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The cutting edge in Berlin electronica will be on display at Yellow in Nishiazabu when ~scape label' Jan Jelinek and Stephan Betke join leading Japanese techno forces in a night entitled Moxa.

From their base in Berlin, Jelinek and Betke have been steadily reinventing the vocabulary of techno, humanizing the clinical sounds of German techno with liberal helpings of jazz and dub. For his first full-length album for ~scape, this year's Loop-finding-jazz records, Jelinek cut up second-long jazz samples and recombined them into minimalist techno compositions. "The tweaked jazz samples bring a rhythmic and melodic sense that distinguishes Jelinek from his Berlin peers," said a reviewer for Sonicnet. "Loop-finding evokes warm pinks, whites and yellows instead of shades of industrial gray."

Betke, meanwhile, is best known by his Pole moniker, under which he has released a range of 12"s and CDs. Over the past year, he has issued a series of three CDs, which take the subterranean rhythms of dub one step further by layering in otherworldly hisses and crackles. A new album, R, is due out in September.

Alongside Jelinek and Betke, one of Japan's leading abstract/experimental DJs, Kensei, will be manning the decks. Live performances are also on the bill from Japanese breakbeats artists Numb and Computer Soup.

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Womb

An entirely different sort of sound will be on offer at Womb, when DJ David De Pino spins the sounds of New York garage house as part of the Paradise Garage World Tour. The event pays tribute to the 25th anniversary of the legendary '70s-'80s New York nightclub Paradise Garage, and precedes a massive retrospective to be held in New York in October.

The Paradise Garage was where the late, great DJ Larry Levan held forth for over a decade, until the closing of the club in 1987. During that time he advanced the art of DJing to the point it has reached today, and played host to parties where the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Diana Ross would hang out and perform. He also influenced a generation of DJs from David Morales to Danny Tenaglia.

David De Pino was Levan's warm-up DJ at the Paradise Garage, and since Levan's death in 1992 has gone on to forge his own career. His Tuesdays at Tracks parties drew thousands following the demise of Paradise Garage, and in the '90s, he hosted well-regarded parties The Power House and The Playground. He has also worked with the likes of David Morales and Little Louis Vega.
Providing backup for De Pino will be Tokyo DJs Toru Takahashi and Nori.

Moxa@Yellow, 9/21, 10pm, JY4000 w/1d. Tel: 3479-0690. www.club-yellow.com
Paradise Garage World Tour@Womb, 9/23, 10pm, JY3500 w/2d. Tel: 5459-3939. www.womb.co.jp

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