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It Always Comes Back to House… and Ice-Cream

By Tracy PhillipsEvents - 02 September 2010 11:00 AM | Updated 03 September 2010

It Always Comes Back to House… and Ice-Cream

It’s been a slow recovery after a week of mega events. Somewhere between Mulberry’s Alexa Chung event last Wednesday and catching surprise impromptu sets by several international guest DJs at Tanjong Beach Clubon Sunday, I crossed the fifth day out mark for the first time in I can’t even remember. Serious kudos to the Worldwide team and Zouk

for giving a much needed revitalizing music-transfusion from the soulful-dubbie-techie- jazzy underground. Despite being sonically charged, prancing around for five nights still takes its toll. As I type this, matchsticks are propping my eyelids open and vultures are circling overhead. This opening paragraph seems like a rather long-winded disclaimer for possible typos and justification for not coming up with a decent opening (and it is). So here we go:

Recognizing that by Thursday most of us will be ready for a treat, bebe presents "Indulgence", the Ultimate Style Experience at Krish on September 2. An exclusive, invite-only event, RSVP closed on Monday but the first three who tweet me @itstracyp before Thursday September 2 at 2pm get a pair each. Guests will see bebe's Fall/Winter 2010 collection as well as enjoy a host of pampering treats including professionally style advice from STYLE magazine's Lena Kamarudin and express manicures, massages and glamour shots.

On Friday September 3, Fickle Gorilla, the new pop up party series in town takes place at Post Museum in Little India. Darkwing from Australia teams up with drummer and brother-in-arms Horatius as Darkwing Live. Joined by Singapore based R-Type (UK) and some of Mesh Radio’s promising newcomers, expect some raucous musical escapades. If that isn’t enticing enough, free flow champagne and vodka from 10pm to 12am could be the clincher.

Also n Friday September 3, djB’s resident night at Zouk, ‘WeLuvHouse’ debuts upstart DJ (and incidentally, younger brother of Steve Angello) An21. A fresh bastion for the big room house sound that the Swedes have been doing so proudly, it seems like the Swedish House Mafia are influencing as many DJs as they are punters.

 

Fickle Gorilla

 

DJ An21

On the same night, ‘Menage A Trois’, a suggestive yet aptly titled event takes place owing to the triple-hitting international lineup of Linkwood, Jus-ed & Levon Vincent presented by just as many party collectives, La Maison, Bake&Shake and Mugic combined. For quality house, techno grooves and ‘cozy’ company, this is the threesome to join this weekend. Funk Bast*rd, Shellsuit, Kentaro and Mislav play support.

Mason, the Dutch duo embrace a different spectrum of house over at Zirca on Friday September 3, with their selection of late night dance club bombs to daytime radio anthems.

On Saturday September 4, we scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream at Ben & Jerry’s ChunkFest 2010 at The Promontory, Marina Bay from 2.30 to 11pm. Returning to Singapore for the third year, ChunkFest is again jam-packed with hippy-esque contests, games and bands, not to mention 12 special ice-cream flavours flown in specially for your vote to decide which stays on the menu. Sweet-tooths, consider yourself served.

The Nixon Art Mosh curated by Nixon and Kult also takes place on Saturday September 4 at The Gallery, Old School, 7pm till late. A global travelling art exhibition featuring original work from Nixon artists, as well as selected local artists, The Nixon Art Mosh does more than simply showcasing artwork; artworks and music are available for sale too! Film, paint, sculpture, photography, live art, and live music all combine at this event. Boogie to the funky sounds from the 60’s and 70’s through to present day courtesy of Pushin’ On and the Mighty Mighty. And if you can’t make it down for the party, you can still continue to support and buy the artists’ works at Tangs Orchard Singapore from September 6 - 13 at the temporary mini after Art Mosh space. Dress Code: Wear your best hat!

 

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest

 

Nixon Art Mosh

The local sonic-visual collective that is Syndicate shows no sign of letting up, unleashing Syndicate 09 at Home Club on Saturday September 4 with special guest Chris Alfaro aka LA’s ‘Free The Robots’ live and loud at Home Club. Traversing genres, taking risks and paying homage to the past while clearly channeling the future, Free the Robots is a must catch for some button-pushing and knob-twiddling madness filled with surprising samples. Max Lane (Live), ...Twinhed, TheCrazy88 (Live), Darren Dubwise and Rafi on visuals complete the lineup.

Indie kids hungry for rock, punk, grunge and the electro remixes to match have the monthly mighty Poptart party to look forward to on Saturday September 4 at Fash, Butter Factory with self-confessed popsluts, DJs Weelikeme and Jah. There’s even a chance for inSing.com readers to win free passes, see all the details here!

Turntablists and their groupies have their day in the strobe light when the DMC World DJ Championships return to Zouk on the same night. The competition that launched the careers of now well known local DJs in the scene, like Rattle, KoFlow and Inquisitive will wrap up with a debut set by DJ Shiftee, the math geek turned DMC Champion, not to mention NYU Professor!

On Saturday September 4, Stereolab welcomes balearic hero, Pete Herbert. For a shoulder-popping web of Balearic house, nu-disco, vintage Italo, cosmic funk and booming dub look no further.

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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.  One of her ongoing projects is Camp Pong, a pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music and good times at *Scape ending on 7 October.

Join the Camp Pong facebook group for more information or follow her on twitter @itstracyp or @presentpurpose