x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

N'Dulge plans a Sneaky end to the season

Australian group Sneaky Sound System are UAE regulars, so it's fitting that they're the last act at N'Dulge before Ramadan.

Sneaky Sound System. Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images
Sneaky Sound System. Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images

After a year that brought Roger Sanchez, Joris Voorn and 2manydjs, N'Dulge at Atlantis The Palm will round off the season with Sneaky Sound System tomorrow.

The Aussie group have performed regularly in the UAE, allowing them to see how the local dance scene has grown.

"I remember when we returned to Sandance not long ago and it became this great big festival," the producer Black Angus says. "Dubai is definitely establishing itself and the events are getting better."

The same can be said about the group's musical output, with each release showcasing a more refined approach.

Angus describes last year's third album From Here to Anywhere as their best yet. He explains the album's more straightforward house approach benefited from his growing partnership with the singer Connie Mitchell. "At the beginning, it was more frosty," he says. "I think that was because there were other people involved. For this album we collaborated and toured together so we learnt to rely on each other more."

This perhaps explains why Mitchell delivers her best set of vocals yet on the album.

Angus says that whereas in earlier records Mitchell would just come into the studio to sing over completed tracks, this time she was involved in the songwriting. "It's better this way because now there is more of a focus on Connie's vocals," he says.

The UAE clubbing season ends next week for Ramadan.

Tomorrow, 9pm, N'Dulge at Atlantis The Palm, Dh100, free for ladies before midnight. For details, call 056 603 7962