We're a little late, we know. We're sorry! May was a pretty crazy month for us, handling a party bus trip and our very own stage at Music Matters. Not only that, we have another stage planned at Orchard Central this month. It's been a little hectic so bear with us!
This month, we've already had the pleasure of watching some of our favourite Singaporean acts take over the stage in Esplanade Concert Hall for one special night, along with the return of beloved US beatmaker Nosaj Thing, our friends in ATTAGIRL invading BluJaz and even a night of nostalgic emo and pop-punk tunes in a DJ set courtesy of the guys in The Summer State (we hear a second one is already being planned so keep your eyes peeled).
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We still have most of the month to go and there's plenty in store for all you music revellers. More adventurous beatmakers are headed our way, like Giraffage and Daedelus hailing from the US, promising nights of cosmic electronic music while local artists Nez, Rah and ATTAGIRL head-honcho A/K/A will be digging deep into their annals of drum & bass and jungle music to serve up some deliriously grimy beats. There's also some experimental thanks to Schneider Kacirek, a three-day French house extravaganza, moody space rock by The White Trip Movement, a night of diverse music curated by Syndicate and so much more. Dive in, get a checklist and don't get lost.
Oh yes, there's Baybeats too. Get hyped.
It’s another music stage from us! Escape from the crazy humid weather outside and join us at Orchard Central over the weekend for intimate sessions of local music right in the heart of town. We’ve curated a line up perfect for vibes befitting the summer, comprising of acts such as Babushka, Charles Jedidiah, Deon Toh, Gareth Fernandez, MONSTER CAT and Stopgap. We also have perks for our Bandwagon users – there’ll be a 15% discount for all juices at the HIC Juice pop up store just right across the stage.
For Fans Of: Foals, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ondetropica
The king of crunk is back in Singapore to bring us a night of party-ready hip-hop anthems. Grey Goose V Series party is back this month with an eighth edition, featuring guest DJ Lil Jon. The American rapper, apparently now also a DJ, is best known for his iconic single ‘Get Low’, which featured the Ying Yang Twins and of course, 'Turn Down for What'. Expect a crazy night of mashup and club hits with the hip-hop superstar, with supporting acts from YA5TH, Suren, Deepak and Styluxtakut.
FFO: crunk, lots and lot of crunk
For the first time in Singapore, Giraffage (a.k.a Charlie Yin) will be kicking off his 2015 Asian Tour here this month. The young producer has garnered praise worldwide for his refreshing downtempo tunes along with a dedicated following on soundcloud. Don’t expect hard-hitting beats from this young producer. Think more along the lines of stunningly intimate electronic music borne out of a bedroom. Still, there's no doubt he'll unleash a set of tunes that are absolutely perfect for a night at kyo.
FFO: Neon Indian, Slow Magic, Yppah
Arguably the best place to get your drum & bass fix in Singapore, dsDNB this month is up for two hours full of DnB odyssey by resident, NEZ and MC Roz. It’s expected to be a night filled strong, intensive beats that'll truly put the 'bangers' in Koi Bangers + Izakaya. There will also be special sets from local DJs RAH and A/K/A. Free entry.
FFO: Goldie, Chase & Status, Aphrodite
Five-piece local band The White Trip Movement are finally releasing their EP, ‘Go Slow’. The alternative rock band will be bringing their gloomy pop tunes live in their EP Launch, with supporting act Show Winter, hailing all the way across the causeway. Join these boys they share their tales and thoughts through their emotive mood rock... or something along those lines. It's good music. Just be there.
FFO: Angels & Airwaves, Porcupine Tree, Codeseven
Having explored a wide range of music through tireless experimentation, German duo Schneider Kacirek will be bringing their live show to Singapore. Their eclectic music style is a mix of everything — from electronic music, to Afrobeat, ambient music and krautrock. Supporting acts will comprise of Australian electro musician Raus, who we've had the chance to talk to, along with local artist blankverse, aka Isa Foong from experimental rock band sub:shaman. Join them in an intimate performance at Artistry as they present a challenging but ultimately rewarding take on music.
FFO: Battles, Nisennenmondai, Fujiya & Miyagi
American producer Daedelus will be bringing his unique electronic tunes to Singapore this month. As a debut edition for The Deep End, a new night party presented by Velvet Underground Dance and Moonbeats Asia, Daedelus will be playing live with support from Jase. Just like his mythological namesake, Daedelus plays with a wide range of music, from his knowledge of jazz to the cosmos where electronic music lies, along with baroque music. He's best known for his eclectic selection of samples, creating a complex but fully unique subgenre of his own.
