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For all intents and purpose, tonight was Zouk reopening and the for all that we’d heard from our sources inside, we were jacked to see it. And we weren’t the only ones. Despite the low key promotion, JUICE arrived to a queue so long you could spot it from Jalan Ampang. But tonight the real attention was directed at Simian Mobile Disco. No strangers to Malaysian clubbers, their album Attack Decay Sustain Release had spawned monster disco punk singles ‘It’s The Beat’ and ‘Hustler’.
Having practically set up home in Zouk the new layout had certainly swung JUICE for a loop, but it was soon forgotten as Lapsap got things pumping from the get-go with their usual deck trickery and atomic enthusiasm.
With a smaller dancefloor, Zouk quickly packed out and clubbers were forced to get intimately acquainted – guess this is what they mean by fun with your clothes on. Like SMD’s previous Malaysian appearance at Recharge Revelation 5, tonight only one half of SMD was turning it out on the decks. If both had made it we can only wonder at the dancefloor damage that would have ensued. James Shaw more than made up for James Ford’s absence, driving the floor to their feet. It all went bananas when ‘Hustler’ rang out. Already soaked through with sweat, a little crowd surfing wasn’t going to hurt anyone!
Sure the air-conditioning had kicked up, the strobe lights were blinding and the sound system damn near had our ears out but if what we experienced tonight was anything to go by then we’ve got a whole lot of madness ahead of us. Bring it on!
Simian Mobile Disco rocked the new and improved Zouk on November 25 alongside Lapsap. Read JUICE‘s interview with James Shaw on pg52. This Saturday 13 December Mystery Jets rock Bar Sonic at Zouk. You know it’s gonna be crazy! Check out www.zoukclub.com.my for deets.