
In search of an outlet for his underground dance music interests, he
founded Ibadan Recordings in 1995, bringing in Kerri Chandler as remixer
and co-conspirator. Their skill lay in bringing in top New York session
musicians to add a live, warm touch to their contemporary house grooves.
Highly regarded releases include last year's Joe Clausell compilation,
Language, and Sydenham and Chandler's own Saturday, released earlier this
"There isn't really an Ibadan sound," Sydenham said in an interview
with fatsouls.com "Ibadan has a principle to make high-quality music
that covers all areas of electronic music, acoustic dance music, ultimately
jazz funk, jazz and maybe even hip hop and R&B."
Yellow says that Sydenham is putting together a special, limited-edition
mix CD in honor of the club's anniversary that will be made available
to partygoers. Joining Sydenham at Yellow will be Tokyo-based house DJ,
Meanwhile, in related news, Yellow has taken over the management of Shibuya
club Cave—one of Tokyo's oldest underground dance clubs—and reopened it
under a new name, Module. Cave was one of the first Tokyo clubs to present
house, techno and trance DJs on a regular basis, and was pivotal in the
growth of club culture here, but had recently fallen on hard times.
The reopening under Yellow's aegis should boost the club's ability to
book quality DJs, and reinforces the shift of Tokyo's clubbing epicenter
to Shibuya. It will be open mainly on weekends and is booking veteran
Japanese house, progressive house, UK garage and techno DJs such as DJ
Gomi and Dee-S, as well as emerging talents.
Module will also welcome the return to the decks after a nearly three-year
break of veteran Tokyo DJ Patrick, who will be hosting a regular event,
MODA (Music of Dance and Art), spinning his spicy blend of house, acid
jazz and bossa nova.
Ibadan 2002@Yellow, 1/19, 10pm,
Module: B1-B2F M&I Bldg, 34-6,