The City List Kuala Lumpur Weekly Bar/Club Guide : 21/09/17
Over the next week, we let you know some of highlights of what’s going on in the bar and clubbing arena of what we call The Klang Valley. International, regional and local, there’s something for everyone in Kuala Lumpur.
Raw Fridays at presents Echonomist (GRE) on SEPT 22. Pre 2009, saw his first live music project called "IνΦο", performing live with his band of live musicians and vocalist, covering a wide spectrum of electronic, downtempo music, releasing three studio albums till 2009, gaining fame mainly in the Greek electronic music scene.
Always on the lookout for new sounds and fresh music, he also acquired his own skills as a DJ, discovering the world of electronic dance music. Petros had fallen under the spell of stateside artists and labels like Maurizio, , Black Dog, , Echocord to name a few. At this point he started his own solo project as Echonomist.
While his style can be varied, his quality is never compromised. His diverse musical styles place him amongst the most prolific producers whether electronic, dance or abstract. His elaborate live performances cover the whole dance spectrum meeting international acclaim. As a DJ, Echonomist brings the same qualities he has exhibited in his studio work to the live arena. Comfortably combining music from a wide range, he is a dynamic and interactive DJ who blends rolling basslines, harmonic synths, and energetic percussions to craft an infectious and atmospheric sound.
Also featuring for the night in Jiro will be Alan Tand and Dezz.
JIRO KL : 61-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, KL
Admission (with two drinks): RM50. RSVP call 017-663 3770.
presents Circuitbreaker and DJ Kuma on the Roof Terrace. Who is Circuitbreaker? Well, he started his passion for music in the late 80s back in the UK with a love of early electro, then moving through genres such as acid house, techno, breakbeat and deep house.
With a music collection that literally spans decades, his sets truly demonstrate the often clichéd ‘journey’, playing the latest rockin’ tunes, hypnotising bass lines, undiscovered gems and some pure grin inducing hands in the air classics. Having played many clubs in the early 90s in the UK, under many different guises, he took a step back from the live scene, all the while continuing to provide a new mix every few months for those in the know. Circuitbreaker has recently decided to step out from the shadows once more and take to the decks when he joined Le Noir KL when the club opened over a year ago .
Local legend and co-Le Noir KL resident DJ Kuma plays alongside him for the night.
Down at the Club Lounge, Charleston Cornelius and DJ K (Open Format) play commercial and open format and on the ground floor DJ Mie plays the bar in between live band sets and to the close.
LE NOIR KL : Unit H-G-07, The Hive, TREC, Lot 435, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
Admission (with one drink): RM40.
Call 03-2110 4331 for information or e-mail info / reservations
The seventh edition of Taboo 07 at Elysium's Box comes with a musical experience meant to break the stereotypes and expand your limits. Three jacking house masters behind the decks will turn the Box into a classic affair of the heart – energetic, as experimental as ever and filled with music gems from the three aficionados - No Requests (Toolroom, Zulu, UK), and Shazan. Let's Jack in The Box this Friday.
On the Terrace, meanwhile, there’s house sounds from resident Victor Trixter. Free entry.
: Level 31/32, Wisma Goldhill, 67, Jalan Raja Chulan, KL
Admission: RM30 before 3am / RM40 after 3am. RSVP & reservations call 03-2022 3818.
Every month on Friday, Ed Dix presents Ain't Nothing But Techno (ANBT) (Link: https://www.facebook.com/anbtkl/) – a party series that freely explores and experiments across the techno spectrum, aiming to unite fans of both old and modern styles of techno. It consists of a journey through the wide range of the genre where Ed Dix invites over his favourite finest DJs and new talents.
Ed Dix is now at the forefront of KL’s fast growing underground scene. Amidst the titanic dark and underground movement lies a character who sticks out like a sore thumb with his uplifting and distinctive techno sound. The only rule he has is to push the boundaries of conventional electronic music exploring new directions while never losing sight of his core passions – playing music, sharing forward thinking visions and celebrating life.
His sound is defined by his high-octane performances and an unparalleled ability to engage and connect with the crowd and propelled forward by psychedelic beats and rippling synthetic basslines induced by techno, indie dance and hard drive debris like states. Whether it’s his solo or collaborative efforts he has always been a maverick presence in our underground dance culture. Essentially, his intention with his style is to make interesting club music that has emotional resonance.
