by Don Crispy
Wackie's Live & Direct!!
With the assistance of a reggae crew from
New York, popular Nishi-Azabu club Yellow celebrates its new
look following an extensive renovation after more than 13
years in business. Up the road in Roppongi, meanwhile, Velfarre,
also recently overhauled for its tenth anniversary, kicks
the after-hours scene into high gear with the debut Japan
set by a UK purveyor of tough beats.
Root & Branch, a promoter that has recently been bringing
over dub-inspired acts like The Orb's Alex Patterson,
this time digs deeper into Jamaican rhythms with an omnibus
event organized by New York dub producer Lloyd "Bullwackie"
Producing a number of reggae vocalists, including veterans
like Horace Andy at his Bronx studio, and releasing them on
his Wackies label, Barnes has been a heavyweight on the dub
scene since the early '80s, with his loose collective
of musicians coming to be known as "The Wackies."
The upcoming event sees Barnes making the trip to Tokyo along
with his official band, Black Redemption, and frontman Ras
Kush, also from New York. Accompanying the New York crew will
be local dub unit Dubsensemania, with special guest DJ Kazufumi
Kodama from Dub Station...
Velfarre, meanwhile, preceded Yellow with a renovation of
its own this spring to mark its first decade, trading in its
smoked glass Bubble Era disco look for a sleeker, minimalist
esthetic more suited to the times.
For the second session of its Loaded after-hours party, Velfarre
has invited as guest DJ England's Rob Tissera. Moving
to the North of England just to be near the legendary acid
house club Hacienda, Tissera became a professional DJ in the
so-called "Second Summer of Love" of the late
A purveyor of hard house as well as trance, Tissera has released
a number of hits including "The Day Will Come"
under his Quake alias, also contributing songs to the soundtrack
of the club flick Human Traffic. A resident of big events
including Sundissential (Birmingham) and Slinky (Bournemouth),
Tissera's latest is the dancefloor smash "Bring
the Lights Down."
Also on the bill is Japanese hard house DJ
Energy Dai, an Osaka turntablist who is perhaps better known
in Europe and Southeast Asia, having played events such as
Heat-UK and 4 Elements in the Netherlands as well as Singapore's
Zouk, than he is in his native country.
Wackie's Live & Direct!!@Yellow,
7/9, 10pm, ¥4,000 (adv), ¥5,000 (door). Tel: 03-3479-0690.
Loaded@Velfarre, 7/4, sunrise to afternoon, ¥3,500.
credit: Root & Branch