Bumper weekend for Tokyo clubs

Nov 16, 2007

Bumper weekend for Tokyo clubs

This weekend, Tokyo’s clubs feature sets from some of the giants of the Japanese dance-music scene, and while it will be impossible to catch all the artists, going to Air, Ageha or Womb will offer a good idea of the nation’s electronic-music offerings. At ...

Acid-house pioneer shakes Tokyo

Nov 9, 2007

Acid-house pioneer shakes Tokyo

The death of music impresario Tony Wilson in August this year led to tributes from across the world, and recently the movie “Control,” a biopic of late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, was released to critical acclaim. What do these two events have in ...

Soul goes Hi-Tek with Derrick May

Nov 2, 2007

Soul goes Hi-Tek with Derrick May

“Basically I’m trying to save the world from bad . . . soulless music in whatever form that may be,” 44-year-old DJ Derrick May says on his Web site. So its pretty safe to say there will be no remixes of Spice Girls songs ...

A slow drink coming

Sep 21, 2007

A slow drink coming

At Takahata Wine Harvest Festival next month the quality of booze will not be a problem — and neither will your conscience as you nurse a hangover the next day. “We’re fully-fledged members of the international and regional slow-food movement nonprofit organizations, Slow Food ...

Sep 7, 2007

Orbital adventures

Those who watch Phil Hartnoll at Clash26 will see one of British dance music’s most influential artists. As one half of the pop-techno duo Orbital — with his brother Paul — Hartnoll cowrote “Chime,” one of the first dance-music anthems, and helped to transform ...

Step into her world

Jul 13, 2007

Step into her world

For more than a decade, DJ Mary Anne Hobbs has built a reputation at BBC Radio 1 for having musical tastes that are as cutting edge as they are eclectic. In the past, her show was as likely to feature guest DJ sets by ...

Viral sounds from South London

May 18, 2007

Viral sounds from South London

As well as the usual high-speed tempos and dark basslines you might expect, the “Drum and Bass Sessions” night on May 19 at Unit in Daikanyama, Tokyo will host dubstep practitioner Skream. The young producer will be “battling” DJ Zinc, one of the more ...

Not an every day script

May 18, 2007

Not an every day script

Enter a male student bedsit in Britain in the late 1990s and you’d likely be confronted by a copy of the Alex Garland novel “The Beach,” posters of the movie “Trainspotting” on the wall and a bunch of albums from independent dance-music record labels ...

Snow Groove like Yuzawa's

Mar 9, 2007

Snow Groove like Yuzawa's

The inaugural Snow Groove, which takes place March 24-25 at Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu, Yuzawa and the main strip of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture, is a weekend for those who wish to ski/snowboard all day and party all night. One of the aims ...