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Freaky Flow & MC Flipside

Freaky Flow
Photos by Mark Bartkiw

Following a May visit that introduced Tokyo clubbers to the sounds of Toronto drum ' bass, DJ Freaky Flow and MC Flipside return for two dates, this time to headline their own "Balance" parties at clubs Kuaile and Core in Roppongi.

Like Tokyo, Toronto has for the last few years been assiduously absorbing the sounds of British drum 'n' bass through regular tours by leading UK DJs. Also like Tokyo, Toronto has begun to breed its own drum 'n' bass DJs and MCs, of whom Freaky Flow and MC Flipside are the leaders.

Still in his early twenties, Freaky Flow is already a veteran DJ with years of club engagements, raves and production work under his belt. Originally from Philadelphia, Flow is credited with introducing hip hop-style scratching into drum 'n' bass, something which he says was not initially accepted by purists.

"Another difficulty I had to overcome was I was coming into the drum and bass scene from a hip hop perspective," he explained recently. "People would say 'Stop scratching. Scratching doesn't belong in drum and bass.'"

MC Flipside

Persevering, Flow and partner-in-crime MC Flipside were ultimately able to win over first audiences and then big-time promoters with their alternative vision of drum 'n' bass. Their success has led to headlining engagements at Toronto's massive "Liquid Adrenaline" party, which brought out 6000 ravers this June 23. They also keep their profile high, co-hosting the "Late Night Trippin'" weekly radio show on Canada's Energy Radio 107.9 FM, and Flow is also busy doing production work for his Placebo Recordings imprint.

Recent releases from Freaky Flow - often labeled "Toronto's Jungle Scratchmaster" - include Obscene Underground and his most recent mix CD Tits, Canada's best-selling ever jungle mix CD, now available in Tokyo record stores.

The shows are being promoted by Groove Kitchen, a new player on Tokyo's nightlife scene. Groove Kitchen's Marcellus Nealy says that, with their events, their goal is nothing less than "to break the New York-London monopoly."

Roppongi Kuaile, 10/27, 10pm; Roppongi Core, 10/28, 10pm; JY3500, JY2500 (w/flier). Info: Groove Kitchen 5362-9490.

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