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DJ Mayuri
DJ Mayuri

The summer rave season kicks into high gear with a new party, Metamorphose, set to bring a range of electronica forces to a scenic location near Mt Fuji. The party includes the Future Sound of London' Gary Cobain, Sweden's Thomas Krome, UK minimalists Subhead, Richard Harvey (aka User from London) and Xavier from Amsterdam, and is being organized by veteran Tokyo DJ Mayuri. Metamorphose will feature sounds ranging from ambient and trance to minimal techno, dub and beyond, over three dance areas, both indoor and outdoor.

The highlight of Metamorphose will no doubt come in the form of a rare one-off appearance by Future Sound of London's Gary Cobain. Infamous for never performing in public (instead broadcasting live sets via the Internet from their London studio), FSOL has been at the forefront of Europe’s ambient techno scene since issuing a series of landmark ’90s recordings such as Lifeforms.

Also much anticipated will be a set by Swedish artist Thomas Krome. Only 22, Krome began DJing in 1992, and has steadily built a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of hard, North European techno with releases on the influential Drumcode label and DJ engagements all over the world.

From the UK, the duo of Subhead, just returned from a European tour, will be performing "dangerously live" sets from their new album Neon Rocka, due out in September on Tresor.

The lively domestic techno scene will also be well represented. DJs Q-hey and Mayuri (Metamorphose organizer and one of Tokyo's best women DJs) will be whipping the crowd up with their take-no-prisoners sets of minimal techno. The inimitable Eye from noisemeisters, the Boredoms, will also be on hand in his DJ incarnation to deliver one of his unusual noise-influenced trance sets.

Meanwhile, live performances are on the slate from Tokyo's Dub Squad and Afropolice, while the breakbeats scene will be represented by DJ Kensei.

The ambient stage will also offer plenty of intrigue, with a live set by Mai Yamane & New Archaic Smile, and a DJ set by FSOL's Gary Cobain at the top of the list. The local expatriate scene will also be out in force in the form of DJ sets from Makyo of the Indian-influenced Dakini label, and veteran rave DJs Chris and Richie.

Asagiri Heights Mochiya Campground, 8/26, 2pm (music starts 6pm) until 8/27, 12pm, 5000 (adv), 6000 (door).

Tickets: Ticket Pia (03-5237-9999), Cisco Techno record shop (03-3496-7028), and Technique record shop (03-5458-4143).

For more info, call 03-3407-7341 or email  
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