Just a week after Âme played in Singapore, we have another heavyweight all the way from Berlin. Singapore was the first stop of Solomun’s Asia tour. Having made the long trip, he was clearly going to make the most of his time on this side of the world as he stopped by SAM earlier on Friday evening for the Singapore Art Biennale. The contrast with Âme’s party last week was, however, huge. The event was held at Zouk Singapore, the iconic nightclub of Singapore modeled after the Ibiza mega-clubs. The commercialism and showmanship of Zouk was the polar opposite of Âme’s warehouse party or our regular haunt The Council. What it lacked in intimacy and comfort, it made up for with splendour. It did, however, mean that the quality of the crowd suffered.
Ferng was the warm-up DJ for the night and he put on an impressive show, building a steady 4/4 beat with a good mix of house and tech house tracks. Midland’s “Blush” was a particular highlight. The crowd were clearly swayed by his selections and the floor was already filled by around 1230am. That I felt as if a much shorter period of time had lapsed when cheers erupted at the sight of Solomun just showed how much I was enjoying Ferng’s set.
Solomun’s set then made 3 hours disappear in the blink of an eye. It was that enjoyable. He eased himself into the set for the first 45 minutes with house tracks, focusing on vocals and teasing the crowd with breakdowns. It also eased the crowd into the mood before Solomun altered the course of the party with Human Machine’s “Africa”, released this year on Diynamic. From then on, Solomun was in his element as he dropped bangers after another: Isaac Tichauer’s “At A Higher Level (Bicep Remix)”, Moderat’s “Eating Hooks (Siriusmo Remix/Solomun Edit)” and Clavis’s “Alcine” etc. There were also touches of nu-disco. Mousse T’s remix of Moloko’s “Sing It Back” had me spellbound and confused at the same time with the bassline of “I Feel Love” repeating in the background.
Throughout the set, Solomun was a joy to watch with his signature shuffle across the booth and his constant attention to how the crowd responded to his music. When his set first came to an end, the audience wanted more and he obliged, eventually ending with Bicep’s edit of Dionne’s “Only Love Can Set You Free”. Subsequent chants for another encore were unsuccessful and the night ended with someone shouting “This is the Boiler Room!”