For what could be the most techno orientated line up in this series, Ed Dix is joined for the second time by techno purist and head of TECHNOLOGUE, Jason Voon. He has been part of the local and regional electronic dance music scene since 1996. His sound comes close to being musical anarchy, with explosions of thrilling hard and funky beats running riot from his selection of root techno. So hop on the ferris wheel, raise your fists and be prepared to join him for a spin on a juicy ride into the sound of tomorrow.
Joining them is the guy behind Taste Of Groove – anType who runs the new monthly party Dictatorship, plus new talent HiRes aka Haresh K who makes regular appearances at Under9 club’s monthly Sessions. Sessions infamous DJ sets deconstruct genres with their forward thinking, non-judgemental approach to dance music. From Leftfield house to disco-techno, from electro to banging German techno, their unique approach to electronic music makes for an exciting DJ set.
: 8, Jalan Bedara, off Jalan Nagasari, KL
Free entry before midnight | RM20 After. Strictly 21+
Sublime Friday. Bringing you the finest house music. Live deep house session from Malaysia's pioneer electronic music export DJ Blastique, fused by Kuven on sax who has roots in soul, funk.
Blastique is widely credited as a sonic surgeon of sorts, and has rapidly become one of Malaysia’s pioneer dance music exports.
His assertive and progressive sounds have already earned him successful releases and remixes on; YellowFinger (UK), Electrofly (UK), Vicious (Aus) and Silo Recordings (UK) to name a few, receiving support from; Hybrid (Distinctive), Prato (YellowFinger), Janette Slack, Andy D (Ministry of Sound), Farace (Kick It Recordings), Mobius, Nick Thayer (Fingerlickin, Streetwise), Soul of Man (Fingerlickin), Vlad Sokolov (TCR, LondonBreaks, MoS) & Precision Cuts (Smart Breaks, Simple), among many others.
In Malaysia, as an Ableton Certified Trainer, audio engineer, producer, production consultant and Director of Mile High Sounds, his services have been sought after by clients, producers, and artists including; Ableton, Heineken, Tiger, Time.dot.com, DHL India, Maxis, Hotlink, Malaysian Airlines, BMW, Volkswagen, Vince Chong, Nadia Aquila, Bo Amir Iqram (Bedroom Sanctuary), Biggie (AUB), JP, Goldfish, Caprice, Gerard Singh, Junji Delfino and David Gomez, Daniel Veerapen and Noryn Aziz. Blastique was also selected as one of the judges for Astro Hitz.tv’s Spinmaster DJ Competition.
From 10.30pm to 12.30pm. Then it’s Fridays at Supper Club with Jazzerimo and Thai Nikotin.
: Lot E12-14, Electric Boulevard, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
Cover charges apply. RSVP: Sam 012-264-8529Call 03-2110 0866 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Under9 KL’s specialist techno night Technologue features for the night. Expect some serious techno in the basement at Under9 KL as they present to you (Planet Rhythm/Lateral Fragments/NL).
Hailing from the deep south of the Netherlands, Dubiosity is a techno dj, producer, label manager, and involved in a two-man live act together with Pjotr G.
Next to releasing on labels like the infamous Planet Rhythm, Gynoid Audio and his own label Lateral Fragments, Dubiosity performed in clubs and all over Europe, like Tresor Berlin, Solar Festival in Holland, and the notorious Berghain Berlin, to name a few.
Known for his often melodic, synth-driven yet booming musical taste, which can be heard in his own productions, Dubiosity is certain to set the floor alight.
Technologue push the radical sounds of the underground. Be prepared for non-conformity and a quality night with no pretenses. It’s all about bringing you the raw nocturnal energy that is the spirit of techno as these DJs pay homage to the 4/4 sounds that was better chronicled in warehouses during the late 90s and early 2000s. Make no mistake that you will be hearing quality cuts that range from classics to new from our DJ’s all night long.
They go from deep to funky. Tribal to industrial. Soulful to hard. All in the promise of good techno. Push the boundaries and keep the spirit alive. See you in the basement!
Joining Dubiosity on the night will be KillaBudu (Notion A & Westokan) and Antiscians (Jason Voon & Edycted)
: Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9, Jalan Ampang, KL
Entry is RM15 all night.
