Followers of Hypebeast and the like will have no doubt penciled in Friday June 11 (6pm) into their calendar as Surrender, Singapore’s premier menswear store reopens at #02-31 Raffles Hotel Arcade.
After three years at their Devonshire Road address and making grown men weep over their coveted international brands, the Surrender boys are expanding and celebrating with an in-store do and drinks. While in the vicinity, also check out their fashion forward neighbours Front Row, APC and Actually (just two streets away at Seah St) and Loof, the roof-top bar across the street for sumptuous cocktails and what is likely Singapore’s last working original Bishi Bashi machine.
Recently re-launched, Zouk Boutique is bigger and better, conceptualized as a high end Mom-and-Pop store by design outfit, Asylum. From clubbing essentials to exclusive Zouk memorabilia - now you can tell your friends you were there, had a blast and bought the t-shirt, literally.
On the subject of retail, Japan, the land of shopping and its preposterously whacky game shows are the source of Zouk’s latest ‘Very’ theme party… Very Game. After spending the last few weeks recruiting daredevils, the selected teams will take part in challenges that include a beer goggled shootout and Human Tetris to win up to $2000 cash and more. djB (favourite resident award winner at the recent Zouk Awards), takes the rest of the night away with his We Luv House party joined by guest collaborator, Shovell (UK) aka the drum warrior.
On Friday, a local crew who always knows how to keep the rhythm going, Cosa Nostra (Funk Bast*rd on decks, Kaye on saxophone and Michaela Therese on vocals), performs at Stereolounge, followed by Dan Paris.
On Saturday June 12, Zirca hosts Krafty Kuts. The breaks heavyweight with an encyclopedic knowledge for music has recently parlayed his skills into a DJ Tools application for iPhones, which is available for download now.
Personally I plan to make a few dance-stops on Saturday night since DJs I’ve been meaning to see are finally making their Singapore debut.
But first I’m checking out Flea Fly Flo Fun, a flea market at Home Club in the afternoon then dropping in on the smoothest voice on air, Chris Ho, for a chat on ‘Clubscape’ at 5pm. If you’d like to hear my nervous-get-me-out-of-here voice, tune in. At 8pm, Has takes over the airwaves spinning live from the Lush Studios at Orchard Central as your weekend party warm-up.
Then it’s down The Rabbit Hole, to catch DJ Kaos, a stalwart of Berlin’s underground scene. With releases on seminal labels like Eskimo, Clone, Playhouse, Rong Music and now Rong/ DFA, click attending on the event Facebook page to receive a free flow of Heineken and house pours from 9.30pm to 10.30pm.
Matthew Dear at Velvet Underground on the same night is an absolute must. Going by different aliases, Matthew refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one genre. Techno, avant-pop, glitch, he continues to surprise with each release and remix. It also appears like Zouk is defining the deeper sounds as Velvet’s territory with Matthew Dear, M.A.N.D.Y next Friday, not to mention, Gui Boratto having played there a month ago instead of in the main room.
Poptart at Fash on Saturday June 12, with the indie- trinity Weelikeme, Jah and Jinmart promises no one will go to bed early. But rest you must at some point during the weekend if you want to make it for Mika live in concert at The Max Pavilion on Monday, June 14. The Grammy award nominated, Brit Award Winning singer songwriter will be in town for a one night only performance that is guaranteed to get you off your seats and dancing with his known high-energy performances.
After the concert, if you’re still consumed by the pop spirit, rest a day and head to The Bellini Room on Wed June 18 for Pop Swings! Rob Collins, Stephen Francis and the Bellini Room House Band perform pop songs by Guns ‘N Roses, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, The Cure and more, all jazzed up and re-interpreted.
About Tracy Phillips
An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.
Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into creative pursuits for institutions, brands and artists via her consultancy, Present Purpose. Her latest project is Camp Pong, a 7-week long pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music & good times at *Scape from 29th May to 18th July.