Posts Tagged ‘ Kiat ’

Come 6 June 2014, SYNDICATE returns to 醉红楼 (Zui Hong Lou), this time to host the art and sounds of Teebs who hails all the way from Los Angeles, California. Fresh from the release of his latest album, E S T A R A, Teebs is stopping by Singapore for a one-night only live set and will also be exhibiting Ante Vos, his collection of paintings and drawings.

Born as Mtendere Mandowa in New York to Malawi and Barbados origins, Teebs is a music producer and painter. Being a key member of the Brainfeeder clan, Teebs has surged to the top of the so-called “beat scene” in recent years. Though his affiliation with Flying Lotus certainly has something to do with his ascent, it’s ultimately his music – a billowing brand of beautifully offi-kilter, hip-hop-coloured beat construction – that has set Teebs apart from what has become an increasingly crowded field of like-minded producers.

With his art, Teebs’ paintings are similar to his music production; collaging and illustrating images to create meditative and minimalist soundscapes on canvas. In Ante Vos, the artist will showcase a collection of remarqued record sleeve paintings & drawings. Teebs acquired these sleeves from found, donated and a-dollar binned records and he used them as canvasses to present a space where one could open the dialog about the value in progression from the creation of the original record to the works left by the artist.

This Teebs debut in Singapore will be supported by Fauxe and Gindara together with SYNDICATE residents, Intriguant, Kiat and Vanessa.

Another round of Beat Invitational showcase is set to take place to unearth more musical nuggets and gems. Covering a wide spectrum of sounds, the showcase will feature M X N D//K R F T, IM, Ryan Pittam, Gerald Ang and Darren Dubwise.

Event Details


Teebs (Brainfeeder, LA)
Kiat + Vandetta

+ The Beat Invitational
M X N D//K R F T
Ryan Pittam
Gerald Ang

6 June 2014, Saturday
9PM – 2AM
醉红楼 (Zui Hong Lou)
8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789
Admission: No cover charge, please support by buying drinks :)

Come 8 March 2014, SYNDICATE invades 醉红楼 (Zui Hong Lou) to play host to one of the most prominent producer/DJ from the UK at the moment – Om Unit. Fresh from his US and Australian tour, this beatmaker has been garnering global attention with his own unique blend of hip hop, drum & bass and Chicago footwork rhythms.

After years of churning hip hop releases as 2Tall in the noughties and a name under which as turntablist he emerged as a DMC finalist, Jim Coles gave himself a new identity as Om Unit in 2010. Since then Coles has spent the years refining his unique sound with releases on Goldie’s Metalheadz, dBridge’s Exit Records, Plastician’s Terrorhythm and Civil Music. With a sound that is deeply rooted in jungle and hardcore of the early 90s and as proclaimed by leading electronic music portal THUMP, Om Unit now ‘stands at the fringes of drum & bass, dubstep and future-gazing bass music’.

In between an immensely hectic touring schedule, taking in much of Europe, North America, Japan and Australia and representing for Tempo Clash alongside Blue Daisy, Kutmah, Kidkanevil and Offshore (R.I.P), the RBMA 2011 graduate has been heading up a “slow/fast” revolution and launching new sounds with his own label Cosmic Bridge, where he is responsible for introducing artists Danny Scrilla and Moresounds amongst others and has also released a series of limited edition and now highly sought “Edits” 10″s.

This Om Unit debut in Singapore will be supported by the residents from the SYNDICATE stable. The baton to pilot the aural journey for the night will be passed through the label’s latest signing, Intriguant, and bass stalwarts, Kiat and Darren Dubwise.

Prior to kicking off the party and keeping the SYNDICATE tradition for the search for new talents, another round of Beat Invitational showcase is set to take place to unearth more musical nuggets and gems all freshly made in Singapore. Covering a wide spectrum of sounds, the showcase will feature A.X.L., CrazyButCool, Derrick Motif, Pixel Apartment and Rafi Dean, who will be playing tracks from his upcoming EP.

