After Dark:
Jerome Sydenham

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 year.
"There isn't really an Ibadan sound," Sydenham said in an interview with "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, Ryo Watanabe.
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, ¥3,500.
Tel: 03-3479-0690.
Module: B1-B2F M&I Bldg, 34-6,
Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku.
Tel: 3464-8432.

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