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MUSIC • PEOPLE • LIFE May 20th - June 6th 2012 l Issue #177 l l EST 2005


turns 8 with PvD! DJ Habibi 2000, Globalfunk, 360 closing weekend and lots more…









we have every night covered Sunday

DJ Elie plays all the 80’s & 90’s classics from 10pm


Night Feast 125 or 165 with sake DJ Stéphane Karl plays commercial house from 10pm


Ladies night with DJ Stéphane Karl from 10pm Complimentary martinis for the ladies from 10pm to midnight

wednesday thursday friday saturday

Live music with Yakuza on the terrace from 9pm DJ Elie plays commercial house from 10pm DJ Elie plays all the 80’s & 90’s classics from 10pm Lounge music from 7pm

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From the Editor’s Desk

Editor-in-chief: Talal Budebs Managing Director: Charl Chaka Editor: Andy Buchan

It’s amazing the random, and truth be told, rather dour places that amazing parties can be thrown. Take Peppermint for example. Turning the clock back several years, they used to throw weekly events in the Fairmont’s cavernous ballroom, turning a very ordinary rectangle into a carnival of house, and one that Carl Cox literally shook to the core as his exuberant dancing threatened to bring his DJ booth crashing down. Fast forward to now, and Peppermint is no longer weekly, but instead they throw several annual parties that are the talk of the town - and the latest, their 8th birthday, features one of their regular guests, Dutch trance titan Paul Van Dyk. And once again they’ll be transforming a rather ordinary space, the World Trade Centre, into a house music theatre, with some of the biggest and best production the Middle East has ever seen. Happy birthday Peppermint, here’s to many more. Andy

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Sandance @ Atlantis This is how a beach party is done. All the elements beautiful beach, great crowd and a fantastic line up - aligned to serve up what Sandance initially promised to be: a raucously good beach party. Travis showcased their rock roots early on, later switching to their signature sincere brand of folk music, wrapping up with a busker’s version of ‘Flowers in the Window’ and their stand out hit, ‘Why Does it Always Rain on Me’. Tinchy Stryder was a late and rather average replacement for Dizzee Rascal, Japanese Popstars put in a solid live electro performances, but it was Zane Lowe that really stepped it up. He created a frantic energy among the crowd, his mash up of 90s staples, dubstep and general electric mayhem whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Headline act Fatboy Slim opened an unforgettable set with ‘Praise You’, and thrilled the crowd with a stunning visual and laser show. Building his set with samples of his own hits and various pop culture references, he finished with an impressive ‘Gangsters Tripping’/Rolling Stones mash up. Possibly the best Sandance so far, we are already looking forward to its October return. Miriam Sweeney.

Full Moon 3rd Anniversary @ Nasimi

You know it’s been a good night when the dancefloor - which has been busy from sunset to 2am thanks to nearly 2,000 guests coming through the doors - refuses to go home a full 10 minutes after the last track has been played. But then again with an 8 DJ line-up across 9 hours, the dancefloor was always going to be in for a good night. And so it proved, with Australian special guest DJ Mo’funk dropping several anthems during his set including a few Jamiroquai numbers that got the crowd doing their best Napoleon Dynamite moves. An excellent night all round, then.

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Say What Dancefloor dictionary 2ManyPJs: An after party gone wrong, with more people in pajamas than ready to rave. Old Jokes Home Q: How do you approach an angry Welsh cheese? A: Caerphilly.

@Joey7Barton The head was never gone at any stage, once I’d been sent off, one of our players suggested I should try to take 1 of theirs with me... QPR’s captain — yes, captain — refuses to take the blame after his elbow, flying knee and attempted headbutt against Man City resulted in a red card. What a man. In Numbers

127 - the number of comments from outraged Jordanians commenting on spoof website PanArabiaEnquirer. com following their Katie Price/Jordan to sue Jordan story. People = muppets sometimes.

Infusion Magazine Experience feat. Mo’Funk @360

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Jefty - Soul Strength Jazzy, key-laden deep houser from the Dubai DJ. Rob Love - Sunset Girl Progressive — and, appropriately enough — sunset sounding house. Rich Round - Deep Summer Mix Another scorching deep house and nu-disco mix from the XL resident.


How do you follow up one of the best DnB nights in recent memory when Brazilian DJ Marky put the funk (and samba and DnB and upside down scratching) in Globalfunk? Well, invite down fellow Brazilian DnB producer and highly rated DJ SPY, a close friend of DJ Marky and one of the hottest properties on the deebee scene at the moment. He'll be joined by regular MC and Fabric resident Lowqui, while Globalfunk residents Mach 4 and Mr Gremlin will be on support duties on Thursday May 31 at The Music Room, tickets Dhs100 on the night.

Abel Guerra - We Found Love Big room electro re-work (with tinges of pop-trance on top) from the Dubai producer. Alabama Shakes - Hold On Swampy, deep South rock and roll from the upcoming US 4 piece. Pacha Ibiza vs Dubai Smokingroove Jackin' house masterclass still on office rotation. Afroboogie - May Promo Mix More tech house slammers from the Peppermint resident.

