Selected by Don Crispy
|Photos courtesy of Yellow
This Sunday, Apr 22, sees
seminal UK indie label Creation (Oasis, etc.) honcho Alan McGee drop into
Nishiazabu' Yellow for an evening of edgy sounds that will also feature Andrew
Innes from Primal Scream as DJ. Entitled Poptones presents Radio 4, the
night will serve as Japan's introduction to McGee's new label, Poptones (which the
Queen of England has given her personal blessing to by investing in the business), and
will culminate in a live set from Poptone outfit The Montgolfier Brothers.
Named after France's pioneering brothers of the hot air balloon, Manchester's The
Montgolfier Brothers sound as obscure as their name. Lead by singer Mark Tanner, the group
debuted on Poptone last year with Seventeen Stars, an album that NME termed
"an album of subtle majesty... precious and haunting."
Meanwhile, Tokyo techno
dance club par excellence, Maniac Love, kicks off a new night devoted to showcasing
the global DJ scene's rising cutting-edge talents. Submerge, with resident DJs Osamu
M of Brand New Made and Jason Szep of Futique Management, launches on Apr 29
with a set by ascending UK house DJ, Steve Lawler.
Lauded as "one of the house scene's rising stars" by DJ magazine, Lawler
is gaining fame for a deep tribal progressive sound that has earned him residencies in
clubs all around the world, including Twilo in New York, Release in San
Francisco and guest spots at every pioneering club in the UK from Renaissance to Bedrock.
Lawler recently released a double CD on Global Underground's Nu Breed label, which
focuses on the world's up-and-coming DJs. "Steve Lawler's career has slow-burned to
the point where he's now one of the hottest names in the country - known for a restless
creativity and an uncanny ability to make clubbers go wild," read the liner notes.
Criticizing "the tried
and tested mix of big impersonal venues with those brand name DJs far away up on a
stage," resident DJ and organizer Szep says that Submerge aims to offer a more
intimate alternative. Following the upcoming launch party preceding Golden Week, Szep says
that Submerge will continue as a bi-monthly event.
Poptones presents Radio 4: Yellow, 4/22, 5pm, JY2500 w/1d. Info: Smash
03-3444-6751. Submerge: Maniac Love, 4/29, 10pm, JY3500. Tel: 03-3406-1166.