SYNTh November line up

alpha_club.jpgFollowing on from stellar and packed out shows from Abri, Diligent Thought and DJ performances from the quite brilliant Glimmers and visiting night Bounce feat. The Stanton Warriors, SYNTh ups its game for November with 3 live shows – this month representing the hip hop, indie and electro worlds. We also have an exclusive performance from Fingerlickin’ all star A Skillz and of course the usual (well) mixed bag of tunes from residents Da:Funct, Rude Larry and Zahra across the club and the terrace.

Expect to hear: CSS, The Ting Tings, New Young Pony Club, The Beatles, MIA, Yo Majesty!, Jimi Hendrix, Dirty Skirts, Mystery Jets, Amy Winehouse, The Clash, Santogold, Phones, Ben Westbeech, The Prodigy, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Mark Ronson, Chemical Brothers, Get Shakes, Andrew Weatherall, The Dub Pistols, Herve, Diplo, Friendly Fires, Solly, Blondie, Hercules and Love Affair, Bloc Party, Party Ben, Jacques le Cont, The Killers, Kasabian, The Klaxons, Abri, The Presets, Peaches, Jurassic 5, Dangerous Dan, Parliament, Tim Fuller, TV on the Radio, Futureheads, Datarock, Ladyhawke, Black Strobe, Yelle, Justice, Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco, Fake Blood, MGMT, Oasis, Royksopp, Chromeo, Michael Jackson, The Gossip, Diligent Thought, Mos Def, Bondo De Role, The Glimmers, Cassius, Aston Shuffle, Lo Fidelity Allstars, A Trak, Freeform Five, Depeche Mode, The New Government, Les Rhythms Digitales, P Diddy, Peaches, MSTRKRFT, The Kills, Night Facilities, Iggy Pop, Chicken Lips, The Rolling Stones, Le Tigre, LCD Soundsystem, Lumi, Cut Copy, Riot in Belgium, Nirvana, Calvin Harris, Robyn, Late Of The Pier, The Kills, The Whip, Jay Z, Mos Def, Erol Alkan, Blur, New Order, Black Kids, Treasure Fingers, SebastiAn, Mr Oizo, Rage Against The Machine, Hadouken, LA Riots, The Doors and many, many more


When: Every Thursday
Where: Alpha, The Airport Meridien, 04 702 2640, 050 633 5139,  www.alphaclub.ae
Why: To bring you the best in live and club music.
What: Indie, funk, electro, soul, drum and bass, breakbeat, mashups, covers, hip hop, nu-rave. Anything as long as it’s good, basically.


Who: November 6

The Narcicyst of Euphrates LIVE & A Skillz

November 13

Dirty Skirts LIVE

November 20

Get Shakes LIVE


November 27

SYNTh presents We Are Your Friends: A night of French-influenced electro.  The first ever night in Dubai celebrating the sounds of Daft Punk, Justice, Ed Banger and many, many more.

Full Bios

November 6

The Narcicyst of Euphrates LIVE & A Skillz

www.myspace.com/euphrates www.myspace.com/djaskillz

Narcicyst of Euphrates

Politically iridescent Iraqi hip hop.

Who's the Narcicyst?

An Iraqi MC/Media Master born in the UAE, raised in Canada and continually questioned by the powers that be, his musical career was spawned through the collaborative work of the Euphrates family; A growing collective of Muslim visual artists, musicians, painters, filmographers and photographers.Releasing two albums with Euphrates, “A Bend in the River” and “Stereotypes Incorporated” respectively, the crew garnered worldwide attention from Time Magazine to publications out of the Middle East and Europe. A graduate in Political science and Communication Studies, Narcy went on to get a Masters degree in Media Studies focusing on the identity politics in Hip-Hop poetics, specifically encountering and dissecting the Arab-American experience through a thesis project entitled “Fear of An Arab Planet”. With a book being released under the same title, and a brand new album called “P.H.A.T.W.A.”, The Narcicyst is sure to make you see yourself through the proverbial mirror that is the current state of the world.



 A Skillz

Fabric and Krafty Kuts approved party starting hip hop, funk and breaks DJ.

At only 26 years old his incredible deck talents involve fusing funk, hip-hop and breaks with his unique style of scratching and mixing. His reputation as a true party rocker has won him prime-time slots across the UK at FabricLive, Spectrum, Chew The Fat, Supercharged, The Boutique and Sugarbeat as well as gigs around the world at major events, festivals and music industry parties such as The Hit Factory (New York), WMC (Miami) and Field Day (Sydney).

In 2003 A.Skillz released his debut album TrickaTechnology alongside Finger Lickin's very own Krafty Kuts. The album was a nod towards musical influences like De La Soul, James Brown and Jurassic 5, true Finger Lickin' Funk that enlisted the talents of some of the world's best hip-hop and funk artists including Kurtis Blow, Real Elements and Ashley Freakpower Slater.

February 2004 saw A.Skillz and Krafty Kuts team up on the TrickaTechnology Tour with live MCs from the album playing shows all over the UK. The duo then went on to DJ together leaving audiences and dance floors astounded with their skills on four decks and four CDJs, playing at Glastonbury Festival, Pacha (Ibiza) and a live session for Steve Lamaq on BBC Radio 1.

In October 2004 A.Skillz then embarked on his first solo tour of Australia which saw him play to sell out crowds in all major capital cities, gaining new fans and respect from fellow DJs along the way. He followed this by extensive gigs in the UK and a busy studio schedule producing music for Channel 4 (Talk Back), Renault (TV advert) and Sony Playstation (Gran Tourismo 4).

