Review: Plastik Dreams presents ANNA

7/1/2016

The Council kicked off 2017 with a new series, Plastik Dreams. Besides being an all-nighter, the line-up was also stellar. In this first edition, ANNA made her Singapore debut supported by ME & her. Having being a DJ for 16 years, ANNA achieved global prominence in recent years with original releases on labels such as Diynamic and Turbo Recordings. With ME & her of Get Physical fame supporting, it only made sense that The Council went out of the way to host this line-up at a special location.

Hopheads, a minimalist underground bar with a circular perimeter, gave the event a modern industrial and underground (literally) vibe. With fluorescent lights adorning the stage and the walls, the visual spectacle was on par with the music. Kicking off the night was  one half of ME & her on the decks. Warming the floor with a slew of tech house tunes and an occasional deeper tune (like Sailor & I – Letters (Lower Case) [Noir Remix]),  she gradually progressed into techno in perfect timing for ANNA to take over at around 130am.

There is no doubt about the main draw tonight and ANNA picked up where ME & her left off smoothly. Her first hour was a combination of upbeat and eclectic techno, with her Brazilian influence showing through in some exotic beats. This was a departure from the usual dark and brooding techno we get at The Council but ANNA pulled it off effortlessly. After the first hour, she switched the mood almost instantly with her track Odd Concept.  From then on, ANNA took the crowd into more familiar territories. The amount of originals and remixes she played showed just how established she is in the scene. With the crowd firmly within her control, ANNA delivered a peak-time set flushed with drops and yet still defined by her unique mixing style.

After a 3 hour set by ANNA, resident Cats on Crack came on to close the night. Working off the magic of that night, she played a diverse set while courageously dropping Noir & Oliver Giacomotto – Reste (Raxon Remix) a second time in the night after ANNA played it earlier on. Of course, Cats on Crack pulled it off. By the time 6am came, she had won the crowd over. She finished with Moloko – Sing It Back (Herbert’s Tasteful Dub) before starting her encore with an ambient tune in Osunlade’s The Day We Met For Coffee. The final track of the encore was something quite special altogether. Gui Boratto’s Beautiful Life was a song apt for the night and it simply sent the 60-strong crowd into euphoria. The rapturous applause at the end spoke volumes about Cat on Crack’s closing and the night in general. We definitely need more Plastik Dreams.

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