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July 1st is always an important day of protest in Hong Kong, though according to the government nothing unusual happened this year. Nonetheless, a few artists have released tracks to mark the occasion, including Masta Mic's rightfully aggressive “Rhyme #6” and Kay Tse's much more melodic “egg and lamb” (via MICROS 明記).
 


 
In somewhat related pseudo-political news, JFung has entertainingly remixed Regina Tong Ching-Yi’s recent outburst over the media’s response to her daughter’s rather public battle with depression:
 

 
Famed underground techno club oma - which kindly hosts Pomegranate, my funky collaborative Thursday-evening extravaganza with Paragon Sound System & MC Loki Dolo - has finally ventured into the clouds of sound, starting with a live recording from music director and resident DJ Taku Hirayama's recent tech-house set:
 

 
This next entry’s a bit different from most: “Hire A Boat,” an Australian-based community radio show, has a special Hong Kong-themed show airing this Monday (July 14th) at 11pm Hong Kong time! Featuring artists from past #HKMUs, tracks come from Ocean Lam, Yao, Loki Dolo, Wiso, DJ P.Vibe, Casey Anderson & Fresh Funky S, Sert, Kazoku, and ▶▶△ (Tree-Angles), and then the 2-hour program concludes with Ocean Lam’s “Hypnotic #13” mix. If your ears are available, make sure to tune in to “STAR FERRY :: Cable car it to Kowloon and sample the wares of Hong Kong’s cooler-than-thou underground dance music scene…”
 
SETLIST
  +++++  
SITE w/ live stream link
 
A big drum-n-bass mix comes from DJ Saiyan, for the Outlook Festival’s “Friends & Family” mix series. Over 1,000 plays on this already:
 

 
Visa's ongoing “40 Minutes Before Departure” series has now taken him to Bali, loaded up with dark & deep house vibes, while his Cliché Records Podcast “Le Mix Cliché Vol. 12” is more disco-infused:
 


 
Ska act The Red Stripes have a live video out for “One Step Beyond” from a recent show at Backstage. Full skankin’ awaits:
 

 
廿四味 24Herbs have a new tune out, “Work It,” with rapid-fire Cantonese lyrics (although some entertaining English phrases appear as well) atop an EDM-influenced club beat:
 

 
DJ 108, in anticipation of an upcoming show with Magnetic Soul, has dropped both a Hong Kong Underground glitchy beat as well as a proper mixtape for Bass Music China:
 


 
The man of many monikers, DJ Redman, tests out The Mean La Kweefa on the groovy “Sounds Of The Beach" - full of his own remixes as SinistaSounds - for a Corona contest (voting ends tomorrow).
 
DJ Darka, in the 11th edition of his “Addiction” mix series, eases into some banging tech-house, slowly and darkly:
 

 
You’ll need to wade through a few commercials, but then Kendy Lam's “Worldcup EDM Music Special” mix for Dance Music I Generation awaits:
 

 
From Emmanuel Diaz comes his monthly live Zuma mix, showcasing chill yet diverse house music:
 

 
EKORB's Reality Webisodes series continues, “Enter Dolo” with Loki Dolo is a recent edition, plus there’s the full archive.
 

 
LëKSs, of Paragon Sound System, has an ongoing (mostly) instrumental hiphop series, “Hipoperies - GoNaRaP,” which is now up to its third volume. Even includes an HK-produced track from beatsmith Hope One:
 

 
Fellow Paragoner Finnalicious brings the disco and the funk on her recent “Different Forms Of Dance” mix:
 

 
Psysert, Strategic Sounds' Sert's psy side-project (now there's some sibilance for ya!), has released the meditative and atmospheric mix “Think Nothing.”
 

 
J-Hoon casually yet unembedably spit a Facebook freestyle over a “Budamunk Funk” tune…
 
HK label Nude Disco is set to release Jay Ru's “The LUCA EP” - funky nu-disco (no surprise there) - exclusively via JunoDownload on Monday:
 
 
 
The label has also interviewed tropicalist Barnaby Bruce, to discuss his new label Palms & Charms (which was the lead entry in the last #HKMU).
 