A.Skillz kicked off 2005 in January with a mini-mix for Annie Mac that was later voted best mini-mix of the year by Radio 1 listeners, beating industry heavyweights such as Basement Jaxx, Mylo and Scratch Perverts. He followed this with a series of remixes including The Fort Knox Five and a re-rub of his own track Simple Things. Highlight gigs last year included 10:15 (San Francisco), Snow Bombing (Austria) Mystery Lands Festival (Amsterdam) Homelands (UK), Live 8 After Show Party (London). Since October he has clocked up some serious air miles playing across Australia, Canada, America, Europe and returning to the UK to bring in the New Year at GPO in Ireland.

2008 is shaping up to be his biggest year yet. He is currently working on his first mix album for Finger Lickin Records whilst planning his next artist album which will see him team up with some major names for some seriously hot collaborations!

Nov 13

Dirty Skirts LIVE

www.myspace.com/thedirtyskirts, www.dirtyskirts.com

The Killers, if they were born in Cape Town; Indie-punk-synth-pop.

The Dirty Skirts have always had clear intentions as to where they were headed: to rise to the top of the South African music scene, and to take their music to the world. Driven by the awareness that it must be possible to reverse the tide of American/UK musical imports that washes through South Africa year to year, they’re on a mission to sell those pesky colonial powers something new, something very Cape Town.

It’s been, and continues to be a hero’s journey conducted in their inimitable style. For four years they remained independent of the South African music industry… unsigned, unmanaged, maybe unmanageable. However 2008 saw the band sign their colossal new album Daddy Don’t Disco to SONY BMG South Africa. "DADDY DON’T DISCO is undoubtedly one of the most progressive records to emerge from South Africa”- Paul Thackwray, Senior Label Manager, Sony/BMG. A few months into the relationship the Dirty Skirts reverted to their independent status.

The Dirty Skirts formed in Cape Town after a fortuitous braai-side meeting between Jess and David; a meeting of compatible hard working dreamers. They immediately set out to etch the band onto South Africa’s musical Hall of Fame by independently recording and releasing their eponymous debut mini-album in 2005. Singles such as “Feeling the Pressure” and “Set Me Alight” scorched up the local and student charts. Their first full length debut album On A Stellar Bender followed in 2007, with the barnstorming single “Homewrecker” reaching 1 on a number of national radio charts. In late 2007 they began writing the follow up album Daddy Don’t Disco, which was released on the 27th of June 2008.

As with most bands, The Dirty Skirts are not fans of pigeon-holing their music (“we’re not pigeons”), but their sound is steeped in an alternative rock tradition stretching back some fourty odd years. Think Pink Floyd, David Bowie, John Lennon, Talking Heads, The Pixies, Jane’s Addiction, The Cure and many more.

Featuring Jess de Tolly on lead vocals, synthesisers and guitar, David Moffatt on lead guitar, Passion Paliaga on bass and Markie de Menezes on drums, theirs is a mixture of alt pop, punk and rock – with a solid dose of electronica thrown in for good measure. The Dirty Skirts are clearly not scared of hooks, quirk, humour, and riffs, all of which are belted out over their soaring melodies. One writer once described their music as “the sweetest kick in the hind quarters you ever had”.

An essential part of The Dirty Skirts experience is their live performance. They are an astonishing proposition on stage, a heady combination of effervescent joy, humour, passion and raw animal power. They favour a punchy, “nose bleed set”, with improvised jams interspersed between their material. The result? They fill the largest and best clubs in South Africa, they have headlined every main stage of the country’s top festivals; they’ve successfully taken their music to the UK and the US (including performing at the SXSW festival in Austin), not to mention a spotlights worth of media attention.

November 20

Get Shakes LIVE


2 piece indie-electro; think The Rapture meets LCD Soundsystem

Get Shakes Matt & Darren Farrow. The last eighteen months have seen Get Shakes make a splash with their blend of punk-funk and jacking electronica thanks to their incendiary singles Sister Self Doubt & Disneyland, as well as their rocking live show. Citing Adam & The Ants, DFA, Ivan Smagghe and Optimo as key influences, Get Shakes are making dance music in a way that nobody else is at the moment. Their main stage, genre-straddling electro rock marks them out as natural heirs to the Chemical Brothers and Underworld.

Having already featured on a variety of mix compilations, ranging from Modular’s Leave Them All Behind 2 and Wall Of Sound’s Shock Rock through to the Fabric32:  Luke Slater album, Get Shakes are proving themselves to be a different proposition to the New Orderisms and Gallic-influenced glitch-house of their contemporaries.  With a true understanding of the mechanics of what makes great dance music, Get Shakes combine the pyrotechnic thrills of Jilted Generation Prodigy with the more subtle nuanced production of classic Detroit techno and Chicagohouse. They were well-deserved  winners of the electronic category of the 2007 Diesel U-Music competition and 2008 is already off to a flying start: “Sister Self Doubt “ features in new Hollywood movie 21 and “Disneyland”  in the latest instalment of Grand Theft Auto.

November 27

SYNTh presents We Are Your Friends: A Night of French-influenced electro.

5 years on from the genre-breaking Justice vs Simian tune, Da:Funct, Rude Larry and Zahra celebrate the best of the French-infused scene.

Expect to hear Justice, Daft Punk, SebastiAn, Roule, Crazy Baldhead, Digitalism, Alan Braxe, Kitsune, Fred Falke, Roule, early Bob Sinclar, Stardust, Black Strobe, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius, Ettiene De Crecy, MSTRKRFT, Dimitri from Paris, Laurent Garnier, David Guetta, Sebastian Leger, Lifelike, Martin Solveig, Kris Menace, Boyz Noize, Erol Alkan, Phoenix etc.

Free entry for those that make a nu-rave effort.



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