CLUB OF THE WEEK; BIRTHDAY WEEKEND @ MINISTRY OF SOUND

London's clubland (suffering its traditional Notting Hill Carnival hangover) was a little flat last weekend, but it was business as usual at Rulin'.

Graeme Park played the most innovative house set I'd heard in months. In the midst of Ministry offshoots - bars, a burgeoning magazine, CDs - it's reassuring to know that the heart of this clubbing empire still beats to a strong, funky rhythm.

For the birthday proceedings, Darren Emerson, Dave Seaman and Hybrid play Friday; David Morales, Eric Morillo and the superb Cassius Mix headline Saturday night.

They promise "opulent decadence", with each room boasting a unique aesthetic - and the action will be linked, via ISDN, to Ibiza and New York.

103 Gaunt Street, London SE1 (0171-378 6528) Fri: 10pm-7am pounds 15 in advance/pounds 20; Sat: 11pm-9am pounds 20 in advance/pounds 25.

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