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by Don Crispy

Kinky Licks

Princess Trash

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 shakers.

Noel Sanger
Rabbit 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.
www.ageha.com

credit: 19box records