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After Dark

Debuting in Kotto Dori hideout Chambres D’hotes on December 14 is Domo Arigato, the party with, as its name suggests, an underlying theme of gratitude. And the first bestowee of thanks—served with an eclectic and riotous melee of multi-genre beats, themes and visuals—is Chicago band Anathallo. The indie art-pop act has just launched a new disc, Canopy Glow, and completed a Japan tour. Vocalist Matthew Joynt will take to the wheels of steel along with a mob of Tokyo’s underground beat-meisters. Dub- and reggae-fuelled Kenta and Tokyo-based electro warlord Maxwell will add to the shenanigans, while disco- and electro-tinged Dirk Bite, aka Jaybee of Loudminorityradio notoriety, ices what should be quite the delectable cake.

Domo Arigato@Chambres D’hotes, Dec 14. JC

776: Diplo
775: Captain Funk
774: O.N.O
773: Technique
772: Fantastic Plastic Machine
768: Naohiro Ukawa
767: Minus Contakt
766: The Shapeshifters
765: Cio D’Or
764: Fumiya Tanaka
763: Made In Glitch
762: Absolute!!
761: Wax Poetics Release Party
760: Brisa
759: Club Legend
758: Bonde Do Role
757: Ron Trent & DJ Olive
756: Special Event
755: Recloose
754: nbsa+×÷
753: U-Roy meets Dry & Heavy
752: DJ Gregory from Paris
751: Bonobo
750: DJ Kentaro
749: Solstice Music Festival
748: Raphael Sebbag
747: DJ Pearl
746: Shabushabu
745: Studio Apartment
743: Nicolas Matar
742: Patagonica
741: Yellow’s Last Dance
740: Lee “Scratch” Perry
739: Akiko Kiyama
738: Samurai.fm + Real Grooves
737: UK-Adapta
736: Hattler vs Seidel
735: K-Sounds
734: Kevin Yost
733: Cocoon Morphs Tokyo
732: Clark
731: Gilles Peterson
730: Ellen Allien
729: DJ Funk
728: 2Many DJs
727: Ninja Tune
726: Bruno Pronsato
725: High Contrast
724: Anja Schneider
723: Torture Garden
722: Mel Bruce
721: Fine: Frogman Cold Sleep Party
720: Pan-Pot
717: Cristian Varela
716: GT5 Endless
715: Product.01
714: Stéphane Pompougnac
713: Oblivion Ball
712: Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival
711: Jimmy Van M
710: Solid 4th Anniversary
709: Jeff Stott & Drumspyder
708: Numbers
707: Misstress Barbara
706: Funk D’Void
705: Air 6th Anniversary
704: Jerome Sydenham
703: Solar
702: Daniel Bell
701: WIRE07
700: Simon & Shaker
699: Cipha Sounds
698: Tokyo Calling 2 & Mimo2
697: Alpha & Omega
696: Kaori
695: Adriana Evans
694: Thomas Fehlmann
693: Medvacances
691: Dimitri From Paris
690: Andre Collins
689: Le Bateau Ivre
688: Paul Van Dyk
687: Yukihiro Fukutomi
685: Sugiurumn
684: Fantasia Tokyo
683: La Fabrique Five Year Anniversary
682: Frankie Knuckles
681: Mint
680: Luomo
679: Snowbombing
678: Reflek presents Global Electro
677: X-Press 2
676: DJ Juri
675: DJ Spooky
674: Orient Express
673: Raphael Sebbag
672: Mitte
671: The White Party
670: Luke Solomon
669: Crossroads
668: Peter Hook
667: Martin Solveig
666: Louie Vega
664: Technasia
663: Off The Hook
662: Shuya Okino
661: Split Works
660: Op.disc showcase hub
659: Steve Smooth
658: SonicScapes from the Netherlands
657: Halloweekend
656: Kentaro Takizawa
655: Digital doings
654: Chicks Rock
653: Sonarsound Tokyo 2006
652: Terre Thaemlitz
651: Real Grooves Vol. 13
650: KonZept Maus feat. Andrea Ferlin
649: XLarge The 15th Anniversary
648: Prime
647: Metamorphose
646: Ageha Summer Festival 2006
645: Satoshi Tomiie
644: Mango & Sweet Rice Presents
643: DJ 3000
642: Trance Redux
641: Francois K
640: Blood and Fire Sound System featuring U-Roy
638: Jenna G & Kabuki
637: Renaissance @ Club Phazon
636: Mitz Mangrove
635: Julius Papp x Sunshine Jones
634: Sundown
633: Fatboy Slim
632: Haus_Tek
631: Golden Week Special
630: Underground Resistance
629: Steve Bug
628: Franck Roger
627: Zen TV II
626: Kuniyuki Takahashi
623: Tribe All
622: Chris Micali
621: Black Summit
620: Frank Muller a.k.a. Beroshima
619: Kaori Ichikawa
618: YUK
617: I’m Not a Gun
616: Damian Lazarus
613: Double Trouble
612: Hard To Explain
611: Carlos Gibbs
610: Derrick May
608: Defected
607: Calibre
606: Addiction vol 7: Booty Funk
605: Module 4th Anniversary
604: Back to the chill-out room
603: Jeff Mills
602: Simon Coyle
601: King Street Sounds 12th Anniversary Party
600: Armand Van Helden
599: Weekend of the Living Tranceheads
598: Technikart Festival
597: Record Release Special
596: Duck Rock
595: Metamorphose 2005
594: Akufen & Mike Shannon
593: Utage
592: DJ Tasaka
591: Aldrin
590: Alex Paterson
589: Takkyu Ishino
588: Koss
586: Ellen Allien
585: Optimo
584: K-Switch
583: Pete Tha Zouk
582: Adrian Sherwood
581: Artistage
580: Shin Nishimura
579: Holidaze
578: Jonathan Lisle
577: Ari-Up & Mark Moore
576: Kevin Yost
575: Miss Kittin

