by Don Crispy
The emerging techno DJ/producer cut his teeth in China
|photos courtesy of Arights
Japanese clubland is full of DJs who
have used stints in the US or Europe to hone their technique
and improve their street cred before launching their careers
in Japan. Shin Nishimura may be the first to have burnished
his deck chops in Chinas burgeoning club scene.
China and Japan may be at odds politically, but on the nightlife
front there has been increasing interchange between the two
countries. Japanese DJs tour China with increasing frequency,
where they are sought after for their experience and close
ties to Western dance culture.
Nishimura actually lived in China, and he developed a local
following before returning to Japan a few years ago. Since
repatriating, he has been a rising presence on the domestic
techno scene. His Plus parties have become a fixture at Air
in Daikanyama, and hes also appeared at Takkyu Ishinos
giant Wire festival in recent years.
With all that experience, it was time for Nishimura to put
out a proper album of the original material hed been
testing out on clubbers in recent sets. Released on the Arights
label associated with Shibuya superclub Womb, Star Light treads
a fine line between the more soulful aspects of house and
the clinical minimalism of techno. While perhaps not groundbreaking,
the album is laced with an ample supply of funky beats and
breakdowns. Nishimura clearly has plenty of experience moving
a crowd, and has used that experience to produce a cleverly
and carefully paced album.
Assisting in the festivities at Air
will be a Swedish DJ who has worked with Nishimura previously
in the form of the hit song Piano Track, which
he contributed to last years Plus Compilation Vol. 1.
Nils Danielsson, aka Hardcell, came in contact with electronic
music in the early 90s and, inspired by the spirit of
the techno parties he was frequenting, began to make music
himself. Hardcell was soon a regular act at underground parties
in Stockholm and elsewhere in Sweden, becoming known for a
hard-driving yet funky style of techno.
Until now mainly associated with Diode Music and his Skunkworks
project, Danielsson recently began to release melodic tech-house
collisions under his own name. He also has a project with
Johan Bacto called Devils Choice, which has supplied
many a dancefloor with dark cuts and deep workouts...
Meanwhile, almost two decades since its creation on the beaches
of Goa, India, and over a decade since it washed over Japan,
the psychedelic trance scene is still going strong. Leading
psy-trance promoter Solstice Music is back with another of
its massive dos at the Makuhari Messe convention center.
New Maps of Hyperspace provides the chance to see what some
of the innovators of the psy-trance sound are currently doing,
with a bill featuring some of the styles stalwarts from
infamous UK imprint Twisted Records.
Simon Potsford, known by his moniker Hallucinogen, created
some of the 90s definitive psy-trance tracks.
Hell be performing solo as well as with the Goa godfather
of trance, Raja Ram. Together, the two have a project, Shpongle,
which on their 2001 album Tales of the Inexpressible blended
together the live instruments and the computer wizardry that
The pair have a new album out entitled Nothing Lasts, which
appropriately marks the end of their collaboration. According
to Solstice, this performance will be their last as a unit,
and it looks to be the highlight of a bill that also includes
a performance by X-Dream and DJ sets by Twisteds Tristan
and Solstice resident Ryo.
Plus@Air, May 13. New Maps of Hyperspace@Makuhari
Messe, May 7. See listings for details.
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