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The Vinyl Word

By Jules Quartly  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chewie tells it like it is.

PHOTO: JULES QUARTLY, TAIPEI TIMES

Zion is the champion Luxy spin master after last weekend's battle of the local DJs, also featuring Meat Katie, Lee Combs and our very own Reason. The party went on until the early hours and next month there will be a repeat performance.

Tonight, Citrus will be putting on "Shanghai Express" at the city center's super club. SL and Saucey will be the Pied Pipers for the night, which has as its theme "Paris of the East." Women who dress up in qipaos or as Marlene Dietrich will get a gift, as will men who dress up as 1930s gangsters: It's time to dig out those black-and- white shoes, wide-brimmed hats and guitar cases.

The big event tomorrow at Luxy is DJ Krush, a man who needs no introduction, though we will provide one just in case. Possibly Japan's best DJ, Krush combines a multitude of sounds stretching back over the decades into a unique and ambient (but not boring) mix -- truly innovative. The Vinyl Word has been looking forward to this one for some time.

At Ministry of Sound tomorrow it's Ibiza-resident Jo Mills, who will be putting on a "Glamour and Radiance" party. Expect more pyrotechnics, dancers and the works. Wear heels longer than 5cm and get in free of charge before 11pm, if you're a lady. Men wearing heels longer than 5cm deserve a medal, and will also be extended free entry, we have been assured.

Swank is at Liquid Lounge (98, Chungming S Rd) tonight with non-stop deep/tech house and nu-skool breaks. Check out DJ A100 and D'Jones. Cover charge is NT$250, plus drink. Also in Taichung, tonight at Bobos, Chi Funk presents more funk 'n' hip hop with DJ NT and Scratchmaster: 2 Hand.

At AXD tomorrow it's "Back in the Days" with the masterful Victor Cheng and Tiger, with "Chic Direction" for some mixed-up sounds from the last 30 years, led by the inimitable Jimmy Chen, along with Stone and Eric Huang. It's NT$300 before 12pm and after 4am, NT$500 in between.

DJ Chewie, who also promotes at AXD, talked to The Vinyl Word last week about the local scene and said there was a problem introducing cutting-edge acts or dance music that isn't mainstream because there isn't a deep understanding of dance music among most Taiwanese. He gave drum 'n' bass as an example of a musical style that is under-

appreciated here.

"People just want to listen to the same music they are used to, so DJs are afraid of playing the new music because they won't be appreciated. Taiwanese go to the clubs for the music and just listen to it at that time, but they don't listen to it in the day [to develop their tastes]. I can only play house and breaks and there's not the opportunity to play drum 'n' bass."

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