by Don Crispy
credits: Arc Tokyo
Two events being staged by Tokyo's diverse foreign community
of dance music activists are on the table next weekend. At
Air, ArcTokyo kicks off its Sonic Curtain Series with the
party Soundclash featuring Detroit DJ Recloose. Meanwhile
at Ism, Tokyo-based tech house unit SG3 will offer a live
set as part of the second Flak records party.
With a mind to bridge electronic and traditional forms
of music, ArcTokyo is jumping in at the deep end, choosing
the spacious Air venue in Daikanyama for its first big event.
Having grown up in Detroit, I had the chance of hearing
a lot of electronic music being performed with live musicians,
explains ArcTokyo's Laura Brown. We want to bring
this hybrid-type of performance to Tokyo, to help our audiences
understand that electronic musical forms have roots in solid
traditions. Soundclash will be a revival of sorts, adds
Brown, bringing together the experimental live productions
of previous collaborators DJ Recloose (Planet E) with saxophonist
Since his stint as a turntablist with Carl Craig's Innerzone
Orchestra, Recloose has become one of Detroit's most
sought after producers and DJs, with his recent Cardiology
album climbing the dance charts in the US and Europe. Colin
Stetson, meanwhile, was heavily featured on Tom Waits'
two new albums, Alice and Blood Money, touring with Waits
throughout the US.
credit: Flak Records
The event will be a reunion for the two, who reportedly during
their time together in Detroit heated up dance floors with
their improvisatory performances. Stetson will also be performing
solo the following evening at Low in Shibuya to launch his
O album release tour. The pair will be joined at Air by resident
French house ambassador in Tokyo, DJ Alex from Tokyo...
Turning to the cozy Ism, Aussie expat Jamie Knight's
Flak records will be hosting a night of deep, progressive
and tech house featuring a live set by SG3, a production unit
comprised of Knight and fellow Tokyo resident Dave Gee. Following
their second world-released 12", Head Space,
SG3 have been garnering the support of some dance music heavyweights,
including Laurent Garnier and Luke Slater.
In addition to SG3, Flak records resident DJs Haru Kodah,
Jamie Knight and guest Randy Poslek will be keeping
it hard and deep until the early hours. Knight adds
that the party will be filmed for an upcoming music video,
and that things are moving along quite well for
Soundclash@Air, 11/22, 10pm, ¥4,000.
Tel: 5784-3386. www.air-tokyo.com
Flak@Ism, 11/23, 11pm, ¥2,500. Tel: 3780-6302.