Hip hop double

There's always one final flourish before the summer closes down the outdoor concert season, and this year's big hitter is a double header of Tinie Tempah and 'Black And Yellow' star Wiz Khalifa. Alongside that, the promoters have — rather oddly — roped in electro house favourite David Vendetta on deck duties. The whole thing takes place at the Media City Amphitheatre on Friday May 25 from 7pm, tickets from Dhs295.

The Man from UNKLE

Once one of the brightest alternative hip hop lights thanks to his none-cooler Mo'Wax label, James Lavelle has since gone onto create the much-loved UNKLE outfit, while more recently, he's become an in-demand tech house DJ having ditched his once trademark breaks sound. And he'll be bringing that tough, underground sound to Chameleon on Friday May 25 thanks to Traffik events.


Rock and metal fans have had it good recently with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold the big name visitors recently. And while they might be more pop than metal, US rockers Evanescence have been confirmed to play in Dubai at the end of June. The 'Bring Me to Life' Grammy-award winners will be playing live at the Trade Centre on Friday June 22, with tickets Dhs295.

Looking Forward SAE Open Day

It's hard to over-state the importance of the SAE to the local music community, with many of the up-coming bands and DJs schooled in some fashion from the creative college. And they're holding an Open Evening on May 23rd, and an Open day a week later to showcase their courses, while you can also take advantage of one-off discounts and save up to Dhs10,000. The Open Evening takes place at the SAE's headquarters on Level 2, Block 16 Knowledge Village from 6-9pm, and will include information on film making, audio engineering, web development, 3D animation and games development.


Madonna is in town for 2 nights — expect the biggest and best production from one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Big ups to iLL Communications for bringing down half of the hugely talented Vision Quest crew for their weekly house party. Skills! Kudos to Dubai's latest club Mansion who have a free entry policy alongside their heavy-weight line up. Good work!

How will Madonna — not to mention the audience — cope with the early June heat and humidity. We're going for minute-by-minute costume changes to hide the sweat. Not sure what we're going to do though! DJ egos. You play other people's music. Get over yourself.


8 with PAUL VAN DYK One of the longest running and best respected nights in Dubai, Peppermint celebrates its 8th birthday on Friday June 1 by inviting down one of their good friends Paul Van Dyk. We spoke to the German DJ ahead of his birthday slot to find out what's in store‌

You play Dubai every year — how does it compare to other city’s around the world? Well, I never really compare places in that way. Each tends to be so different from the next that I really wouldn’t know which element to compare to which. It does have the feel of somewhere incredibly clean though and the ‘newness’ is incredible. Everywhere looks like it just opened yesterday! And is there any style of music that works here more than anything else?  Not really, no. I have a pretty clear idea of the sound/s that I like to put across. After that, everything’s driven by the interaction with my audience. So somehow what gets played just works! I really wouldn’t know how to categorise what I play as a whole these days, beyond terming it ‘electronic dance music’ anyway. What’s the one club or festival you still haven’t played that you need to? The good thing is that I’ve been to a lot of different places over a number of years. In that time electronic dance music has developed from a small sub-culture to the biggest music culture in the world. I’ve been along for most of that, so as a part of it, I think I’ve been DJ’d at most of them. That said, there are new clubs opening and festivals launching every year. If they’re good, they have the right vibe, with plenty of smiling faces in them, it goes without saying I’ll want to play them! How much do your sets vary from night to night, is there a touring theme, or is it up to how you feel/crowd reaction? I have a clear idea of what I would like to play on any given night. However what ends up coming out of the speakers is always down to the interaction of the audience. So there is always a ‘theme’ to the night, but where the night ends up musically is as much down to the crowd, as it is to me.

A lot of the big DJs are paying more and more attention to the set up — lights, sounds, visuals, creating a show. How have you reacted to that? Well you know the thing is that how I play — since technology allowed it — is with a very music-production type manner. I incorporate keyboards, computers and all sorts of different elements on stage with me that allow me to be really communicate with the audience and be creative while playing. At the same time, along with the whole album tour, goes a very special stage and visual design, which reflects the whole theme of Evolution. There was a new DJ list released recently, meaning there’s the DJ Mag poll, the Resident Advisor and several others. Which one do you pay attention to and why? Truthfully, none really. I’ve always said I really don’t care. It’s of course a big honour to receive any award or to be voted into any of those lists that you mention. At the same time it hasn’t, and will never change my approach to how I make my music or structure my sets. And what should the Peppermint 8th birthday expect on the night?  1000% energy – that’s for sure. Get a good night’s sleep

the night before! You’re also going to be hearing is a lot of the music from ‘Evolution’, including some of the forthcoming remixes of the tracks. Stylistically there’s a proper mix of sounds and genres on there, so be prepared for 31 flavours, I guess! Peppermint’s 8th birthday feat. Paul Van Dyk, World Trade Centre, Friday June 1, 9pm-3am, Dhs150.

