Guide to TREC
The Time Out KL team unveils the best spots at TREC, the latest lifestyle hub in the city, for a tipple with a golf-course view, live gigs and cheap laughs
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The best gigs in KL this week
Whether you’re an avid music fan or just need a live music fix, we have you covered. This week’s picks include an experimental dance music series, a post-rock gig and a music-centric flea market at TREC.
Tame Impala live in KL
After a break in 2015, Urbanscapes makes a return this year as a two-week long festival featuring events across town. Kicking things off is the first KL show by Australian indie rockers Tame Impala. If their critically-acclaimed new album ‘Currents’ isn’t convincing enough, just know that these guys will put on a good show – dancing feet are guaranteed. Tickets go on sale January 21.
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The best gigs in KL this week
Ohrwurm presents Scarlett Etienne
One of the major players on the international DJ circuit, Scarlett Etienne has been spinning the decks at underground clubs like Watergate in Berlin and London's The Nest, and has also shared the stage with music legends Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr at Montreux Jazz Festival. She's also played in sunny Singapore and KL at the Formula One parties.
Sons of the Soil at Merdekarya
Formerly known as Brian Gomez & The Have-Nots, Sons of the Soil is devoted to penning blue rock songs about GST and other current affairs.
Club nights and parties in KL this week
Skydance Colour Festival
It’s like your regular EDM festival, but with colour (and water). Party it up at Desa Water Park with DJs Hiroshi Watanabe, Kelvin Leong and many more.
Straight Outta Apex at Zouk
On Saturday nights, KL's hip hop trio Nesh, Skillz and MC Vandal bring you a set of new and old-school hip hop and R&B at Zouk's Apex Lounge.
Ohrwurm presents Scarlett Etienne
One of the major players on the international DJ circuit, Scarlett Etienne has been spinning the decks at underground clubs like Watergate in Berlin and...
Mambo at Zouk
Sometimes all you need is the right mix of hip hop, R&B and popular '90s and early 2000s hits to get the party going. Lucky for you, the duo of Radzi and...
4PLAY at Zouk
Resident DJs Goldfish and Ken take over the decks every Thursday at Zouk for some good EDM fun on the dance floor.
Ghetto Heaven at Zouk
On Thursday nights, the volume only goes up with Cza and TBone in the house. It’s time to bounce to the best of hip hop, R&B and contemporary grooves.
Latest album reviews
Adele – ‘25’ album review
★★☆☆☆ In February 2012, at the height of her post-’21’ pomp, Adele Adkins told a reporter: ‘I can’t write another break-up record. That would be a real cliché. It would just be a boring running theme. I think people will be like: “I think I’ve had enough now, cheer up”.’ She kinda nailed it.The fastest way to explain ‘25’ – one of the most tremendously fêted albums ever – is to say that there’s nothing on it as scorching and pulse-racing as ‘Rolling in the Deep’, and there’s nothing so overwhelmingly moving as ‘Someone Like You’. That in itself doesn’t make it a bad album – but it’s what 99 percent of people will think after that all-important first listen. It’s no ‘21’. After the insane success of that breakthrough second album, Adele could have had it all. She could have travelled the world, broadened her horizons, learned new tricks. Reinvention was within her grasp. The fact that Adele has eschewed reinvention this time around, and instead tried to make a whole album of ‘Someone Like You’s, is a shame. But the fact that ‘25’ is as innovative as a flip phone isn’t a reason to criticise it. So here’s one: It’s a bit dull. Now, that’s not to say it’s not worth a listen. Wailers and wallowers in particular should rest assured – ‘25’ is still a festival of sadness, a ruptured tear duct gushing out woe like an unmanned fire hose. If you only hear one piano ballad this year, make it ‘All I Ask’ – written with Bruno Mars yet pleasantly reminiscent of the great Whitney Housto
Kwabs – ‘Love + War’ album review
★★★★☆ First things first, it’s pronounced ‘k-wor-bs’, so relax: you can stop scratching around inside your underpants. But if you’re a fan of soulful grooves, crackling synths or generally good music, you probably knew that already. This 25-year old Londoner has been making waves for a couple of years now, and it’s not difficult to hear why. Kwabs can sing. I mean, really, really, sounds-a-bitlike-Luther-Vandross sing – and he makes sure you know it with a bunch of excellent pop bangers and the odd pulsating ballad on this debut LP. Head straight to delicate piano weepie ‘Perfect Ruin’ as an example of the latter. There are one or two worrying moments, where things threaten to go a bit Mick Hucknall, but, frankly, Kwabs could be backed by the Teletubbies and this album would still be an impressive debut.
Ought – ‘Sun Coming Down’ album review
★★★★☆ Montreal’s Ought are the closet their city’s iconic Constellation Records has come to signing a ‘normal’ guitar band – but they share their label’s extravagant bloody-mindedness. Wildly-praised 2013 debut ‘Today More than Any Other Day’ and last year’s excellent ‘Once More with Feeling’ EP weren’t exactly easy listening, but Ought’s heavy, snarling take on post-punk contained moments of explosive exhilaration, and even the odd ballad. ‘Sun Coming Down’ offers no such olive branch: opener ‘Men for Miles’ sounds like Mark E Smith being bludgeoned to death with several very heavy guitars and there’s not much respite over the record’s eight sludgy songs. But give it time and patience and beauty emerges from the chaos. Shimmeringly heavy centrepiece ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ is a remarkable piece of music, like some sublime union of Talking Heads and Shellac, while Tim Beeler’s ferociously growled lyrics are endlessly fascinating. ‘This is the high watermark of civilization’ he snarls on ‘Never Better’, and I’m not going to be the one who argues with him.
Lana Del Rey – ‘Honeymoon’ album review
★★★★☆ ‘I’ve got nothing much to live for ever since I found my fame,’ Lana Del Rey sings on ‘God Knows I Tried’, a typically wistful song from her impressive new album. If anything, the enigmatic singer born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant has only become more elusive since 2011’s ‘Video Games’ made her a sensation, though her work rate remains enviable. ‘Honeymoon’ is her fourth collection of new material – three albums and an EP – in as many years. Though it’s glossier than last year’s grungy ‘Ultraviolence’, this album is no more commercially-minded. With Del Rey co-producing throughout, ‘Honeymoon’ unfolds languidly over 65 minutes in a familiar swirl of cinematic strings, twangy guitars and exquisitely miserable melodies. A handful of tracks feature trap-inspired beats and there's a dash of jazz on ‘Art Deco’ and ‘Terrence Loves You’ Del Rey always refines her formula cautiously. When she ruins her cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ with some cheesy horror film organ riffs, it’s a rare lapse in taste that makes you appreciate her usual flair for crafting elegantly melancholy dream-pop. The singer’s submissive doomed romantic persona remains troublesome, especially when she swoons over a man with a ‘history of violence’ on the title track, but ‘Honeymoon’ also contains welcome hints of something spunkier. ‘You could be a bad motherfucker, but that don’t make you a man,’ she tells a disappointing lover on ‘High By the Beach’, while ‘Salvatore’ finds her de
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