Derrick May & Kevin
Selected by Don Crispy
|Xavier Morel: Trance a la France
Fully soundproofed and
boasting a powerful lineup of DJs in the coming weeks, Shibuya' Womb is finally on
track to assume its rightful place among Tokyo's top dance clubs. An upcoming event on
June 15 - Birthday - sees world-leading DJs and techno innovators Derrick May
and Kevin Saunderson join forces for a four-turntable face-off, the first of its
kind in Asia.
While Derrick May is a frequent visitor to Japan, the upcoming visit will mark his first
to Womb. As a member, along with Juan Atkins and Derrick Saunderson, of
pivotal of early Detroit techno producers Deep Space Soundworks, May has been
synonymous with techno since the early '80s.
Mating the warm strings of the emerging house sound with the harder, percussive edge of
Detroit techno, May was responsible for essential early techno tracks such as
"Strings of Life," which he released from his Transmat label.
With the explosion of house and rave in the '90s, May has been accorded demigod status,
DJing worldwide (including occasional sets at Liquid Room and most recently, Luners)
and releasing mix compilations for Sony, among others.
|Derrick May: Detroit's finest
Along with May and Atkins
another member of the trio also termed the Belleville Three, Kevin Saunderson met
up with the pair while attending Belleville Junior High in Detroit. Influenced equally by
the funk of Parliament/Funkadelic and the synth-pop of Kraftwerk, Saunderson formed his
own KMS records in 1986 and began releasing singles such as "Bounce Your Body
to the Box," which soon became an underground hit, influencing the burgeoning acid
house scene in Britain.
Forming the group Inner City with vocalist Paris Grey, Saunderson began
production work in Britain, where the rave scene was providing a growing amount of
employment. Inner City achieved Top Ten hits in England with "Big Fun" and
In the '90s, Saunderson has continued to release more pop-oriented work with Inner City,
as well as harder sounds under monikers such as Reese, Tronik House and E-Dancer.
He has also recently released LPs as part of Studio!K7's X-Mix series, including
1998s X-Mix: Transmission from Deep Space Radio, as well as DJing the world over...
Meawhile, Movements of Electronic Body Music, an event this coming Friday, June 8
marks Womb's first big trance session, with French DJ Xavier Morel topping up a
lineup that also includes Equinox DJs Masa, Kotaro and a live set from Spiritjack.
Hailing from Paris, Morel has been a major name as a DJ and creator on the trance scene
since the early '90s, getting his first big break as a collaborator with Juno Reactor
on the superb Bible of Dreams album. Also working as an A&R man for key trance imprint
Blue Room Released in the mid-'90s, Morel recently launched his own label, Atomic
Reactor, with releases from emerging acts Male or Female, Spectral and Generic
Funk to name a few. In Japan, Morel has been closely allied with Equinox, contributing
his uplifting blend of trance to many an Equinox party over the past few years.
Electronic Body Music: Womb, 6/8, 9pm, JY4000, w/1d. Tel: 5459-3939.
Birthday: Womb, 6/15, 11pm, JY4000, w/1d. Tel: 5459-3939. www.womb.co.jp