I’m writing this from my favourite guacamole spot in NYC, Dos Caminos.
It’s the tail end of my time in the Big Apple before I fly home for the weekend. I’ve had an amazing time travelling, finding inspiration in the most surprising of places and have caught up with many old friends. But as they say: there’s no place like home. I feel that if I don’t eat some good Asian food, I might soon turn into a potato.
Since this trip was not planned around gigs (for once), call me unlucky but there hasn’t been anything to rave about here in terms of music events. Checked out some cool bars & restaurants but based strictly on line-up, Singapore has a lot more going on.
Without further ado, here are some picks for the weekend.
Before heading out to the clubs start Friday night off early with some free Heinekens and fashionable eye candy at FrüFrü & Tigerlily’s store opening at 19 Jalan Pisang, sharing shelf space with the cult boutique Blackmarket.
After that, head around the corner to Blu Jazz café where the boys from Pushin'On host Music Man Miles, the lead man of Breakestra, a ten-piece funk orchestra from Los Angeles. In town for a concert as part of the annual Mosaic festival at the Esplanade on the same night, Music Man Miles will hang up his mic and bass to spin classic funk, soul and jazz records, similar to his weekly sets at the Rootdown party in LA.
Keeping away from the typical 4/4 beats is Kid Fresh and Rafik at Home Club. Both turntable wizards and DMC champion alumnae, expect a scratch-tastic showcase like only DJs of this genre can pull off.
If you got turned on by the turntablist talk, then there’s no doubt that you like breakdancing too. And if that’s the case you have to check out The Radikal Forze B-boy Jam, an annual International break-dancing competition with crews from across the region taking part. Catch the Pre-Qualifiers from 6pm to 11pm at the *Scape Youth Park Stage and the main competition and showcase at Zouk on Saturday with Cyphers, DJs, Beat-Boxers and lucky draws thrown in, alongside the b-boy showdowns.
Keeping things street, celebrate yet another local creative outfit that does Singapore proud, putting us on the international sneaker freak map - ROYALEFAM. The acclaimed design collective will announce the official release of the DC X SBTG (ROYALEFAM) ‘Circus of Mutants’ collection with a bash at Rebel Boutique Club on Saturday night.
Proceed from ‘Circus of Mutants’ to ‘Guts for Glory’ (seems everyone is trying to win the name game). OverEasy at One Fullerton celebrates their 1st anniversary with a food triathlon. Five finalists will eat, drink, and compete their way to victory for a bevy of prizes and adulation. Other mere mortals can take part in other challenges like arm wrestling and Ping pong for free drinks and other attractive prizes. Start limbering up now. If not two of the best party DJs around, KFC and Tyler Made, will surely get you hopping.
Over at Stereolab, Scandinavian duo, DJ Mikkas and Lars B aka Djuma Soundsystem, will get the dancefloor grooving. With a string of hits that fit into the record boxes of DJs of varying genres, their tracks are best listened to on big speakers and that’s where Stereolab delivers.
Finally as promised last week, the first 5 readers to tweet me for invites will be attending the exclusive, by invitation only DKNY Spring 2010 party on Thursday 18 March at the Ferrari Showroom. Send tweets to twitter.com/itstracyp
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 new creative projects for institutions, brands and artists. Her interests span fashion, art, sociology, design, quantum physics and all good music.