Paul Van Dyk in numbers 4.5 million - number of albums he’s sold worldwide

1 - Grammy award nomination,

which came in 2004 for his album Reflections 2 - Numbers of years he’s claimed the DJ Magazine Top 100 top spot, 2005 and 2006 1 - Only DJ to hold a spot in the DJ Magazine Top 100 Top 10 since it launched in 1998 1991 - First ever club gig at the legendary Tresor in Berlin 1 million - Number of clubbers he played to on NYE 2008 on Barra Beach in Rio de Janerio 2, 143, 382 - Number of Facebook likes, a long way behind Deadmau5 though who’s nearly on 6 million.


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The long 360 closes its doors on the May 24-26 weekend ahead of a summer-long renovation including turning the restaurant downstairs into a 2nd room. Before then, we talk to the resident DJs from the brands that rocked this season favorite venues in the world with a great crowd who come for the music. That challenged my perception about the House Music scene in Dubai and gave me a bit of hope that some folk do indeed appreciate the music and vibe over Gucci handbags.

Charl Chaka

Thursday May 24 Infusion Experience

Infusion bows out with an 8 hour jackin’ house masterclass thanks to residents Charl Chaka and the Smokingroove brothers

Safe Smokingroove

What's been the highlight of the season? My personal highlight of the season was playing my first set at 360 for Infusion, I found out that 360 is now one of my

What’s been the highlight of the season? Being able to play music we love and believe in without being asked to play the latest David Guetta... And who would you like to see brought out next year? DJ Sneak and Mark Farina, watch this space...

Friday May 25 audio tonic

What better way to close the audio tonic season with a 10 hour/10 DJ session, featuring everything from sunset funk and disco to peak time deep house anthems


What tune that sums up

goodbye your experience of 360 this season? Has to be Detroit Swindle and ‘The Wrap Around’, followed closely by Vincenzo’s ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ (on audio tonic). What does 360 mean to the club scene in Dubai? Upfront educating true to the roots of quality future music on par with the world’s most forward thinking venues! 

Vas Floyd

What does 360 mean to the club scene in Dubai? I would say it’s the backbone of good music in Dubai and a source of inspiration to a lot of upcoming DJs. I don’t really even what to think that it would be like without it. Commercial hell probably!


What’s been the highlight of the season? It has to be the big success of the local showcase.

Julian Jinx

What’s been the highlight of the season? With all these new young cheeky DJ scamps it would have to be “Keeping my job!” And who would you like to

see brought out next year? I’d like to see the revenge again. 

Rich Showell, audio tonic

What’s been the highlight of the season? Making my Audio Tonic debut.  It was an honour to be asked to join the team as a resident. What tune that sums up your experience of 360 this season? Crazy P – Beatbox (PBR Streetgang mix).  It’s got a wicked little bassline, a soulful groove and a killer vocal drop at the end. Perfect for the 8-11 slot I’ve tended to play.  

Saturday May 26 Eclectic Circle

And closing the season in style is the ever-excellent Eclectic Circle session which features some of the best DJs in Dubai playing everything from 50s rock and roll to soulful house

Conan Manchester

What’s been the highlight of the season? Two nights. DJing with DJ Spen for a MustHaveSoul, and the last eclectic circle I played. Proper off the wall set including everything from

Chuck Berry to The Police. And who would you like to see brought out next year? Theo Parrish or Shlomi Aber.

John Spoor

What’s been the highlight of the season? The real highlight

has been the great music the residents have been playing, week in, week out. And who would you like to see brought out next year?  Rainer Trueby and Frankie Knuckles please!

Jonathan Thornhill, Eclectic Circle

What’s been the highlight of the season? Buff Wise’s extended celebration of 25 years of house set was a definite highlight. What tune that sums up 360 this year? Hearing Conan Liquid dropping the Doors 'Riders on the Storm' including thunder storm intro at the start of one of his sets pretty much sums up Eclectic circle.

MustHaveSoul Simon Reid

What’s been the highlight of the season? For me the main standout highlight is the new talent we have brought to the Middle East. SAFE SG

Dan Chadwick

Who would you like to see brought out next year? Spen and Karizma back to back, Black Coffee, Greg Wilson, Frankie Feliciano, Gilles Peterson, Ron Trent, Danny Krivit, The list goes on….   Mrmr

Thursday May 24 - Infusion Magazine Experience feat. Charl Chaka and Smokingroove, 5pm-2am, free entry. Friday May 25 - audio tonic feat. 10 DJs, 4pm-2am, free entry, g-list only between 4-8pm,

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Saturday 26 - Eclectic Circle, 4pm-2am, Happy hour 4-7pm.


In less time than it takes to say his name, DJ Habibi 2000 has shot to the top of the DJ circuit in Dubai thanks in part to his residency at Club Smug and his rabid social networking. But with more questions than answers around Dubai's latest DJ talent, we sat down with the selfmade star to find out more… Firstly, congratulations on your residency at Club Smug. What’s the music policy for the venue? Thank you. We aim to bring people something different at Smug, so our music policy is very basic - sophisticated, urban grooves. If it isn’t sophisticated, urban or featuring some sort of groove, it’s not getting played. However, our policy can and will change depending on the sex and bust size of whoever is asking at the DJ booth.

