by Don Crispy
Shibuya club Womb gets serious about its techno with a
visit by the Chicago veteran and a new release
The undisputed ground central of techno in Japan has over
the past decade been Maniac Love in Aoyama and its legendary
Saturday night Cycle events, but the larger Womb in Shibuya
is staking its claim as well. Next weekend sees a visit by
one of Chicagos leading techno craftsmen, while the
second release in a series of CDs documenting live sets at
Womb captures the hard-hitting approach of one of New Yorks
most committed techno DJs.
Drawing on his varied taste in music from contemporary Brazilian
jazz to disco to the Beatles, DJ Rush has cultivated a rhythmic,
percussive style that takes its inspiration from diverse sources.
The six-foot, six-inch giant was born in Chicago and grew
up on its tough South Side, attending formative house clubs
like the Ringzone from an early age. Even before he began
to spin tracks at clubs, Rush was already composing in his
bedroom on a set of Sinsonic drums.
Through tracks like Spitball and Mutha Fucking
Bass, Rush has left his mark on the dance floor. While
most of Rushs tracks have been released as vinyl or
on CD compilations, he also claims some artist albums, including
his latest CD, 2001s Shall We Dance, released in Japan
by P-Vine. The disc had a raw, dark feel typical of the thumping
booty techno sound recently popular in Chicago
Rush had his first residency in 1989 at a club called Reactor
in Chicago, playing ten-hour nonstop sets, following it up
with residencies at the famous Warehouse club and others.
Judging by the itinerary posted on his website, he seems to
be in particular demand, like many American techno DJs, at
clubs in Germany and other European countries.
Photos courtesy of Womb
Accompanying Rush for the third installment in Wombs
Vade techno series will be DJ Wada, who incidentally is the
anchor DJ for Maniac Loves Cycle events, and Co-Fusion,
the live techno unit with which Wada has focused on glitchy,
percussive techno in a series of releases over the last few
Womb, meanwhile, has been releasing albums documenting live
sets by noted DJs on its Womb Recordings imprint. The latest,
released this month, documents a set New York artist Joey
Beltram did for a Vade event last November.
Growing up in Queens in the 70s and 80s, Beltram
must have internalized the busy, rhythmic clatter of the trains
as they passed by. Such an insistent, urban soundscape makes
itself heard on Beltrams Live@Womb 02. Released this
week, the album features a slew of Beltram compositions as
well as tracks by techno masters like Bryan Cox and Thomas
While the sound quality of the album is not clinically perfect,
the disc captures the live crowd sounds in an attempt to package
the party and bring it to your stereo, imparting a sense
of what it must have been like to be present for an evening
of nonstop, no-nonsense beats.
Vade@Womb, Mar 4. See club listings
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