Selected by Don Crispy
Japan Tour 2000
courtesy of Base Planning
On April 8, resident DJ of
leading Aoyama club Loops long-running In the Mix parties, DJ Mochizuki (Under
Groove Productions) is looking to introduce Tokyo clubbers to the latest sounds from
London by inviting two special guests, DJs Alex Attias and Volcov, to perform in Archive
Records Japan Tour 2000.
As part of highly-regarded jazz-funk label Archive Records, Alex Attias and owner Volcov
join company with an elite crew that also boasts such UK legends as drumnbass
innovator Dego from 4Hero, and Restless Souls Phil Asher.
Launching his DJ career with a four-year residency at the Mad club in Lausanne,
Switzerland, Alex Attias was soon spinning his distinctive electro style, blending
elements of funk, classic disco, house and hip hop, at clubs throughout Europe. He created
a stir with his first single, Magik, released under the name Bel Air Project
in 1996, and went on to release a number of well-regarded underground club hits including
Jazz with Attitude, Dark Jazzor and Future Talk. After
catching the ear of UK dance powers Dego and jazz-funk impresario Gilles Peterson, Attias
moved to London to further his career at the heart of the dance music scene. He has also
toured Japan as part of the 99 Wide Open tour, alongside Rainer Truby, Jazzanova,
and Patrick Forge.
Hailing from Italy, Volcov
started DJing hip hop at age 15, but was soon inspired by Detroit techno pioneers like
Carl Craig and Derrick May to start his own Psyche Group parties in Milan. Following up
with the drumnbass party Sonica Night, named for his newly-launched
dnb label Sonica (under which he releases his own tracks), Volcov moved to
London, starting another label, Archive, in 1998. Boasting a wide range of sounds from
breakbeat to house, including 4Hero, Ross Allen, Patrick Forge, Gilles Peterson, Kirk de
Giorgio and Jazzanova, Archive is pushing the boundaries of dance music with a vision
entirely its own.
Records Japan Tour 2000: Loop, 4/8, 10pm, JY3000 w/1d. Tel: 03-3797-9185. www.music.co.jp/~loop