574: Le Petit Orb
573: Idjut Boys
572: Chicks on Speed
571: Larry Tee
570: DJ Rush
569: Sieg Uber Die Sonne
568: Submerge Tour
567: Dubnation
566: Sonic Energy
565: Toshio Matsuura
564: Matthew Herbert
563: Derrick Carter
561-2: Freedom Village
560: Laurent Garnier
559: Toshiyuki Goto and Yukihiro Fukutomi
558: Junior Vasquez
557: Breeding Ground
556: Electraglide
555: Air Bureau
554: DJ Krush
553: Tall Paul
552: DJ Aki
551: Real Grooves
550: SonarSound Tokyo 2004
549: Tokyo Dance Music Festival 2004
548: Gilles Peterson
547: Kevin Saunderson
546: Bridge the gap
545: Fatboy Slim
544: The Archaic Revival 2004
543: Metamorphose 2004
542: Mediterranean Vacances
541: Sasha
540: On the phone: Carl Craig
539: Santos
538: Portable
537: WIRE04
536: Wackie's Live & Direct!!
535: LTJ Bukem
534: Richie Hawtin
533: Victor Calderone
532: Felix da Housecat: Electro-laughs
531: Expats rising
530: Laurent Garnier
529: Basement Jaxx
528: X-Press 2
527: 2000 Black
526: Adam Freeland
525: Body&SOUL
524: Goldie
523: Danny Howells
522: Coldcut: Fusing the DJ and VJ
521: Paul Maddox
520: Joey Beltram
519: Rising Phoenix
518: U.N.K.L.E. featuring Ian Brown
517: Tim Wright
516: Theo Parrish
515: Nordic Trax
514: Lee "Scratch" Perry with Mad Professor
513: Laidback Luke & DJ Dero
512: Ko Kimura
511: Judge Jules
509/10: New Year's Wrap
508: Timmy Regisford
507: Reel Up 10th Anniversary
506: Organic Groove
505: 10 Kilo All Stars
504: Juju
503: DJ Heather
502: Timo Maas
501: Neptunes
500: Halloween hi-jinks


by Don crispy

King Street Sounds 12th Anniversary Party

The Japanese head of New York’s longest-running independent dance label reflects on more than a decade of house music

David Morales is one of the DJs headlining at Ageha
courtesy of King Street Sounds

Go to a house party in New York City and you’re sure to see a few Japanese faces. Japanese have been dedicated followers of the genre since its inception in the ’80s, and as partygoers the world over know, Japan has one of the world’s best house music scenes bar none.

