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One ought to be in Hong Kong when writing the #HKMU, right? Back to the humidity… and LOTS of music!
 
Starting with the freshest of the fresh, Sert has literally just dropped the June installment of his ongoing “Soul Healing Session” series:
 

 
DJC is getting increasingly prolific, releasing his first live mix from Fly last month - a 2.5 journey through trap-laden future house - and he’s also put out a electro-influenced hip-hop mini mix entitled “Flying High:”
 


 
Sinista Sounds, aka DJ Redman, takes on Pharell on his breakbeat tune “Get Down:”
 

 
Jeremy Cheung keeps it frisky for this special hour-long Frisky Loves China house mix:
 

 
Further friskiness comes from Ocean Lam, with her own special 1-hour mix, as well as a podcast for Love.Play:
 


 
With contributions from Dan Findlay, Ben Becker, Casey Anderson, Miko Van Chong, Arun R, Roy Malig, Frankie Lam, Cookie, and Paragon Sound System, most every genre is covered in Boom Asia’s engaging article “A DJ’s Greatest Nightmare: Death By Request.”
 
Speaking of Paragon, LëKSs has a chart-hitting (mostly) instrumental hiphop mix, loaded up on jazzy influences:
 

 
And again from the Paragon camp, ▶▶△ have a new tune out entitled “Grenade.” I’m calling it tribal-hop, but you can decide for yourself:
 

 
Bass Music China has released a pair of live videos from their May event, featuring Scratcha DVA, while their latest guest mix comes from Re:Flex. Expect uptempo bass music:
 



 
Tokyo Matt of Otaku Soundsystem has a track - “Higher & Higher” - coming out on 12” on the Beard Science EP 8 “Listen With Mother.” He’s also released an older mix and track:
 



 
Rifain gets dark and brooding on “From Hong Kong With Love - 01,” while also managing to keep things funky and groovy:
 

 
No embed possible apparently, but J-Hoon and DJ MADD have kindly shared an in-the-lab jam session. J-Hoon has also recently released a re-edit of “Dill n Bass” for 2014:
 

 
Yes, this is more than a month old, but Wildstyle Records’ 4:20 tribute does deserve to be heard by a wider audience. Featuring Mic Li, YoungQueenz OZMA, and Klassick, this is collaborative and multi-lingual HK hip-hop in full effect:
 

 
Also from the similar time-period is AK ft. Lh on “B SIDE,” from Macau’s Blacklist:
 

 
Perhaps the poppiest tune ever to appear on the #HKMU, “MiVi Song” from Kikitam definitely features some positive vibes (and production from DoughBoy)! Another DoughBoy collab, “Ally” featuring Jill Vidal, ventures into some worthwhile social commentary:
 


 
While in the realm of hip-hop, EazyBeatz keeps them coming with two trap-influenced bangers; one for TDolla, while “One Of A Kind” is an instrumental:
 


 
SAiNT has released an introspective, “The Showreel (2009-2014),” loaded up with six years worth of tunes, showing the musical journey of an HK MC:
 

 
While perhaps not quite “music” in and of themselves, Bboys are certainly a crucial element of hiphop. So here’s some highlights from BboyHK.com of the recent R16 Hong Kong Qualifier 2014:
 

 
Switching gears, JayMe is concerned with a different set of classic traditions: disco!
 

 
Asia-trotting DJ Solo has two new mixtapes out, both funky though one is apparently more dope than the other:
 


 
Special thanks to Arun R for linking up, here’s his housey “Studio Break Mix.” Vinyl only for those purists about:
 

 
And from around the ‘neighborhood’ comes…
 
Shanghai’s Jado has finally hit the clouds of sound, with a few vocal cuts on some nice riddims. Most recent is “Man La Dubplate” on the “Real Rock” riddim:
 

 
Macau’s N1D has dropped two fierce bass-laden freebies for new label FTK, with “2nd Babylon” pushing into broken jungle territory while “A Pure Ganjaman Tune” stretches Collie Buddz into the nether:
 


 
Also out of Macau, Youth Somoan has a live video out, mixing the “No Bush Weed” riddim in studio:
 

 
Yours truly The Groove Thief has also been keeping busy (of course, haha), with an apparently controversial article on local sound systems for Time Out Hong Kong. If you’re into “future style roots” then my review of Dub Terminator & Ras Stone’s album Fyah Level, for NiceUp, is also well-worth reading. And if your ears are need of some lengthier bassxplorations, give my latest mixtape “Ill Future” a listen. Criss-crossing genres, it explores hiphop, reggae, and more than a few styles of bass:
 

 
Until next time, keep doing what you’re doing Hong Kong underground - the #HKMU is listening!
 
One ought to be in Hong Kong when writing the #HKMU, right? Back to the humidity… and LOTS of music!

 

Starting with the freshest of the fresh, Sert has literally just dropped the June installment of his ongoing “Soul Healing Session” series:

 

 

DJC is getting increasingly prolific, releasing his first live mix from Fly last month - a 2.5 journey through trap-laden future house - and he’s also put out a electro-influenced hip-hop mini mix entitled “Flying High:”

 

 

Sinista Sounds, aka DJ Redman, takes on Pharell on his breakbeat tune “Get Down:”

 

 

Jeremy Cheung keeps it frisky for this special hour-long Frisky Loves China house mix:

 

 

Further friskiness comes from Ocean Lam, with her own special 1-hour mix, as well as a podcast for Love.Play:

 

 

With contributions from Dan Findlay, Ben Becker, Casey Anderson, Miko Van Chong, Arun R, Roy Malig, Frankie Lam, Cookie, and Paragon Sound System, most every genre is covered in Boom Asia’s engaging article “A DJ’s Greatest Nightmare: Death By Request.”

