Jazzanova's Alex Barck to play Siwilai City Club BK
The highly acclaimed producer-DJ kicks off a new series of events at one of central Bangkok’s most seductive spaces, on Friday 25th October.
This really is an excellent booking for the city’s true music lovers. Alex Barck rose to prominence in the late ’90s as part of Jazzanova, who’s broadly influenced broken rhythms added instant freshness to the dance scene. As cerebral as it was soulful, the Berlin-based team’s sound instantly stood out, finding it’s way into the crates of DJs across the board, with a string of accomplished releases and remixes.
As far as we can remember, our first encounter with their heavy vibes came in the shape of their genre-defying rework of Ian Pooley’s ‘What’s Your Number’. The rhythm explodes from the speakers, as the chopped vocal floats and dives over rich pads, jazz chords and bouncing bass. It sounded so unique upon its release, and it still holds firm today.
Encompassing jazz, soul, house, pop and chill-out, Jazzanova continued to put out immaculately constructed productions and compilations - via their own work as well as their excellent Sonar Kollektiv label - and deservedly garnered a supreme reputation for quality.
As part of the team and as a solo artist, Alex is always in demand. He’s performed internationally at premium events, venues and festivals, hosts numerous radio shows, including on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, and has curated many compilations, including Secret Love and Computer Incarnations.
This superlative booking marks the launch of the ‘Siwilai Invites’ series. We are thrilled to see this come to life, as Siwilai is something of a gem in the hustle and bustle of central Bangkok. The venue’s open terrace, lounge seating and bespoke sound-system deserve more attention, and we hope this can be the start of something special.
After a quick search through the record shelves, we decided to leave you with this one, Jazzanova’s production of Paul Randolph’s Believer. A powerful and emotionally charged vocal driven by a slowly building deep house groove, the track climaxes in a mesmerising crescendo of synth stabs, growling bass and undeniable soul.
Click on the flyer for full event info. Highly recommended by the Cosmic Tiger gang.