Photos by Mohd Sarajan
In many ways, Karpos Live Mix 10 felt like two separate events rolled into one. The headliners, IV of Spades and Phum Viphurit, both have a devout following which don’t necessarily intersect. On that Wednesday night, it was clear: Some people came for IV of Spades, others came for Phum. And perhaps that was the beauty of the whole thing. As the night wore on, you could feel the two camps slowly tearing their fences down, eventually losing themselves to the sounds and sights on stage. The result was a genuine and infectious vibrancy, and it made for an awesome night.
One of the biggest surprises of the night actually came at the very start. The five-piece, soul and funk band, Flu, nonchalantly walked up on stage and instantly pounded the venue with their Motown-flavored jams that left your feet begging to move along to the beat. Soon enough, the whole place was buzzing, with hands clutching beer cups up in the air, swaying with the distant voices singing Get Down along with the band. It was a proper opener; the crowd was hyped and ready for more.