Luxy is gearing up for Christmas by getting get back to basics and dishing out what only it has been able to offer: massive hedonistic parties full of special love and beautiful people. Tomorrow night, it's war on all things mediocre that have invaded Taiwan's nightlife.
In conjunction with the solid Liquid Lifestyle Promotions, Hewlett Packard's Art in Motion is a six-city party tour of the Asia Pacific that melds audio and video installations on a scale not seen in Taipei before. HP is bankrolling the entire event and bringing along the best and brightest.
Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut, the fathers of the Ninja Tunes and Ntone labels and pioneers of experimental electronica, have been married to music now for nigh on two decades. Remixing for the likes of Lisa Stansfield, Eric B and Rakim, Blondie and Queen Latifah brought the duo to the fore of the UK's acid house and rave scene in the mid 1980s. Their affair with urban breakbeat styles such as hip-hop, dub and jungle gave birth to their first mix CD Hey Kids, What Time Is It? in 1987. Drawing from the cut 'n' scratch approach to deejaying, the CD is celebrated as the UK's first breaks record and influenced London's then-embryonic club culture. The pair's Ninja Tunes and Ntone labels have produced many an acclaimed love child of the post-rave underground scene, such as DJ Food, Up, Bustle and Out, and Herbaliser. Last year, Coldcut released Sound Mirrors, an album of cut-up depth and utilizing original sampling techniques, to critical acclaim.
Expect technical and visual brilliance as Coldcut will use four decks and draw on a variety of musical styles and cultural objects such as b-boy breaks, film references, cartoons and dance classics.
Widely regarded as one of main players in the late 1990s DJ culture explosion, Jurassic 5 legend Numark will be doubling up and performing not one but two sets: The first is a sublimely ridiculous experiment using children's toys to make music; the second promises no less innovation with a massive six-piece DJ rig and encyclopedic collection of over 35,000 records. Numark is credited with half the production on the entire Jurassic 5 canon including the Jurassic 5 EP and the seminal Quality Control. His sounds bond soul, funk, hip-hop and samba.
Proclaimed as Germany's number one experimental visual design collective, Pfadfinderei, will use nine projectors and three screens to provide panoramic visualizations. For an idea of the group's experimental style, check out My Mosque Is My Cathedral on Youtube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM3nNdvJwic)
Local beatboxer Psylent will take on local Afro in an ideological war of beats and minds. Young SoulJazz, all good Taiwanese soldiers, will open for the main event.
So much talent on one night. And the clincher is it's all for free. Register at www.hpinteraction.com and enter before 11pm tomorrow night. If you're one of the first 700 to register, you can also claim a free drink courtesy of HP. Luxy is at 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓).