by Don Crispy
The A&R man for prog-house
label Bedrock UK hits town sporting a new album
Sound Syndicate, Inc.
During the Golden Week holidays, Japan rouses itself out
of its winter hibernation and gets into the warm weather partying
mood. Hemlines rise, scruples drop, and punters roam the streets
looking to spend their yen in Tokyos dance pits. Promoters
are happy to comply, competing with lineups that boast high-profile
DJs both international and domestic.
This years Golden Week events kick off on the Thursday
night before the Friday holiday. Among the various parties,
a standout looks to be a visit by a turntablist voted one
of the worlds better breaks DJs.
An A&R (artists and repertoire) man for the UKs
influential Bedrock label, Jonathan Lisle is making a brief
Japan tour to support his new CD, Bedrock Original Series
OS_0.2. Created in the late 90s by legendary progressive
house DJ Digweed of tag team Sasha and Digweed, Bedrock has
been one of the lynchpins of the prog-house scene, with its
own London club night logging six years of activity. The label
has also branched out in different directions, with Lisle
the pointman for the edgier breaks sound.
Backing Lisle will be one of Japans veteran deck hounds,
DJ 19. Formerly resident DJ at the Ocean events that used
to draw huge crowds to the old Liquid Room in Kabukicho, DJ
19 has his own label, 19box recordings, and a new disc to
push, DJ 19 presents Addictive Asia Gate 3.
Supported by the British Council, the party is slated for
the bayside Cube 326, a multistory structure that once housed
UK event Slinky, but is now mostly a space for psy-trance
Also on Thursday, one of Scotlands finest techno jocks
will be back at Womb for an event sponsored by trendy clothing
label Garcia Marquez.
The son of a concert pianist, Glasgow native Lars Sandberg,
aka Funk DVoid, represents the first wave of European
DJs to emerge out of the acid house boom of the late 80s.
Influenced by Detroit techno and European electro, many of
these DJs grew from humble origins into stars of the current
international club circuit.
Sandberg was one of the first DJs in Glasgow to catch the
house bug, honing his tastes with a seven-year stint as a
buyer for Fopp Records. His production work began in the 90s
with tracks for Soma, including the cracking dancefloor smash
Jack Me Off. Sandbergs debut took the form
of Technoir, released in 1997, and since then hes issued
a stream of chart-toppers as Funk DVoid.
Sanberg always teams up with good company in Japan. For the
upcoming Womb gig, called Standard 1, hell be backed
by Brian Zentz and domestic techno warrior Ken Ishii...
The following day, Golden Week gets into full swing with a
week of events so numerous that Ill have to save them
for next weeks column. But one promising event comes
in the form of a revival of one of the cooler house parties
Tokyo has seen in the 00s.
Launched by Japanese-Brazilian promoter Luciano Uchizono,
Protocol had a long run at a number of clubs, including Womb.
After a hiatus, the party is now back at one of its former
homes, the newly refurbished Luners in Nishi Azabu, now known
For the rebirth of Protocol, Uchizono has booked a progressive
house DJ who has proved his skills behind the decks in a number
of previous visits to Japan. Stephane K, currently tops in
the Billboard dance charts, will be doing a set accompanied
by Japanese DJ/musician Taka, who will be playing live drums
to give the show a tribal vibe.
Jonathan Lisle & DJ 19 Double Release Party@Ark Studio
Cube 326, Apr 28. Standard 1@Womb, Apr 28. Protocol@Warehouse,
Apr 29. See club listings for details.
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