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by Don Crispy

Deetron

Sam Geiser, aka Deetron

For clubbers with stamina, this week is a busy one, with two very different record release parties and a visit by one of Europe's emerging techno names to watch.

First up is a party that's sure to get Tokyo's biggest club, the bayside Ageha@Studio Coast, thumping in a serious fashion. Whether under his own name or as Mondo Grosso, producer Shinichi Osawa has been at the heart of Japan's acid jazz and house scenes since breaking a decade ago.

Osawa has just released his first full-length in some years, Next Wave (Sony), with an international cast of contributors that runs from Japanese nu soul songstress UA to Korean heartthrob Boa, to producers with serious house credentials such as Armand Van Helden. He debuts the CD tomorrow with a live set at Ageha that also calls on some of Japan's most creative house vinyl jockeys for support, including Towa Tei of legendary dance unit Deee-Lite fame. With the kind of following that Osawa has gathered over the years, Ageha, which has recently been packing 'em in, should be bumping…

Meanwhile, at the cozy Cay in the heart of Aoyama, Tokyo-based Indo-electronica imprint Dakini celebrates the third and final release in its Sky Dancing series with another of its evocative Dakini Nights.

Founded in the '90s by resident Tokyo American DJ/producer Makyo, Dakini has proved the viability of the Tokyo electronica scene as the base of operations for a niche, expat-run record label. In recent years the label has forged a strong identity in the "Asian Massive" movement by bringing together artists, like Makyo, who have an obsession for Indian sounds with South Asian diaspora producers such as the US's Karsh Kale. The diversity of the new disc, Sky Dancing: Nada Masala vol. 3-artists run from Sweden's Ascendence to Canada's Bageshree to France's Jaia-points to the spread of the Asian Massive as a worldwide phenomenon.

The upcoming event will feature the Japan debut live performance of Ishq, a Greek producer signed to Dakini, as well as a set by electric violin artist ABA Structure with special guests Jimi Miyashita (santoor), Shig-ji (tabla) and Keiku (voice), and performances by Dakini's indispensable retinue of dancers. Mayko says the emphasis will be on downtempo, so be prepared to chill…

Finally, while Switzerland is known to Europeans as a hotbed of dance culture, the country has produced few internationally known DJs. Until now, that is.

Sam Geiser, the man behind Deetron, has been raising his profile of late, with a string of productions finding their way into superstar DJs' record cases. A quick name check would see the likes of Jeff Mills and Laurent Garnier among his supporters, with Darren Emerson and Carl Cox licensing tracks for mix compilations.

Geiser hails from the city of Bern, where he got plenty of exposure to music growing up as the son of a jazz musician. First getting behind the decks as a hip-hop DJ in the early '90s, Geiser played a steady diet of gigs at clubs all around Switzerland that brought him into contact with Mills and other veteran jocks, fueling a passion for techno.

Productions began to stream forth from his home studio in the mid-'90s, and the DJ also traveled to Japan in 1999, where he recorded with Tokyo techno veteran Shufflemaster. Recent tracks include the acclaimed "Dolls for a Diva" on Music Man.

Shinichi Osawa@AgeHa/StudioCoast, 9/27, 11pm, ¥5,000 (adv), ¥6,000 (door). Info: 03-5534-1515.

Dakini Nights@Cay, 9/27, 10pm, ¥3,500 (adv), ¥4,000 (door). Tel: 03-3498-7840.

Deetron@Core, 10/2, 10pm, ¥3,000. Tel: 03-3470-5944.

credit: ArcTokyo