Yoji Biomehanika

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Yoji Biomehanika
Yoji Biomehanika: Matching hairstyle and sound
Cutting Edge

Japan' most colorful DJ is on the warpath celebrating the release of his new album, Technicolor NRG Show. Yoji Biomehanika's tour wraps up with an after-hours set on Apr 8 at Velfarre in Roppongi.

With his Technicolor shock of hair and pedal-to-the-metal DJ style, Biomehanika has been raising the adrenaline level over the past few years with residencies at Tokyo's Viva and Osaka's Ultra Pumpin' parties.

The new CD - released in Japan on the Cutting Edge imprint and overseas on England's Hellhouse label - is a compendium of some of Biomehanika's favorite tracks, mixed as he might during a set at one of his parties. With songs by hard-hitters Do The Nasty, Crash Boom Bang and many other leaders, the CD captures Biomehanika's formidable, high-BPM, trance-on-steroids take on the Nu NRG style.

After touring Canada and Holland, Mehanika returns to Japan for a brief break before heading off to key clubs of London, Fridge and Cloud 9.

Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills: Detroit innovator

Meanwhile, Detroit techno freaks will be psyched to hear that Jeff Mills - master of the lean, industrial Detroit sound - will be returning to Japan after a long absence. Mills will man the decks this Tue at Luners in Azabujuban for one of his marathon sets, with backing from Japanese minimal techno specialist Fumiya Tanaka (Torema Records).

A founding member of seminal Detroit label Underground Resistance in the late '80s, early Mills tracks such as "Waveform" captured his fusion of hardcore acid with the stripped-down Detroit esthetic.

In 1992, Mills relocated to New York where a residency at the famed Limelight and a new contract with respected German label Tresor brought him to a worldwide audience.

More recently, Mills has been releasing albums with Sony Japan and England's React, with whom he issued Live At Liquid Room, Tokyo, in 1996.

His latest project is an unusual new score for the 1926 cinematic masterpiece Metropolis by German director Fritz Lang.

Yoji Biomehanika: Velfarre, 4/8, from 5:30am, JY4000 w/1d. Tel: 03-3402-8000. Info: 

Jeff Mills: Luners, 4/3, 10pm, JY3000 (adv), JY3500 (door), w/1d. Tel: 03-3586-6383.

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