Tomorrow, 1am, Volar
Lan Kwai Fong basement club Volar appears to be setting the standard for quality underground club nights, and the appearance of Clive Henry tomorrow raises the bar again. Besides recently hosting intimate gigs by top DJs such as Nick Warren and Anthony Pappa, the uber-cool venue has given a platform to talented performers who don't have the name and ego to match some of the big players on the club circuit.
Henry is a fine example, a genuinely nice guy who is still probably best known as one half of tribal- and tech-house production duo Peace Division, but is nowadays regarded as a top DJ in his own right.
He's a resident at Ibiza's Circo Loco DC10, where he mixes soulful and funky tunes into blistering tech-house sets, with a few low-slung breaks thrown in for good measure.
Henry has been working the decks for more than 15 years and enjoyed his first hits as a producer way back, although he shot to prominence only in the mid- 1990s with Justin Drake as Peace Division. The pair unleashed a barrage of great dance tunes, not least their dark and dirty Blacklight Sleaze and Club Therapy.
After their successful debut album, Junkyard Funk, the duo were called in to work on seminal tracks such as X-Press 2's Lazy, Moby's Natural Blues by Moby and Rui de Silva's Touch Me.
Henry is no slouch behind the decks, and is now as sought after as a DJ as a producer, with residencies at Cream, the End and Fabric in London, among others. He's no stranger to these shores, having played in Hong Kong several times, including at the now defunct Queens Club in Central in 2002, and Dance Nation in Hitec the year before. His partner Drake was here just last autumn.
At tomorrow night's gig, DJ Anthony2 and DJ Morett offer support, while DJ Daryll and DJ Yeodie keep the vibe mellower in the lounge area.
Volar, 39-44 D'Aguilar St, Central, free (members), $200 (non members), includes one drink. Inquiries: email@example.com