Macau’s Burnie has a new funky bass-laden EP, Deeper Reality, also available for purchase via JunoDownload once the weekend has ended; preview awaiting your ears now:
 

 
Also from Macau, dancehall specialist Youth Somoan has taken on the “Skin To Skin” riddim:
 

 
Sean Hocking, of local label Metal Postcard Records, has compiled a Top Ten list of the best Indian bands. Some great selections highlighting the underground scene, particularly Ti Tritha’s “Fish Market (Marcher Bajaar),” which I’ve included here:
 

 
And what’s TGT up to, you ask? Celebrating my birthday in digital stylee with a new reggae mixtape, plus going deeper into my Country Dub series with an Alison Krauss x Phil Pratt mashup, “Down To The River To Stay Loose:”
 


 
I’m also having my reggae/dub reviews regularly published over at NiceUp, and have been featured this summer as a ‘Clubbing’ writer for Time Out Hong Kong as well… feel free to just check out the WRITINGS link up at the top ;-)
 
Keep keeping it creative Hong Kong, and enjoy the full moon tonight!
 
July 1st is always an important day of protest in Hong Kong, though according to the government nothing unusual happened this year. Nonetheless, a few artists have released tracks to mark the occasion, including Masta Mic's rightfully aggressive “Rhyme #6” and Kay Tse's much more melodic “egg and lamb” (via MICROS 明記).

 

 

In somewhat related pseudo-political news, JFung has entertainingly remixed Regina Tong Ching-Yi’s recent outburst over the media’s response to her daughter’s rather public battle with depression:

 

 

Famed underground techno club oma - which kindly hosts Pomegranate, my funky collaborative Thursday-evening extravaganza with Paragon Sound System & MC Loki Dolo - has finally ventured into the clouds of sound, starting with a live recording from music director and resident DJ Taku Hirayama's recent tech-house set:

 

 

This next entry’s a bit different from most: “Hire A Boat,” an Australian-based community radio show, has a special Hong Kong-themed show airing this Monday (July 14th) at 11pm Hong Kong time! Featuring artists from past #HKMUs, tracks come from Ocean Lam, Yao, Loki Dolo, Wiso, DJ P.Vibe, Casey Anderson & Fresh Funky S, Sert, Kazoku, and ▶▶△ (Tree-Angles), and then the 2-hour program concludes with Ocean Lam’s “Hypnotic #13” mix. If your ears are available, make sure to tune in to “STAR FERRY :: Cable car it to Kowloon and sample the wares of Hong Kong’s cooler-than-thou underground dance music scene…”

 

SETLIST +++++ SITE w/ live stream link

 

A big drum-n-bass mix comes from DJ Saiyan, for the Outlook Festival’s “Friends & Family” mix series. Over 1,000 plays on this already:

 

 

Visa's ongoing “40 Minutes Before Departure” series has now taken him to Bali, loaded up with dark & deep house vibes, while his Cliché Records Podcast “Le Mix Cliché Vol. 12” is more disco-infused:

 

 

Ska act The Red Stripes have a live video out for “One Step Beyond” from a recent show at Backstage. Full skankin’ awaits:

 

 

廿四味 24Herbs have a new tune out, “Work It,” with rapid-fire Cantonese lyrics (although some entertaining English phrases appear as well) atop an EDM-influenced club beat:

 

 

DJ 108, in anticipation of an upcoming show with Magnetic Soul, has dropped both a Hong Kong Underground glitchy beat as well as a proper mixtape for Bass Music China:

 

 

The man of many monikers, DJ Redman, tests out The Mean La Kweefa on the groovy “Sounds Of The Beach" - full of his own remixes as SinistaSounds - for a Corona contest (voting ends tomorrow).

 

DJ Darka, in the 11th edition of his “Addiction” mix series, eases into some banging tech-house, slowly and darkly:

 

 

You’ll need to wade through a few commercials, but then Kendy Lam's “Worldcup EDM Music Special” mix for Dance Music I Generation awaits:

 

 

From Emmanuel Diaz comes his monthly live Zuma mix, showcasing chill yet diverse house music:

 

 

EKORB's Reality Webisodes series continues, “Enter Dolo” with Loki Dolo is a recent edition, plus there’s the full archive.

 

 

LëKSs, of Paragon Sound System, has an ongoing (mostly) instrumental hiphop series, “Hipoperies - GoNaRaP,” which is now up to its third volume. Even includes an HK-produced track from beatsmith Hope One:

 

 

Fellow Paragoner Finnalicious brings the disco and the funk on her recent “Different Forms Of Dance” mix:

 

 

Psysert, Strategic Sounds' Sert's psy side-project (now there's some sibilance for ya!), has released the meditative and atmospheric mix “Think Nothing.”

 

 

J-Hoon casually yet unembedably spit a Facebook freestyle over a “Budamunk Funk” tune

 

HK label Nude Disco is set to release Jay Ru's “The LUCA EP” - funky nu-disco (no surprise there) - exclusively via JunoDownload on Monday:

 

 

The label has also interviewed tropicalist Barnaby Bruce, to discuss his new label Palms & Charms (which was the lead entry in the last #HKMU).