What’s been your greatest DJ achievement to date? As you can imagine, DJ Habibi 2000 has had a number of career highlights. I suppose being chosen to play at the opening of the first Ajman International Film Festival was one, as was breaking the regional record for biggest indoor firework display when a Club Smug guest spent AED50,000 in 10 minutes. I also devised the first Moet T-Shirt Competition, which has become a

huge success, although I would again like to remind contestants that a) the t-shirt has to be white and b) they have to be female. What can the younger generation of DJs learn from you? So many things. Be true to yourself, seize the day, don’t give in to your fears, and read lots of Paulo Coelho. That man got me where I am today. Do you see an affinity with yourself and any other DJs out there? Well, like me, Cowboy is a pioneer, a DJ not afraid to push the boundaries or risk alienating himself for the benefit of music. I definitely rate Cowboy among by Top 30 DJs in Jebel Ali and I hope that, in time, people will come to appreciate what he has been doing out there. You seem to have a high opinion of yourself, maybe not one shared in the DJ community - do you think other DJs feel threatened by you?  It’s natural. The club scene is a predatory world and I’m the lion king. Aside from my award-winning DJing (Infusion Magazine’s ‘One To Watch Out For’ 2002

[Infusion Ed — Erm, we weren’t running then]), I think the biggest threat is the DJ Habibi 2000 brand, which now incorporates club promotions, guest appearances, mall openings and car insurance, along with my hugely popular Now That’s What I Call Habibi 2000 compilation series. Later this year I’m bringing out my very own personalized headphones, the DJH2Ks. What is the essence of clubbing to you? To me, clubbing is something that should not be complicated. It’s about being with your friends, either shaking your hips in the cordoned-off VIP section of a dancefloor or sitting round a six-litre bottle of Grey Goose in a private booth (minimum spend AED7000), while DJ Habibi 2000 provides the soundtrack to your night. If you had to sum up Dubai’s club scene in a sentence, what would it be? Monday Groove Sessions at Club Smug, half price mojitos for ladies. DJ Habibi 2000 appears courtesy of the PanArabia Enquirer,

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ON THE THE RADAR ON RADAR Madonna, Yas Island, June 3 & 4

James Zabiela, Trilogy, June 7 Danny Howells, Mansion,

June 15

Evanescence, Trade Centre, June 22

Monday 21 Motto Mondays, Velvet Underground

Hip hop and RnB from Bliss and Shef Codes, 2-for-1 drinks all night. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

One Night Stand Up, One Up (Boutique 7, Tecom)

Local comedians make the funnies, while there are good drink deals at this busy Tecom bar. 8pm.

RnB Mondays, Sensation

DJ Shero and Stylez drop the urban weapons. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

Tuesday 22 Bull Funk Zoo, Jambase

Excellent live music fronted by Hamdan Al Abri. 8pm-late, every Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday.

Massive Tuesdays, Sensation

Deep to funky house from a 4 DJ line, and a free bottle

Hacienda Night, Trilogy, June 28

Loaded 1st Birthday, Casa

Latina, June 29

Inner City Live, Trilogy, July 12

of Champagne to groups of 5 ladies. 10.30pm-late, men Dhs80 (including 1 drink). Weekly.

Wednesday 23 Diamond Wednesdays, Boudoir Radio 1’s Brooklyn and DJ Shero on the urban soundtrack, with free Diamond cocktails for ladies until 1am. 9pm-late. Weekly.

Mingle, Left Bank (Souq Al Bahar & Madinat Jumeirah)

Dhs5 cocktails for ladies (no, really) from 8pm-late.

The Ultimate Ladies, Zinc

Funky house, electro and party tunes with a free bottle of Russia’s finest for 5 or more ladies booking a table, plus free bubbly until 1am. 9pm-late. Weekly.

Thursday 24 AAA, N’Dulge

More 3 room action including house, hip hop and retro.

10pm-3am, women free before midnight, Dhs100.

Aks, Velvet Underground

Commercial, Desi, house and Bollywood from DJ/Producer Aks. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

Apertivo, M-Dek

The after-work destination sponsored by Peroni, and funk, soul and nu-disco on the playlist, with Dhs25 drinks and shisha. 5pm10pm, Free. Weekly.


Free shots for ladies until 1am, and commercial RnB and house. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

Sandy Rivera, Okku

The Kings of Tomorrow star and all round house star returns after his sold-out show earlier in the year. 10pm-late.

Soulful Sessions, M-Dek Schooly’s legendary souldrenched sessions return — expect everything from Motown to soulful house. 10pm-3am, Free. Weekly.

Step On, Catwalk

Indie and rock and roll antics from the long-running night. 10pm-3am, Dhs50 after 1am.

Taboo feat. Miguel Campbell, Trilogy

Desi and Bollywood hits all night long. 10pm-3am, ladies and couples free entry until midnight.

Another on-the-up booking from Trilogy as the ‘Something Special’ producer makes his debut - deep house and nu-disco all night. 10pm-3am, Dhs100 main room, Dhs150 for rooftop.

Greg Stainer and the rest of the Zinc crew drop chart bombs. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

House and urban across 2 floors. 10pm-3am, Free for ladies and couples. Weekly.

