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Friday, March 3, 2006


Psychedelic radar 03.03

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, March 4

Dears Music International presents "Sweet Dreams 2006 Part 2" at Serbian Night in Kawasaki.

Live act Hypersonic (Phonokol) plus DJs Kemix (Earthcore), Ino (Psychedelic Bushido), Wataru and Oz. Starts at 11 p.m. Entrance is 4,000 yen at the door.

Serbian Night is a great but small live house about five minutes walk from JR Kawasaki Station. In addition to an excellent sound system, graphics projection is good on the stage and there's a full view of the street below from around the bar. The vibe on the dancefloor can be good, but the ventilation isn't enough to handle more than a dozen smokers at once.

Sunday, March 5

122mg presents "Open The Big Window" at Ariake Nishi-Futoh Park, near Ariake Bay Mall in Odaiba.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. and goes until around 6 p.m. DJs Yojiro, Goma, 8ch, baBoooo, Rina and more.

The nearest stations appear to be Kokusai Tenjijo on both the Yurikamome and Rinkai lines.

CD Case -- Full-On

"Pure Imagination 3," compiled by DJ Ido (Utopia Records, Noga Records)

Noga Records -- Pure Imagination 3

Like last year, 2006 looks to be another solid year for trance labels in Japan. And not just for the big boys at Vision Quest and Solstice Music, who put out a total of 35 new releases in 2005.

Noga Records, Japan's "next generation trance label," which emerged out of small party fave True Trance, has been deftly filling out its music catalog over the past year by getting in on distribution deals with full-on labels in Israel like Com.Pact Records and Utopia Records in addition to their own releases, like DJ Ziki's "Tokyo-Tel Aviv" and the "Karmachanic's" albums last summer.

"Pure Imagination 3" is the third chapter in Utopia Records' melodic full-on psytrance series and compiled by label head, DJ Ido. "PI 3" features 10 previously unreleased tracks by veteran artists and top upcoming talents: Space Cat vs. Perplex, Bizzare Contact and Ultravoice, Audiotec, Mahamudra, Phanatic, Freaked Frequency, System Nipel, Rumble Pack and Brain Damage. If you are looking for a sneak preview of what can be expected later in 2006, this is it.

Compared to some other releases with the Noga sticker, this compilation doesn't push as hard but it's every bit as fast, staying around 145 bpm until the last track. This is psy-trance for the deep thinker in you. Music released in the winter is usually conceived in the warmer months and sounds much better played outdoors. This compilation runs true to that and should make for some really nice Japanese summer nights as the calendar flips a page or two more.

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

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