by Don Crispy
Halloween weekend is followed by the visit of a UK hard
From the wide array of options, two parties get the nod for
this weekend's Halloween happenings. The first is Kinky@Yellow,
a special edition of the fetish parties that CyberJapan's
Mitomi Tokoto and UK bondage event Torture Garden's
man-on-the-ground in Japan Sota.S have been throwing on a
monthly basis at La Fabrique.
A veteran webmaster of the pop and club culture website www.cyberjapan.tv,
Tokoto has more recently been found behind the decks spinning
a take-no-prisoners blend of house. Sota.S, meanwhile, has
fronted his own Disco King Records label since 1994, and has
also been the organizer of Torture Garden's Tokyo events,
the most recent of which brought out 1,800 of the latex 'n'
Their event is strictly adults only, with a striptease slated
from Tamayo & Pink Paradise and an erotic show brought
by the producers of notorious Tokyo bondage club La Siora.
Those showing up to Yellow in properly nasty attire get in
free, while the partygoers with the most outrageous costumes
stand to win cash from a ¥300,000 pot
On a more underground note, New York transplant, DJ and photographer
Young Richard has a Halloween event lined up for Aoiheya in
Shibuya. A veteran of New York's raging '90s
nightlife scene, Richard spun his deep, minimal brand of house
at legendary venues such as Twilo and Tunnel supporting the
likes of the Orb and Bjork before relocating to Tokyo in '99.
Since then he's been active on the nightlife and fashion
fronts, and is organizing the party Bad Language for this
On the lineup are DJ sets by Richard himself, as well as DJs
Synthesizer and Visible Tune, while a live performance is
slated from Richard's new unit Pretty Militia, which
pairs him with Japanese songwriter Yoko in a dark take on
techno with flourishes of electro. Richard will also be showing
his "scary" images and other elements of "visual
With Halloween barely out of the way, another chance to head
out comes on Tuesday, with a national holiday falling on the
Wednesday. Needless to say, Tokyo's clubs are there
with a slew of parties. Notable artists include UK techno
producer extraordinaire Andrew Weatherall (Sabres of Paradise,
Two Lone Swordsmen), but let's look at a DJ who's
never been treated in this column before.
The 1998 Muzik DJ of the Year, Tall Paul began to DJ at the
tender age of 16 in '87, playing office parties at
his dad's club Turnmills. He was soon involved with
the London pirate radio scene, launching his own Touchdown
FM and bagging a spot on the legendary Sunrise FM.
His talents at spinning hard house anthems soon brought him
his first residencies, including ones at Trade, Godskitchen
and Gatecrasher to name a few, while he began to tour the
world to points as diverse as Australia and South America.
Tall Paul released his first vinyl in '92, a track
called "Love Rush" that quickly became a Trade
anthem. He then joined forces with Red Jerry, who in reference
to his 6-foot-6 frame gave him his Tall Paul moniker. Together
the pair produced the dance classic "Rock Da House."
Paul currently runs his own Duty Free Recordings based at
Turnmills, while presenting a Saturday night radio show, The
Mix Down Session on London's premier dance station
Kiss 100 FM. He appears at Air's longstanding and influential
World Connection house party with Air resident DJ Taka.
Kinky@Yellow, Oct 30. Bad Language@Aoiheya,
Oct 30. Tall Paul@Air, Nov 2. See club listings for details.