LIFE for Mickey Smith is pretty cool right now. The DJ who decided to do something about Hongkong's ''flat'' nightlife is bubbling over about a special anniversary this week. On Saturday night, Smith will take to the turntable at the Viceroy of India restaurant in the Sun Hung Kai Centre to launch yet another chapter in the story of the territory's hottest dance floor experiment: The Rebirth of Cool. Twelve months ago, Smith took his fast-growing collection of acid jazz, soul, funk and rare groove records to the La Boheme restaurant in Wan Chai and kept a small but enthusiastic band of clubbers on a makeshift dance floor from midnight until dawn. These days, the Rebirth of Cool attracts almost 400 people twice a month - all of them lovers of acid jazz, reasonably priced drinks, and the kind of laid-back atmosphere Smith reckons you cannot find anywhere else in town. ''I found myself staying at home and listening to records a lot a couple of years ago,'' Smith said. ''I never went out because there were no clubs playing anything I wanted to hear. And then one day someone said: 'So why not set up your own club?'.'' As his record collection grew, Smith decided to do just that, staging a short-lived night, Flip Side, at Club 64 in Central. Then one night he went to a private party at La Boheme, played a few of his records and was so pleased at the response he asked if he could stage a monthly all-nighter. The word spread and lovers of the Brand New Heavies and Young Disciples flocked to the club. After eight months, Smith found himself turning away up to 60 people each gig and decided to move to the Viceroy, which has a capacity of 500. As Hongkong discovers the delights of cool, Smith's audience grows. The last Rebirth of Cool, two weeks ago, attracted a crowd of 370. ''I think it's just the music really,'' he said. ''It's different from the mainstream [music] being played elsewhere. The venue is bigger, there is no glitz or chrome and you can just relax and enjoy yourself. The people aren't into posing - they just come and have a dance and a drink.'' After a successful year, Smith is on the verge of expansion: he plans to bring a series of international bands (many of whose sounds can be heard at the club) to play monthly gigs starting this autumn. For the time being, though, it is all about keeping cool through the Hongkong summer. The Rebirth of Cool anniversary takes place at the Viceroy of India on Saturday from midnight. Entrance: $60.