Guru Gate Crasher

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With some great outdoor action last weekend (Boat Party, Kolour), things are heading indoors again this week.And with Wed (Dec 5) being a holiday, Tue night should be action stations too.

PARTY/LIVE MUSIC

The ZudRangMa crew (facebook.com/zudrangmarecordsthailand) will roll out some more local twang tonight (Nov 30) at their latest Paradise Bangkok party. This time round sees the prolific crew showcase the Molam International Band, which they have pieced together themselves for some "Isan vibrations for the 21st Century". It's also the launch of the label's third and latest 7-inch. It's on from around 10pm at Cosmic Cafe (RCA Block C, Rama IX Road, 081-304-6907), which suits the parties well. Hosts Maft Sai and Chris Menist will DJ in support. Entry is B350 with a beer and a shot of the infamous ya dong, or moonshine.

LIVE MUSIC

In another good live option for the week, Katsue (katsue.bandcamp.com/releases) will perform a warm up show to tighten some of their new material on Sat (Dec 1). The group consists of music man about town Jay Monton Jira (Samutprakarn Sounds) and vocalist Joni Anwar, making some pretty obscure and spacey electronic soundscapes with vocal layers - something fresh in this city. It's on at Smith (1/8 Sukhumvit Soi 49), which has been hosting a flurry of events of late cashing in on the Kittichai kitchen hype, and why not? The sound quality has been good so far. Let's see if it can take a live act. Entry is B400 with a drink and CD.

LIVE MUSIC

Multi-brand hipster outlet nexttoNORMAL is crossing over to the music world by presenting Citizens! (www.citizenscitizens.com) on Tue (Dec 4), for a good injection of catchy Euro electro pop. It's on at Zen Gallery (8/F, CentralWorld), which isn't ideal but that's the nature of the sponsorship beast. Support will come from Gene Kasidit backed by a full band, which is a big show for him/her/him. Tickets are B950, with a 9pm kick-off. Don't be late, or miss the show.

DJ SET

On a brief Asian stint of their busy live schedule, "super house" DJ duo Andhim (facebook.com/andhimmusic) talk to Gate Crasher before their gig on Tue (Dec 4) at Glow (11pm. 96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-4446, www.glowbkk.com. B400, with a drink and shot). It's presented by the With Love crew (facebook.com/withlovebangkok). Expect a wide mix of infectious audio flavours from the Cologne natives. Check some of their impressive live form by visiting http://soundcloud.com/andhim.

WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC?

Electronic music is so multifaceted and constantly developing. You can impress your art through so many ways so it's always exciting to go to the studio and work on new tracks. We usually never know what the next song will sound like.

HOW IS THE SCENE DIFFERENT IN ASIA?

We have played in Thailand, China and Bali so far and have always had a really good time. I think these countries have a very small but strong scene with a lot of knowledge for music from the big commercial clubs. People are always very happy to see DJs from Europe too.

DO YOU PREFER TO PLAY ISLAND PARTIES, CLUBS OR FESTIVALS?

You cannot trivialize it. A good party depends on so many different things - crowd, vibe, club, city, your own mood. We always try to have a good time.

WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING IN BANGKOK?

We're really looking forward to coming to BKK. We'll spend two more days to crash the city together with our homie Panda. It's going to be a blast!

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Writer: Richard Mcleish
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