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Dexpistols and Diplo

by Richard Smart

Over the last few years a new genre has come to dominate dance floors across the globe that combines house music and electro with mash-ups and hip-hop, and on Dec. 22 a global ambassador for the sound, Diplo, will join local DJ duo Dexpistols at Womb. Promoting the party are Dexpistols, who will be celebrating the release of “Lesson.06 ‘Roctrax Jam.’ ” The two-CD album will feature music produced by Roc Trax artists, including Dexpistols, and a mix by the duo. Undoubtedly, the Japanese act are heading for bigger things having already supported acts such as Daft Punk, and their move into production will likely see their records appearing in sets by DJs the world over.

The duo see themselves as blurring the boundaries between the rock star and the DJ, so expect plenty of interaction with the crowd, and a record box including tunes from the likes of Daft Punk, Ed Banger artists and local electro/crossover groups such as 80kidz.

Dexpistols will be supported by Thomas Wesley Pentz, AKA Diplo, who gets his DJ name from a childhood fascination with dinosaurs (it’s short for diplodocus). Diplo has risen to become one of the most influential DJs in Philadelphia, playing a part in the careers of hip-hop groups from the area such as Spank Rock, and has received acclaim for collaborations with crossover artists such as old flame M.I.A.

Diplo is now associated with the likes of Graham Sinden and Switch, DJs that switch genres quickly during their sets and combine house beats with hip-hop MCing. Perhaps his enduring contribution to music, however, will be his efforts to promote baile funk, a Brazilian form of hip-hop that adds elements of breaks and electro. As well as featuring numerous examples of this music in his sets, Diplo has also worked on a movie documenting the scene in Brazil, 2009′s “Favela on Blast.”

Away from baile funk, Diplo sets tread the now-becoming familiar territory of mash-ups, house and techno, and is not afraid to get cheesy from time to time — see the last track on his 2008 Pitchfork mix, a hip-hop-flavored reworking of cartoon prankster Bart Simpson’s “Do the Bartman.” Expect this mix of crowd-pleasers, obscure mixes and floor-fillers to go down very well with the crowd.

Dexpistols and Roc Trax presents “Lesson.06 Roctrax Jam” takes place at Womb in Tokyo on Jan. 23. Tickets are ¥4,000 For more information, visit www.womb.co.jp