by Don Crispy
Etoiles, the French house party that ended
a yearlong run at Yellow in January, is reborn in a new location
next Saturday with a CD release party for one of Frances
top DJs at Air.
A prolific producer, Joakim Bouaziz, aka DJ Joakim, discovered
electronica in his 20s. Passing a demo tape to Gilbert Cohen
aka DJ Gilb-r, owner of the influential Versatile label, led
to the release of his much-talked about debut, Tigersushi.
For his new release, Fantomes, however, Joakim dropped the
stylish, jazzy feel of the previous album for something rawer.
Fantomes takes a darker view of electronica, with cavernous
bass lines providing the foundation for twisted synth leads
and chopped vocoders on tracks like Are You Vegetarian?
The recent electro revival also figures largely in the album,
but Fantomes remains eclectic, with only the acid jazz beats
of Partly Fish, Partly Pauper, and the Steve Reich
minimalism of Into and La Mouette,
lightening the mood.
Also making the trip to Shibuyas Air from France will
be Versatiles Gilb-r, who will also be behind the decks.
In addition to Joakim, Gilb-r has worked with Daft Punk, 4Hero
and a bevy of other electronica heavyweights, putting Versatile
on the map since its founding in 1996
Meanwhile, next Friday offers an opportunity
to celebrate the King of Reggae on the 22nd anniversary of
his death. Bob Marley passed away in 1981, but his memory
is well and alive, particularly here in Japan, where Yellow
has been holding annual events to commemorate reggaes
This years tribute will again feature one of the key
figures in UK dub, Dennis Bovell. Perhaps best-known for backing
dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, bass player and singer Bovell
was one of the formative figures in the late 70s-early
80s UK dub scene. Throughout the 90s, he has been
an occasional visitor with LKJ and, more recently, on his
For Fridays event, Bovell brings with him lovers
rock-style singer Marie Pierre, who will join him on
stage with a band specially put together for the occasion,
the Japanese Dub Band. The evening will also include a look
at Marleys life and times through a slide show of the
photographs of Mitsuhiro Sugawara, and plenty of Marley classics
as spun by veteran reggae DJs Haruyasu Big H Kudoh
And finally, those of you looking to step out tonight might
consider a new event launching at Liquid Room that offers
a look at the latest sounds of Detroit Electro Base, sometimes
called Ghetto Base, Miami Base, or Booty Music. A breakneck
form of techno, usually at over 150bpm, the style will be
represented at Liquid Room in the event Ghetto Base Electro
Bash! by DJ Assault and DJ 3000 (Electrofunk/Submerge/UR),
with a live set by AuxMen (formerly Aux 88).
Etoiles@Air, 5/10, 11:30pm, ¥3,000.
King of Reggae@Yellow, 5/9, 10pm, ¥3,000 (adv), ¥3,500
(door). Tel: 03-3479-0690.
Ghetto Base Electro Bash!@Liquid Room, 5/2, ¥3,500 (adv),
¥4,000 (door). Tel: 03-3200-6831.