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THE VINYL WORD

By Tom Leeming

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The mass exodus continues, sadly, as more party shakers and makers leave Taiwan. Swank crew members Matty D and Gareth Jones are about to depart in the next couple of weeks, plus Cap10 just left to finish his education studies.

“Taiwan has given me so much over the last seven years,” said Matty D. “It is so hard for me to say good-bye but it’s time for me to go. I am so grateful to everyone that shook it on the dance floor.”

“I also want to give a shout-out to all those who have invited me to play at their events,” said Gareth Jones. “If it wasn’t for you guys, I don’t think the Swank party would’ve even come close to being a regular [gig].”

The wheels keep on turning, though, and the party continues.

After two awesome pool parties up at Taipei Country Club (台北鄉村俱樂部), both Havana and Oasis now have settled in and tomorrow it is the latter’s turn. Sun, swimming, sweet tunes, stunning surroundings, great drinks: if that weren’t enough of a draw, Predakon, all the way from LA, is down to drop some hip-hop and R ’n’ B. He shares the bill with Burn Electric, an electronica duo composed of Hooker and Stevie Rox, who are followed by DoubleD with more hip-hop. Hooker closes proceedings on a solo stint.

Oasis Pool Party at Taipei Country Club, 1 Qingyun Rd, Taipei City (台北市青雲街1號), tomorrow from 1pm until 9pm. Entry is NT$350 and includes a drink.

Out of town, at the Kunlun Herb Garden tomorrow, Jungle Beats Revolution is throwing down a 17-hour gig with a 30,000-watt sound system. There will be 12 DJs and nine MCs playing a wide variety of music from dub-step to trip-hop, jungle to ambient-dub.

Jungle Beats Revolution at Kunlun Herb Plant Tourism Garden (崑崙藥用植物園), 8-2, 1st Neighborhood, Kaoping Village, Lungtan Township, Taoyuan County (桃園縣龍潭鄉高平村一鄰8-2號), tomorrow from 5:30pm until 10:30am. Entry is NT$500 (includes a drink). Camping is available.

For directions on getting to the venue by bus, visit www.hopingforhoping.com/bybustaipei.shtml.

And at China White, deep house takes a star turn with Sona, Matt Ward and Nina; all three enjoy fantastic reputations around town for their skills and selections. The club has a newly beefed up sound system, which is just the thing for a demanding and rich sound like deep house.

Return to Paradise 4 at China White, 2F, 97-101, Dunhua S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City, (台北市敦化南路二段97-101號2樓). Tomorrow from 11pm until 5am. Admission is NT$350, which includes a drink.

Meanwhile, Dom aka Fratzuki aka Dominick Fresina has taken one step to achieving his goal of becoming the biggest Caucasian rapper in Asia with the release of his first mix tape. Made with help from ZDubb, this free one-hour mix, which comprises underground Chinese and Japanese hip-hop with English and Mandarin freestyles, showcases Fresina’s skills and can be had free of charge from any Puff Nation store.

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