|Courtesy of Liquid Room
DJs come and go, but three-man collective
UFO have remained an essential constant on Tokyo' club scene since their formation in
1990. An upcoming New Year's Eve set at Ebisu Garden Hall will provide the perfect
opportunity to gauge where they are now, a decade later.
With their suave urban flair and passion for funk, R&B, jazz and Latin, the trio
comprised of two Japanese, Tadashi Tabe and Toshio Matsuura, and one
Frenchman, Raphael Sebbag, UFO have cultured the tastes of Tokyo's exploding club
scene, and in the process become leading architects of the Shibuya sound.
Through their weekly residencies at Blue in Aoyama and their monthly Jazzin' parties at
Yellow, UFO have defined not only a sound but also a lifestyle. That lifestyle - one
that blends a healthy respect for the musical achievements of the past with a new artistic
and personal freedom that emerged with the Bubble economy.
UFO has carefully crafted their sound over the years with a series of releases on
England's leading acid jazz label Talkin Loud, and later for Mercury Music sub-label
Brownswood. Their first, self-titled album was released in 29 countries and sold 100,000
units. More recently, an excellent best-of collection, Now and Then appeared in
1997, and their latest album, Bon Voyage, in 1999.
UFO will be DJing with a spectrum of acid jazz, drum 'n' bass, hip hop, and abstract DJs
including: Dego (a.k.a. 4Hero), DJ Krush,
and Patrick Forge, just to name a few from the power-packed lineup.
UFO perform as part of
the 2000Black Countdown party at Ebisu Garden Hall. See listings for details.