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WARUNG
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It's so close to perfect that it's almost a cliché; looking over at a vast palm-fringed beach in the warm Brazilian air with white sand between your toes and waves lapping at the shore, as the stars of the Southern hemisphere twinkle above you and the lights of Balneario Camboriu glisten in the distance. In fact, the only thing that's stopping a loop of the Wish You Were Here theme tune playing in your head is the soundtrack of space-age electronic music filling the air.

That, and the fact that the thousands of Brazilians and clubland jetsetters who've made the pilgrimage to Warung Beach Club on the outskirts of one of South Brazil's biggest beach resorts are looking a lot fitter and pulling dance moves a lot more agile than Judith Chalmers does these days.

For whilst Balneraio Camboriu, with its concrete high-rise hotels crowding right up to the water, can resemble the Brazilian Benidorm in parts, the main dancefloor and outside terrace surrounded by rainforest at Warung Beach Club could hardly feel further away in terms of class and cool despite being just a short distance down the Praia Brava beach.

Although Warung is now widely recognised as one of the best clubs in Brazil - if not South America - its decor and name is actually inspired by the Indonesian island of Bali almost on the other side of the world, where 'Warung' means 'house'. Which is exactly what one of the most impressive sets of residents in the world provide in myriad forms; with Leozinho, Rodrigo Paciornik, Aninha, Fabricio Pecanha and Mary Zander pioneering the sort of supple deep house grooves that are as synonymous with this club as sun, sea, sand and sexy dancing.

And the DJs they invite to this desert island paradise seem to have been selected from the most discerning dance music fan's wishlist, with Laurent Garnier, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin and 16 Bit Lolitas just a few of those to have played to the bikini and beach-clad hordes beneath Warung Beach Bar's triangular tent. 16 Bit Lolitas are such favourites there that they were asked to mix the recent inaugural edition of Warung Club's compilation series, given the task of capturing the club's unique atmosphere on CD.

"The people there are so into the music," 16 Bit Lolitas' Aad Olieroock reveals. "It means that they appreciate you playing a range of styles rather than just prog or minimal for five hours.

"South Brazil's the best place to play in the whole country because there are more party people there and the weather's warmer. It has that whole outdoor Ibiza summer vibe where everyone wants to look beautiful and when you roll that up into such a professional club it's just the perfect package."

1
BERGHAIN
2
FABRIC
3
SPACE IBIZA
4
WOMB
5
AMNESIA
6
MINISTRY OF SOUND
7
PACHA IBIZA
8
WATERGATE
9
D-EDGE
10
The End
11
Cocoon
12
GUVERNMENT
13
ZOUK SINGAPORE
14
SUB CLUB
15
WARUNG
16
SANKEYS MCR
17
DC-10
18
Plastic People
19
SIRENA
20
21
Paradiso
22
Pacha Buenos Aires
23
Beta Nightclub
24
ROBERT JOHNSON
25
Ruby Skye
26
Matter
27
The Arches
28
Space Miami
29
Club Volume
30
Pacha Miami
31
AGEHA
32
Hardpop
33
RAZZMATAZZ
34
CIELO
35
Eden
36
Alte Börse
37
The Rex
38
Batofar
39
Studio Martin
40
Avalon
41
Club JB's
42
My House
43
CAVO PARADISO
44
FABRIK
45
Noxx
46
TENAX CLUB
47
Fuse
48
Clash Club
49
PRIVILEGE
50
Onzi-eme
51
ANZUCLUB
52
52 Crystal
53
Vanguard
54
Villa
55
Metro City
56
Kristal
57
Club Midi
58
360°
59
Harry Klein
60
MANSION
61
Circa
62
ARMA 17
63
Club Der Visionaere
64
Vision
65
Vinyl
66
Caves
67
CHINESE LAUNDRY
68
Goa Club
69
Stereo
70
Bar 25
71
Byblos
72
Warehouse
73
Heaven
74
Air
75
Florida 135
76
Culture Box
77
MINT CLUB
78
Dirty Dancing
79
Circus Afterhours
80
Tribehouse
81
Cabaret Voltaire
82
Pacha Sharm
83
1015
84
Haoman 17
85
Prince Of Wales Bandroom
86
Numero Uno
87
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
88
Barfly
89
Café D'Anvers
90
Stiff Kitten
91
Factory Club
92
93
TRESOR
94
Global
95
YALTA
96
LUX FRAGIL
97
Sq Klub
98
Le Queen
99
Weekend
100
Le Bataclan