by Don Crispy
Bombay Records Night
|Frederic Blais aka Fred
Amid the parade of big-name, big-budget superstar DJs emptying
Japanese wallets (Paul Oakenfold, the worlds most expensive
DJ, hits town April 26), a figure less familiar to Tokyo clubbers
will be bringing the sounds of Canadian house to Tokyo this
Saturday at La Fabrique.
Frederic Blais aka Fred Everything has been a lynchpin of
the Montreal rave scene since he first opened for Sasha in
1993. Releasing tracks for key techno imprints like 2020 Vision
and hitting top clubs worldwide, from Plastic People in London
to Batofar in Paris to Centro-Fly in NYC, Blais has also lent
his remixing skills to everyone from Roy Davis Jr. to Missy
Elliot. A new album is due out on 2020, with dub reggae and
flamenco influences on Blais house beats and vocal contributions
from Rise Ashen, Karl The Voice and others.
The night will also serve as an overall introduction to the
sounds of Blais Bombay Records. Based out of Montreal,
Bombay is the citys first and most prestigious international
house label. Specializing in the deeper and more exotic sounds
of house, the imprint has seen releases from artists such
as Roy Davis Jr. and Derrick Carter, in addition to Blais
own Fred Everything tracks.
As part of a Bombay Records mini-Asian tour, the event will
also feature DJ Decode, a pioneer of the emerging Seoul house
music scene. Rounding out the night will be Nuphoria resident
DJ Marshall as well as Dubstract DJ Jaybee, teaming up again
after launching the SCI-Fi party in Tokyo over three years
Looking ahead to next weekend, a posse of German experimental
electronica artists will be making their Japan debut when
Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players set up shop at Liquid
Room next Friday.
Working in a space also inhabited by post-rock explorers Tortoise
and Mouse On Mars, Burnt Friedman is one of the dons of Germanys
leftfield electronica scene. For last years Playing
Secret Rhythms (NonPlace) album, he recorded a series of jams
with legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit, and then deconstructed
the results on his Macintosh G4 for an effect that was simultaneously
rhythmic and abstract.
Liebezeit will be making the trip to Japan, as will highly
touted avant-garde guitarist Josef Suchy, in a night that
should test the limits of what can be considered dance music...
And as for the worlds most expensive DJ, Paul Oakenfolds
credentials as one of the launchers of the late 80s
acid house boom, and producer of one of the greatest albums
of the 90s (Happy Mondays Pills n
Thrills and Bellyaches), are not in doubt. But what has he
done for us lately?
Well, the answer is his most recent album, last years
Bunkka on his respected Perfecto imprint. While primarily
known as a remixer, Oakenfold on this album put together a
selection of mostly original tracks, composed with partner
Andy Gray. High on production values, the album was criticized
for trying to cover too many bases, with stabs at big beat,
experimental, female singer/songwriter electronica, and hip-hop
in addition to Oakies bread and butter progressive house.
The wildcard of the evening will come when Oakenfold and special
guest, Italian house star DJ Daniele Davoli, turn over the
decks to the Japanese winner of sponsor Heinekens Found@Thirst
emerging talent competition.
Soul City Industries Presents Bombay
Records Night@La Fabrique, 4/19, 11pm, ¥3,000. Tel: 5428-5100.
Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players@Liquid Room, 4/25,
10pm, ¥4,000 (adv), ¥4,500 (door). Tel: 3200-6831.
Paul Oakenfold Thirst Tour 2003@Studio Coast, 4/26, 10pm,
¥6,000 (adv), ¥7,000 (door). Info: Creativeman 5466-0777.