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by Don Crispy

Jonathan Lisle
The A&R man for prog-house label Bedrock UK hits town sporting a new album

Jonathan Lisle
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 Tokyo’s dance pits. Promoters are happy to comply, competing with lineups that boast high-profile DJs both international and domestic.

This year’s 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 world’s better breaks DJs.

An A&R (artists and repertoire) man for the UK’s 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 Japan’s 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 events...

Also on Thursday, one of Scotland’s 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 D’Void, 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.” Sandberg’s debut took the form of Technoir, released in 1997, and since then he’s issued a stream of chart-toppers as Funk D’Void.

Sanberg always teams up with good company in Japan. For the upcoming Womb gig, called Standard 1, he’ll 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 I’ll have to save them for next week’s 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 as Warehouse.

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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