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THE VINYL WORD

By Queen Bee  /  STAFF REPORTER

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In these straitened times, it’s reassuring to know that some things in life are still free. Just ask those who have been to High Heels and Hi-Tops. Not only do music-savvy foreigners and Taiwanese dig the night, but the Top-40-loving type of clubber can also get a kick out of it.

It’s the slowest month of the year, but the High Heels crew is touring the country with stops in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. They’re also supporting Tittsworth at Plush on Jan. 29.

Tittsworth is a world-renowned US DJ famous for playing “Bmore club”— a mash-up of club, rock, electro, drum and bass, hip-hop and house.

The combination of five DJs and one MC (Marcus Aurelius, Cap, Sofa Kings aka LEO37 and Charles, Digit and 2Hands) is rooted in hip-hop, but the crew swears their party isn’t all about hip-hop.

“There’s a lot of funk thrown in there along with electro, dancehall and even some sweet soul music at the end of the night when everyone is feeling it,” Aurelius says.

But that’s not the only thing that differentiates High Heels from other parties. “We have a very unique DJ rotation in that everyone gets a chance to play twice a night, instead of once. And all the DJs involved have very different styles,” says LEO37. “Thanks to all these factors, we’re able to appeal to everyone. So even if you don’t like a song now, you will shortly … in that sense, everyone not only leaves happy, but they take away some great songs and moments that they wouldn’t have received at a standard party.”

But High Heels is more than just one night at a party with DJs. “We are also blogging like mad, giving out ‘MPfrees’ and sharing our musical knowledge and opinions with everyone else,” says Aurelius.

On the Net: www.highheelsandhitops.wordpress.com.

High Heels and Hi-Tops lands tonight at 1981 Bar, 1, Alley 2, Ln 70, Yanji St, Taipei City (台北市延吉街70巷2弄1號). Admission is free. From 11pm to 3am. Tomorrow it’s at the Pig and Whistle from 9pm to 4am, 199 Siwei 4th Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市四維四路199號). Entry is free.

What is dub, a term that is bandied about quite liberally these days? According to Wikipedia, the bastion of reliability and font of all knowledge: “The dub sound consists predominantly of instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, emphasizing the drum and bass frequencies or ‘riddim,’ adding extensive echo and reverb effects, panoramic LR delay, and dubbing occasional snippets of lyrics from the original version.” Capiche?

If you still don’t have a clue, get educated tomorrow at The Dub Supervisors. The sound system is being beefed up with a 1000-watt subwoofer for the show.

“We have gathered an all-star line up of reggae bands, hip-hop MCs, rockers and DJs to assemble The Dub Supervisors,” says Saucey. “And because of all our busy schedules, we can only host this show once in a blue moon.”

The Dub Supervisors are High Tide, Stephan, Saucey, Rankin Kim, Shaman, Richie Patridge and selectors Ting, Katzu and Taili. Entry is NT$350 with one drink. VU Live House, B1, 77, Wuchang St Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市武昌街二段77號B1). Doors open at 11pm and the party begins at 11:30pm.— Queen Bee

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