Event Details

Obey presents:

Om Unit (Cosmic Bridge/Civil Music/Exit/Metalheadz)
Darren Dubwise

+ The Beat Invitational
Derrick Motif
Pixel Apartment
Rafi Dean

8 March 2014, Saturday
9PM – 2AM
醉红楼 (Zui Hong Lou)
8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789
Admission: No cover charge, please support by buying drinks :)

SYNDICATE feat. Africa Hitech

Come 5 October 2013, SYNDICATE returns to Home Club with a Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) special featuring renowned electronic act, Africa Hitech. Besides gracing the stage for a special one-night only performance, the dynamic duo will also be chatting to local music enthusiasts during the exclusive and intimate RBMA Info Sessions.

Comprising longtime electronic dance music fixtures Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313, Global Communications, Jedi Knights) and Steve Spacek, Africa Hitech has enough combined music experience to explore almost every genre of pulsing bass-driven music to perfection.

Individually, they are known for their contributions to the vast borderlands of hip hop and ambitious electronic music. They met over a decade ago, and began collaborating sporadically, before finally starting Africa Hitech. Since then, they’ve dipped their toes in everything from grime, UK funky and juke to field recordings and jazz.

Joining Africa Hitech and making his debut on the SYNDICATE stage will be local emcee/producer Mean from The.XS Collective. Fresh from dropping the In Flight EP earlier this year, Mean is a versatile artist who generates his own distinct brand of hazy hip hop with both ethereal beats and rhymes.

Completing the performance line-up for the night will be residents from the SYNDICATE stable Max Lane and Kiat, who will be throwing a special set with Vandetta. The collective’s visual specialist, Brandon Tay, will pilot the visuals throughout the night.

Another Beat Invitational showcase is set to take place, unearthing more musical nuggets and gems, all freshly made in Singapore. Covering a wide spectrum of sounds, the showcase will feature Heizenberg, .gif, Mont Berg Kingsmen, FuturaHelvetica and Vandetta, who will be playing tracks from her upcoming self-titled EP.

Prior to kicking off the party, Africa Hitech will speak to 40 members of Singapore’s music scene at the exclusive RBMA Info Session, to share insights from their dynamic musical careers, as well as their tenure at Warp Records. The duo will share anecdotes of their first meeting as fellow lecturers at the 2007 RBMA in Toronto, Canada, and how that progressed to the formation of their groundbreaking partnership.

Event Details

Red Bull Music Academy & Home Club present:
SYNDICATE ft. Africa Hitech

Africa Hitech (Warp Records)
Mean (The.XS Collective)
Kiat ft. Vandetta
Max Lane

+ The Beat Invitational
Mont Berg Kingsmen

Visuals by Brandon Tay

5 Oct 2013, Saturday
11PM – 4AM
Home Club
20 Upp Circular Road, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: $20 (with 1 drink)

The SYNDICATE Subsessions kicks off its second year with two special performances from artists within the SYNDICATE stable itself; Kiat and Vandetta. Often seen collaborating together on stages all over the world, the two artists will stand on their own for a night of live beats and bass.

One half of Octover and known to many as Vanessa Fernandez, Vandetta is an experimental outlet for this multi-talented songstress to explore the electronic realm on her own. Other than doing what she does best with her sultry voice, this new adventure places Vandetta in a position where she is in full control of her musical expression.

For her performance you can expect some live-looping, vocal-processing and button-pushing actions in this one-woman show where she will be playing tracks from her upcoming release.

A name that needs no introduction and one of Southeast Asiaʼs pioneers of left field electronica, Kiat is finally ready to take on the Subsessions stage. More known for his club sets, this showcase will definitely unveil a different side of Kiat.

Inclining towards the style and sounds of his full-length album, The Inner Galaxy, Kiat has put together a stellar list of supporting musicians, aptly named The Inner Galaxies, to present this cosmic voyage on stage. Consisting of Jason Tan from Octover, acclaimed artist Andy Yang and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Aesili, Kiat & The Inner Galaxies is set to take you to another dimension.

Presenting the visual journeys for both performances will be SYNDICATE resident visualist, Brandon Tay.

