by Don Crispy
A few years after UK bondage theme party
Torture Garden set up shop in Tokyo, some recent arrivals
from Australia offer their own Down Under take on the latex
'n' leather scene at Kinky Licks, set for Vanilla
Mood in Nishi-Azabu tomorrow night.
The party grows out of the activities of F.L.I.R.T. (Fluffy's
Love Institute of Royal Titillation), a Melbourne-based fetish
club that's been running underground events there the
last three years. F.L.I.R.T. DJ Paul Smyth, aka DJ Smudj,
is currently in Japan working with Edgecore Records, and,
he says, has decided to test the waters with the hope of making
Kinky Licks a regular event.
"Blending funky tech-house, electro and some seriously
twisted disco," he hypes, "this promises to
be a unique night of adults-only, audio stimulation."
Smyth goes on to explain that the night will feature images
by Planet Artwork, décor by Plastic Fantastic, and an
"outrageous" performance by Fluffy, without
specifying exactly what it may hold in store. Guess we'll
have to check it out
Next week over at the cavernous bayside Studio Coast, meanwhile,
the opportunity presents itself to shimmy to the club sounds
of Florida, something unusual in a city where 90 percent of
visiting DJ dignitaries hail from London or New York.
Park: Florida Night is being promoted by the folks at progressive
trance DJ 19's 19box records, who have invited two
of the Sunshine State's prime electronica movers and
in the Moon
Noel Sanger first entered the dance community
as a presenter for a Naples, Florida, dance-music radio station,
purveying house and techno to the unwashed masses. As he and
his listeners became more sophisticated through the '90s,
Sanger began to combine progressive house, New York house
and breakbeats. His first album, Selections, was released
in '98 and since then he has vaulted to the top ranks
of producer/remixers with a slew of mix compilations as well
as original tracks for more than 27 record labels in over
a dozen countries.
Rabbit in the Moon, meanwhile, are a live electronica outfit
hailing from Tampa, Florida, who built a formidable rep in
the late '90s. Comprised of Dave Christophere, "Monk,"
and "Bunny," the trio blend beat samples with
deep house for a sound unique to Florida.
And for those who haven't made the trek out to Studio
Coast (sometimes called Ageha for the promoters who organize
weekend events there), keep in mind that buses operate throughout
the night from Shibuya.
Kinky Licks@ Vanilla Mood, 8/2,
11pm, ¥1,500. Tel: 03-5770-3843.
Park@Studio Coast, 8/8, 11pm, ¥3,500. Tel: 03-5784-7053.