Bollywood Party, Sensation

Club Anthems, Zinc

Funk, hip hop and B Boy breaks. 10pm-3am, free. Weekly.

Jamrock, Sublime

Reggae and Caribbean vibes from a revolving roster of Dubai’s best urban DJs. 9pm-3am, ladies free before 12am. Weekly.

Infusion Experience, 360 It’s the season closer for the Infusion team with Charl Chaka and the Smokingroove duo on beats duty. 6pm-2am, free.

Mansion, Melia Hotel

Michael Sanchez delivers the house tunes at Dubai’s latest club. 10pm-3am, free.

XPerience, Chi


Taboo feat. Miguel Campbell

Another cracking booking as the ‘Something Special’ hit maker drops a house masterclass. 10pm-3am, Dhs100.

Friday 25


audio tonic Season closer, 360 10 Djs over 10 hours dropping everything from sunset funk to deep house. 4pm-2am, free, guestlist only 4-8pm


Deep Crates, Casa Latina


Bassic, Catwalk



The all encompassing bass night returns for its monthly throw down. 9pm-3am, Dhs50 after 1am.

Connoisseur, Velvet Underground Sophisticated urban soundtrack. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

Fatman Scoop, Cavalli The loud-mouthed US hip hopper plays live at the cavernous club. 10pm-3am.

Holy Noise, Rock City (Howard Johnson Hotel, Bur Dubai)

Melodic progressive heavy metal band Alivia headline, with support from DJ Storm. 9pm, Dsh50.

iLL Communications feat. Dorian Paic, Trilogy

Another dose of underground tech from Dorian Paic in the studio, with house in the main room and hip hop on the rooftop. 10pm-3am, Dhs100, Dhs150 VIP.

Immaculate Touch Pool Party, Al Maya Island

Another busy pool party session with Chad Phunk and crew on house duties. 1pmlate, Dhs100.

James Lavelle, Chameleon

Banging tech-house from the UNKLE and Mo’Wax head honcho. 10pm-3am.

Pacha @ Mansion, Melia Hotel

The Ibiza super-brand do the honors with SYX Ibiza collective feat. John Jacobsen headlining. 10pm-3am, free.

No. 1 Fridays, Sensation

Hip hop and RnB bangers. 10pm-3am, Ladies free before 11.30, Dhs100. Weekly.

Off The Record, M-Dek

Quality house and beats and treats from the varied DJ line up, while there’s a 6-9pm happy hour. 4pm-1am.

Stranded, Lebanon Island (The World)

Day time grooves into house music at the newly opened Lebanon Island on the World. 12 midday-late, Dhs200 entry and speedboat. stranded@ Weekly.

Sunstroke Catamaran Party, Yacht Club Dhs350 including boat and open bar, with a funky house soundtrack. 3-7pm, Dhs350,

Sunstroke, Radisson Blu Downtown Tom Chubb delivers the soulful house music at this new night. 7pm-late.

Wiz Khalifa & Tinie Tempah, Media City Amphitheatre

2 big hip hop stars from America (Wiz) and the UK (Tinie) unite for one of the last outdoor gigs of the season. 6pm-late, Dhs295.

Saturday 26 411, People by Crystal The popular hip hop and RnB night helmed by DJ Bliss, takes over at its new location. 10pm-3am. Weekly.

An Eclectic Circle, 360

The season closer for 360 and eclectic circle, so last chance to enjoy the 4-7pm happy hour. 4pm-2am, Free. Weekly.

Hennessy Artistry Unplugged, Zinc

Some of the city’s best live talent on stage, while the stage is also open to willing entrants. 7pm-midnight, couples and ladies free. Weekly.

Thursday 31


Globalfunk feat. SPY, Music Room More liquid DnB goodness from the Globalfunk crew as Brazilian DJ SPY headlines with MC Lowqui on support. 9pm-3am, Dhs100.

More underground tech-house action as Cadenza and Soma DJ Lee Van Dowski headlines. 9pm-2am, Dhs100.

Mansion, Melia Hotel Resident DJ Jean B takes control of Dubai’s latest club. 10pm-3am, free.

audiOasis, Catwalk

The popular DnB and dubstep monthly returns with Mr Gremlin, Somalie and Kymera on deck duties. 9pm-3am, Dhs50 after 1am.

Defected, Melia Hotel The none-bigger record label hosts proceedings at this brand new Bur Dubai club. 10pm-3am, free.

INFUSION PICK! Peppermint 8th birthday feat. Paul Van Dyk, Trade Centre

The German tech and trance master headlines Peppermint’s no doubt huge birthday bash. 9pm-3am, Dhs150.

iLL Communications feat. Hisham samawi, Trilogy Tech house from Samawi, with hip hop and RnB on the Rooftop. 10pm-3am, Dhs100, Dhs150 VIP.

Sunday 3 Madonna, Yas Island

Taboo feat. Dyed Soundorom

The Queen of pop performs live, with the first date a full sell out. 6pm-late, Dhs495,

Warped, Catwalk

Madonna, Yas Island

More underground house action as the Dc10 regular stops by. 10pm-3am, Dhs100. The long-running techno night returns with residents Adam and Dan Price. 10pm-3am, Dhs50.