Le Noir KL presents Eugene and Bryan Burger on the Roof Terrace. Another one of Malaysia’s pioneers of the electronic dance music scene, Eugene's passion for dance and electronica music was borne in London, whilst studying Fine Art at the Central St Martins School of Art & Design. It was during this period that Eugene developed his turntable skills, after being exposed to the numerous underground sounds of dub, speed garage, hardcore house, techno and drum’n’bass in a variety of locations in and around London.
Having resided in London for over eight years from 1989 - 1997, Eugene was fortunate enough to experience the growth and fracturing of the UK dance scene first hand. With the initial birth of the pirate radio stations in London and the underground railway parties, right through to the current super clubs and one-off events, it was clear that Eugene was captivated by the whole concept of the dance and club culture. It was not long before artists such as The Orb, Mr.C, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Grooverider, Sasha, LTJ Bukem and Andy Weatherall became major influences for Eugene's musical palette.
Returning to Malaysia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Eugene formed Tempo Events with like-minded and top local DJ's who felt the need to create a dance scene right here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has since been committed to contributing his efforts as a DJ, promoter and event organiser with Tempo, showcasing cutting-edge DJ's, artists and events.
In June 2002, Tempo created a Malaysian dance brand, Regenerate,which ran for five years. This series has proved to be a tremendous hit, attracting thousands of loyal followers. Not only was Regenerate a showcase for local and International artistes, It served as a platform that supported up-&-coming DJ's to gain recognition.
Eugene was one of those instrumental in making KL something of a clubbing capital with the constant organising of numerous pioneering warehouse and outdoor parties, including the creation and conceptualization of the legendary Movement KL and Carbon Club at the beginning of this millennium.
As a DJ, his mixing style is smooth and seamless, often riding the line between funky electro and tech-house and quality deep house, and, back in the day, drum’n’bass as well.
Fast forward to today, Eugene is now a fashion designer/DJ who is coming back with a new sound that focuses on deep melodic house or dirty tech-house to techno depending on the venue.
Bryan Burger himself was formerly part of Tempo back in the day and is no stranger to the pioneering group of DJs of the past two decades. Burger’s eclectic style cannot be pin pointed into a specific genre as his has built a personality that solely belongs to his own. Deep grooves that trembles within one’s heartbeat, infused with a funky electro baseline, and a prominent hint of a tribal touch which soars through the soul. Burger creates beats that pulsates through and reaches into a heightened frenzy of rapture. He’s also co-funder of Excessive Records and the Royale DJ Academy in Kuala Lumpur.
In the Club Lounge DJ Nesh and friends bring you hip hop, R&B and down on the ground floor DJ K (Open Format) plays the bar in between live band sets and to the close.
LE NOIR KL
Unit H-G-07, The Hive, TREC, Lot 435, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
Admission (with one drink): RM40.
Call 03-2110 4331 for information or e-mail info / reservations
Mantra Bar. Bangsar’s premier Roof terrace bar presents Darragh Casey and Alex Martin tomorrow.
Irish born but now Koh Phangan residing Darragh Caey makes a few guest appearances in KL this weekend. It’s been a long journey from the Irish countryside to the hedonistic Thai island of Koh Phangan Thailand but Darragh has kept one thing always the same - a no compromise love for musical innovation and making a connection with his crowds.
Hailing from Cork Ireland, but now residing on the island paradise of Koh Phangan, Thailand. The Irishman has been busy playing his flavour of energetic tracks at some of the best and most unique venues in Asia.
He holds a coveted residencey at forward-thinking music venue Loi Lay on Koh Phangan, and has played most events and clubs worth playing in the region.
Whether it be playing at events deep in the Koh Phangan jungle to 5000 people, Full Moon parties on the beach with 40,000, or even his long held Sunday residency at the intimate Loi Lay with only a 200 person capacity, Darragh always brings the confidence and versatility to give a great atmosphere to any club. This is what makes him one of Asia’s current top DJs.
After a busy year in 2016, 2017 has already been better for Darragh, with a pan-Asian tour and EPs due for release on some of the scene’s coolest labels.
Malaysia’s Alex Martin has been a fixture in the local and regional scene now for the better part of this new decade.
Custodian of deep, rhythmic dance beats and a care-free atmosphere. That’s how Alex describes himself as a DJ, never afraid to go too deep, his emotive musical selections are his own therapy.
Today this translates into sets where he picks apart and infuses together all the pieces of this music that he loves best – beautiful synth work, ethereal backdrops, brooding basslines, and occasional vocal hooks.. all on top of a pronounced foot-shuffling house beat.