Event Details

SYNDICATE & The Substation Presents:
SYNDICATE Subsessions ft. Kiat & Vandetta
Visuals by Brandon Tay

30 March 2013, Saturday
8PM – 10PM
The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street
$20 – tickets available from the Substation Box Office
6337 7800 /

SYNDICATE is back to bring a young female beatmaker, Dot, from the Los Angeles-based Alpha Pup imprint to its stage.

Dot is Kate Ellwanger from Olympia, Washington, a 20-year-old classical composer, pianist and opera singer-turned-producer. Studies at Chapman University”s Conservatory of Music led her to the class of Dubspot beat guru Steve Nalepa, where she was introduced to electronic music composition and an internship at Alpha Pup Records. Dot quickly discovered Low End Theory and the thriving Los Angeles beat community, which began to profoundly impact her production aesthetic.

Also making her SYNDICATE debut is RAH while the night’s residents, Darren Dubwise, Gema and Koflow will keep the program going with a special set by Kiat featuring Vandetta.

Another round of Beat Invitational is set to take place to unearth more musical nuggets and gems all freshly made in Singapore. At the visual controls will be Afiq Omar and Kiat.

Event Details

Home Presents:
SYNDICATE ft. Dot (Alpha Pup, LA)

Kiat ft. Vandetta
Darren Dubwise
Visuals by Afiq Omar and Kiat

The Beat Invitational Showcase

6 Oct 2012, Saturday
10:30PM – 4AM
Home Club
20 Upp Circular Road, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: $15 (with 1 drink)

Koflow presents his own take of Kiat”s newly launch album, The Inner Galaxy, in this special mini-mega mix. The turntable California Colorado Connecticut District of Columbia Hawaii Idaho Kentucky Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota Nevada New Mexico New York Oregon Rhode Island Vermont Washington All Other StatesObamaCare makes health guaranteed issue meaning you can’t be denied health status, age, gender, or other factors. instrumentalist took some tracks from the album and fused them together to showcase selected highlights of this release.


SYNDICATE: The Album was a teaser for things to come, and first in the series of releases we promised is an album 3 years in the making.

Ever keen on discovering new approaches in crafting electronic soundscapes, Kiat’s effort on this album is a probing voyage of spacious, textural conversations that manage to flirt with desolate themes interspersed with soulfulness and calculated boldness.

Collaborating with other vocalists and producers from around the world such as breakbeat pioneer Agzilla (Iceland), hip hop artist Klose (US), Kemo (UK) and Singapore’s very own Vandetta, Kiat’s relaxed approach to this album birthed new ideas and collaborations from all over the globe.

The album’s last track, capturing the spirit of how it was put together, first took shape in New Zealand and eventually made its way to drum and bass luminary, Digital, in the UK.

Thereafter, multi-instrumentalist Isaac Aesili lent his vocals to the track (singing for the first time on record), putting the final touches on a three-year musical journey of chance and discovery.

Check out Kiat’s Inner Galaxy in the SYNDICATE Bandcamp store.

Come 7 July, we return to Home Club with Mono/Poly and special guests to present a sequel to the collaborative Brainfeeder session, which took place in Los Angeles last year.

In defying the laws of tradition, the LA-based music producer, Mono/Poly (born Charles Dickerson), has managed to outstrip the logistics of multi-genre producing. Known for his distinct madness of face melting bass, paired with his dreamy astral soundscapes of glitch-based hip hop. His debut EP, The George Machine, was released in the fall of 2009 which was followed by his first full-length solo album Paramatma (Tasteful Licks Records) in the spring of 2010.

In 2011, Mono/Poly released the highly acclaimed Manifestations, making a strong debut on Flying Lotusʼ Brainfeeder imprint and it continues its heavy rotation being played by the likes of Radiohead, Erykah Badu and Jay Scarlett at BBC Radios 1XTRA. Mono/Poly has also been contributing tracks and remixes on Warp Records and Planet Mu alongside fellow LA natives Flying Lotus and Nosaj Thing. His gravitational attraction to revolutionary sounds has gained vast recognition among listeners and artists as one of the hottest up-and-coming producers in the world.