 

Macau’s Burnie has a new funky bass-laden EP, Deeper Reality, also available for purchase via JunoDownload once the weekend has ended; preview awaiting your ears now:

 

 

Also from Macau, dancehall specialist Youth Somoan has taken on the “Skin To Skin” riddim:

 

 

Sean Hocking, of local label Metal Postcard Records, has compiled a Top Ten list of the best Indian bands. Some great selections highlighting the underground scene, particularly Ti Tritha’s “Fish Market (Marcher Bajaar),” which I’ve included here:

 

 

And what’s TGT up to, you ask? Celebrating my birthday in digital stylee with a new reggae mixtape, plus going deeper into my Country Dub series with an Alison Krauss x Phil Pratt mashup, “Down To The River To Stay Loose:”

 

 

I’m also having my reggae/dub reviews regularly published over at NiceUp, and have been featured this summer as a ‘Clubbing’ writer for Time Out Hong Kong as well… feel free to just check out the WRITINGS link up at the top ;-)

 

Keep keeping it creative Hong Kong, and enjoy the full moon tonight!

 

The Giants, it seems, are actually trying to be humble. With Reel 1 & 2 - Adapted Chapter, they’ve successfully taken on many of reggae’s most famous riddims, dubbing them not into spatial oblivion, but rather as funky instrumentals primed for the dance. Consistent in quality, and with several standout tracks: this is an impressive album. What about naming the originals you ask? Well, we all need homework from time to time! (EDIT: or you can check out this Spotify playlist direct from The Giants!)
 
“Adapted Chapter Dub” features a warm skanking guitar, before allowing a sample to make The Giants’ mission clear: ‘strictly rub a dub.’ Bringing the groove to the front, “Crafty Dub” is at times sparse and at times swirling and busy, with cascading keys nicely reappearing throughout. The short “Honey Dub” pushes the bpm up just a bit, before “Brixton Prison Dub” takes a darker percussion-laden approach to a familiar tune, which makes the bursting horns a mid-way surprise.
 
“Earth Dub” allows its riddim to slowly assemble, teasing with pieces until the melody-line finally - though temporarily - emerges from the shadowy haze, at times almost hinting at industrial mechanization. “Old Time Dub” gives away its origins immediately via a few very familiar words from Triston Palmer, yet the tune itself lets the horn move to the front-and-center, reverberating with power even as the rhythm section evaporates.
 
As a spoken ‘Irie’ echoes, “Rocking Miss D Dub” rides a short, tight groove, revealing some engaging layers along the way. Then “Drum Song Dub” - the most uptempo on the whole album - shows off a few classic tricks of dub engineering (lasers and spring reverb) while featuring a haunting theme. “House Of Parliament Dub” initially sounds formal, with calling horns, which makes the restrained breakdown and buildup even better.
 
The delicate “Rain Dub” gives way to the chaotic “Mash Dub,” where reverberation reigns supreme. The horns return, cut short and emphasizing the echo, on the appropriately-titled “Drifting Dub.” While announced as ‘strictly drum n bass,’ “Bad Boy Dub” ventures into some jazzy guitar to bring its disparate elements together smoothly. “Dedication To Flabba Dub” does feature a powerful bass-line, giving a nice nod to a legend while also leading nicely into the horn-line of “You Don’t Remember Dub.” “Night Fall Down” seems to imply that the album is winding down; in reality the slow - yet groovy - tune is merely setting up the expected ambling bass on an excellent closing statement in the form of “World Jam Dub.”
 
It’s safe to say that while most of these are going to be familiar to the average dub/reggae connoisseur, there’s far more here than just updated covers of known versions… these are modern and updated interpretations recorded in loving classic analog style. Tune in now, this 18-track is even a free lossless download:
 
Reel 1 & 2 - Adapted Chapter by The Giants
 
The Giants, it seems, are actually trying to be humble. With Reel 1 & 2 - Adapted Chapter, they’ve successfully taken on many of reggae’s most famous riddims, dubbing them not into spatial oblivion, but rather as funky instrumentals primed for the dance. Consistent in quality, and with several standout tracks: this is an impressive album. What about naming the originals you ask? Well, we all need homework from time to time! (EDIT: or you can check out this Spotify playlist direct from The Giants!)

 

“Adapted Chapter Dub” features a warm skanking guitar, before allowing a sample to make The Giants’ mission clear: ‘strictly rub a dub.’ Bringing the groove to the front, “Crafty Dub” is at times sparse and at times swirling and busy, with cascading keys nicely reappearing throughout. The short “Honey Dub” pushes the bpm up just a bit, before “Brixton Prison Dub” takes a darker percussion-laden approach to a familiar tune, which makes the bursting horns a mid-way surprise.

