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Mutsumi Osuga

It' been a busy fall for Japan's Space Cowboys, electro-dub group Audio Active. Not only do they have a fresh album out, Spaced Dolls, but they supported Asian Dub Foundation in their Japan tour earlier this fall, before launching their own tour across Europe to support the new album.

Since releasing their first, eponymously titled album in 1993, Audio Active have become a one-band movement, fighting indefatigably in the cause of their favorite music, dub and their favorite weed, marijuana. Citing inspirations like Sun Ra, Jimi Hendrix and Lee Scratch Perry, the five-piece established an ongoing partnership with legendary English dub producer Adrian Sherwood. Sherwood oversaw the recording of their first hit single, "Free The Marijuana," which became something of a dope anthem, and subsequent releases Apollo Choco, Return of the Red I, and their current album.

Incessant touring in Japan, Europe and the US has also shaped a strong word of mouth following for Audio Active, whose live show combines elements of techno, ambient, rock and dub with singer Masa's outrageous antics for an appeal that has been embraced by clubbers and rock and reggae fans alike.

Following in recent tradition, Audio Active will close the year with a Happers All Star tour, headlining with offshoot orthodox Jamaican roots dub unit Dry & Heavy in a tour that is likely to envelop Japan in a pleasant haze of reverb and pot smoke.

Audio Active play Shibuya AX on 12/22. See listings for details.


JAPAN BEAT ARCHIVE:
NOVEMBER
400: Cornelius
SEPTEMBER

393: Mikidozan
391: Shelter 10th Anniversary
389: The beautiful losers

AUGUST
387: Junpei Shiina
383: Umekuichi
JULY
381: P'ez
JUNE
379: Boredoms
377: Dai Sakakibara
375: Dreams Come True
MAY
373: eX-Girl
APRIL
370: Pizzicato Five
MARCH
368: Dub Squad
366: Buffalo Daughter
364: Phew Phew L!ve
362: Fumio Yasuda
FEBRUARY
360: Boom Boom Satellites
358: Kei Kobayashi
JANUARY
356: Cool Drive Makers
354: Bird
351: United Future Organization
349: Audio Active
347: Ondekoza
345: Misia
343: Brahman
341: Puffy
339: Ryukyu Festival 2000
337: Rappagariya
335: Lisa Ono
333: Air Jam 2000
331: Feed
327: Tenkoo Orchestra
325: Wrench
323: Sadao Watanabe
321: Dry & Heavy
319: Bonny Pink
317: Sakura Hills Disco 3000
315: Aco
313: Rovo
311: The Mad Capsule Markets
309: Coldfeet

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