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Friday, April 21, 2006


Psychedelic radar 04.21

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, April 22

TPE Records party

TPE presents "The Kicks and Kingdom" at Differ Ariake in Odaiba. Live acts Space Cat, System Nipel, Electro Sun and Visual Contact plus DJ sets by Ziki (Noga Records), Bog and Chabo and P'N'O.

Party starts around 10 p.m. Tickets are 6,000 yen at the door. Ariake Differ is less than 10 minutes on foot from Kokusai Tenjijo Station (Rinkai Line) and Ariake Station (Yurikamome Line).

Space Cat (Avi Algranati) is enjoying an unlikely renaissance since the release of his last solo album almost two summers ago. Hooking up with Ari Linker (Alien Project) to create Alien vs. The Cat has reignited both of these geniuses. This really shows in their "Gathering 2005" DVD clips. Space Cat has scored straight A's since 1999.

System Nipel, Electro Sun and Visual Contact have all contributed excellent recent entries on compilations from Com.Pact Records ("Back to Galaxy"), Utopia Records ("Pure Imagination 3") and Translucent Productions ("The Ayahuasca Experience"). DJ Ziki's Noga Records landed the Japan sales for all three releases, if you want an idea of the kind of fun that might be in his CD case.

Saturday, April 29

Sirius Records presents "Absolum" at Tokyo Kinema Club.

Live act "Absolum" (3D Vision) plus DJs Tokage, Miki, Noko and Unagi. Starts at 11 p.m. Tickets are 3,000 yen advance, or 4,000 yen at the door.

Sirius recently launched its own mobile site at www.sirius-records.com/k/

Saturday, April 29

Psy16 presents "Weird Science" at Funk Time in Shinjuku. This kooky themed party features the talented hands of mad scientist Drs. Batta, Kemix, Pedro, YK, O-Perry and Asteca.

Start time is 10 p.m. At the door, it's 2,500 yen (or 2,000 yen with a flier). All entries include one drink.

Saturday, April 29

Solstice Music presents "New Maps of Hyperspace 2006" at Makuhari Messe (exhibition hall Nos. 2 and 3) in Chiba Prefecture. Advance tickets are 8,000 yen (or 9,000 yen at the door). This event is also being staged in Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Kanazawa -- see Web site for dates.

Live acts 1200 Micrograms, GMS, Hujaboy and Gataka. DJs Raja Ram (Shpongle/1200 Mics), Dimitri D.K.N and Solstice resident Ryo.

This event has all the makings of a future DVD release from Solstice. And I hope that DVD includes an entire Raja Ram DJ set.

May 4 and 5 (Thurs., Fri.)

Mother Records presents "Ground Beat" spring open-air at Kiyosato Kougen in Yamanashi Prefecture. Tickets are 7,500 yen advance (or 8,500 yen at the gate). Check the Web site now for a special price on presale tickets. Parking will cost 2,000 yen.

Live acts Protoculture, Son Kite, Wizzy Noise, X-Noize, D-Nox and Beckers, and Astron. DJs will be Mother resident Ta-Ka, D-Nox, Beckers, Marcus (Son Kite), So (Labyrinth), Nate Raunemheimer, Daijiro, Batta and more. Plus, there's a whole Chillout Village, with Artman, Dominic, Seb and more.

CD Case -- Full-On

"We Speak Music," by Ananda Shake (Utopia Records/Noga Records)

"Re-Start," compiled by Ananda Shake (Utopia Records/Noga Records)

Ananda Shake -- We Speak Music
Re-Start, compiled by Ananda Shake

"We Speak Music" is the second Ananda Shake album for Osher Swissa and Lior Edri, a brilliant Israeli pair who wish to speak to you in breathtaking full-on terms.

Osher and Lior may have started out with an old-school Goa type vibe, but "We Speak Music" is a masterpiece of the new technologies that are transforming studios around the world. Combining more than 15 years of experience, these two have achieved a unique combination of the hypnotic, playful and forceful, all while operating in a range that's not harsh on the senses.

Favorite track here is "Ground Speed" (145 bpm), which opens with a retro vocal plucked from the public domain before grabbing your head with a delicious galloping melody. The rest of the album is full of original directions and captivating melodies that will take on new life when you hear them played on a big sound system.

"Re-Start," released last September, is an excellent example of what happens when maturity is allowed to outrank vanity. This is a solid compilation, nothing overdone right down to its sharp cover art.

The CD includes among other sharp tracks an overwhelming remix to Deedrah's masterpiece "Self Oscillation" by Ananda Shake, and some powerful morning anthems by Vibe Tribe, Phanatic (formerly Bizzare Contact), Freaked Frequency and Alternative Control.

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

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