Cementing the links between New York and Tokyo have been a number of Japanese producers, like Towa Tei and Satoshi Tomiie, who went to New York and brought their own flair to house music. But in addition to creative types, there have also been business entrepreneurs such as Hisa Ishioka, whose King Street Sounds record label celebrates its 12th anniversary with a bash at Ageha this weekend.

After moving to New York in ’85 and falling under the spell of house at New York’s legendary Paradise Garage nightclub, Ishioka created King Street to “continue the 12-year tradition of soulful-spiritual house music to which the club helped give birth.” In addition to a slew of productions by the gamut of the city’s top producers, King Street has also been a dependable force on Japan’s club scene, providing a conduit for New York’s finest to cultivate a remarkably faithful following through uncountable events, in particular at Japan’s reknowned Yellow.

In an email exchange from New York before the upcoming Ageha event, Ishioka reflected on the new, subdued, post-superclub era of house music in the city following the go-go ’80s and ’90s. “Some people think it ended with the Paradise Garage closing and others think it died with the Michael Alig/Angel Melendez murder,” he said, “but those were simply different eras being affected by milestone tragedies.”

“The onslaught of the Giuliani era and the continuation of his legacy by the Bloomberg administration has made it more difficult for more big clubs to open, [which leads] to smaller parties that don’t attract the attention of city officials. Despite that, there has been a recent trend of clubs from other cities coming to NYC and making waves. Crobar (from Chicago and Miami), Avalon (from Boston) and now the opening of Pacha (Ibiza, London) in the fall all came here with a need to bring their respective venues to NY and make an impact.”

Ishioka also says Japanese house music is in a period of rejuvenation. “When we started around 13 years ago, there weren’t that many great producers around: Only people like Satoshi Tomiie, Mondo Grosso, UFO, Yukihiro Fukutomi, Towa Tei...Japanese house music has developed steadily over that time period, but in particular, the past five years have been especially noteworthy due to the rise of such talented producers as Malawi Rocks, GTS, Studio Apartment, Yasushi Ide, FPM...bringing their own unique and special flavors to dance floors, putting these guys and their music on par with their predecessors.”

In addition to Giuliani-style law and order campaigns, of which Tokyo has also seen its share, house music—like the music industry at large—is under pressure from digital downloading. “We’ve had to re-approach the sales model, realizing that now we need to be in the business of selling music as opposed to selling records,” Ishioka says. “It would be nice to have platinum-selling pop records with millions of marketing dollars behind them.
However, the reality is, in order to remain true to our underground roots and a viable resource for house music, we’re concentrating more of our efforts into our sales of downloads and MP3s, direct sales from our website, and licensing deals.”

Which isn’t to say King Street has given up on retail products. Its flagship platform in recent years has been the Mix The Vibe series of compilations by such stellar DJ/producers as Grammy-winning New Yorker David Morales and Japan’s Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso). This weekend’s Ageha event will also serve as a release party for the latest in the series, Mix The Vibe: Sublevel Maneuvers Mixed by Doc Martin, just out last week.

One of the West Coast’s foremost house DJ/producers, Doc Martin is known for mixing dub and house in the “left coast” style sometimes called “dub house.” With fresh cuts from a who’s who of house producers like Blaze, Ananda Project and Francois K, Sublevel Maneuvers showcases Martin’s subtle segues, in which beats overlap seamlessly to create an integrated whole.

While King Street releases like the Abstract Afro Journey and Latin Lounge series explore tangential directions, Martin’s new mix/comp, like much of King Street’s output, is meant to reaffirm the 4/4 beats, soulful vocals and instrumentals that are house music at its core.

Ishioka concludes: “As long as there are people wanting to go out and blow off steam from their daily grind and DJs in need of music to play, there will always be house music. House (in all its varied forms) will probably go through another thousand revisions and re-inventions, but like any other style of music there will be those who will seek it out. It will continue. Let there be HOUSE!”

Ageha, Oct 7. See club listings for details.

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