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At last something interesting in clubland. If the excellent four-piece jazz band (who play with Courtney Pine and are worth the admission price alone) weren't enough, DMC Champion DJ Pogo, DJ Biznizz and the excellent Cutmaster Swift distresses the decks at tomorrow night's inaugural Lyrical Lounge.
If Pogo's street poetry is half as good as his innovative Technic-taming then you will not be disappointed. The fusion of jazz, R 'n' B, funk and hip-hop will provide some memorable musical innovations and a relaxed Sunday vibe. A host of nu-skool lyricists will display their rhymes in addition to an open mike session for what should be the first of many great gigs.
Tomorrow, 5 Parkway, NW1 (0171-916 6060) 7.30pm-midnight pounds 7
Since its inception five years ago CFLC have had a reputation for producing excellent parties and innovative DJs. Brandon Block, Jeremy Healey and Laurence Nelson have all been residents over the years while the club has moved from Japan to Kent before moving to the capital.
The new year brings a new weekly venue and a fresh launch night that looks set to have clubbers queuing. Brandon Block, Laurence Nelson and Graham Gold keep the beats hard and bangin' with assistance from Italian spinner, Dino Lenny, who will be filming his weekly cable show from the venue.
Tonight 6-7 Piazza, Covent Garden (0171-836 4052) 10.30pm-6am pounds 12
Jackpot are the label who brought us Sasha, Digweed and Cox, so they know a thing or two about dance music. Their first venture into regular club promoting aims to bring back the fun which is lacking from many of the capital's dancefloors.
Drum 'n' bass, garage, disco and underground house all take a turn on the Technics in the space of five hours. With residents Jools Bettle, Phil Perry and Danny Howells, the dancefloor looks set to be heaving.
Tonight 12 Acklam Rd, London W10 (0171-610 2100) 10pm-3am pounds 10
Come Dancing celebrates its fourth birthday with seven hours of revelry. Their NYE extravaganza brought welcome sparkle to Shepherds Bush and tonight's offering, What a Wonderful World, takes a fast-track spin around the globe. Stonehenge is celebrated in one room and the action takes in the Pyramids before hitting the Taj Mahal for a little eastern spice. Mount Everest, the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls complete a line up fit for even the wildest traveller.
A themed night to remember is what Come Dancing does best, so you can be sure that they'll pull out all the stops for their birthday bash. The music looks set to be as impressive as the decor with Val & Des, Mr Ben and Timmy Nice pumping out uplifting beats and housey anthems in the main room.
Matt Cantor, Dr Watson and Stix Davies serve up phat portions of break beats and funky rhythms - the perfect opportunity to glam it up and shake your thing.
Tonight, 121 Holborn, EC1 (0171-242 1345) 10.30pm-5.30am pounds 15 on the door/pounds 10 members
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