After Dark: Skam

"In order to dance…stupidly!!"

Key UK experimental electronica label Skam will be presenting a showcase of its latest downtempo and abstract flavors at Liquid Room. Meanwhile, American jazz vibraphonist-cum-house legend Roy Davis Jr. will debut at Air for an evening of live instrumentals and warm, uplifting beats.

Based in Manchester, Skam was originally formed as a vehicle for ambient techno pioneers Autechre's more dance-friendly material. Maintaining a low profile, Sean Booth and Rob Brown of Autechre stubbornly refuse to cave in to the demands of the media for human faces, offering only abstract images and sounds on their Skam website (

In addition to Autechre material in their Gescom incarnation, the label has also released the work of a slew of cutting-edge electronica knob-twisters, including Boards of Canada, Funkstorung and Push Button Objects. While the label is mum on who will be making the trip to Tokyo, if previous Skam shows are any indication, the event could offer sounds ranging from abstract to experimental hip hop to electro to jungle to areas even further afield…

Turning to the opposite end of the dance music spectrum, house producer and DJ Roy Davis Jr. will be touching down at Air in Daikanyama to climax a weeklong Japan tour.

A DJ in the Chicago school of house, Davis has been riding high since his 2000 release, "Unreleased Basement Traxx Vol. 2," was selected "house hit" of the month by respected British dance 'zine Jockey Slut.

The success led to the release of last year's full-length, Traxx from the Nile, which showcased what Davis called his "soul electronica" style. It also opened many doors for Davis in the recording studio, with recent remixing work for the likes of Eric Benet, Faith Evans and D'Angelo.

Roy Davis Jr.

Supporting Davis will be a Tokyo-based band that has recently been appearing all over town at venues like Womb and Module. Formed only in the fall of 2001, the Modernday Soothsayers have quickly established themselves among fans of both live and dance music with their catchy blend of jazz funk and poetry.

The band is comprised of Tokyo-based Canadian poet Marcellus Nealy, with Kuni (tr/kb), Armin (dr) and Tekeshi (bs) providing a propulsive accompaniment. They recently collaborated with producer Davis for a track on his Men From The Nile II album, and cite artists such as Miles Davis and Gil Scott Heron among their influences.

Skam@Liquid Room, 5/25, 10pm, ¥4,000 (adv), ¥4,500 (door). Tel: 3200-6831. Roy Ayers@Air, 5/25, 10pm, ¥3,500. Info: Global Hearts 6415-6231.

Skam credit: Hostess Entertainment
Roy Davis Jr. credit: Groove Kitchen

B u y  i t  o n l i n e !
Tokyo Night City

449: Utsumi Izuru
448: Jeff Mills
447: CJ Bolland
446: Play Label Presents: The Mighty Quark
445: Tokyo London Clash
444: Slinky Tokyo
443: David Alvarado
442: Lee "Scratch" Perry; Mad Professor
441: Salsa Libre en Velfarre
440: Nuphoria III
439: Wire02
438: Hotaka Mountain Festival '02
437: Free parties
436: Dub Above Jazz
435: Metamorphose
434: Andrew Weatherall
433: Solstice Music Festival
432: Cassius
431: Algorithm
430: If? So!! ...What?
429: Jose Padilla
428: Flak
427: Balance
426: Norma Jean Bell
425: Skam
424: Daz Saund
423: MODA
422: Body & SOUL
421: Music of the Sphere
420: Velfarre Cyber Trance
419: Danny Howells and Kenny Ken
418: Detox
417: Soul City Scandal
416: Jeff Mills
415: Frankie Knuckles
414: Isolated Audio Players
413: Living Floor
412: Hernan Catteneo
411: Derrick May
410: Return to the Source
409: Kenny Dope
408: Basement Jaxx
407: Jerome Sydenham
406: Rebirth Jag
405: Co-Fusion
403: Seismic Frequencies
402: Crystal Skulls
401: Adam Freeland
400: Electraglide



Visit JapanToday the leading online source of Japan news!


New Page 1