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by Don Crispy


The inevitable big namesand some intriguing lesser-known acts make for a banner Golden Week of clubbing

Glasgow’s Slam
photos courtesy of ageha

Tokyo’s clubs rely on acts with worldwide
reputations to bring in the crowds during the competitive Golden Week season, but along with some of dance music’s heavyweights, the city will also be hosting a number of less-well-known but intriguing DJs and performers.

Guesting at the latest edition of expat DJ/producer/promoter Mike McKenna’s “Addiction” events is a three-man outfit from the Northwest of England. Comprising the DJ duo of Koma & Bones and former drum’n’bass producer Proteus, Koma and Bones came together when the three began to produce the kind of twisted breakbeats tracks that they’d been wanting to spin in their sets.

Things started to happen for the three when their remix of the classic “God Within” track became a club anthem in the US. Remix and solo work followed, with the three getting support from the likes of breaks god Adam Freeland. Also issuing singles on their own labels, Forged and Burrito, the three finally released their acclaimed debut album, Blinded By Science, in 2002 on leading breaks imprint TCR...

Meanwhile, along with two legendary DJs who both happen to be named Frankie, a singer from the African country of Guinea will be on stage at bayside superclub Ageha as part of tobacco brand Kool’s Dimension K series.

Hadja Kouyate belongs to the noble Kouyate lineage, and has been a rising world music star since appearing on the celebrated 2002 album Frederic Galliano presents the African Divas. The disc was the result of the famous French DJ’s travels across Africa, where he made a number of recordings using a portable suitcase-sized studio. Kouyate and Galliano will be performing their unusual blend of African tradition and contemporary dance music in Ageha’s outdoor tent as part of a bill organized by French expatriate DJ Alex from Tokyo.

In the main Arena room, meanwhile, the two Frankies come in the form of Chicago legend Frankie Knuckles, credited with launching house music with his post-disco mix sessions at his Chicago club Warehouse, and veteran New York house DJ Frankie Valentine. The second largest Rose Room has a strong bill, too, with Japan’s top two club-jazz DJs in the form of Shuya Okino of the influential Kyoto Jazz Massive and Toshio Matsuura, formerly of stylish trio UFO...

Later in the week at Ageha, in an event called “Live,” a Scottish duo who are little-known in Japan but legendary in their own country will be making a rare visit to Japan. Known collectively as Slam, Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle practically single-handedly brought the rave experience to Glasgow.

Almost every Scottish clubber from their teens into their 30s will have danced to Slam at famous Glasgow venue The Arches. Hosting their first raves in 1989, McMillan and Meikle caused havoc in the streets of the city with all-night bashes the likes of which Glasgow had never experienced.

Through their “Slam” events at the Arches, they were also responsible for bringing to Scotland a sound that owed more to the funky, bass-heavy grooves of American house and techno rather than the acid house sound of the more prominent London dance scene...

Getting back to those big names… Yellow will be hosting Ibiza chill-out master Jose Padilla and Detroit techno legend Derrick May; Velfarre has New York’s storied Body & Soul house trio; Womb has Canadian minimalist Richie Hawtin as well as Japanese abstract hip-hop producer DJ Krush and UK drum’n’bass innovators Fabio and Grooverider; Air has X-UK house unit Press 2 and US hip-hop duo MC Madlib and selector J-Rocc...and the list goes on. For the dates and details, see club listings.

Addiction@Air, Apr 30. Dimension K presents “-100”@Ageha, May 2. Live@Ageha, May 7. See listings for details.

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