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Friday, Feb. 17, 2006


Psychedelic radar 02.17

Special to The Japan Times Online

Friday, Feb. 17

Liquidnote presents "Free Party -- Liquid Bloom" at Ark Studio Cube326 in the Shibaura district of Minato Ward. Starts at 11 p.m.

On one dancefloor will be DJs Uscus (Anoyo), Ree.K (Hypnodisk/Space Gathering), Joe.. (Masala Sounz), Tao (Liquidnote), Jun Funaki (Octagon), and Kenta (Samon Trxxx).

And on another dancefloor, the Liquid Groove Floor, will be DJs Finediner (Zenon/ Groove Zone), Yu-Ta (Planet Dance/Log), Up-Shy (Psy-Roundabout), Maki (Liquidnote/ Zerogravity), Organic Sound System (Re:Creation), and Ken (Psy/ How Sweet).

This will be a largely downtempo affair by looks of it, with heaps of progressive and weird funk piled high and deep. It's worth going just to see what Ree.K will pull out of the box. Cube326 is a great little club not far from JR Tamachi Station and the subway Mita Station.

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Saturday, Feb. 18

Solstice Music presents "Twisted Tour 2006" at Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba. Opens at 10 p.m. Entrance is 7,000 yen at the door.

Live acts Hallucinogen, Younger Brother, and Prometheus -- all Twisted Records -- plus DJ sets by Tristan and Solstice resident Ryo.

This event is also being staged Friday, Feb. 17 in Nagoya, Feb. 24 in Sapporo, and Feb. 25 in Osaka. See the Solstice Web site for up to date lineups at other locations and advance ticket information.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Dears Music International presents "Sweet Dreams 2006 Part 1 -- Safi Connection Japan Tour" at Serbian Night in Kawasaki , supported by Psychedelic Bushido.

Live act Safi Connection (Spliff Music) plus DJs Kemix (Earthcore), Ino (Psychedelic Bushido), Butaro (Psychedelic Bushido), and Muffin (Psychedelic Bushido). Entrance is 4,000 yen at the door.

CD Case -- Ambient

"Sines and Singularities," Bluetech (Aleph Zero, released in November)

Bluetech - Sines and Singularities

The first time I ever really listened seriously to a Bluetech live set was at "Gathering 2005" last September, early on the second night. Being held captive in my tent by an irregular rain shower made it easy to enjoy the spiritual downtempo respite.

Now, I love to dance and I love to dream. And the cool thing is that when I'm chilling down with "Sines and Singularities," Evan Bluetech's second album, I can do both at once. Already applauded in North America, the Bluetech sound is vivid and distinctly vibrant. This is the first ambient release I have ever really looked forward to getting my hands on.

"Sines and Singularities" is an exploration of new realms of sonic structures. Diverse and colorful, this album offers a more complete perspective of the Bluetech sound, ambient with danceable appeal. "Sines" is an excellent ambassador for Aleph Zero, which previously brought us the ground-breaking "Natural Born Chillers" about a year ago.

CD Case -- Full-On

"Revolve Magazine Winter Compilation" (released in December)

Revolve Magazine

Seriously, how long have we been waiting for something like this? The winter version of Revolve Magazine out of the U.K. comes with a 10-CD quality compilation of new or unreleased tracks from various labels around the world, priced at 3 pounds (plus 4 pounds postage), or about 1,500 yen. If you can't find this in the record shops, see the Web site to order it online.

Worth buying just for the MFG track alone, each artist on the winter CD is also interviewed in the magazine, which includes party and other CD reviews from contributors. Other artists on the disc are: Pitch Hikers, Naked Tourist, Scorb, C.O.N.Sequencer, Artifakt, U-Recken, Bliss, Ecliptic and Lamat, a hot act on AP Records.

As far as the magazine itself, the format is a bit small for the amount of text inside. This problem could be fixed by ditching the non-music political content and bumping up point sizes. However, Revolve's publisher Nigel Photon has succeeded where few others have, and even scored some major advertisers (Solstice Music among them) for the winter issue.

All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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