Selected by Don Crispy
Smith & Mighty
Courtesy of A-Beat
For the second installment of
its Dread Beat series, influential reggae/latin promoter A-Beat will introduce Tokyo
audiences to the sounds of contemporary British dub and trip hop when the
soundsystem/production team of Smith & Mighty perform at Shibuya On
Air East this Friday.
The story of Smith & Mighty (Rob Smith and Ray Mighty) begins in the English city of
Bristol, the birthplace of ' trip hop, which has given the world Massive Attack, Tricky
and Portishead. Developing a unique fusion of dub, soul and hip hop on the streets of
Bristol in the late '80s along with other soundsystems such as the Wild Bunch, Smith &
Mighty began to make a name for themselves with production credits such as Massive
Attack's debut single "Any Love."
Fed up after a series of bungled record deals hampered their ability to reach larger
audiences, Smith & Mighty in 1995 formed their own label, More Rockers, with new
member Peter D Rose. A flood of tracks followed, culminating in the 1999 release of the
album Big World, Small World, lauded by Billboard magazine as
"the missing link between Bob Marley, Soul II Soul and Lauryn Hill." The album
features the inspired singing of fellow Bristol native Tammy Payne, who will also be in
Tokyo as featured vocalist with other members of the More Rockers label stable.
Providing local support for Smith & Mighty will be Tokyo-based instrumental dub unit
Dub Squad, and the ubiquitous didgeridoo, drum and effects player Goro.
|MC Flipside and Freaky Flow
pick up TC early should also consider heading over to VRAS in Shibuya where Soul
City Industries will be hosting highly-regarded Canadian drum'n'bass DJs Freaky Flow and
MC Flipside on May 6. Soul City Industries, a recent entrant to Tokyo's drum'n'bass and
abstract dance music scene, has been gathering pace with its Sci-Fi
parties of late, as well as with its weekly Tuesday-night Switch party at Bullets in Nishi
Azabu. The upcoming installment of Sci-Fi looks to provide an upbeat conclusion to what
has been a stellar Golden Week for Tokyo dance culture.
Mighty: Shibuya On Air East, 5/12, midnight, JY3800 (adv). Tickets and information: A-Beat
Sci-Fi: VRAS, 5/6, 10pm, JY3000 w/1d, JY2500 w/flier. Tel: 03-3770-5457.