MONDAY 4 Tickets are still available for this date, with promised AC and cooling fans. 6pm-late, Dhs495,


Loud In presents Plus Minus feat. Lee Van Dowski, M-Dek

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Music News... A little disco with your lunch?

There’s a lot to admire about Sweden. The genetics, the working hours (35 hours a week!) and the impressive healthcare and low crime levels. But more than that, it’s their dedication to the disco, which has risen to new levels recently thanks to the Lunch Beat, a midday gathering dedicated to raving, and little else. Started in 2010, 14 like-minded friends decided to dance away their lunch breaks in their office garage. Word quickly spread, and the phenomenon now attracts over 600 day time ravers, while copycat events have spread across Europe. But a word of warning for those looking to make a quick buck: the Lunch Beat comes with a strict manifesto including all discos must be non-profit, take place at lunch and include a takeaway meal.


A source close to the Prince said, “Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK.” That’s right, Prince Harry is going to try a new direction as a reggae DJ. Irie.

Pioneer gets RMXd

They’re the industry standard when it comes to DJ equipment, but while the decks and mixers might be regularly updated, their FX unit has remained the same for some time. That is until now, as the RMX-1000 unit has been unleashed. An external device, it allows DJs to remix live thanks to its sampling unit, while it comes with a staggering array of affects, filters, flanger and delays that will all make your set stand out. Head to Youtube to watch their rather lush promo video to find out more about its capabilities.

Nice helmet

Daft Punk might be the coolest men in dance music, but you can try and claim some of their cool for yourself as 4 Daft Punk replica helmets are up for sale. They’re not cheap (Dhs5,000), but the wearable helmets come with flashing LED system and a gold chrome finish.

The show must go on

Celebrity reality shows are nothing new unfortunately, but at least the main star is normally alive to take part in it. The Houston Family Chronicles features Whitney Houston’s brother, sister-in-law, mother and daughter across 10 one hour episodes. The series will centre on Whitney’s brother, Gary Houston, and his wife, Pat, who worked as the singer’s manager. It focuses on their new role as protectors for Bobbi Kristina, Whitney’s 19-yearold daughter. “They [must] take on their greatest challenge,” according to the Lifetime network, “supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother.” According to the series announcement, The Houston Family Chronicles was already in the works at the time of Whitney’s death. “[Her] unexpected passing… certainly affects the direction of the show,” Pat Houston said. “However it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward.”

Hear and now

Pop stars including Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Boy George and 80s legend Gary Numan have lent their support to a new campaign alerting young people to the dangers of listening to too much loud music. Numan revealed: “I didn’t look after my ears and I’m in trouble. It’s getting serious to the point that I can’t mix my music properly anymore, so it’s majorly impacted on my career. So look after your hearing and wear earplugs” he urged.

Where did the inspiration for this album come from? Being half Uruguayan and having lived in Montevideo for nearly five years, I now have a strong passion for all that is South American, specially Argentinean/Uruguayan folk music. The real inspiration though came from recording with the Trio de Cajón about a year ago. After recording the first few tracks, I had this idea of merging these traditional folk sounds we were recording with a more ‘modern’ sounds in one same project. So I thought of bringing together up-and-coming producers I had met along my musical journeys with some more established ones to try and showcase a variety of remix styles. And here we are, about a year later, ‘A  L.A.S.’ is about to be placed on shelves....a bit of a dream come true for me. It’s a double CD of Argentinian and Uruguayan folk — will the music appeal to all fans, or do you need an appreciation of the original music? I don’t think you necessarily need an appreciation for original music, no Argentinian folk music via Dubai, and remixed by Mark Farina, The Orb and more? Adriano, the man behind this fascinating soundclash, explains more…

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matter the genre. For example, I have so many African tracks where I can’t understand a single word of what is said — but the song remains just as beautiful to my ears!    In this age of digital downloads and pop culture, you’ve created the antithesis with this sprawling package, also available over 3x12” vinyl — was it a conscious reaction to the state of music, or just the way you wanted to release it?  There are a number of reasons for also having a vinyl release. More than anything, being a vinyl collector myself, I couldn’t wish for anything more than pressing my own vinyl! But I also feel that the quality of the sound (specially when played on big systems in clubs) can be substantially better on vinyl than CD/digital. Given the production skills of most producers involved, it is only fair to have a limited edition vinyl release. Also, the vinyl has some exclusive tracks that are not on CD so it offers a little something extra to vinyl lovers out there.   How did you manage to convince big names like Mark Farina and The Orb to get involved in the project?  The funny thing is that none of the producers involved needed any ‘convincing’.

