In the realm of underground electronica, it’s still very much a man’s world and that makes my pick of the week all the more outstanding.
The most prominent female figure on the LA beat scene and the only lady signed to the visionary label, Brainfeeder, TOKiMONSTA is a force to be reckoned with. Midnight Menu, her artist album, was released a few months ago to critical acclaim. Catch this RedBull Music Academy (RBMA) alumni in full affect at Home Club on Saturday Oct 16 2010, and be prepared to be blown away by her intelligent and energetic live set. TOKiMONSTA will be supported by Singapore’s own frontier pushing collective, Syndicate - Cherry Chan, Kiat, Darren Dubwise and Masterpiece from Pushin’On.
An Horse, the two-person indie pop band from Brisbane, comprises quirky lady, Kate Cooper of Iron On on vocals and guitar and Damon Cox of Intercooler on drums. From touring with Tegan and Sara, to opening for American indie band Death Cab for Cutie, their gig at TAB on Friday Oct 15 marks their first ever South East Asian appearance (check out their interview).
Doomph! returns for their monthly Friday night at Ying Yang on the same night, with residents Brendon P and Matty Wainwright championing the OOMPH in 70's Disco, Funk, Soul, Boogie, Italo and Future Disco. If music classifications make your head spin and this still sounds Greek, listen to the Doomph! mix for a quick education.
Another striking female entertainer, Hong Kong pop maven, Karen Mok, is in town this weekend for her ‘PRECIOUS’ Music Showcase at Shanghai Dolly on Sat Oct 16. Find out how to score tickets for yourself.
The last lovely lady on my round up, is further proof that the female revolution is unstoppable (as it should be). Heidi, co-owner of London’s foremost record shop, Phonica and Get Physical label-mate together with Heartthrob, of the Minus family, perform at Velvet Underground on Sat Oct 16. This duo come in a very close second for my pick of the weekend.
The next day, with eye bags in tow, join me at Zouk’s Flea & Easy, Charity Edition for some bargain shopping from 2pm to 7pm. Alongside a barrage of other vendors selling everything from indie designer goodies to crafty knick-knacks, I’ll be selling goodies from my wardrobe in support of Straits Times Pocket Money Fund. Happening simultaneously in Phuture, catch the graduation performances of aspiring DJs from the MFO girl DJ Bootcamp held over the last few weeks.
With just two weeks to go till Halloween and an onslaught of spooky party offerings, take this as a gentle whiner-reminder to get your costumes ready. No one likes a kill-joy, (even on Halloween) so if you’re not dressing up, stay home on the 30th. Gawking is only acceptable when you’re in costume.
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.