Selected by Don Crispy
Photos courtesy of Odyssey
Leading techno mischief
maker Takkyu Ishino and his clever electropop unit Denki Groove
return with the third edition of Wire next Saturday at Yokohama Arena.
Since launching in 1999, the event has grown into the countrys biggest indoor rave,
with some 10,000 dance fanatics grooving to a mixture of Japanese, American and European
This years Wire will feature some familiar faces from past years, as well as some
acts that are mostly unknown to audiences in Japan.
First in the lineup are Takkyu Ishino and Denki Groove, the unit he formed with Pierre
Taki. Denki Groove celebrates ten years of existence this year and has just
released a new album, The Last Supper, on Sony Ki/oon. Influenced by the quirky,
mechanistic sounds of German groups like Kraftwerk, Denki Groove has been phenomenally
successful in Europe and repay the favor by promoting German techno in Japan.
For these reasons, they are again inviting leading German techno figures Westbam
and DJ Hell to perform at Wire. Credited with founding Berlins
notorious Love Parade, Westbam has been behind their anthems Sonic Empire and
Sunshine. DJ Hell, meanwhile, fuses the rigid minimalism of Detroit techno
with houses softer edges on tracks such as Dans Le Parc.
Other familiar faces include
DJ Jeff Mills, a frequent visitor to Tokyo and one of the leading
purveyors of the minimalist Detroit sound, and Fumiya Tanaka, whose
vision runs from Detroit to more experimental, abstract techno.
Among the less familiar acts, Belgiums C.J. Bolland is an
acknowledged maestro of techno but an infrequent visitor to Japan. Initially specializing
in hard-edged rave tracks, he has released softer techno anthems such as
Horsepower and Sugar Is Sweeter, in addition to remixing work for
acts such as Orbital and the Prodigy.
Also less well-known in Japan are Ural 13 Diktators from Helsinki. Led by
Patrick Crowley, the group is at the forefront of the take-no-prisoners, high BPM
NRG style popular in Northern Europe.
Rounding out the bill is Secret Cinema from Rotterdam, who will be
playing live, and DJs Tasaka from Tokyo and Monika Kruse
For those with stamina, a Wire01 pre-party will take place at Liquid
Room on Friday night, with popular Tokyo DJs Toby and Kagami, as well as special
guests Steve Bug and Cle from Berlin.
Wire01 takes place at
Yokohama Arena on Sept 8. See concert listings for details.