Selected by Don Crispy
This weekend looks
set to be another banner one in clubland, with a number of compelling events scheduled for
the pre-holiday Sunday, and a big outdoor trance fest in Nagano prefecture for the truly
First off is Oliver Ho, an up-and-coming London DJ who will be gracing the decks at
notorious Aoyama techno pit Maniac Love on Sunday in a party entitled Housedust.
Tapped as one of the leading artists on technos progressive edge, the 20-something
Ho began to make waves with his debut release, last years Sentience (Blueprint).
More recently, he launched his own Meta imprint to release his second long-player,
Listening To The Voice Inside. With multi-layered percussion hinting at Latin and African
rhythms, Ho says the album is about taking things back to a more primitive
dance-oriented Meta label, Ho is also launching two other imprints. Light and Dark is
where club music can meet formless music, while Exist is about,
completely removing the dance music ingredient
and moving towards something
At Maniac, Ho will be joined by veteran Tokyo turntablist Shufflemaster, respected as one
of the citys leading techno spinners.
Meanwhile, over in Nishi Azabu, San Francisco DJ/artist Mark Farina will be giving a
clinic in the super-chilled deep house and abstract sounds of his Mushroom Jazz CD series
in the party Supercali.
Cutting his teeth in the Chicago house scene, Farina relocated to San Francisco where he
hooked up with Om Records in the mid-90s. Releasing the first of three in his
Mushroom Jazz series in 1996, Farina has developed a reputation for his formidable mixing
skills and jazzy, trip hop and abstract sounds.
At Yellow, Farina will be in
good company with DJs Mochizuki, Nori and Jun (usually of Loop) providing backup.
Finally, day-glo trance heads have a few more chances to get freaky in the mountains
before the weather turns cold. This weekend will see a banner crop of DJs and live acts at
the Gathering in Nagano prefecture. In addition to stalwart Japanese talents such as the
indefatigable Tsuyoshi and Mitsumoto, the event will also feature the much-vaunted act
Hallucinogen of Twisted Records, G.M.S. of T.I.P. records and live German trance duo
X-Dream. The party follows in the footsteps of the long-running Vision Quest event.
Meanwhile, in late-breaking news, Womb has just confirmed that it will be hosting the bad
girl of rap, Lil Kim, in her first visit to Japan. Instead of rapping, Kim will be
the guest DJ at an event, Naked Spin, sponsored by M.A.C. cosmetics, that mixes house
music with state-of-the-art body painting. Naked Spin will also feature local house DJs
Emma, Envy and Minoru Nishikawa, with hosts Anthony and Mia adding just the right note of
Housedust@Maniac Love, 9/23, ----. Tel: 3406-1166.
Supercali@Yellow, 9/23, 9pm, JY4000 w/1d. Tel: 3479-0690. www.club-yellow.com
Gathering 2001@Kodama no Mori Campsite, Nagano Prefecture, 9/22-23, JY10,000 (adv),
JY11,000 (door). Tickets available at Cisco and Technique record stores.
Naked Spin@Womb, 9/25, 11pm, JY4000. Tel: 5459-3939. www.womb.co.jp