It seemed like the idea of the project really appealed to everyone... this was something new, something fresh. Having producers like Mark Farina, Stimming, Clandestein Ein from ‘Up Bustle & Out’, Ralf from Mo’Horizons, Dan Brookes from the Brookes Brothers, Argenis Brito from Señor Coconut, etc — all masters in their own styles — allowed for the album to really showcase some world class production skills. The nice thing in all of this was that we also managed to include a couple of Dubaibased talented producers to the mix as well. And knowing what you know now, would you do the project again?  Without a doubt! As a matter of fact I already have a few ideas for an evolution to ‘A  L.A.S.’ . The first step is the most challenging one: once you get that out of the way, you know how to improve your approach for the next time. There’s always room for improvement. Desmo Records has already got a couple of releases ready to go out towards the end of 2012 which might even include some fresh talent residing in Dubai.   A.Las is out now in Virgin and available from

DJ Booth: Somalie

If you’ve been to a Globalfunk or audiOasis DnB night and seen a raving nutter in the DJ booth playing a mindblowing mix, then chances are you’ve already met Somalie…

One thing you might not know about me is... I’m not really a pirate as MC Olly Wood keeps mentioning at our shows. The money I make is legit, believe me! My worst ever job was... Posing as a pro basketball player around Dubai’s shopping malls to promote a soft drink. All I had to do was dribble a basketball for 6 hours a day and I got paid peanuts for that! My favourite ever record is... Robert Miles — Fable (although I actually bought it in CD format. Ooops, that told a lot about my age!) DJing is much like... Conducting an orchestra, if your crowd or listeners aren’t moved, you’re not doing it right. (Deep!) I’m really proud of... Being part of a collective of talented DJs in audiOasis and Globalfunk. If I could change one thing about anything it would be... Going back in time to March the 1st, 1994 and stop the birth of Justin Beiber! I know I’d do the world a favour. I can’t live without... Peanut butter, corn flakes and chili sauce. Those 3 beautiful elements combined are my life force. Oh yeah, I almost forgot...and music. My biggest DJ achievement to date is.... Successfully beatmatching for the first time. It was the moment I was confident I could be a DJ, but then it only lasted for a few seconds. If you could DJ in any decade which would it be... In the 1950s, in Jamaica to be specific. I want to steal the glory from Sir Coxsone Dodd and Scratch Perry by creating the biggest soundsystem, discovering Bob Marley and The Wailers and go down in history as the greatest ‘Selecta’ of all time (and probably consider renaming Ska and Reggae after me). If I could go back-to-back with any other DJ it would be... DJ Marky, I just want to know how he does his up-side down scratch technique work! I’m not a politician but... I wish I was. Politics is a dirty game, and I love getting dirty!

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Album Reviews... Jack White - Blunderbuss


Jack White’s first solo album: so you’re thinking yelping vocals, guitar pyrotechnics to put Jimi Hendrix to shame and enough blues and Americana to bring Robert Johnson back from the brink? Well, almost. On tracks like lead single ‘I’m Shakin’ - which is the album’s sole cover - his axe work is to the fore, and while not quite up there with ‘Seven Nation Army,’ it’s still got more hooks than an abattoir. But it’s a standout song in an excellent album, where his normally guitar freneticism is toned down in favour of some excellent piano work and drums that put Meg to shame (ie they’re on time). And while it might be easy to view this album as his break up album (he recently split with his wife of 6 years), she contributes backing vocals on 3 tracks, while the subject material is White’s normal blend of off-the-cuff lyrics and retro blues cliches. This then is the sound of Jack White embracing his one true love, music, and allowing his once-in-a-generation talent to break out and shine. Andy Buchan

Lone - Galaxy Garden


Lone is the creative vision of Nottingham producer Matt Cutler. His is a unique sound, one that resonates with lost nights down the arcades playing pixelated video games, like a modern day Outrun soundtrack. Think driving down a sunkissed, palm tree lined coast road in California, blasting tunes out in your 8-bit Ferrari. If any of that makes any sense, you’ll probably love this album. Galaxy Garden is more varied in sound and scale than his previous records. ‘Crystal Caverns’ screams with early rave influence, while the dreamy vocals and rolling bass of ‘As A Child’ bring a more heavyweight feel to proceedings. But the pick of the bunch has to be the simply gorgeous voice in ‘Spirals’ .It’s out on R&S Records now, and if you’re a quality electronic music fan, come highly recommended. The stunning artwork from Konx-om-Pax is also worth a special mention. GarethisOnit

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Kanye reveals his softer side

Kanye West’s sensitive side has been revealed in his tour rider which shows the rapper demands lip balm, face scrub and posh scented soap at all of his gigs. Apparently the hip hop star wants two tubes of Carmex lip balm at every show, along with Neutrogena face scrub, Nivea body lotion and L’Occitane soap, as well as “shower shoes”, baby wipes and anti-dandruff shampoo. However, the ‘Stronger’ hitmaker also asks for items more befitting of a rap superstar, such as a games console and three bottles of liquor.

GOSS BITE It’s all completed and Britney is beyond excited… At an estimated value of Dhs40million, Britney Spears has every right to be pretty pleased at being the X Factor’s new judge.

Dream come true Singer Ed Sheeran made a teenage fan’s dreams come true by playing a private gig for her before she lost her battle with cancer. Abigail Fleming, 14, made a ‘bucket list’ of all the things she wanted to do after learning her cancer was terminal, and revealed she wanted to see Sheeran play live, which he duly did when he sang for her at her bedside in Sheffield before her passing in April. Her mother said: “She really loved it. He didn’t just make her day, it made her life. He was a complete gentleman. He flew in from Paris to London and then caught the train to Sheffield. “Abigail gave him a card and a keyring to say thank you. He gave her a bracelet which somebody had given him for his 18th birthday.”

