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Friday, March 3, 2006


Psychedelic radar 03.10

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, March 11

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Mother Records presents "BNE Records Label Party Direct Source" (Supported by Soulclipse Turkey 2006) at Camelot Court in Shibuya. Live acts Atomic Pulse, Oforia and Time Lock plus DJs Ta-Ka and Daijiro.

No start time is listed, but it's probably 11 p.m. The door charge will be 5,500 yen and worth it for this lineup. This party was originally scheduled for Club Citta in Kawasaki.

Saturday, March 18

Vision Quest Tokyo presents "Computech Vision" at Differ Ariake in Odaiba. Live acts Astrix, S.U.N. Project and Psycraft. DJs Ami and Roger Jordon.

Starts at 10 p.m. Advanced tickets are 6,000 yen (or 7,000 yen at the door). This party will also be held at Zepp Osaka on Monday, March 20.

Monday, March 20

Solstice Music presents "The Delta Force 2006" at Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba. It's a Monday night event because Tuesday is a holiday for many people. Live acts X-Dream, The Delta and Midimiliz, plus DJs Xavier and Ryo.

Starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are 6,000 yen advance, or 7,000 yen at the door. X-Dream has been playing its lives with that good, old, hard tekno bent of yesteryear and slaying even the younger undisciplined crowds. This event will also be held Saturday, March 18, at Zepp Osaka.

CD Case -- Full-On

"The Natural Waves of Sound 003," compiled by DJ Phantomas (Com.Pact Records , Noga Records)

Noga Records -- Natural Waves of Sound,

You think I typed "Full-On" up above when I really mean "Ambient," don't you? Welcome to CDs With Misleading Titles.

Compiled by Swiss DJ Phantomas (Thomas Wlprachtiger), "The Natural Waves of Sound 003" sounds by the title and even looks on the cover like something for the chill section. Having not heard the first two installments in the series, I had this earmarked for the ambient stack. Imagine my surprise when the first track ("First Hand," Krunch) bumped into a big fat 144-bpm bassline just half a minute in. The track list offered no major clues, with acts like Sesto Sento and Lish having already spun some brilliant downtempo stuff on last year's lounge classic "Unwind" lounge classic. OK, Bizarre Contact on Track 6 was a remarkable clue, but who knew? Anyway, it's all intelligent full-on.

Getting beyond that whole "don't judge a book by its cover" thing, the "Natural Waves" series is all about presenting fresh, innovative sounds. "003" was just released last month in Japan (Noga Records) but already these numbers are getting some play time. Phantomas did an excellent job lining up tracks that can successively cannibalize the building energy of each sonic story. The overall sound is sharp and vivid. The production quality is excellent. DJ you want this CD.

Only the name and a perception that as "003" it's somehow incomplete will keep this compilation from being one of 2006's highest sellers.

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

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