Taking a stroll down memory lane for National Day

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 31 Aug 2019

Xes Xes Loveseat joins the Rentak Soundsystem tonight.

A VERY special Merdeka Weekend sees new cocktail bar in old Chinatown, Rentak, take on a truly unique party experience.

For National Day, Rentak is hosting a special all-vinyl night tonight that focuses on local disco music and its many musical influences. Think 1980s Malay and regional Nusantara-styled disco music mixed with Bollywood numbers and Turkish psychedelia.

Local-themed cocktails will also be served to celebrate this important day for the nation, a truly unique National Day party this is.

Music will be provided by local vinyl diggers, Disko Santan and also the Rentak Soundsystem.

Rentak is a cocktail bar and music space that is inspired by, among other things, David Mancuso’s The Loft in New York.

This hidden gem with a tropical indoor garden is housed in a pre-war building in the heart of Chinatown.

Rentak is now part of the area’s renaissance of cafes, bars and cultural spaces coexisting with family businesses that have been running for generations, the Chinatown market, even Hindu and Taoist temples.

Rentak (rhythm in Malay) champions legendary US disco DJ David Mancuso’s idea of dance parties in intimate spaces featuring an eclectic mix of music.

On the dance floor, enjoy specially curated playlists by local vinyl DJs playing a diverse selection of tunes on a warm analogue custom-made sound system built by one of the owners. They aim to bring back the retro/vintage sound of the vinyl playback during the DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays but do not discriminate against different formats of music playback.

Regardless the format, they have their own playlists and do not rely on music streaming services. Main music genres are funk and disco but anything goes, they also play soul, R&B, electronic, indie, jazz and pop.

Behind the bar, handcrafted cocktails are prepared by seasoned mixologists, each named for a beat or a pioneer in sound. Rentak specialises in cocktails (infused with local and regional herbs) and have a range of them, tastefully created by our experienced head mixologist. — By JASON CHEAH


First Flr, 198, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, KL

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