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Friday, March 24, 2006


Psychedelic radar 03.24

Special to The Japan Times Online

Friday, March 24


DP Products presents "Invoke" at Club Cube in Roppongi. This is a progressive event featuring guest DJ Pedro (Psy16) plus DP residents Daisuke and Aitchtee along with DJ Eddy.

Party starts at 10 p.m. At the door, it's 2,500 yen, or 2,000 yen with a flier (both include a drink coupon). If you can't find one, try printing out this column with the flier graphic. Check the Web site for the map.

Friday, March 24

"Nuts Night" at Club M in Nishiazabu. According to the flier, the Nuts Models (think "cheerleaders gone wild in Shibuya") will be on hand along with DJ Daniel and an unnamed special guest DJ. The party starts at 10 p.m.

This event, like some others have at M, lists different prices for men and women. Men alone are 3,000 yen (with flier 2,500 yen). The man's guest is 1,500 yen. For women, 2,500 yen by themselves, or 2,000 yen with a flier. All include one drink ticket.

There may be a number of smaller events around town this weekend, however most headlining artists are in Paradise Valley in Turkey this week for Soulclipse.

CD Case -- Ambient

"Efflorescence," by Androcell (Celestial Dragon Records

Androcell -- Efflorescence,

Welcome to the exo-terrestrial chillspace, which surprisingly seems to be located in North America.

For his second Androcell album, producer, digital artist, graphic designer and art director for Saiko Sounds, Tyler Smith -- aka Quasga -- presents us with not only eight incredible tracks but also mind-blowing artwork to go with it. Smith created each panel to match the track. Even without the booklet (inserted in the CD jacket), the listening experience here is deep, but varied enough to match the mood on any chillout floor.

Celestial Dragon is the chillout sub-label of Sonic Dragon Records, which is located in Balmain, Australia. Sonic also has sub-labels for its ecletic music (Faeri Dragon) and its dark manic side -- Manic Dragon, appropriately.

It is surprising but not unwelcome to see so much quality ambient music coming out of North America, which is also the home (in Canada) of Interchill Records and Evan Bluetech. Just as Israeli psychedelic trance has a common vibe, the chill music coming out of North America turns the edge of the danceable zone into a playful dreamscape.

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

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