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Friday, May 26, 2006

Sundays kept cool at Sundown

Club event celebrates three years of laid-back vibes

Club events on a Sunday have long provided a refuge for clubbers seeking a chilled re-entry into some kind of normalcy before the grind of work on a Monday morning.

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Sydney hip-hop duo Hermitude start their worldwide tour at Sundown.

In London, when acid house was at its peak in the late 1980s, Gilles Peterson's Sunday Sessions played rare groove, jazz and hip-hop to a generation of post-clubbing comedown kids, while in the 1990s Tom and Ed of The Chemical Brothers, Andrew Weatherall and David Holmes (before being handpicked as Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh's soundtrack composer of choice) DJed at the Heavenly Sunday Social, which had the music policy, "anything good goes."

While reluctant to pigeonhole the music policy at his Sundown events in Sangenjaya, Tokyo resident Greg McMaster, Sundown cofounder alongside Matt Innes, describes the vibe as "downtempo." A previous event in March saw a typically eclectic lineup where an Antipodean acoustic singer/songwriter was quickly followed by an experimental Tokyo breakbeats unit augmented by live saxophone.

For the forthcoming event on May 28, Sundown's third anniversary, Sydney hip-hop duo Hermitude will be performing live. The show is the start of a four-month worldwide tour in support of their latest album, "Tales of the Drift," which was released on the Australian underground label Elefant Trax.

Completing the lineup at Sundown is Tokyo electronica artist Hardliner, Japanese/N.Y. act The LP and Tourettes, a freestyle MC from New Zealand. Sundown DJs will also be spinning bossa nova, jazz and more, and there will projections on an outside screen on A-bridge's panoramic eighth-floor balcony and on the inside walls.

Sundown's third anniversary takes place May 28, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. at A-bridge, Sangen Bldg. RF, 2-14-2 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. A-bridge is a short walk from Sangenjaya Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line. Visit www.sundown.jp to access a map and to reserve advance tickets for 1,200 yen. Tickets are also available at the door (1,500 yen).

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