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After four weeks travelling through SE Asia, we were due to spend the last three days of our holiday in Kuala Lumpur and were looking for something to do on the Saturday night. So I googled “Zouk Kuala Lumpur” and clicked on the first link that came up … and the first thing I saw was that Aly & Fila would be playing on that very Saturday night! Containing my excitement, I realised that I was on the Zouk Singapore page, not the Zouk KL website. Then a crazy thought popped into my head that Singapore isn’t so far from KL … and once I discovered that we could do the round trip on Tiger for $90 for the two of us, there was no going back!

A few Facebook messages later, we have been hooked up with members of the Singapore trance family, who looked after us splendidly. After a nice dinner with our new friends, we headed off to the Zouk wine bar for warm-up drinks. But when it came to 1am and time to head in, it turned out that the club was in the middle of a police raid!

Luckily this was quickly concluded and we were inside by 1.20am, to catch the last 25 minutes of the warm-up DJ’s set, which I’ll be honest, I didn’t enjoy. But it gave an opportunity to look around and get a feel for the club, which regularly features in the DJ Mag top ten clubs in the world. I’m not sure if I’d rate it that highly, but it was very nice in there, with lots of sections and levels to the main room and dance floor and a good crowd of all ages and a pretty good, though perhaps not amazing sound system.

Fadi started his set at 1.45am and at first I was a bit unsure – he usually starts with a bang, but tonight it seemed like he was teasing us – dropping fragments of Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes and John Askew – Mechanism as well as Coming Soon – Become One (Interactive Noise Remix). Perhaps if the warm-up had been more trancey, he would have come out all guns blazing, but as it was, he decided to play with us for about 20 minutes.

But once he got into his normal uplifting groove, there was no holding him back and he simply tore the place apart. He mixed in tracks from the Quiet Storm album, such as Tula, Your Heart Is Mine (with John O’Callaghan & Eli), Fireisland (with Solarstone), First Sun, Where To Now (feat. Sue McLaren) and the Photographer remix of Laily (feat. Karim Youssef), together with Aly & Fila remixes of tracks like Luke Bond feat. Roxanne Emery – On Fire and Simon O’Shine & Sergey Nevone – Apprehension.

The set just got better and better and the dance floor got more and more packed. Just as you thought it was all getting too hot to keep going, the ice cannon gave an extended blast to bring memories of Amnesia shivering down your spine!

Fadi dropped numerous classics like Oceanlab – Satellite, Andain – Beautiful Things, Armin van Buuren – Burned With Desire (mashed with John O’Callaghan & Giuseppe Ottaviani – Ride The Wave), John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew remix) (mashed with Nadia Ali – Rapture), Aly & Fila – Lost Language, Tiësto – Adagio For Strings, Paul van Dyk – Another Way and more recent smashes like Re-Order & Ian Standerwick pres. Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe. And he finished, after three and a quarter hours, with DJ Shah feat. Adrina Thorpe – Back To You (Aly & Fila remix).

It was a breathtakingly good set … in my opinion, Fadi just never lets you down if you’re a fan of uplifting trance. It was an awesome way to end our holiday made all the more special by the unexpected nature of it – five days earlier we had no idea we were about to undertake an 18 hour diversion to Singapore. Big thanks to all those who made it possible and such fun – Stuart, Jason, Ste, Ellen, Sean, Cynthia, Emmanuel and Jason, and of course to Fadi himself!

 

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