sources: Places to Go

Start the weekend at a Live Fact party hosted by a couple of independent music labels – Malaysia’s Akhyla and Singapore’s Phyla. But if you were looking to be in an overcrowded room somewhere in the city for good house and techno, then perhaps a party at COMO headed by German duo Chopstick & Johnjon would be better. On Saturday, lounge around Battery Acid Club’s space to utilise all the nostalgic gaming consoles the proprietors are bringing out just for this weekend, then check out Raksasa Market for some of the finest handmade products. Finally, wrap up the weekend by celebrating the reunion of Twilight Actiongirl! These guys had given devotees of three defunct alt clubbing spaces – Amber Bar, The Loft, Barsonic – too many memories; we’re certain they’ll do the same on Sunday. Don’t miss out.

Phyla x Akhyla

source: MHC

This Friday night is the night when two record labels become one. OK, not really but a number of artistes from each collective will be performing alongside each other, so, it’s going to be even better than the Spice Girls song we just referenced. The musical entertainers for the night include Fauxe, MHC, Harv, Reddi Rocket, Nemo, and Yahna. Entrance fee is only RM20, which is an enormous bargain considering the fact that the night’s setlist will take over your medulla oblongata — for good reasons, of course.

Date Friday 13 May ’16
Time 8pm
Venue Live Fact
Cover RM20

More information on the event here.

Ohrwurm pres. Chopstick & Johnjon (Suol, Berlin)

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Performing as Chopstick & Johnjon, Chi-Thien Nguyen and John B. Muder are a DJ-producer pair that seem to complement each other. Thien is a classically trained music fanatic while John is a former hip hop DJ with an ear for tight arrangements. Together, they’ve expanded their musical horizon as they venture into electronic music and eventually cemented themselves in the international techno and house scene. Supporting the duo are Alam, RaySoo, and Kopigo, along with visuals provided by ALT.IMG.

Get acquainted with Chopstick & Johnjon by listening to ‘Listen’ below:

Date Friday 13 May ’16
Time 10pm – 4am
Venue COMO
Cover RM35

More information on the event here.

Play Pixels 2.0

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This weekend, Battery Acid Club (BAC) is spoiling gamers with various vintage consoles to play with… for free! That’s right, Play Pixel is back. If it’s been about a century since your last physical relationship with gaming devices made by Atari, Sega, and Nintendo, look no further than BAC to reignite old flames. But it’s not all about having fun while playing, BAC has also organised a Street Fighter challenge to showcase the person with the best combos and lightning-fast digit reflexes. Yes, you will be rewarded if you’re the best.

Date Saturday 14 May ’16 — Sunday 15 May ’16
Time 10am — 7pm
Venue Battery Acid Club

More information on the event here.

Raksasa Market

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Raksasa Print Studio has been consistent with its curation of weirdly attractive art during any of its events. Here is where a person can find a variety of contemporary art that provokes the viewer to look at the bigger picture or something to chuckle at because of the subtle satire hidden within the brush strokes. For this weekend’s market, Raksasa is focussing on vendors that create their own products – so, names like Sukka Project and Ohsum Mossum Terrariums will be present. If craftsmanship appreciation is one of your best traits, head over to Bangsar to check these guys out. However, if you’re more of a visual arts person and you love to read, block out 18 and 19 June as those dates are when the market will be dedicated to zine and art prints only.

Date Saturday 14 May ’16
Time 11am
Venue Raksasa Print Studio

More information on the event here

More Than This: The GILA Book Launch

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Gila is a compilation of untold stories from individuals whom have lived with mental illness in Malaysia – a country that considers matters of the mind to be a taboo subject to have a conversation about. There’s more to the launch than just to celebrate it being published, the organisers have also invited several organisations that support this cause – Mentari Selayang, Malaysian Mental Health Association, and Befrienders KL – for guests to discuss topics like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with. Plus, guests have the option of having a mental health check-up too. There are numerous activities planned for the day, including a demonstration from a certified music therapist, progressive muscle relaxation classes, and ways to doodle your way to peacefulness. Immediately after the Gila book launch, folks from Yasmin at Kong Heng will be setting up for a screening entitled Lup Chew — what they’ll be showing is a surprise but we’re sure it’s going to tug at everyone’s heartstrings á la Yasmin Ahmad (well, it is going to be Yasmin-related). Get there early to reserve a seat!

Date Saturday 14th May ’16
Time 2pm
Venue APW Bangsar

More information on the event here.

