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Japan's pioneering engagement with electronic music, something that has spurred some of the most sensory-exploding clubs in the world, is hardly surprising for a country so obsessed with technology. But that's not to suggest the core principles of clubland have been abandoned, that sonic substance has succumbed to style in a blazing hail of retina-scolding gimmickry. Ageha is proof of it.

The lighting is impressive, sure. The décor; ultra-classy. And 36-speaker-strong soundsystem designed by Timbre Tech is beyond powerful. There's even a secret pool and jacuzzi for VIPs. But most distinctive of all is this club's unerring dedication to programming gold-standard line-ups that combine high-end worldbeaters with underground kings, while curating a stock of homegrown talent. Sander Kleinenberg, Azari & III and Sascha Dive did the business in recent weeks.