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XLII

by Mike Sunda

Special To The Japan Times

A mainstay of the Tokyo underground electronic scene and cofounder of the Raid System label/collective,

XLII (pronounced slee) also regularly tours Europe, where his fan base stretches from London to Kiev. Here he shares tried-and-tested dancefloor destroyers with The Japan Times, including a tune from his own “Neon High” EP, released on Civil Music back in May.

Opening Number: Shin Mitamura — “Koroshi Monku” [Canyon]: Funked-out, sleazy 1980s yakuza enka that everyone has forgotten about. If people were going to leave the floor, the sheer shock of hearing this in a club makes them stay and produces plenty of laughs.

Golden Oldie: Max Romeo — “Chase The Devil” [Charmax Music]: Similar to the one above, but also works well outside Japan. Even if people don’t know the original, everyone knows the Prodigy’s version (“Out of Space”). Shoving some heavy-rolling dubstep underneath is a no-brainer.

New Classic: Star Eyes — “Disappear (Dexplicit Remix)” [Dexplicit Remix]: This tune came out a couple of years ago and I still can’t stop playing it, even now in 2012.

Floor Filler: XLII — “Rasclap” [Civil Music]: This is my tune, from my “Neon High” EP. It won’t necessarily fill the floor, but it will definitely keep people on it and will hype them up nicely. So long as you demonstrate “gun fingers” and shout “Bommm!” at the appropriate part, people will take it up and keep it up.

Must-Listen: fLako — “Broken Toy” [Project: Mooncircle]: This tune is 125 bpm, but really it feels like some sort of wonky hip-hop — a dancefloor defibrillator for all the zombies lurching at the back.

Set Closer: Aquasky — “Frontline” feat. Tenor Fly [Passenger]: I’m not a fan of full-on, grungy dubstep but this tune works wonders for closing sets. Kicks off as an easy-to-follow reggae track and then launches into a dubstep floor-smasher. It’s long and varied enough to be able to pack up and make room for the next DJ while the audience is busy rub-a-ducking.

XLII plays A.P.A. Night at Midori.so in Meguro-ku, Tokyo, on Oct. 20 (7 p.m.; admission is free). For more information, visit www.midori.so or www.xliimusic.com