Great music around the city this month with a roster of top local and international acts. From icons like Mr C to famed a cappella group Pentatonix, August screams, “dance.&rdquo
Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Go West’ somewhat pays tribute to English tech house legend Richard West aka Mr C as much as it was about freedom of expression. But a look at West’s curriculum vitae would suggest that he’s bigger than that. A co-owner of London’s iconic club The End, West’s decorated 25-year music career has seen him inspire everyone from Orbital to The Prodigy and, with his Plink Plonk label, birthed the likes of Derrick Carter and Stacey Pullen. A lesson in music awaits.
9 Aug, 10pm | Venue: Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | $20/25 includes one drink
PENTATONIX LIVE IN SINGAPORE
The Texan a cappella quintet rose to fame after winning NBC's talent competition The Sing-Off in 2011. After signing with Sony, their impressive vocal prowess, belting everything from pop to dubstep and jazz to electronica, has seen their EP charted on Billboard and iTunes. Their debut in Singapore is sold-out. Two more nights are available on 13 and 14 August.
12-14 Aug, 8pm | Venue: Mastercard Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue | $88-148 from Sistic
PARALLEL pres. M.A.N.D.Y.
German duo Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer’s style of play has a way of creeping into your soul and intoxicate the living daylights out of it. Perhaps it’s the way the crescendo of melodies ebb and flow through voids of space. Perhaps you’re drunk. That’s probably it.
15 Aug, 10pm | Venue: Velvet Underground, Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street | $28/33 includes two drinks
WAX ON WAX OFF: VIXENS OF VINYL
Four of Singapore’s leading female DJs takes to the roof for an all-vinyl, all dancing evening. Featuring Lisa Cunico, Casie Lane, Debbie Chia and Jean Reiki, the ladies will be whipping out a crate of 12-inches to showcase why size does matter.
16 Aug, 9pm | Venue: Loof, 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odeon Towers Extension | Free
Only a few deserve the “rising star” tag, and Detroit based Jimmy Edgar is one of them. With his recently launched innovative music label, Ultramajic, Edgar goes collaborative in sound, design and art through installations and a multi-sensory experience. His music is worth its weight alone: jacking techno and erratic bass lines will line kyo’s wall with revellers’ sweat.
16 Aug, 10pm |Venue: Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | $20/25 includes one drink
DISCO:VERY PRESENTS BETOKO
London based, Mexican born Beto Cohen is Betoko, a producer who has quickly risen through the ranks since first emerging in 2007. It was in London that he discovered a passion for electronic music, immersed deep in the city’s famous scene, before hooking up with the much-lauded Wow! Records – a label run by Amnesia Ibiza legend Mar T. Early releases from Betoko showed the man to have his own distinctive approach, joining the dots between Tech, Minimal and House music with great style.
22 Aug, 10pm | Venue: Velvet Underground, Zouk | $28/33 includes two drinks
Dubliner Marcus Lambkin grew tired of playing other producers’ records. So he set up base in Stuttgart and, since then, has lit up clubs and festivals the world over including his own audio-visual show and slots at Electric Picnic, Nuits Sonores, Lovebox and SxSW. Not bad for a New Yorker who only years ago played in dodgy bars.
22 Aug, 10pm | Venue: Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | $20/25 includes one drink
LOOF pres. GOLDROOM
Sweet synthpop groove lit up with that summertime Los Angeles disco is what Josh Legg has been pushing with the NightWaves trio. But as Goldroom he includes additional dreamy synths and tropical juice on his play. Just check out his delicious edits for the likes of Atlas Genius, Charli XCX and Architecture in Helsinki – all charting in numerous top 100s. Opening set by Tyler Made.
23 Aug 10pm | Venue: Loof, 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odeon Towers Extension | Free
FACT PARTY with PHILIP BADER AND JAVI SAMPOL
A highly regarded dance music publication in its own right, UK’s Fact Magazine has been a proponent of all that is musically worthy in the underground scene. Some of the stellar names that stood out includes from international Fact parties are Berlin’s very own Philip Bader and Spaniard Javi Sampol –a lethal combination of minimal techno from the former and expansive house from the latter.
23 Aug, 10pm | Venue: Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | $20/25 includes one drink
Before being labelled as the Disclosure twins’ long-lost brother, UK house sensation Michael Dodman aka Huxley was a drum and bass kind of guy. Not until his preferred record shop started stocking UK garage did he stumble upon what would be his current sound –fat, wobbly bass lines and people losing their minds during his Boiler room set. That sounds like what might take place at Kyo.
29 Aug, 10pm | Venue:Kyo, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | $20/25 includes one drink