||Breakspoll nominees were announced on Feb 7. Among
those vying for Best DJ 2002 are Krafty Kuts, Hybrid and
Adam Freeland, while Best Producer sees Ils, Koma and
Bones and Dan F (Disuye) fighting it out, amongst others.
Breakbeats Most Valuable Person this year could be
Rennie Pilgram, Hyper, the erstwhile Senior Freeland, Freq
Nasty or kuddly Krafty Kuts.
Check out the full list of
The awards party will be held at Electrowerkz, London, and
will be hosted by BBC's Annie Nightingale and Danny
MacMillan, featuring the talents of Jean Jacques Smoothie,
Phantom Beats, Atomic Hooligan and much, much more.
Audiosports will be upgrading to a new location at
Robinson Quay called
at the end of Febuary. Soundspa will offer a new concept
to the traditional DJ store - it will have a cafe, bar, al
fresco seating areas and a DJ studio for recording and
cutting vinyl. It will also continue to sell 12"s, DJ gear
Think the music sucks? Think you've got better cuts?
Zouk lets you indulge in your own private music
fetishes with Bring Your Own Music at Velvet
Underground. Punters can play up to 10 minutes of their
own favourite tunes (no mixing required the flyer says!)
and even browse through Zouk's own stupendous collection.
BYO Music started on Wednesday, Feb 5, and will
be on every week thereafter. Another reason to go to Zouk
on Wednesdays. and not just for Mambo either.
||Record releases galore...
European label Logical Noise makes it debut with
Water. Featuring a range of sounds from dnb to ambient, it
is available in all good record shops in London for a
promotional price of 8 pounds. The Logical Noise crew have
also got a weekly party running in Camden Town Market
Strut will release 'Danny Krivit - Edits
by Mr K' on Feb 28. The latest release by one of New
York's house legends will complement his last Strut
release titled 'Grassroots'.
||The Malay Mail reported today that 31 patrons of the
Backroom tested positive for drugs in a pre-dawn
raid on the Kuala Lumpur club.
Those who tested positive, including the
deceptively-named male rocker Amy, former lead singer of
hair-rock band Search, are being held at the infamous Dang
Wangi police headquarters lock-up.
report, by Lionel Morais and Fariq Rahman, revealed
that "several thousand ringgit" worth of sound equipment
was confiscated for "breaching the conditions of the
permit and for admitting underaged patrons".
Dang Wangi police chief ACP Hadi Ho Abdullah warned
club operators that the long arm of the law would "come
down hard on them if they operate beyond the permissible
hours" and if underaged patrons are found at the club.
More dispatches from the front-line...
The announcement that Zouk and Centro are
going to hold their mega-parties on the same weekend is
making club scene insiders shake their heads in
Below are excerpts from a
Straits Times article in Life! today by Tommy Wee.
"Mr Andrew Ing, 34, Zouk's former marketing
manager and now a partner of youth-marketing consultancy
The Filter Group, says: 'By going head-on with the dates,
both organisers are destroying each other. The sensible
thing to do is to change one of the dates.
'Saying that it means more choices for the punter is
just being politically correct.
'More choices during the calendar year, yes, but having
both on the same dates means war.'
Chijmes' general manager Colin Goh, 35, agrees: 'A
profit element is involved and both sides would be
cannibalising their respective customer bases.
'It could spell disaster for both and, come next year,
such parties may not happen again.'"
Centro director Michel Lu maintains that he has been
planning for the Asian Electronic Music Festival (AEMF)
since mid-2002, and urged punters and industry players to
remain "optimistic and excited".
However, Zouk's marketing manager, Tracy Phillips,
warned that 'The downside is that clubbers will have to
choose and with all the struggle for media and public
attention, the parties may lead to confusion, over-selling
and false promises just to secure higher attendance.
'This would discredit the dance music scene overall.'
In the face of such bleak prospects for financial gain,
will one party back down? Or will it be a test of strength
between Singapore's Old Lady of Nightlife and the brash
||We all know about Iraq and N. Korea, but is this
In an article titled 'Centro vs Zouk' in the
Straits Times' Life! section today, reporter Tommy Wee
revealed that both Zouk and Centro have chosen the weekend
of May 30 and 31 for their annual monster outdoor
Centro is said to be launching a new annual party
dubbed the Asian Electronic Music Festival (AEMF),
which will have a lineup of five live acts and 10 DJs.
Zouk, on the other hand, will hold the third
installment of their popular Zoukout series, with
at least three live acts and 12 international DJs.
The article said that Centro was anticipating a turnout
of "at least 30,000 people" for the AEMF, which director
Michel Lu said would be a Singaporean version of Japan's
Fuji Rock Festival, an event that attracts around 60,000
people each year.
Zouk's marketing manager, Tracy Phillips, however, was
quoted as saying "We are disappointed that both events
have to be on the same weekend as we have been looking at
the date since December".
Malaysia's online record store,
will be having its launch party on Saturday, Feb 15
at breaks HQ, Bilique. Music provided by the Beatmonkey
and Loops Collective crews. Full details
||Kuala Lumpur and Singaporean "bassheadz" can finally
decide who's more "ruff" when crews from both cities
face-off at two events at Echo, KL and Union Square,
Singapore next month.
DnB purists Spacebar will "reprazent" for KL
while Morph Media's stable of DJs will enter
the fray for the Lion City. More news as it comes in.
The day of reckoning draws closer for breakbeat's
assembled superstars as the results of this year's
Breakspoll will be announced on Feb 27.
The awards ceremony cum party will be held at
Electrowerkz in London and it will be soundtracked by "the
movers and shakers" of the breaks scene, including Krafty
Kuts, FreQ Nasty, Phantom Beats, Jean Jacques Smoothie,
Dylan Rhymes, Atomic Hooligan and more.
Breakspoll. which started giving out awards last year,
saw Rennie Pilgrem crowned "King of Breaks", Sound of
Habib's Johan Olaffson winning for "Best Breakbeat Beard"
and Malaysian-born 10 Sui cinching the title for "Sexiest
Person in Breakbeat".
Cast your vote now at
||Singapore's Zouk and Centro
are going neck and neck to release music on their own
The Straits Times reported in December 2002 that Zouk
will release a mix CD featuring the talents of residents
Aldrin and DJ B. The two play a mixture of deep, tribal
and soulful house, and the CD is expected to be marketed
The same article also revealed that Singapore Tourism
Board's Nightspot of 2002, Centro, would also be putting
out its own CDs featuring residents Godwin P, Ramesh K and
Leonard T. The club will also be building its own
recording studio, presumably to expand the Centro Group's
already broad portfolio. The Centro Group also runs a
restaurant and bar at One Fullerton.
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