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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

Justin Robertson

Justin Robertson

Two parties on the event horizon look promising this coming weekend: one features a rare appearance by the DJ who taught the young Sasha and Chemical Brothers to buy records; the other brings together some of the major players in the Japanese house and trance scenes of the past decade.

Justin Robertson rose to prominence in 1990 in Manchester by launching the Spice club sessions, a name that Tokyo promoter Koji Tsubouchi took for his now well-established Spice! parties at Yellow in Nishi-Azabu, which will be a sort of homecoming for Robertson this Friday.

The party provided a meeting place for likeminded folks such as the Chemical Brothers (at that time the Dust Brothers), while alongside Andrew Weatherall, Robertson subsequently became among the most prominent of a new wave of DJs, with his sets at Manchester's Most Excellent club making him well-known within the dance music community.

Subsequent high points have included remixing for Bjork, New Order and many others, while Robertson also performed through the '90s as part of the Lionrock unit that spawned dance-floor hits such as "Carnival." More recently, he ditched the designation for his first production album under his own name, 2001's Revtone…

Meanwhile, Project X ("Mistresses of Magic and Masters of Illusion") next Saturday promises to be an unusual event in that it crosses the usually impassible boundaries between house and trance, blending them with a touch of the erotic. The event came about as a result of house promoter Luciano Uchizono (Protocol) joining forces with Tania Miller (Vision Quest), both of whom have been organizing parties for the better part of a decade, along with design and performance direction from Keziah Xavael. "The idea is to mix in one night all genres of electronic music and later build it into a music festival," says Uchizono, across the conference table at Metropolis.

Project X joins the growing ranks of fetish parties, and will feature erotic performances and live experimental music from Tokyo-based R-Deeper fronted by singer Rina, as well as a formidable range of DJ sets. DJs from the house world include Simon Eve, associated with the UK's premiere React records label, Jet More from Australia, Roger from Brazil, and former Protocol resident Taka. From the trance scene, the names reflect Vision Quest's association with the Israeli trance world, with Skazi, Avi "Space Cat" and Invision being joined by domestic veteran of the seminal Equinox trance parties, Kotaro…

Finally, word has just come in that New York monster DJ and Madonna remixer Junior Vasquez will once again be bringing his over-the-top progressive house to the turntables of a Tokyo club, after opening Womb (punters lined up to pay ¥10,000) three years ago. The Sound Factory and Twilo veteran will be spinning on a far more affordable basis in Brand New Made's Junior's World event this time, so look for even the massive bayside Ageha/Studio Coast to fill up quickly.

Spice!@Yellow, 8/15, 10pm, ¥3,500. Tel: 3479-0690

Project X@TSK Building (ex-Pylon), 8/16, 10pm, ¥4,000 (w/costume), ¥5,000. Info: 3401-6003

Junior's World@Studio Coast, 8/16, 10pm, ¥5,250 (adv), ¥7,000 (door). Tel: 5534-1515

photo credit: Fareast Underground