Moonrise Kingdom A 1960s couple flee their home town prompting a local search party to find the love-struck pair, as a storm - in more ways than one - threatens the local community. Quirky and offbeat. Classification: 12 Director: Wes Anderson Starring: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

 Marley

Excellent documentary on the life, music and long-lasting legacy of reggae legend Bob Marley. Classification: 15 Director: Kevin Macdonald Starring: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff


Snow White and The Huntsman

The 2nd Snow White reboot, and the best, as this dark take on the fairy tale features star turns from Theron, Stewart and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth. Classification: 12 Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron

 Men in Black 3 Can Tommy Lee and Will Smith turn back time and breath life into this intergalactic spy franchise? Yes, although both Smith and Lee are looking too old for this caper now. Classification: PG Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones


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Weird News... High times

Looking back it seems obvious, but it transpires that some 60s kids TV presenters were stoned when they were on air, according to a new BBC documentary. Recalling his time on the BBC children’s show, former presenter Johnny Ball revealed that drug use even spilt on screen in a nativity scene. He said: “There was Rick Jones, Lionel Morton and myself. They got stoned on the biggest joint you’ve ever seen - in the studio. We were in silhouette as the three shepherds with our crooks... They were absolutely stoned out of their minds.” Others told how a culture of drug use was effectively tolerated at the BBC during the 60s and 70s and how the corridors of Television Centre reeked of it. Sir David AttenWEIRD BITES borough recalled pleading with colleagues: “Look, please, don’t smoke that stuff openly Give me all your so we can all smell it. Just be sensible.” money An 18 year old who held up a police station in Texas and threatened he had a gun has since claimed that it was a joke. Unlike your ensuing prison time, muppet.

Triathlon man

A US man completed a triathlon in less than two hours while juggling three balls the entire time. Joe Salter, 31, from Pensacola, Florida, swam a quarter of a mile, biked 16.2 miles and ran four miles. Mr Salter, who has been juggling since he was eight years old, said it had been a longstanding ambition. “I dropped balls three times while I was in the water and I was wondering if I should count them as ‘dropped balls’ since they just floated on the surface and didn’t actually drop. “It would have been worse if I had dropped them while biking!”

Dubai banker’s $2 bar bill labelled ‘grotesque’

DUBAI: The bar bills of boozeswilling Dubai bankers were once again making international headlines across the internet yesterday, thanks to an eye-watering receipt left in one of the city’s newest hangouts. The bill, which was posted across various social media sites by an unnamed employee of Club Smug, includes just one small bottle of water, with the total coming to a shocking AED8 ($2). Within hours, the internet was ablaze with outraged residents from across the UAE and beyond, and #twodollartramp was the second highest trending topic on Twitter (after #panarabiaenquirer). “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen, ban this monster” tweeted DJ Habibi 2000, a popular Dubai DJ and personality, from his @ DJHabibi2000 account. While the name of the customer is unknown, sources from Club Smug claim he was a broker and worked in Dubai’s International Financial Centre. “It’s just shameful that someone can come here and buy a bottle of cheap water during the current international financial situation while others are splashing out over $100,000 on bottle of Cristal,” said Club Smug owner Peregrine Farqua-Tosschops, adding that the mysterious water buyer was no longer welcome in the luxury, 7-star, VVVIP nightspot. “Ideally, this man should be hounded out of the city.” Similar sentiments were being shared last night across the bars of the Dubai International Financial Centre, where the anonymous banker was a topic on the lips of most finance workers. “Whoever he is, he’s an absolute disgrace to his profession,” said Reginald Platinum-Ballbag, a 34-year-old stock market analyst as he ordered another magnum of Dom Perignon. The Pan-Arabia Enquirer is the Middle East’s premier source of satirical news. This means that it’s entirely made up and not intended, in any way whatsoever, to be taken as factual.

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Abbie & Rain: Anywhere in Vegas Brendan Cottle: Cafe Del Mar

Lloyd: Zinc in Dubai

Nthayi: I have 3, La Boom, Cancun, Mexico, Club Boss, Hong Kong, China and C2K, Las Vegas


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DJ 6 Figures: Tunnel Club in New York, Southside Jamiaca Queens and Ibiza

Emma: Anywhere in Ibiza

Sam Whittam: Oceana in the UK

Thomas: 40-40 NYC

ANGRY MONKEY If you read an unedited version of the Angry Monkey, it would most likely go as thus: Wots wiv all them idiots what trying to mix and stuffs. Thankfully for all the English readers out there, it gets edited into the profanity-laced, grammatically correct (largely) diatribe you see before you every 2 weeks. But some things don’t need editing. Like disco jams — they made people jump and jive in the 70s so I’m sure they’ll work again. Or even brand new tracks where people think that by adding a barely heard bass kick into proceedings, you’ve given birth to a new musical age. You haven’t. You’ve added a bass drum, uploaded it to Soundcloud, and — in the worst instances — called it a remix. You slothbrained excuse for a primate.

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