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499: Son of a LOUD
498: Funk D'Void
497: Phil Mison
496: Deetron
495: Carl Craig
494: London Electricity
493: Joaquin "Joe" Claussell
492: Pure-ifying Shibuya
491: Wire03
490: Outdoor bliss
489: Justin Robertson
488: Kinky Licks
487: Electric Knights
486: Plump DJs
485: James Hardway
484: Vanity
483: Derrick Carter
482: Sound Vortex
481: A Guy Called Gerald
480: In Action
479: David Morales
478: Swayzak
477: King Unique
476: Junkie XL
475: Etoiles
474: Body&SOUL
473: Bombay Records Night
472: Aril Brikha
471: Jazztronik
470: Dimitri From Paris
469: Alternative Hip-Hop Past and Present
468: Green Velvet
467: Sally Nyolo
466: Kerri Chandler
465: Asian Massive
464: Claude Young
463: Alex Paterson
462: Dego
461: Crave for a Groove
460: Towa Tei
459: Rebirth JAG III
457/8: New Year's Rundown
456: Dancelibre Christmas Special
455: Countdown 2003 Crystal Skulls
454: Electraglide
453: Freedom Villiage
452: Pacific High
451: Soundclash


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.

credit: 19box records