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by Don Crispy

Pacific High

Spacetime Continuum, a.k.a. Jonah Sharp

US club culture from opposite coasts and ends of the musical dial will provide a glimpse of the New York and San Francisco scenes in two events next Friday at Milk and Air. Meanwhile, the resurgent UK hip-hop scene is the focus of an event at Module.

While last week's column introduced a new event being staged by a recently established American promoter with roots in Detroit techno, ArcTokyo, this week we turn to San Francisco's club scene.

New Tokyo transplant Aeon Karris of San Francisco's Proto Tracks electronica CD subscription series is staging Pacific High to promote what she says is the excellent but little-known San Francisco techno scene. For the event at Milk in Ebisu, she has booked one of the city's most influential ambient and experimental techno artists.

Spacetime Continuum, a.k.a. Jonah Sharp, was one of the prime movers in San Francisco's '90s rave scene, first getting heads nodding to the release of 1994's Flourescence on his Reflective Records imprint. The record became an instant ambient classic and heralded a new era of intelligent techno from the blissed out city on the West Coast. Sharp has since gone on to work with some of electronica's signature artists, including Carl Craig, Matthew Herbert and Mixmaster Morris.

Groove Collective

In an attempt at a “fusion of the hip-hop crews and technoheads in Tokyo,” the gig will pair Jonah's laptop wizardry with the human beatbox skills of US rapper Radioactive. Recently featured in the documentary film “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme,” Radioactive has also been seen on MTV in the acclaimed single, “Rock The Nation.” The rapper is known for crossing genres, equally comfortable in his native hip-hop context as he is with artists in the jam band and electronica scenes.

With local DJs Kan Takagi and Khuv providing support, Pacific High's hip-hop-meets-techno exploration should prove an interesting contrast to this weekend's jazz-saxophone-meets-Detroit-techno outing staged by ArcTokyo...

Turning from San Francisco to New York, and from Ebisu to nearby Daikanyama, Groove Kitchen's excellent Nuphoria series welcomes New York jam-jazz-funk outfit Groove Collective for its upcoming event at Air.
Formed in downtown New York in 1990 by flutist Richard Worth, DJ Smash and rapper Nappy G, Groove Collective had expanded to an 11-piece by the time it issued its self-titled debut album in 1993. Going on to work with the likes of James Brown and Erykah Badu, the group has also been a staple at New York's nomadic dance club Giant Steps.

At Air they are joined by Nuphoria resident DJ Marshall, with esteemed guests, Tokyo-based house DJs Alex from Tokyo and Kenji Hasegawa. Live painting by Ponzi and a dance performance by Ryang Sil will fill out the evening...

Finally, at Module, Lowlife Records, which has been at the forefront of the recent resurgence in UK hip-hop, is hosting an event featuring Lowlife resident DJ Tuco and a number of Tokyo hip-hop DJs. Says promoter and DJ, Tokyo's Ben Faulkner, a.k.a. Soul Assassin: “We rarely have any UK hip-hop DJs here in Tokyo, so showcasing Tuco and Lowlife is a great way of opening peoples' ears and eyes to this new sound.”


Pacific High@Milk, 11/29, 10pm, ¥3,000 (adv), ¥3,500 (door). Tel: 5458-2826. www.milk-tokyo.com
Nuphoria@ Air, 11/29, 9pm, ¥3,500. Tel: 5784-3386. www.cep-tv.net
Livin' Proof@Module, 11/29, 10pm, ¥2500 w/1d or ¥2000 + flyer w1/d. Tel: 3462-8432. www.clubmodule.com

Jonah Sharp credit: Proto Tracks