by Don Crispy
Two of the more influential forces in New
York house and Detroit techno are in residence this weekend,
while next weekend the focus turns to the cutting edge in
experimental UK electronica.
A DJ who debuted at age 9, Kerri Chandler is widely viewed
as one of the best house producers and remixers to emerge
in the 90s. Chandler mounts the pulpit at Yellow tomorrow
night to spin tracks off his first original album in six years
in a Trionosphere album release party.
Born and bred in New Jersey, Chandler honed his technique
in his home state before hitting New Yorks club scene.
Tracks for key labels King Street and Strictly Rhythm, and
his own Madhouse Records, established him as one of houses
top producers by the early 90s. Known for dancefloor
anthems like I Got that Feeling, Chandler in an
online bio describes his sound as jazz-based, dark,
from a street level, which is where Im coming from,
so I believe in the underground.
When asked about his relationship with King Street Recordsowned
by Japanese transplant Hisa IshiokaChandler answers,
Ishioka has allowed me to take my craft in the direction
I felt like taking it. As opposed to most labels which are
mainly interested in me recreating something Ive done
in the past...
Turning from the rounded edges of New York house to the hard-boiled
beats of Detroit, one of the legends of Detroit techno concludes
a month-long residency at Ageha tomorrow night.
A pioneer of Detroit techno in the early 1980s, Derrick May
helped to define the unique blend of disco and electronic
music through releases for his Transmat label. A formidable
DJ whose manic manipulations have had Japanese trainspotters
taking notes for the last decade, May winds up a residency
at the vast new bayside club Ageha in the company of one of
Japans finest, Detroit-influenced DJ/producer Ken Ishii
Next weekend, finally, sees Hostess Entertainment staging
another one of its quirky events at Liquid Room. Run by English
expat Plug Lazenby, Hostess has promoted a slew of unusual
events including a tour last year by electronica wunderkind
Matthew Herbert and his big band.
This weekends event, meanwhile, presents artists on
the Peacefrog label roster. The label has been at the forefront
of UK techno for the last decade, nurturing influential acts
like Luke Slater. The upcoming Peacefrog tour is anchored
by a live set from one of its current bright lights, Ian OBrian.
Inspired by Detroit techno, but with his own utterly unique
approach, OBrian has established a strong body of work
including his landmark debut album, Desert Scores, released
in 1997. In Japan he has also released material for Toys
Factory, and in 1999 scored a surprise hit with a song for
the anime program, Cowboy Bebop. In addition to
OBrian, Matthew Herbert will be on hand as DJ, along
with Charles Webster, who is slated for a three-hour set.
Kerri Chandler@Yellow, 3/1, 10pm,
¥3,500. Tel: 3479-0690.
Ageha@Studio Coast, 3/1, 11pm, ¥3,000. Tel: 5534-2525.
The Peacefrog Tour@Liquid Room, 3/7, 11pm, ¥3.800. Tel:
Kerri Chandler credit:
Ian OBrian credit: Liquid Room