 

“Earth Dub” allows its riddim to slowly assemble, teasing with pieces until the melody-line finally - though temporarily - emerges from the shadowy haze, at times almost hinting at industrial mechanization. “Old Time Dub” gives away its origins immediately via a few very familiar words from Triston Palmer, yet the tune itself lets the horn move to the front-and-center, reverberating with power even as the rhythm section evaporates.

 

As a spoken ‘Irie’ echoes, “Rocking Miss D Dub” rides a short, tight groove, revealing some engaging layers along the way. Then “Drum Song Dub” - the most uptempo on the whole album - shows off a few classic tricks of dub engineering (lasers and spring reverb) while featuring a haunting theme. “House Of Parliament Dub” initially sounds formal, with calling horns, which makes the restrained breakdown and buildup even better.

 

The delicate “Rain Dub” gives way to the chaotic “Mash Dub,” where reverberation reigns supreme. The horns return, cut short and emphasizing the echo, on the appropriately-titled “Drifting Dub.” While announced as ‘strictly drum n bass,’ “Bad Boy Dub” ventures into some jazzy guitar to bring its disparate elements together smoothly. “Dedication To Flabba Dub” does feature a powerful bass-line, giving a nice nod to a legend while also leading nicely into the horn-line of “You Don’t Remember Dub.” “Night Fall Down” seems to imply that the album is winding down; in reality the slow - yet groovy - tune is merely setting up the expected ambling bass on an excellent closing statement in the form of “World Jam Dub.”

 

It’s safe to say that while most of these are going to be familiar to the average dub/reggae connoisseur, there’s far more here than just updated covers of known versions… these are modern and updated interpretations recorded in loving classic analog style. Tune in now, this 18-track is even a free lossless download:

 

 

Fortunately neither rain nor a failed wireless router can stop Hong Kong’s musical underground. #HKMU in full effect:
 
Lead this edition comes from Palms & Charms, a new HK/Tokyo label focused on funky tropical grooves. HK’s Barnaby Bruce gets the first release, which will be out on vinyl July 7. “This Time Around” b/w “Feel The Wheel” is all about relaxing in the summertime:
 

 
The Uptown Rockers are celebrating a full decade of bringing the beats to the ears of Hong Kong. Check out this photo/video compilation to mark the occasion:
 

 
Sert has a new drum-n-bass tune out, and “Osmos Layers” is clearly designed to slowly seep in… and the prodigious mixologist also has a new “Soul Healing Session” out for June:
 


 
Fresh Funky S has a new tech-house release, available on Beatport. Check out “Follow Me” and its taught bassline:
 

 
Emmanuel Diaz is on a slightly lighter house vibe, with his new bootleg mashup of Tez Cadey & Gotye: “Seve Somebody That I Used to Know.” New live mix for June from Zuma as well:
 


 
So apparently HK Clubbing runs a regular “radio” broadcast featuring Hong Kong DJs? Ignoring the somewhat limited definition of music worthy of “clubbing,” there are a lot of techno and electronic mixes available, over 60 at current count! Most recent installment comes from…
 

 
Arun R has a fresh daytime house mix out, “Summer Cuts ‘14.” Catch it while it’s seasonally-appropriate:
 

 
Tech-house? Ocean Lam has recently released both a live mix recorded at Bassment earlier this month (along with Jeremy Cheung & Tre Turner), plus a Love Play Podcast:
 


 
More tech-house? Vib. has you covered with their release of a DJ Dhoo mix - perhaps you caught the show on June 21?
 

 
Tszpun marks his mixtape return (after a 4-year hiatus!) with his warmup set, self-described as moody and emotional, from a Guy J party:
 

 
Kazoku has a lush, minimal hiphop track out, “DaysInHK (ft. Tinashe),” which is at times condemning while also being celebratory. Production comes from EazyBeatz:
 

 
LëKSs approaches hiphop from a different perspective, on the second installment of his Mixcloud-charting mixtape series “GoNaRaP.” Expect groovy beats:
 

 
MC Heyo has a brand-new track, “Homeless,” a collab with producer DoughBoy, with a soaring chorus from Tabi:
 

 
Ekorb, alongside Loki Dolo, equal DOT MCz. The duo’s leaked a preview skit from their upcoming album…
 

 
J-Hoon, with Erykah Badu sample in hand, has an “Undercover Lover” with a case of the clap:
 

 
Rifain (now with official FB page!) has just released the second episode of “From Hong Kong With Love.” Prepare yourself for the hypnotic intro:
 

 
In preparation of an upcoming gig with Heavy HK, Kongkast #218 comes from the UK’s Axon. Free download.
 