“For me, it’s all about emotions and a deep, hypnotic groove… playing racks that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without you realising it, regardless of genre, tempo style or release date.”
A natural musician, with early self taught training on bass and guitar, Alex developed a passion for house music in the early 2000s and by 2010 he was playing to big room audiences at Quinte and Desire on Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur.
As resident and founder of the underground house club, Quinte, along with KL techno-house veteran DJ Kuma, from its conception in 2010 to 2014, Quinte was notably one of the clubs that stuck to a strict underground music policy. And since July, this year, he’s co-founded and co-runs one of the most talked about Pool Parties in the Kuala Lumpur scene in recent years.
He has graced the podium alongside names such as Marco Bailey, Jay Lumen, Mark Farina, Daniel Portman, Marco Loco, Ahmet Sendil, Randy Seidman, Graham Gold, Nakadia and many more.
He is also a frequent guest resident in Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party, Jungle Experience, Sramanora Waterfall Party, Echo Beach and Mellow Mountain Full Moon Night.
: Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Admission by RSVP: call/txt +6017-344 8299.
The most awaited party of the year is here. Zion Club KL presents UV NATION with the Legendary DJ Yella of N.W.A & Lil' Eazy E and Lia Lisse on the 23rd of September 2017.
UV Nation is a conceptualized party event for music lovers and party goers hosted by Zion Club KL. They aim to provide the best party experience by engaging international DJs / acts for ground breaking entertainment in town. International guests for this edition will be DJ YELLA of NWA, Lil Eazy E & LIA LISSE!
: 31, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
Ticket Prices: Pre-Sale - Single Room (RM68), All Access (RM100) /Door Sale - Single Room (RM88), All Access (RM160)
Purchase your tickets here: http://zionkl-uvnationparty.peatix.com/
For Bottle Packages & Table Reservations: Contact +6012 209 7300
After Nic Fanciulli and KL’s home boys have set the bar very high last week, Art Xtreme Media are aiming to keep up with the insane vibes of this KL-renowned weekly Saturday marathon marathon party at Elysium.
This time, along with Sweatbox residents and Otherkind, Perfect Gang’s Mantis, as well as Jay Jay, Daydream’s and will set the vibes, with a guest appearance in the return to Sweatbox of Marc Roberts (UK). Expect lots of house, tech house and techno all night through to morning up in the Ox on 32. Admission (with one drink): RM30 before 3am / RM40 after 3am.
Meanwhile on the Terrace on 31, Radio Therapy brings you local legends and veterans and Alam with a lot of house music.
: Level 31/32, Wisma Goldhill, 67, Jalan Raja Chulan, KL
RSVP & reservations call 03-2022 3818.
Connected Presents Volume 2 at Privi KL. For those lucky enough to have been at Volume 1 in July then the week after for his unbelievable 12 hour set in the Sweatbox this man needs no introduction. Opening for Digweed on the 15th Connected is delighted to have him back in the intimate underground setting of the recently expanded Privi. The only question that remains is Are you Privi?
: 8, Jalan Bedara, off Jalan Nagasari, KL
11pm until late.
Geisha Playground Wednesdays F1 Edition at Kyo KL presents and Rico Greene. Dutchman makes a welcome return to KL shores. Born and raised in Amsterdam, for over a decade Irwan has been one of the best open-format DJs in Europe. With his unique style of scratching, singing and smoothly mixing up hip hop, R&B, house and everything in between, Irwan established himself as a crowd favourite (even here) and makes him the go-to guy for clubs and promoters when it comes to big urban events around the globe.
Irwan was DJ for his 2016 European Club Tour, played at private parties for artists like Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson, opened up concerts for 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Rita Ora, Sean Paul, Trey Songz and Flo Rida to name just a few, and is a regular guest at big festivals such as Dance Valley, 7th Sunday Festival and Mysteryland.
As recognition of his achievements, Irwan has been nominated multiple times for MOBO Awards and Dutch Urban Awards in the category Best Urban DJ.
Currently his bi-monthly radioshow ‘One In The Air’ is being played on all KLM Royal Dutch Airlines long-haul flights. The signs are clear: sky is definitely not the limit for Irwan.
: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, off Jalan Pinang, KLCC, KL
Admission (with one drink): RM40 before 1am / RM60 after 1am. Free entry before 11pm (Ren). For table reservations please contact email@example.com or 012-921 1730.
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