FFO: Flying Lotus, Kiasmos, Lapalux
A monthly event to showcase local musicians, Kaleidoscope is yet another collaborative event by Velvet Underground Dance, this time with alternative radio station Lush 99.5fm. In this month’s event, local DJ Jean Reiki will be playing to wild beats, swirling analogue rhythms and monster hooks. On the other side, .gif, who stole the stage in this year’s Laneway Festival, will present their much-lauded live set to Zouk. Especially for electronic music fans, this month’s Kaleidoscope can't be missed.
FFO: Thievery Corporation, Submotion Orchestra, Blue Hawaii
A three-day house music affair with three French DJs, they'll treat you to the best house tunes from the revolutionary French House Movement. The event will be held across three different venues: The Powder Room, Loof and Tanjong Beach Club. 21-year-old Parisian, Crayon, will be kicking of the event at The Powder Room with his house tunes supported by Tyler Made. Let loose at a rooftop bar as Cézaire, brings you his rapturously funky tunes on the second day of event at Loof while Kartell will take you home in Tanjong Beach Club.
FFO: Kavinsky, Madeon, Mr. Oizo
Swedish indie-pop band Wilderness brings their dreamy electronic tunes here for the first time. The band has been gaining traction back in their home, describing their music as “classic pop songs in a dreamy outfit”, which no doubt reflects through the uplifting but ultimately melancholic melodies in their songs. If you enjoy dreamy, colourful pop tunes but shun overly sweet melodies, Wilderness will be your #squad.
FFO: New Order, Braids, Air France
The festival that needs no introduction, the Baybeats Festival has released an excellent lineup for this year’s edition and no doubt this year will be a must-go for local music fans. Look forward to local acts from the uplifting alternative rock of Cadence, hard-hitting post-hardcore courtesy of Caracal, indie-rock outfit Take Two, electronic trio Riot In Magenta and a whole load of impressive Singaporean acts over a single weekend. This year’s event will also feature international acts as usual: Life and Time from Korea, Fwends from Thailand, TFVSJS from Hong Kong, She’s Only Sixteen from Philippines and more. It’s probably the best place to watch performances from local bands and to discover new favourites along the way. The best part every year? It’s free.
FFO: new, exciting music around the region
Before you get ready for the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), be sure to check out events from The O.P.E.N, a pre festival of SIFA. Syndicate SG has lined up three local acts as part of the festival: YLLIS, Intriguant and SSYSTM. Intriguant will team up with violinist Kim Eun Hyung and guitarist Shakykh as a trio, performing tracks from his debut release Ellipse. While YLLIS, the frontman of Monster Cat, will be debuting as a solo artists, bringing you on a fascinating music journey of electronic tunes with influences from hip-hop and post-rock sounds. Rising visual artist SSYSTM will be serving improvisational visuals alongside the two main acts.
FFO: Bonobo, Caribou, Benoit Pioulard
After the successful instalments of Getai Electronica and Getai Ethnica, Lepark is carrying on the tradition with Getai Holidays! In this month of school breaks, these guys have lined up two different musicians on every Friday and Saturday nights throughout June. They’ve settled Tim De Cotta, Ferry (Giants Must Fall), Cherie Koh (Obedient Wives Club), Theodora, Dru Chen, Lewis Loh and more. Each act will be playing two sets of 30 minutes, so they’ve pretty much got you covered for your weekend night plans in June, if you're looking for something a little more laid-back.
FFO: TAJ, Obedient Wives Club, Giants Must Fall
If you’re looking for gigs to mosh at, ECHO Productions is bringing back MOSH MOSH 2, the ultimate free gig for heavy music and lots of body slamming. Featuring We Destroyed Leviathan, Cultures, Emily in Denial, Tomorrows Ever Ending and Fall of Mirra, it'll run for six hours with crushing metal riffs that'll keep your energy level up all night better than a can of Monster Energy. Free entry.
FFO: pure 100% metal noise all day
If you were at Baybeats 2012 and found yourself laughing till your sides hurt while still mustering enough strength to raise some horns, chances are you saw Cockpit perform at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. These four horsemen with the sun shining behind them are truly one of the Singapore music scene's best kept secrets — having played only a select number of shows over the years, they've never failed to be endlessly entertaining with their satire of heavy metal traditions while still keeping up with the genre's technical demands. They'll releasing their debut album Four Horsemen Riding in the Sky (Behind Got Sun) and since there aren't news about more upcoming shows, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by missing this.
FFO: Spinal Tap, Tenacious D, Dethklok
Kicking off a series of parties that will culminate in an SG50 party on National Day, Singapore Boleh's first round will start things with some infectiously groovy house and techno this month, while the following months will have an even more diverse range of music, guaranteed to keep you moving until it's time for some sweet dim sum at Swee Choon at 4am.
FFO: YOUR COUNTRY (and great dance music)
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