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by Don Crispy

New Year's Rundown

NYC house icon Danny Tenaglia

I don't know what's going on this New Year's Eve in London and New York, but with some of the world's finest DJs booked for New Year's Eve parties in Tokyo, our city is once again staking its claim as a world capital of dance culture.

First nod this year goes to Studio Coast, the new warehouse club opening tonight in the bayside Kiba district. Following a strong launch week that will see DJ Rolando (tonight), Timmy Regisford and Little Louie Vega (Saturday), and Alan Thomspon (Sunday) getting things moving, the 2,000-capacity club goes into overdrive for its New Year's Eve party with a long-overdue Tokyo appearance by NYC house icon Danny Tenaglia (pictured above).

It's been five years since Tenaglia was in Tokyo, and judging by the line around the block of customers waiting to pay $50 when this writer went to see the DJ last July at Arc in New York, the man has been burnishing his image.

The Brooklyn, NYC native's résumé is far to long to begin to get into here, but let's just say that the name-dropping stretches from residencies at Twilo and Sound Factory, back to Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage. Of late, Tenaglia's unabashedly emotional hard house has been heard at Arc, on releases for Global Underground, and on remixes for everyone from Madonna to New Order...
Second nod goes to Liquid Room's annual bash at Ebisu Garden Hall, which never fails to present a bumper crop of Japan's most creative DJs. This year looks to follow up on tradition, with those set to man the decks including hip-hop/electro godfather DJ Krush, Toshio Matsuura of club jazz unit UFO, and tribal house producer Kaoru Inoue. Live acts will also be on hand including, from the UK, the eccentric jazz-inflected techno of Max Tundra, and from Japan, keyboardist wunderkind Rei Harakami…

Third nod goes to Shibuya's Womb, which, for those into harder four-to-the-floor beats, looks like the place to be with two stalwarts of techno—Sven Vath and Richie Hawtin—combining forces for a bruising all-night, 12-hour set. Germany's Vath helped launch the trance boom with his seminal discs in the early '90s, while Canada's Hawtin is one of the most important of the second generation Detroit DJs. The pair have just come off a summer residency at Ibiza's Cocoon Club, the results of which can be heard on the new disc Cocoon Club, Ibiza: The Sound of the Third Season (Novamute)…
Fourth nod goes to Yellow, where Nigerian-born, NYC-based DJ/producer Jerome Sydenham will be on hand with the warm, uplifting house beats of his new Space Lab Yellow special compilation, created just for this occasion. Sydenham's New Year's visits to Yellow seem to be becoming something of a tradition…

And due to space limitations our final nod goes to Slinky, the UK super-party that is closing down with a bang on New Year's Eve after a three-month Tokyo residency. For its send-off, Slinky has booked drum ‘n' bass kingpins Fabio and Grooverider.

Credit: Victor Spinelli Jr