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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

Funk D'Void

Lars Sandberg aka Funk D'Void

Pre-holiday Sundays always provide an occasion for special events. This Sunday is no exception, with a rare touchdown by one of Scotland's finest techno jocks, a visit by a Chicago house innovator, and a Japan tour by a little-known German electronica imprint.

The son of a concert pianist, Glasgow native Lars Sandberg, aka Funk D'Void, represents the first wave of European DJs to emerge out of the acid house boom of the late '80s. Influenced by Detroit techno and European electro, many of these DJs grew from humble origins into the stars of the current international club circuit.

Sandberg was one of the first DJs in Glasgow to catch the house bug, honing his tastes with a seven-year stint as a buyer for Fopp Records. His production work began in the '90s with tracks for key techno imprint Soma, including the seminal "Jack Me Off," a dancefloor smash with its razor-sharp production and cracking beats.

Sandberg's debut album took the form of Technoir, released in 1997, and since then he's issued a stream of chart-toppers as Funk D'Void as well as releasing tracks with Nigel Hayes under the name Chaser.

Associated with international house party Cocoon Club through annual residencies on the Mediterranean clubbing isle Ibiza, Sandberg will be joined at Womb by local techno veterans Mayuri, organizer of summer rave Metamorphose, and Toby…

In a different musical vein, Sunday also welcomes a set by a rare visitor to Japan. Larry Heard, aka Mr. Fingers, is arguably Chicago's best house producer, having written a number of defining cuts for Alleviated Records in the late '80s. His bottomless beats and subtle instrumentation, when combined with the gospel vocals of recording partner Robert Owens, helped set the template for the house explosion of the decade. Heard has not been quiescent of late, with this summer's Where Life Begins (Alleviated Trackmode) constituting another hallmark in the DJ/producer's career.

At Yellow, Heard will be joined on guitar by Alleviated stablemate and recent partner-in-beats, DJ/producer and multi-instrumentalist Son Dexter. Something of a protégé, Vancouver-based Dexter was introduced to Alleviated by Heard, who was taken with Dexter's skills on the guitar and a grab-bag of other instruments, and his ability to work live instrumentation into soulful house tracks such as those contained on Dexter's 2001 Beauty Within EP...

Finally, German techno label Background Records touches down at Ism as part of a Japan tour for their new album, Cycling, by label artist Portable, the stage name of producer Alan Abrahams. A native of the South African township Bonteheuwel, Abrahams relocated to London in 1997, the result being Cycling, which brings together Abrahams' interests in contemporary house production with the intricate rhythms and optimistic spirit of African music. Abrahams will offer a live electronica set, with DJs Ten and Keita Magara providing backup on the decks.

Cocoon Club@Womb, 10/12, 11pm, ¥4,000. Tel: 03-5459-3939.

Alleviated Records Japan Tour@Yellow, 10/12, 10pm, ¥3,500. Tel: 03-3479-0690.

Background Records Label Night@Ism, 10/12, 10pm, ¥2,500. Tel: 03-3780-6320.

credit: Metamorphose