If you’ve already caught the World Cup fever, I trust you don’t need any help figuring out where to watch the games, which places have the best screens, drink offers etc, so I’m just going straight on to the music.
The one local magazine you can always count on for that, giving the scoop on the global and local music scene right now, is Juice. Their annual effort to uncover new DJ talent, the Juice DJ Quest, ensure DJs find credibility, clubs have new talent and audiences keep dancing. Support the final four at Zouk on Friday June 18 from 8.30pm onwards. Once the winner is crowned, Hong presents Code, the new night establishing him in the main room after successfully driving club kids mental, every Saturday at Velvet Underground.
Next door, the ‘deep’ buzzword continues at Velvet with M.A.N.D.Y, co-founders of stand out German label, Get Physical taking to the decks. Don’t ask why these two guys have a girl’s name, they don’t have a good reason (I know, I’ve asked) but rest assured they know how to keep you grooving well past your bed time and as such, like the Zouk Complex will steal my Friday night yet again.
If you have a Fierce Angel CD or a Hed Kandi compilation from way back when, you have Mark Doyle to thank. Spinning at Stereolab on Friday, ladies who would like to get their hands on his latest CD, should be sure to arrive early and be one of the first 100 through the door.
For a more intimate affair, Doomph takes place at Night & Day on the same night. Residents Jean-Baptiste and Brendon P (fresh from playing New York's renowned ‘Cielo’ club) keep the spirit of house alive and provide a more personal clubbing vibe.
On Saturday and Sunday June 19 and 20, Scape, the new youth hub in Orchard officially launches with a bevy of activity throughout the complex like a flea bazaar, street football competition, live bands, shows, pyrotechnics and other surprises. Camp Pong located at #02-24 of Scape also gets in on the celebration with a U.V party, ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ on Saturday. Dress in white or fluoro colours to catch the light fantastic as DJs Tyler Made, Ang Moh and Rtype keep you putting your best foot forward as you dance, drink and ping pong to perfection. The first 50 to glow the brightest get a housepour.
If you missed the flea market at Home Club last week, you’ve got another chance to shop this Saturday, with bonus karma points to boot. Nett profits from sales made at Flea-lanthropy go to Care Singapore, a registered charity that provides school-based social work services to children at risk of academic failure, emotional maladjustment or delinquency. Make a difference and satisfy your retail urges at the same time.
Also on Saturday, the international DH in town to catch is Matt Chicoine aka Recloose. Hailing from Detroit but based in New Zealand, he makes his way back to Singapore, this time playing at La Maison’s main room, alongside Funk Bast*rd. Having undertaken remarkably diverse musical adventures throughout his career, Recloose knows how to bring the funk, so bring yourselves there. The VIP Loft upstairs channels the golden era of Hip Hop and RnB via Paul Silver, Mark Bonafide, and Don Richmond.
At Overeasy, an Old Skool Jamboree with resident Tyler Made and special guest, M Sign will have you on your feet dancing before some of you succumb to the game between England and Algeria outside on the mega screen at 2.30am.
Upstairs at Fash, the most titillating DJ name to date, Tittsworth is back! The DC native known for his high-energy sets that seamlessly blend Baltimore Club, rave, house and more offers you a download to whet your appetite at https://www.tittsworth.com/
Speaking of appetites, a kick-ass post-clubbing supper haunts list would be fun to explore in a future column. Send your favourite late night eats to twitter.com/itstracyp so I can compile them.
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.