Also making their SYNDICATE debut will be Digga Man Dope. A production duo that comprises of Masterpiece (PushinʼOn) and Intrigue, the collaboration was initiated by their common interest in seminal Japanese act, Hifana. They have been holding it down at the Turn Up The Heat! nights at Blu Jaz with explosive sets that witnessed turntables wizardry, button-pushing madness on 16-pad controllers and a whole lot of hip hop.

The SYNDICATE residents will keep the beats and bass program going and we promise sets by a couple of very special guests. And as usual, visual maestro, Brandon Tay, controls the sights for the night.

This SYNDICATE x Brainfeeder sessions is supported by Obey Clothing.

Event Details

Home Presents:

Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder, LA)
Digga Man Dope (Live)
SYNDICATE residents Kiat / Sammy Panamuga / Koflow / Gema
plus special guests
Visuals by BRANDON TAY

7 July 2012, Saturday
10PM – 4AM
Home Club
20 Upp Circular Road, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: $15 (with 1 drink)

Come 4 July, we will be holding our first music and visuals exhibition presenting the works of Strangeloop and Daisuke Tanabe at the Pigeonhole. Curated by the collective’s first lady and Heineken Sound Council member, Cherry Chan, the two invited artists will not only be unleashing their sounds, but they will also unveil visual works in various media at the cozy independent café.

Born to a family of acclaimed filmmakers, Strangeloop is the visual wizard behind Flying Lotus’ imprint, Brainfeeder. As a visual artist, he has accompanied a long list of big acts which includes Skrillex, Kode9 and Amon Tobin. The past year he has been jet setting worldwide with some of these acts providing visuals for their world tours and stopping by at almost all major festivals.

At the Pigeonhole, Strangeloop will showcase the visual content he has produced for Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus. Other than the feast for the eyes, he is set to feed the ears as well with sounds that echo his visual aesthetics. As mentioned once by music tastemaker Mary Anne Hobbs, Strangeloop is “seriously involved in pioneering the next step in the evolution of performance, fusing sonics, narrative & visuals into an overwhelming hyper-sensory experience”.

Meanwhile, Daisuke Tanabe is more known for his music and has been getting attention from various music tastemakers and labels. With his name established, Daisuke has been featured on releases by labels such as Ninja Tune, BBE and Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. Taking inspiration from jazz, folk and reggae, as well as the whole canon of electronic music, this member of Tony Nwachukwu CD-R community knows that notes and melodies are just guideline for the feelings that lie beneath.

The lesser-known fact about Daisuke is that he delves into visual craftworks as well. When he is not sculpting out sonic sculptures, Daisuke keeps his hands busy with drawings and stencil printing which he will sometimes use for the artwork of his self-released CDs. A selection of these artworks will be on display at the Pigeonhole.

Supporting Strangeloop and Daisuke musically for the night will be SYNDICATE residents Kiat and Cherry Chan. And if you think Strangeloop is not doing enough, he will be joining Syndicate’s visualist, Brandon Tay, on the controls for the live visuals.

See you at the Pigeonhole.

Event Details

Heineken Music Presents:

Featuring Music + Visual Works:

Plus Residents:

Live Visuals By:

4 July 2012, Wednesday
9PM till late
The Pigeonhole, 52/53 Duxton Road, Singapore 089516
Free Entry

[Artwork will be on display at The Pigeonhole for a month from 4 July 2012]

After much delay, we have managed to put our act together and the SYNDICATE Bandcamp store is now up and running. For those of you who didn’t manage to get the physical copy of SYNDICATE: The Album at our recent shows, here’s your chance to grab the digital download.

With the online store up, we can’t wait to drop the individual releases by Kiat, Octover, Max Lane, Gema, Trytoplay and some surprises that we’re currently working on.

For now, head over to SYNDICATE: The Album on Bandcamp, name your price and warm your ears up for the future sounds of SYNDICATE to come.



    About us
    SYNDICATE is the most forward thinking music & visual super-collective in Singapore. It is set to deconstruct and reassemble sound concepts & visual ideas with live performances and installations set in various spaces & contexts.

    SYNDICATE performs every first Saturday of the month @ Home Club.