We ran through all the clubs in Taipei a few weeks ago, but the capital’s dance music scene goes far beyond that. Don’t be surprised to find that the music at lounge bars is more up-to-date and better than at the clubs. Here are a couple of hip spots:
Known for its classy, homey and intimate atmosphere, Organo has catered to a group of sophisticated customers and celebrity clientele for some eight years now. Recently the place was upgraded with a DJ booth and high-end mixing equipment, as well as a stellar resident line-up of two veteran DJs on Saturdays, Al and Fion, whose expansive musical tastes range from techno, house to breakbeat and drum ’n’ bass. Organo is located at 1, Ln 112, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段112巷1號). Tel: (02) 2784-0555.
In House is a cut above most other lounge bars in Taipei with the emphasis on music and branding. Besides the five top-selling lounge music compilations under its belt, the nightspot has an awesome sound system, which is cranked up loud. With DJs David S and Tommy serving up dance-floor oriented house music every weekend, the only problem is that there’s no dance floor. In House is located at 90 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路90號). Tel: (02) 2345-5549.
Return to Paradise and Sinister Sound
Upcoming events this weekend include tomorrow’s Return to Paradise at China White. Headlining the bash is Sona, one of Taiwan’s most prolific house/electronic music producers. Since the launch of his own imprint Nosa Recordings last year, Sona’s work has earned him a nomination for the 2009 Asia Independent Music Award and support from acclaimed international DJs such as John Acquaviva, Onionz and Carl Cox. Matt Ward and Mr Snibbs will also spin.
Tomorrow from 11pm to 5am 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). Entry is NT$350.
The Sinister Sound Syndicate plays Bliss tomorrow. The duo began life with one set of decks and a mixer two years ago, and have recently added another set of decks to the mix. Opening the night will be all-girl Taiwanese punk rock band Stocking, who will be dressed up like French maids. Oh la la!
The Sinister Sound Syndicate at Bliss, 148, Xinyi Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市信義路四段148號), tomorrow from 11pm to 3am. Entry is NT$200.