Venue: 8, Circular Road
AFRiCAN | LATiN | CARiBBEAN | BEATS | BASS | BAiLE | BOOGiE
For what will be Kusto last party at Tropical Temple before he moves to Ghana, we have invited some of those DJs and Collectives that have supported us from the beginning and have been inspirational in so many ways!
Oh, and to thank you all for the support, the entry is on us!
It's time again to let those percussive tropical rhythms take over your limbs & invade your senses. Immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of tunes from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, covering everything from vintage analog boogie, to new electronic & pop music.
This ain't your mom & pop's version of "World Music"! Tropical Temple is all about bringing raw energy and real culture, identity and rhythm of the global dance floor to Singapore. Your humble selectors have only this goal in mind: Expand your musical horizons and get your body moving!
>> RAMESH K (CÉ LA VI Singapore)
"Ramesh became aware of music from an exceptionally young age. It has remained an essential part of his existence, as fundamental as food. The birth of Solid Gold in the 80s opened Ramesh’s heart to soul, rhythm and blues. This paved the way for his lifelong love of jazz, funk and Latin. The strength of this love can be heard as the undercurrent of all his music today. Over the last 20 years Ramesh has played in clubs across four continents, including 6 residencies at some of Singapore’s most influential venues, including his present stint at Cé La Vi Singapore. Performing at music festivals including Womad, Mosaic Music Festival with Montreux Jazz and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, he has continued his innovative style, sampling a menu of world beats, tropical sounds, dub, reggae, drum n bass and of course jazz."
>> FUNK BAST*RD ( Darker Than Wax)
Earning praises from the likes of Dam-Funk, Tama Sumo, San-Soda, Mike Huckaby, Jamie XX and 2562, Dean Chew aka the Funk Bast*rd (one half of the Cosa Nostra duo and co-founder of Singapore-based label Darker Than Wax) has been tirelessly pushing and promoting an alternative expression of leftfield music through his widely eclectic and genre-bending sets.
Traversing musical genres like deep jazz, soul, funk, boogie, brazilian grooves, deep house, hip hop and bass numbers, his diverse musical selection have left whichhave left many indelible marks on the dancefloors. His sets have also taken him around the world, playing most recently in New York, Brazil, Paris, London and Shanghai.
>> TOM SHELLSUIT (Sideshow/ Pushin'On)
Shellsuit has been collecting records and DJing for over 18 years. Originally from Scotland, he now lives in Singapore, where he is a DJ and promoter for Pushin’On (the first night in Singapore dedicated to soul and funk music) and Sideshow (creators of popular daytime party, Sunday at the Training Shed).
Known for playing freestyle sets that incorporate a wide range of styles and sounds, DJing has taken him all over the world including countries as diverse as Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Bosnia and Estonia. The list is sure to grow as he continues to build his reputation as a well-rounded DJ and party-rocker.
Notable shows; Summerdaze Festival 2015, Ghostface & Raekwon 2014, Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival (Singapore) 2012 and 2011, Zoukout 2011, Good Vibrations Festival 2010.
Shared the stage with; Ghostface & Raekwon (Wu-Tang), DJ Kentaro, Mr Thing, Chris Karns, Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw Records), Shortkut, Tony Touch, Crazy Legs, Neil Armstrong, Monk One, Skinnyman & Mud Fam, Rodney P, Jehst, Taskforce, Ritchie Ruftone, Plus One, Music Man Miles (Breakestra), and many more.
>> GONZO (KiloWatt Soundsystem)
Gonzo is an avid collector of old, weird, rare, and forgotten things; whether it's records, films, photos, artworks, or furniture, there's nothing he doesn't enjoy (re)discovering and recycling into surprising and exciting new creations.
>> KUSTO (Tropical Temple) B2B ANAND ( CÉ LA VI Singapore/ Beatroot)
Jet set on a rare groove journey transiting through various soundscapes of afro disco funk soul & latin but always with a touch of jazz when Anand takes control of the decks.
Anand succumbed under the hold of music from the very early days of his life. The thought of being able to arrange music and tell a story has always intrigued and captivated him. This craving led him to obtain a pair of Technics 1210’s. This investment fired by his passion for music has brought him on a journey through sounds that has been ongoing for almost two decades.
His current residency is at CÉ LA VI Singapore. Anand has been helming the Re:Groove Sunset Sessions on Sundays for almost five years. He never fails to take his audience on a journey through a wide spectrum of sounds while watching transition of day to night from 57 floors above. During this residency, Anand has shared the decks with Yass & ATFC (Defected Records), Born To Funk (Soulfuric), Ramon Tapia (Great Stuff Recordings), Jose Padilla (Café del Mar), Stephane Pompougnac (Hotel Costes), DJ Fudge (Tejal), Hallex M (Yoruba Records), Jose Marquez (Tribe Records), Gabriele Poso (Agogo Records, bbe), Claudio Passavanti (Sunlightsquare Records) and DJ Maestro (Blue Note).
“Hailing from Brittany, France, Kustò has been travelling the world in search of the perfect sound for the last 20 years. After holding residencies in various bars and clubs in London, Milan, Bangkok and Berlin, his record collection has landed in Singapore.
3 years ago, he co-founded Tropical Temple, a night focusing on past, present and future sounds of the African, Latin and Caribbean diaspora. Tropical Temple has gained a reputation in the region for quality tropical music and memorable parties.
Kustò has performed in various venues in Singapore and South East Asia such as BluJaz, Celavi, Kult and Studio Lam. Miles Cleret (Soundway), Jose Marquez (Fania), Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) and Vik Sohonie (Ostinato Records) are among the international guests he has shared the decks with recently. Expect an eclectic selection of infectious grooves ranging from Nigerian boogie to heavy Colombian rhythms.”