As we approach the tail end of the year, it seems that techno will be the main soundtrack for this stache-twirling month of Movember. From a warehouse party held in a former art gallery, a concert in a futsal cage and luminaries like Ben Sims, Carl Craig, Dam Funk, Four Tet and Sei A on the roster, there will be no rest for all your music connoisseurs.
Super 0 Season
When the inaugural pop-up party opened its doors at Gillman Barracks in April, it brought a vibe that Singapore’s club scene has been sorely missing. In November, Super 0 Season returns with more than 20 DJs on the roster. Headlining the series are the likes of techno stalwarts Ryan Elliot and Tama Sumo, both residents at Berlin’s iconic Berghain club, and local favourites DJ KFC, Funk Bast*rd and Eddie Niguel.
Every Saturday through November | Venue: Annex@The Mill, 5 Jalan Kilang | $25-35 from EventClique
Para//el: One Year On with Ben Sims
Celebrating a year worth of discerning music at Zouk’s one and only quality night, Para//el, is none other than a DJ-producer who has pushed the boundaries of techno in more ways that we can imagine. For the past two decades, the Englishman has been crafting his signature funky but hard-lined grooves with a set that showcases his three-deck mastery. On this day, it’s the return of Velvet’s former glory.
Nov 1, 10pm | Venue: Velvet Underground, Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street│Tel: 6738 2988│$25/32 (includes two drinks)
Sub-Sonic Live 2013
The third instalment of Sub-Sonic will have indie pop band Ra Ra Riot from the States headline it. But Singaporean post-rock band Sub:Shaman—hailed as one of the five best new Asian bands by the South China Morning Post—is definitely an outfit you cannot miss. Rock band Anechois, emerging singer-songwriters Hilary Yang and Chris Jones, also known as These Brittle Bones, together with Malaysia’s indie dance outfit Enterprise and DJs from Vinyl of the Day complete the line-up.
Nov 1, 8pm | Venue: Offside, 2 Whitley Road | Register at facebook.com/fredperrysg for entry
Primitive feat. Dam Funk “Live” Home Club will be boogieing through November when Dâm FunK drops by. Known as Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," the seasoned veteran will be throwing down some glittery grooves in the launch of the club’s new night, Primitive. With Andrew Chow, Funk Bast*rd and Ming on the bill, expect some worn out heels. Nov 2, 9pm | Venue: Home Club, 20 Upper Circular Rd. | Tel: 6538 2928 | $20 (includes one drink)
Midnight Shift Reprise: KiNK
When he played in Singapore the last time, his physically energetic performance on his advance set up blew the roof off. The Bulgarian, born Strahil Velchev, has a pair of hands that seem to work faster that the speed of light when he plays his variation of techno “live”. Many have been mesmerised by his music, but it is how he does it that takes the cake.
Nov 2, 10pm | Venue: kyō, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | Tel: 6225 6001 | After 10pm: $20/$25 (includes one drink)
Loof pres. Gigamesh
Minneapolis-based DJ and producer Matthew Thomas Masurk will be laying down all sorts of chugging nu-disco from his bag of multi-platinum selling hits. With remixes for the likes of Katy B, Foster The People, Theophilus London and recently released reworking of classics from Donna Summer and Talking Heads, Loof will be struck by giga-watts of energy.
Nov 9, 10pm | Venue: Loof, #03-07 Odeon Towers (Extension Rooftop), 331 North Bridge Road | Tel: 9773 9304 | Free
Para//el presents Carl Craig
The Detroit DJ-producer has been in the game for over 20 years, pioneered and pushed the boundaries of techno with his acclaimed releases and mind-boggling mixes, and has played at just about every major club and festivals in the world, he is essentially the genre’s most well-respected and hard working luminaries around.
Nov 16, 10pm | Venue: Velvet Underground, Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street│Tel: 6738 2988│$25/32 (includes two drinks)
Forward featuring Sei-A
Going by the stage name, Sei-A, Andy Graham’s chugging techno sound is laced with ethnical almost tribal elements. The aural experience is like partying in a jungle with tribesman and a bar not too far away. Ahead of his much-anticipated set, local jocks Maurice Simon and kyō’s resident DJ Norman Chung opens.
Nov 23, 10pm | Venue: kyō, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | Tel: 6225 6001 | After 10pm: $20/$25 (includes one drink)
Four Tet “live”
For the first time ever, Kieran Hebden, also known as Four Tet, will be playing in South East Asia. To some, having the English electronic music producer here is like Daft Punk dropping by. His latest album, Beautiful Rewind is getting such positive reviews that nothing less than a 5-star rating would do it justice. It’s one thing to hear his music from blogs and websites, but quite another to hear him “live” –an experience to check off the bucket list. Opening for Kieran are electronic music singer-songwriter Vandetta and “live” DJ duo Funk Bast*rd and Kaye from Cosa Nostra.
Nov 28, 10pm | Venue: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street│Tel: 6738 2988│$50 from EventClique and Zouk.
Forward feat. Jay Tripwire
Always sitting slightly off-centre, Jay Tripwire is an artist and ever-changing innovator, releasing one standout release after another. His signature fusion of deep Detroit textures and intricate rhythms has led a career spanning two decades, with over 200 releases and four full length albums. Sounds like a lot of fun.
Nov 30, 10pm | Venue: kyō, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street | Tel: 6225 6001 | After 10pm: $20/$25 (includes one drink)