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The Vinyl Word

By Robert Near  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

So big he only goes by one name, Sasha will headline tonight's Monster Massive.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE LOOP

This weekend it's Halloween, which means adults everywhere will get dressed up and go wild. Accordingly, there are loads of parties across the island.

Starting in Taipei, Nankang 101 hosts Halloween Fright Night. With tickets only NT$1,000 at the door, a haunted house, and New York turntable stalwarts the X-Ecutioners, promoters IPA and Men's Uno expect thousands to turn up.

Fright Night faces stiff competition from the Loop's Monster Massive at the Taipei World Trade Center's Hall 2. Not only is there the Loop's long history and excellent reputation to contend with, there's also the event's headliners: Sasha and the Plump DJs.

Sasha is one of the creators of rave as we know it today. Throwing and playing some of the biggest illegal warehouse parties in England in the late 1980s, he, along with partner John Digweed, rose to prominence with progressive house. He now sits at No. 4 on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs poll, the unquestioned master of smooth mixing and tasteful selection. While they don't have the same history as Sasha, the Plump DJs certainly have a reputation. Their initial CD, 2000's A Plump Night Out brought nu-skool breaks out of the backroom and into the mouths of every music critic in England. Since then, they've produced countless funky beats, cementing their credibility with fans and critics alike.

With these English heavyweights are the Loop DJs: Reason and MC Davi, Kevin Shiu, J-Six and Angie. A second stage, the Twilight Zone, showcases the cream of the Taiwanese crop, including SL and Saucey, Victor, and Tiger and Stone. Orange Boy will also perform his special bondage freak show. The real star, however, should be the vibe. With the Loop urging everyone to dress up to their fullest, people will be letting their hair down and going crazy as only a Halloween crowd can. For all the insane antics and more it'll cost you NT$1,500 at the door. Advance tickets are sold out. For more info, visit www.monstermassive.com.tw.

Then tomorrow, every club in town is having a Halloween party. From Luxy's three-room Sexy Circus of Freaks to Party Room's Horror Win Cosplay Party, you can be assured there'll be loads of costumes, music, drinks, drinks, and more drinks.

In Taichung tomorrow, the Swank DJs are doing their thing with Poison Ivy. The Spybots will provide the indie rock, MC Batho the hip-hop, while Blueman plus the Swank DJs bring the funk, house, and electro. Held at the new club Popin', located behind the train station in Taichung's Central Mall at 10F, 186 Fuxing Road Sec 4 (復興路四段186號10樓), this'll be the biggest party in central Taiwan. Wonderland decor and “on-site nurses” promise to make this night extra special. NT$600 door damage includes one drink.

There's also plenty afoot further down south. Tomorrow, Tainan's Fusion hosts Canadians Jelo and Grant Stetski at its Spooky Night. Dress up and get into these DJs' eclectic, but always hard and funky, house, speed garage and breaks.

Then in Kaohsiung, Frisky and Kaohsiung Underground present Freak It at the Roof Lounge Club, located above the World Gym at 15F, 165 Linsen First Rd (林森一路165號15樓). Making the trip from Taipei to rock the decks will be Marcus Aurelius and Hooker. Rob Solo, Odd Job and 2Hands will throw some funk and booty into the mix.

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