Selected by Don Crispy



An authentic taste of the New York house scene will be on offer over at the reinvigorated club Playa in Azabujuban when DJ/production duo Thunderpuss take to the decks on September 14.

Coming together in New York in 1995, Thunderpuss teams Chris Cox and Barry Harris, both dance music veterans with strong remixing and DJ credentials. After a steady release of remixes, they struck it big in 1998, reaping a Grammy award for best dance recording for their work on disco queen Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder' "Kiss the Rain." They followed that up with a remix of Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right But It's OK," which spent three weeks atop the Billboard dance music charts in 1999, rescuing Houston's career in the process.

In addition to their success with "It's Not Right But It's OK," Thunderpuss ruled the charts with a total of six #1 dance remixes in 1999, including the Pet Shop Boys' "New York City Boy" and "17 Again" for the Eurythmics. Their most recent remix, Ultra Nate's "Desire," appeared in July.

Thunderpuss are also much sought after as DJs on the US club circuit, with Harris often invited to perform as a special guest with hard house heavyweight Junior Vasquez on Saturday nights at New York's scene-leading club Twilo.

The upcoming night at Playa will also offer a chance to hear some fresh tracks before they hit the radio, as Thunderpuss like to test out remixes on audiences before they send them off to record companies. "Things always sound differently in a club than they do in the studio," Cox said in a recent interview with NAJM. "So we try to do that whenever possible."

Providing domestic support will be veteran Tokyo house DJs Turbo and Takuya Kusajima.

Thunderpuss: Playa, 9/14, 9pm, JY3500 (adv), JY4000 (door). Tel: 3568-2380.

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