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Uchi's Cyborgs Party at Electric Pickle: "Bring Your Own Laser Beams"

Dress-up is officially cool again. So is being a sci-fi geek.

In our opinion, that stuff never went out of style. But even if you're not a nerd for robots, the latest nightlife endeavor from sexy, dark DJ Uchi will get you bleepin' and bloopin' like a vintage automaton on the fritz.

It's called Cyborgs. And it's good, old-fashioned fun meets space-age house and techno.

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Had you ever tuned in to Uchi's Dead Air program on the University of Miami's WVUM 90.5 FM, then you'd know she digs the kind of dance music that sounds a lot like what you'd hear in deep space, if humans could actually hear in deep space.

"I was doing the radio at WVUM for three years, but then I graduated," says Uchi, AKA Isabella Douzoglou. "Cyborgs is an extension of that project. The music is basically the same music that I picked to go on the radio.

"I've always been enthusiastic about synthesizers and sort of '80s-sounding music," she adds. "Cyborgs was just a matter of finding a name for a group of people who like electronic music that's futuristic and scientific and different, while still keeping it within the range of deep house and techno."

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The party was launched at the Electric Pickle in December, eventually ramping up to monthly status. Each edition plays upon a different theme, corresponding to the style of the DJs. So far, there have been cyborgs, green aliens, and the Dark Side.

Now, for the September 5 bash, it's all about laser tag, in honor of the tag-teamin' that'll be going down on the decks between Uchi's Cyborg crew and the Slap & Tickle dudes.

"If anyone has laser tag attire, you're more than welcome to bring it," she says. "Or bring your own laser beams, so we can play around."

And remember, Cyborgs isn't some serious social engagement, just an excuse to get together with friends, dance, and pretend to be someone else.

"It's not really part of the culture of Miami for people to dress up and go to parties," Uchi says. "But I think that's the funnest thing in the world.

"I encourage people to not be shy and do whatever it is they feel like doing. I think the people that come to these parties are really nice people. We just want to make something fun."

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Cyborgs vs. Slap and Tickle: Laser Tag Edition. Upstairs with Pirate Stereo, Santiago Caballero vs. Uchi, JC Santana. Downstairs with Arremer Jack, Adam Brien vs. Jeremcan Mutlu. Friday, September 5. Electric Pickle, 2826 N Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $5 via residentadvisor.com or $10 at the door. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.