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Club Beat #27: Alex Kenji at Kinky Malinki, 10.03.12

With a stunning line-up of Grant Nalder & Danny Quattro, Marco Lys, Alex Kenji, Kid Massive and special guest D. Ramirez, last Saturday’s Kinky Malinki was a seriously special occasion. With sensational sets all round, Planet Notion was delighted to see Alex Kenji back on the decks in London.

Alex Kenji has over a decade’s worth of experience producing and performing. His tracks are supported by artists including Kaskade, Chris Lake, Joachim Garraud and Eric Prydz. Kenji is also co-owner of the labels 303 Lovers and Hotfingers alongside Manuel de la Mare and Luigi Rocca, releasing tracks ranging from house to electronica to techno to minimal. His mixes span genres from banging techno to big room anthems.

Kenji’s set was a full-on mix of house, tech house and techno with a good range of new tracks and some firm favourites. Kenji’s Blue Strobe Light and Manuel de la Mare & Luigi Rocca’s Opa-Locka, both from the recent Toolroom Miami 2012 compilation, instantly energised the crowd. A favourite from last October, Kenji’s remix of Sander van Doorn’s Outro, was a real hands in the air moment and his collaboration with Nadia Ali and Starkillers, Pressure, heightened the euphoria. Tracks like Thomas Gold & Kenji’s What’s Up and Prok & Fitch & Marco Lys’ forthcoming release You Need Some packed the dance floor with cheering clubbers. One of my highlights was Kenji & Federico Scavo’s Gimme Five, a track I hadn’t heard in some time. The most enjoyable element of Kenji’s sets is always his ability to keep you dancing and to keep you wanting more.

The club itself was fully decked out for the night. Accompanying the music were two statuesque, almost porcelain, blond dancers, fireworks either side of the decks, chandeliers glittering above the crowd and Proud2’s renowned sub sonic dance floor, all creating a sublime party experience. The atmosphere was great, with a fun crowd out to enjoy a night of excellent music that more than lived up to the hype.

With Proud 2’s plush interior and excellent sound system, this night was a real treat. Each track Kenji played was a winner; he kept the crowd bouncing throughout his set. My bias towards a line-up containing so many of my favourites means I can safely say it was the best Kinky Malinki night I’ve been to yet.

Check out Alex Kenji on Twitter [https://twitter.com/#!/AlexKenji] and Beatport [http://www.beatport.com/artist/alex-kenji/10297].

To find out about Kinky Malinki’s upcoming parties, go to their facebook [https://www.facebook.com/KinkyMalinki.FanPage].

-Ann Bartholomew



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