On a literary tip, underground pop-up parties have recently been featured by the SCMP’s “48 Hours.” Very excited to see Heavy HK leading the article, and my frequent collaborators Paragon Sound System getting their due as well.
 
James ‘Yao’ Acey provided the SCMP with a “Play List" for this past week.
 
And from across the border in Shenzhen, DJ LoveTron has recently dropped an uptempo tropical bass mix:
 

 
Goldenchyld recently visited Hong Kong, and presents a road tour video of his experience here:
 

 
Finally, from New Zealand comes a David Dallas rap (produced by P-Money), with pure HK vibes! “Victoria Harbor:”
 

 
As always, thanks for reading, supporting, sharing, and caring about the #HKMU and the music it represents. More music, less hype! Until next time…
 
Fortunately neither rain nor a failed wireless router can stop Hong Kong’s musical underground. #HKMU in full effect:

 

Lead this edition comes from Palms & Charms, a new HK/Tokyo label focused on funky tropical grooves. HK’s Barnaby Bruce gets the first release, which will be out on vinyl July 7. “This Time Around” b/w “Feel The Wheel” is all about relaxing in the summertime:

 

 

The Uptown Rockers are celebrating a full decade of bringing the beats to the ears of Hong Kong. Check out this photo/video compilation to mark the occasion:

 

 

Sert has a new drum-n-bass tune out, and “Osmos Layers” is clearly designed to slowly seep in… and the prodigious mixologist also has a new “Soul Healing Session” out for June:

 

 

Fresh Funky S has a new tech-house release, available on Beatport. Check out “Follow Me” and its taught bassline:

 

 

Emmanuel Diaz is on a slightly lighter house vibe, with his new bootleg mashup of Tez Cadey & Gotye: “Seve Somebody That I Used to Know.” New live mix for June from Zuma as well:

 

 

So apparently HK Clubbing runs a regular “radio” broadcast featuring Hong Kong DJs? Ignoring the somewhat limited definition of music worthy of “clubbing,” there are a lot of techno and electronic mixes available, over 60 at current count! Most recent installment comes from…

 

 

Arun R has a fresh daytime house mix out, “Summer Cuts ‘14.” Catch it while it’s seasonally-appropriate:

 

 

Tech-house? Ocean Lam has recently released both a live mix recorded at Bassment earlier this month (along with Jeremy Cheung & Tre Turner), plus a Love Play Podcast:

 

 

More tech-house? Vib. has you covered with their release of a DJ Dhoo mix - perhaps you caught the show on June 21?

 

 

Tszpun marks his mixtape return (after a 4-year hiatus!) with his warmup set, self-described as moody and emotional, from a Guy J party:

 

 

Kazoku has a lush, minimal hiphop track out, “DaysInHK (ft. Tinashe),” which is at times condemning while also being celebratory. Production comes from EazyBeatz:

 

 

LëKSs approaches hiphop from a different perspective, on the second installment of his Mixcloud-charting mixtape series “GoNaRaP.” Expect groovy beats:

 

 

MC Heyo has a brand-new track, “Homeless,” a collab with producer DoughBoy, with a soaring chorus from Tabi:

 

 

Ekorb, alongside Loki Dolo, equal DOT MCz. The duo’s leaked a preview skit from their upcoming album…

 

 

J-Hoon, with Erykah Badu sample in hand, has an “Undercover Lover” with a case of the clap:

 

 

Rifain (now with official FB page!) has just released the second episode of “From Hong Kong With Love.” Prepare yourself for the hypnotic intro:

 

 

In preparation of an upcoming gig with Heavy HK, Kongkast #218 comes from the UK’s Axon. Free download.

 

On a literary tip, underground pop-up parties have recently been featured by the SCMP’s “48 Hours.” Very excited to see Heavy HK leading the article, and my frequent collaborators Paragon Sound System getting their due as well.

 

James ‘Yao’ Acey provided the SCMP with a “Play List" for this past week.

 

And from across the border in Shenzhen, DJ LoveTron has recently dropped an uptempo tropical bass mix:

 

 

Goldenchyld recently visited Hong Kong, and presents a road tour video of his experience here:

 

 

Finally, from New Zealand comes a David Dallas rap (produced by P-Money), with pure HK vibes! “Victoria Harbor:”

 

 

As always, thanks for reading, supporting, sharing, and caring about the #HKMU and the music it represents. More music, less hype! Until next time…