HK Music Update has arrived! Lots of big mixes coming out of Hong Kong right now, especially for fans of what the kids used to call “techno.” And no, I don’t mean EDM - the Hong Kong underground has much better taste than that!
Starting things off is the uber-fresh “Float: A Running Mix” by Yao, prepared specially for the Hong Kong Harbour Runners. Clearly using this mix is how they manage to run across the water…
Jeremy Cheung has also just released a promo mix, pure tech-house with plenty of funkiness to induce “I Sick Leave Tomorrow” consequences:
Reggae and dub? Yes! Selekta Sev has served up a fresh batch of irie tunes, including choice cuts from Mad Professor and The Lions, for “Paragon Mix 2.”
On the heavier side, Bass Music China continues their eponymous mission with an interview (Chinese-only)
and guest mix from SpectraSoul
. Drum n bass, with a side of soul, plus extra bass:
Ocean Lam digs deep on the heady “Hypnotic #13” mix, investigating a different realm of soul amidst lush house beats:
A few HK productions have popped up as well. Bass-fiend Loki Dolo gets grimey on “Lo Tech;” Wiso explores light-yet-tight German electro on the seasonally-appropriate “Autumn Vibes;” P. Vibe infuses Anthony Wong’s 友情歲月 with some classic Fatboy Slim acid house.
Finally, from our northern neighbors in Beijing comes a true international reggae collaboration. With members hailing from Cameroon, Ethiopia, and France, Ultimate Band Crew
has recently released two videos from their new album Jah Is My Light
: “Big Up The Family” (feat. Soumalek) is pure positive party vibes, while “Who Can You Trust” (feat. Boudor) is melodic and introspective.
And, in a moment of hopefully excusable self-indulgence, I’m the featured DJ alongside MC Jado (Shanghai) and Mouse (Hong Kong) in a live video from Heavy Hongkong’s recent reggae soundclash. Yes, DJs like to record awesome MCs too, haha. Tune comes from Blue Hill
Until next time, keep the good music vibes alive inna HK!