by Don Crispy
Ari-Up & Mark Moore
Two counterculture veterans reinvent themselves for the 00s
SuperDeluxe, the hip watering hole in Roppongi created by
well-known expat architectural firm Klein Dytham, along with
the Namaiki Design team, is ramping up its calendar with a
number of all-night parties blending live performances with
Among them is Sexy Assassins, an event that will start off
with a concert by a post-punk icon before segueing into a
DJ set by one of house musics more mercurial figures.
The producers of the event, who recently arrived from the
US, say they hope to mix up an older crowd who experienced
80s post-punk in real time with younger club kids more
in tune with DJs.
A rebel soul and influence on artists from Björk to Elastica,
Ari-Up got her first guitar lesson from late Clash great Joe
Strummer. At 14, she formed the Slits, whose debut album Cut
was one of the first to integrate punk and reggae, and whose
brilliant cover of Heard it Through the Grapevine
created a sound that was punk in spirit but also informed
by diverse influences.
After a second album, the Slits split. Ari-Up went on to
form avant-funk punkers Rip Rig + Panic, and then, along with
the UKs On U Sound label head Adrian Sherwood, the experimental
reggae collective New Age Steppers, on whose three albums
her voices graced the finest cuts.
Jamaica resident Ari-Up has been back in the limelight in
recent years, with new material accompanied by re-releases
of the Slits and the New Age Steppers (by Japans Beat
Records). A fresh album, Dread more dan Dead, is slated for
release by JVC later this year.
At SuperDeluxe, Ari-Up, with her band the True Warriors backing,
will perform songs by the Slits and New Age Steppers as well
as new songs from the forthcoming album.
Mark Moore, meanwhile, is one of the godfathers of the new
electro dance music and club culture. One of the UKs
first supporters of house music and Detroit techno, he held
residencies at the legendary Mud club and seminal acid house
After spending the 90s manning the decks at superclubs
like Ministry of Sound, Moore decided to take a break from
the musically restrictive bigger venues to spin at smaller
places whose eclectic music policies, he felt, were better
for the soul. Hes since created a blend of nu
electro, trippy disco and electroclash at UK clubs like Nag
Nag Nag and Fabric. Moore also has his own night at Londons
Madame JoJos, the notorious Electrogogo, and a fresh
track out this month on his new label, Umami Records.
Spinning alongside Moore will be DJ Narcissist from electro
event Vanity, which is helping French club La Fabrique in
Shibuya celebrate its third anniversary this month. The event
will feature Vanity regulars Romance For Cash (Vanity founder
Paul James), Duck Rock, and a special live performance from
UK/Thailand-based trio Futon. Including the drummer from Suede
as well as Japanese and Thai members, Futon are known for
doing electro originals as well as covers of songs such as
Iggy Pops I Wanna Be Your Dog.
Sexy Assassin@SuperDeluxe, Apr 22. Vanity presents La
Fabrique Third Anniversary Party@La Fabrique, Apr 28. See
club listings for details.
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