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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


Jeff Mills

Since the mid '90s, massive techno blasts have become a requisite part of Japanese summers; among them, veteran ele-pop creator Takkyu Ishino's Wire events are the behemoths of the lot.

Since launching the party in 1999, Ishino has established Wire as Japan's largest indoor rave. Last year saw the event get even bigger when it moved from the older Yokohama Arena to one of the stadiums built for the World Cup, the glistening Saitama Super Arena.

The move notwithstanding, Ishino has shown consistency in the artistic lineup for next Saturday's Wire; this is a man who knows his corner of the dance music market.

As in previous years, harder-edged electronica artists, mainly from Detroit and Germany, are matched with domestic minimal techno DJs, offering a distinct alternative to Japan's mostly trance-oriented large-scale raves. Once again, Detroit stylist Jeff Mills-a DJ/producer who visits Japan at least two or three times a year in what is a mutual admiration club-is back to show off his clinically perfect DJ technique. Mills, who last year told Metropolis that he rates Japan as "more advanced than most places in Europe and America" when it comes to dance music, will be visiting Japan again in the fall for a repeat of last year's month-long residency at Luners.

Berlin's Love Parade founder Westbam will be on hand to spin his own brand of anthemic techno, while special guest DJs include Luke Slater and Hell. Providing live sets will be Alter Ego from Frankfurt, Technasia from Hong Kong, and Brother's Yard, from, hold on, Zagreb.

Ishino himself will also be behind the decks, but as was the case last year, nothing has been scheduled for his sly live techno-pop unit Denki Groove, which first brought Ishino and partner Pierre Taki to fame a decade ago. Fans of their work will just have to wait for a Denki Groove reunion…

Meanwhile, for those staying in central Tokyo, UK "deep funk" DJ Keb Darge will be behind the decks in a special night next Saturday at French outpost La Fabrique in Shibuya.

A long-time force in the northern soul movement, the Scotsman brought his retro sound to the masses through funk nights that he ran in central London at the tail end of the rare groove scene in the mid-'90s. 1999's Funk Spectrum: Real Funk for Real People, a head-to-head clash between Darge and Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, established his reputation worldwide…

Keb Darge

Finally, a pair of real-deal Detroit DJs will be offering Darge competition with an appearance at Yellow's Shibuya sister club Module (ex-Cave), also next Saturday, in the event 313 Love.

A member of powerhouse production trio Three Chairs, in Japan last weekend for the outdoor Metamorphose party, Rick "The Godson" Wilhite has also worked as a regular at Derrick May's Transmat label events. Joining him is Malik Pittman, another DJ/producer viewed as one of the rising second-generation exponents of the mechanical, abstract Detroit sound.

Keb Darge@La Fabrique, 8/30, 11pm, ¥3,000. Tel: 5428-5100

313 Love@Module, 8/30, 10pm, ¥3,000. Tel: 3464-8432.

Wire03@Saitama Super Arena, 8/30, 6pm-late, ¥10,500. Info: Odyssey 3796-9999.

credit: Odyssey, La Fabrique