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Just a few blocks up Pitt Street from Friday’s fun at Digital Therapy, we were back in the city for Genesis offshoot, Zodiac’s debut – at the Civic Underground.  The night’s star attraction was Colombian producer, KhoMha. The Civic Underground is my favourite nightclub in Sydney. Friendly bouncers and bar staff, an intimate space and a wonderful sound system combine to make it just about the ideal venue for clubbing. There were a few changes from the last time we were there, with a new platform above the main dance floor and the stage divided to provide more dancing space next to the DJ booth.  I think this is an improvement on an already great place – the multi-level dancing area created a feel that reminded me of the Favela nightclub in Kings Cross, before it closed.

We arrived early to catch Big J, playing a progressive set, very different from the night before, but ideal for the time, while people were getting the first drinks in and catching up with friends, no doubt many discussing last night’s fun. I wasn’t taking notes, but I do remember he played an old Komytea tune from Anjunadeep:01 – Electro House Is Dead.  DJ Ange was next – like Big J, she only had half an hour and before you knew it, Rodman and Sensualize were playing.

The final warm-up act before KhoMha played at 1am was Toby Matrix back-to-back with Anden.  By now, the Civic was filling up nicely and the dancefloor was getting very busy. Again, I wasn’t making notes, but the tunes they were playing were really building on and driving the sense of excitement and anticipation for what was to come.

KhoMha‘s set was simply fantastic – no other words to describe it.  We’d seen him twice in Miami in March and really liked both his club set, where he was just one of four Coldharbour acts on the bill – and the yacht party set, where he played to a select crowd after Jaytech headlined. This time around he was the main man and he revelled in it.  Mashing up so many great tunes: Ummet Ozcan – The Box; Rank 1 – L.E.D. There Be Light; Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl; and many more, he tore the place apart and the packed dance floor couldn’t get enough. He also dropped Markus Schulz & Jochen Miller – Rotunda, Nadia Ali – Rapture and his own The Dark Knight and Mind Gamer.

It’s rare to see such a great talent in such an intimate venue, where everything is just right – and, I suspect, very soon you’ll only be able to see KhoMha at festivals and in much larger theatre and arena-style venues. So this will definitely be a night that’s remembered for a long time. Hopefully Genesis will be able to put on more of these Zodiac events in future.

What a great weekend it was – both nights demonstrating the way ahead with good venues, up and coming international DJs and the locals doing a great job of warming up and supporting the star names.

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