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499: Son of a LOUD
498: Funk D'Void
497: Phil Mison
496: Deetron
495: Carl Craig
494: London Electricity
493: Joaquin "Joe" Claussell
492: Pure-ifying Shibuya
491: Wire03
490: Outdoor bliss
489: Justin Robertson
488: Kinky Licks
487: Electric Knights
486: Plump DJs
485: James Hardway
484: Vanity
483: Derrick Carter
482: Sound Vortex
481: A Guy Called Gerald
480: In Action
479: David Morales
478: Swayzak
477: King Unique
476: Junkie XL
475: Etoiles
474: Body&SOUL
473: Bombay Records Night
472: Aril Brikha
471: Jazztronik
470: Dimitri From Paris
469: Alternative Hip-Hop Past and Present
468: Green Velvet
467: Sally Nyolo
466: Kerri Chandler
465: Asian Massive
464: Claude Young
463: Alex Paterson
462: Dego
461: Crave for a Groove
460: Towa Tei
459: Rebirth JAG III
457/8: New Year's Rundown
456: Dancelibre Christmas Special
455: Countdown 2003 Crystal Skulls
454: Electraglide
453: Freedom Villiage
452: Pacific High
451: Soundclash


by Don Crispy

Aril Brikha

Aril Brikha

Detroit techno, the hard, mechanistic dance music that launched the careers of a thousand DJs in the ’80s and ’90s, has been given a second life in Japan. Early pioneers like Derrick May make regular residencies and are worshipped as gods, while Japan has its own Detroit stylists in the form of DJ/producers like Ken Ishii.

Next Saturday, electronica promoters ArcTokyo, established by Detroit native and recent Tokyo transplant Laura Brown, brings to Air near Shibuya a lesser known figure of the Detroit diaspora, but one whose music rounds out the sharp, metallic edges of the style for a more soulful, melodic sound.

A DJ/producer from Stockholm, Sweden, Aril Brikha initially discovered electronic music through the likes of Europop outfits Depeche Mode and Jean Michel Jarre, before turning on to the abstract, futuristic sounds of Detroit producers such as Jeff Mills and his Underground Resistance confederates. Unhappy with the response his initial recordings were getting at home, Brikha fired off some demos to his favorite labels stateside, and was soon being released by none other than Derrick May himself.

May issued Brikha’s The Art of Vengeance EP featuring the track “Groove La Chord,” following it up with Brikha’s Departure in Time album on his key Transmat imprint. For those who sometimes find Detroit techno a bit cold, the album is full of warm string lines and easily graspable melodies—interestingly the antithesis of much of May’s work—and has resonated with both techno and house DJs.

Brikha is also renowned for his live sets, which have been appreciated from DEMF in Detroit to Fabric in London, and now in his upcoming Tokyo debut...

DJ Suv

Meanwhile, tomorrow night at Liquid Room, a key member of Roni Size’s Mercury Prize-winning Reprazent drum‘n’bass collective, DJ Suv mounts the DJ pulpit in the latest installment of Earth Planning’s long-running Drum & Bass Sessions.

In addition to his work with the Bristol collective, Suv has also amassed a significant body of work under his own name, including the sparkling, jazzy hit, “Do You Remember Me?” For Saturday’s gathering, he brings with him the new album, “Drum and Bass Fiesta,” in a night that will also feature the vocal gymnastics of special guest, MC Stamina from London.

Aril Brikha@Air, 4/19, 10pm, ¥3,500. Tel: 5784-3386.
Drum & Bass Sessions@Liquid Room, 4/12, 11:30pm, ¥3,500 (adv), ¥4,000 (door). Tel: 3200-6831.

Aril Brikha credit: ArcTokyo
DJ Suv credit: Liquid Room