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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

DJ Joakim

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 France’s 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 Shibuya’s Air from France will be Versatile’s 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…

Dennis Bovell

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 reggae’s prophet.

This year’s 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 own.

For Friday’s 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 Marley’s 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 Hirose’X…

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. Tel: 03-5784-3386.

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.

credit: Versatile