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THE VINYL WORD

By Tom Leeming  /  STAFF REPORTER

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The DJ booth set-up this year at Spring Scream was pretty spectacular with a sumptuous sound. And it went off. Big time. Edify from Taichung proved his credentials as one of the country’s best with his huge party sound. The raised booth seemed designed to be danced on, and was, meaning the DJ was surrounded by a wall of people. It looked and felt great.

Lazy Habits from the UK threw down a hip-hop set that everyone talked about afterwards, and Bounce Girlz showed off why they always pull in a crowd — it isn’t for the novelty of seeing two cute girls behind the decks.

Electronically, Spring Scream was a great weekend of music that rivaled the live bands all the way. The only bother was the turntables turning up real late on Saturday, which meant Twohands’ (aka Dan Lambert), with a sweet new hip-hop mix out right now called I Got Them Tees, didn’t get to play. So, here’s a link to the mix:

www.mediafire.com/?z1dtkizjorm

Not so long ago 2manydjs and Diplo played on the same night here at different venues. Putting Taipei even more firmly on the map tomorrow are John Selway and Paul van Dyk, who play tomorrow at The Wall (這牆) and Nangang 101 (南港101), respectively.

Techno aficionado Selway returns to Taipei to play Earworm’s second-year anniversary party. The DJ, from Washington originally but now firmly ensconced in New York, has been playing for close to two decades and, if he has to be classified, is at heart a minimal techno man. This is not quite accurate, though, as he has in the past been an innovator of many styles. With a three-hour set to sink his teeth into tomorrow, attendees will be in for a wide variety of sounds, including deep house and classic electro.

Yoshi will be opening and Earworm’s residents DataBass and BB will be going back-to-back after Selway’s set. If you think the Nankang DJ is a bit of a Dyk, then go for something cooler, smaller and with less to live up to.

Earworm 2nd Anniversary with John Selway, tomorrow from midnight until 5am at The Wall, B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Admission

is NT$800 at the door. Tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw

Paul van Dyk has been a ubiquitous name in the dance music scene for many years now. He’ll be ripping into Nankang 101 for Spring Love at around the same time as Selway plays The Wall. Having been dubbed best deejay in the world twice in the mid 2000s, this night will be packed and apparently only 5,000 punters will be let in. It would be easy to call Berliner Van Dyk a trance DJ, but he prefers to keep his style nameless. Attendees will be taken on a journey, though. A journey that sounds and feels something like trance but without the stigma attached to the moniker. There is one hell of a setup for him too, as Van Dyk plays with two Macbooks and two MIDI keyboards to create unique sets, which are not trance.

It is eyebrow-raising that on a night of mad tunes and kids off their rockers, one of the admission rules is “persons with mental illnesses will not be allowed.” So says the gig’s Facebook invitation message, sent from Luxy’s page.

Paul van Dyk at Spring Love, tomorrow from 11pm until 5am at Nangang 101, 71 Xingnan St, Taipei City (台北市興南街71號). Admission is NT$1,800 at the door. On the Net: www.springlove.com.tw

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