Review: After Dark presents DJ Tennis

8/4/2017

Founder of the Life and Death imprint that has incredible artists like Tale of Us and Mind Against on its roster, DJ Tennis’s impeccable taste and artistic vision is known to everyone. His productions are no slouch either and boy, does he have an impressive studio. Thanks to festivals nearby in Australia and Sonar in Hong Kong, DJ Tennis made Singapore his last stop before returning to Europe.

Taking over from Julien Brochard, DJ Tennis flipped the tried-and-tested formula on its head as he played a series of chart-toppers in his first hour. Moscoman’s Fernandez (Red Axes Remix) and Martin Buttrich’s Stoned Autopilot were one of the few we heard. Things got a little too linear at times in the second hour but DJ Tennis’s tendency to switch things up often salvaged the situation as he broke the monotone of tech house tracks with off-kilter beats and vocals. It was also interesting to observe how DJ Tennis approaches DJ-ing as he layers tracks in loops. This makes the job really difficult for trainspotters like us but the music was simply fascinating at times.

Towards the last hour, DJ Tennis began to build the night into its crescendo. Tracks like Henrik Schwarz’s “Not Also You” and Red Axes Remix of Michele’s Mininni’s “Hyper Martino” really got the crowd going. There was also no lack of soul and emotion with tracks such as Manuel Tur’s Ela. The wonderful ending to the night made us forget the forgettable moments in the middle and left us impressed by DJ Tennis. And we definitely weren’t the only ones.

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