Elysium & Art Xtreme Media Pres. Joey Negro

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Dave Lee is returning to KL again under his most prominent stage name – Joey Negro. This pioneer of disco-informed house has a portfolio of some 300-strong production credits – some of which made the UK Top 10 before – and nigh innumerable albums under his name, making him one of the few forefathers of UK dance who is still as active today as he was in his heydays. Joining him at Elysium are hyper-informed music geek/DJ Xes Xes Loveseat, current staple of house in KL, Axel Groove, and JonnyVicious. As frequent nightlife punters would know, space is very limited at Elysium, so contact 016 221 3612 or 010 435 3239 for table reservation if you’re not one to spend time on the dancefloor all night long.

Listen to Joey Negro’s ‘Make A Move On Me’ below:

Date Saturday 14 May ’16
Time 9pm
Venue Elysium
Cover RM50 (Before midnight) / RM60 (After midnight) *includes 1 Asahi Beer

More information on the event here.

The Sweatbox – The Afterfunk (Joey Negro Afterparty)

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The Saturday night funk at Elysium doesn’t end with house legend Joey Negro – upstairs, Art Xtreme Media will continue celebrating their one-year anniversary with four-time Beatport Top 10 artiste James Trystan. His collaborative effort with studio partner Rory Gallagher, the moody and synth-y house opus ‘Walking Giants’ (via Bedrock), has been a playlist mainstay for Bedrock founder John Digweed for some time. That synth-driven vibe, and his tour across Asia, has contributed to the South Londoner’s newly minted and reinvigorated sound, one that has seen major labels approaching him for remixes of well-known acts such as The Klaxons, Ghost Beach, and Fenech-Soler. The night will also see Joey G, Click 2 Klick, and a B2B set by Obadius and Otherkind.

Listen to James Trystan’s ‘Vibrations (featuring Ryan Stavrou)’ below:

Date Saturday 14th May ’16
Time 11pm — 6am
Venue Elysium

Follow event updates here.

The Twilight Actiongirl Reunion

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As the straightforward title suggests, DJ Bunga, XU, journalist Daryl Goh, and Kelvin Oon will be coming together this Sunday to reunite as Twilight Actiongirl. And they are promising a great show as they will be joined by bands such as post-punkers Killeur Calculateur, recently JUICE-featured act LUST, rock band Diamond Dogs, and guest DJ Oddjob. Best, 2014 Man of the Year, Jehan Kamaludin, will make a special appearance — possibly to #JehanSqueeze a few unfortunate ladies.

TAG celebrated their 10th anniversary 3 years ago. Damn:


Date Sunday 15 May ’16
Time 5pm — 12am
Venue Marketplace

For guestlist, please email [email protected] before Saturday 14 May ’16.

Art Xtreme Media One Year Anniversary Charity Party

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The day after Joey Negro’s show and its afterparty is Art Xtreme Media’s (AXM) actual celebration of their turning one year old. Rather than glorifying the decadence that has become emblematic of the nightlife scene, AXM has chosen the altruistic route of giving back to society by having their anniversary double as a charity party for Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary Orphanage. As such, all proceeds made from the party will go to the orphanage. On the decks, the techno and house events company has curated a list six B2B sets by 12 local and international acts, which includes Antype + LZZY, Blastique + Lish, Click 2 Klick, Alam + Obadius, James Trystan + Type 1, and Otherkind + Jay J. You can also expect good ol’ fashioned BBQ and a birthday cake to complement the anniversary party – though don’t fret, they’ve promised not to throw the cake to the audience a la Steve Aoki.

Date Sunday 15 May ’16
Time 6pm — 3am
Venue Elysium
Cover RM30 (+1 drink)

Follow event updates here.

The Impatient Sisters Pres. ‘Hey There Young Sailor’ Music Video Premiere

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Early this year, The Impatient Sisters performed at the Gaslight Cafe, and if you were hankering for more from the amiable sisters, the folk trio will hold a get together for the premiere of their music video for the song ‘Hey There Young Sailor’. Though the song is not new as it appeared on their 2014 self-titled debut album, we’re definitely excited for a visual interpretation of it. Aside from that, dream pop duo Juno and Hanna will be performing at the event as well.

Listen to The Imaptient Sisters’ ‘Oh Kawan’:

Date Sunday 15 May ’16
Time 8.30pm
Venue The Bee, Publika

More information on the event here.