by Don Crispy
Son of a LOUD
What happens when you put a dozen or so of
Japan's most free-thinking, progressive-minded young
musicians and singers on stage together without any game plan
at all and let them go at it? Such seems to be the thinking
behind Son of a LOUD, an event slated for Liquid Room next
The gig takes its moniker from the recent album of the same
name and is the brainchild of DJ/producer Mai Fujinoya, founder
of Cemetery Records. Since releasing his first Son of a LOUD
album last year, Fujinoya has set a new standard for eclecticism,
weaving everything from samples from yakuza films to Hungarian
throat singing into his cut 'n' scratch sonic
Fujinoya also seems to be in tight with the crme de
la crme of Japan's experimental music scene and
has cobbled together a bill that, among others, brings together
maniacal singer for avant-garde legends the Boredoms and sometimes
DJ Eye, with singer/actress UA, who is capable of assuming
roles ranging from house diva to performance art vocalist.
Fujinoya will direct the pair and a motley cast of a dozen
or so other musicians, DJs and video artists in an improvisational
soundclash whose results cannot be predicted...
Meanwhile, Japanese techno veterans Ken Ishii and Yama of
Sublime Records welcome Belgian DJ Fabrice Lig, aka Soul Designer,
next Saturday to French outpost in Shibuya La Fabrique in
another installment of their long-running Reel Up parties.
A DJ since the age of 16, Lig became a part
of Detroit techno history when his remix for Kevin Saunderson
made him the first white producer to record on the mythical
Detroit label KMS. Lig is also the first Belgian artist to
have remixed Laurent Garnier (on the single "Greed")
and one of the few whose releases are sold all around the
world. Under the Soul Designer moniker, he also became the
first artist from Belgium to be signed to Garnier's
influential F Communication imprint. Soul Designer EPs are
praised by DJs for their deep electro, melodic and minimal
techno tracks that indicate his strong Detroit background...
Finally, Saturday night in Shibuya will also see one of London's
hottest current DJs behind the decks at Womb (which has just
renovated its upstairs VIP lounge, appropriately named Ovum)
as part of the superclub's freeform W parties.
Resident at premiere London club Fabric's Tyrant nights,
Lee Burridge reached the rarified air of England's
top DJ ranks the roundabout way. Launching his career in 1986,
Burridge relocated to Hong Kong, where he spent the next six
years as the man on the ground for Ministry, Cream, etc, as
well as spinning at Thai party isle Koh Pangan's infamous
Full Moon parties.
Returning to England in 1997, Burridge founded Tyrant with
Sasha and Craig Richards, captivating clubbers with sounds
ranging from progressive and tech-house to breakbeats. He
arrives in Tokyo with fresh vinyl in the form of the just-released
second album in his 24/7 mix compilation series.
Son of a LOUD@Liquid Room, 10/24,
9pm, ¥3,500 (adv), ¥4,000 (door). Tel: 03-3200-6831.
Reel Up@La Fabrique, 10/25, 11pm, ¥3,000. Tel: 03-5459-3939.
W@Womb, 10/25, 11pm, ¥4,000. Tel: 03-5428-5100.