 

Speaking of Paragon, LëKSs has a chart-hitting (mostly) instrumental hiphop mix, loaded up on jazzy influences:

 

 

And again from the Paragon camp, ▶▶△ have a new tune out entitled “Grenade.” I’m calling it tribal-hop, but you can decide for yourself:

 

 

Bass Music China has released a pair of live videos from their May event, featuring Scratcha DVA, while their latest guest mix comes from Re:Flex. Expect uptempo bass music:

 

 

Tokyo Matt of Otaku Soundsystem has a track - “Higher & Higher” - coming out on 12” on the Beard Science EP 8 “Listen With Mother.” He’s also released an older mix and track:

 

 

Rifain gets dark and brooding on “From Hong Kong With Love - 01,” while also managing to keep things funky and groovy:

 

 

No embed possible apparently, but J-Hoon and DJ MADD have kindly shared an in-the-lab jam session. J-Hoon has also recently released a re-edit of “Dill n Bass” for 2014:

 

 

Yes, this is more than a month old, but Wildstyle Records’ 4:20 tribute does deserve to be heard by a wider audience. Featuring Mic Li, YoungQueenz OZMA, and Klassick, this is collaborative and multi-lingual HK hip-hop in full effect:

 

 

Also from the similar time-period is AK ft. Lh on “B SIDE,” from Macau’s Blacklist:

 

 

Perhaps the poppiest tune ever to appear on the #HKMU, “MiVi Song” from Kikitam definitely features some positive vibes (and production from DoughBoy)! Another DoughBoy collab, “Ally” featuring Jill Vidal, ventures into some worthwhile social commentary:

 

 

While in the realm of hip-hop, EazyBeatz keeps them coming with two trap-influenced bangers; one for TDolla, while “One Of A Kind” is an instrumental:

 

 

SAiNT has released an introspective, “The Showreel (2009-2014),” loaded up with six years worth of tunes, showing the musical journey of an HK MC:

 

 

While perhaps not quite “music” in and of themselves, Bboys are certainly a crucial element of hiphop. So here’s some highlights from BboyHK.com of the recent R16 Hong Kong Qualifier 2014:

 

 

Switching gears, JayMe is concerned with a different set of classic traditions: disco!

 

 

Asia-trotting DJ Solo has two new mixtapes out, both funky though one is apparently more dope than the other:

 

 

Special thanks to Arun R for linking up, here’s his housey “Studio Break Mix.” Vinyl only for those purists about:

 

 

And from around the ‘neighborhood’ comes…

 

Shanghai’s Jado has finally hit the clouds of sound, with a few vocal cuts on some nice riddims. Most recent is “Man La Dubplate” on the “Real Rock” riddim:

 

 

Macau’s N1D has dropped two fierce bass-laden freebies for new label FTK, with “2nd Babylon” pushing into broken jungle territory while “A Pure Ganjaman Tune” stretches Collie Buddz into the nether:

 

 

Also out of Macau, Youth Somoan has a live video out, mixing the “No Bush Weed” riddim in studio:

 

 

Yours truly The Groove Thief has also been keeping busy (of course, haha), with an apparently controversial article on local sound systems for Time Out Hong Kong. If you’re into “future style roots” then my review of Dub Terminator & Ras Stone’s album Fyah Level, for NiceUp, is also well-worth reading. And if your ears are need of some lengthier bassxplorations, give my latest mixtape “Ill Future” a listen. Criss-crossing genres, it explores hiphop, reggae, and more than a few styles of bass:

 

 

Until next time, keep doing what you’re doing Hong Kong underground - the #HKMU is listening!

 

Interrupt & George P combine forces for a vibrant and powerful EP of digital dancehall, equally optimistic about and critical of modern society. In A Rub a Dub Style - heavy on the basslines and featuring poignant vocals - starts with the fast-and-heavy “Ghost Faith,” as George P calls out Babylon for its falsehoods atop some thick drums and synths. “Me No Want To Mean Dancehall” is upbeat vintage in all the right ways, just like the cover art, while “Unite” introduces the slightly slower second half of the album with a conscious message of rub-a-dub. “Wicked Me Nah Wicked” embraces the power of positivity, a slight echo on the vocals paired with a tight bass loop. “Original Style,” pays respect to tradition, both in sound and lyrics, eschewing commercialism for the integrity of the underground dancehall sound. Closer “Suger and Spice” does use the phrase ‘sweet like sugar and spice,’ yet thankfully the smoothly polished vocal is sufficiently entrancing that the cliche is smile (rather than nausea) inducing. Perhaps not as widely acclaimed as Disrupt and Soom T, Interrupt and George P show they are a force to be reckoned with as they balance history with modernity on this promising six-track.
In A Rub a Dub Style by Interrupt & George P

Interrupt & George P combine forces for a vibrant and powerful EP of digital dancehall, equally optimistic about and critical of modern society. In A Rub a Dub Style - heavy on the basslines and featuring poignant vocals - starts with the fast-and-heavy “Ghost Faith,” as George P calls out Babylon for its falsehoods atop some thick drums and synths. “Me No Want To Mean Dancehall” is upbeat vintage in all the right ways, just like the cover art, while “Unite” introduces the slightly slower second half of the album with a conscious message of rub-a-dub. “Wicked Me Nah Wicked” embraces the power of positivity, a slight echo on the vocals paired with a tight bass loop. “Original Style,” pays respect to tradition, both in sound and lyrics, eschewing commercialism for the integrity of the underground dancehall sound. Closer “Suger and Spice” does use the phrase ‘sweet like sugar and spice,’ yet thankfully the smoothly polished vocal is sufficiently entrancing that the cliche is smile (rather than nausea) inducing. Perhaps not as widely acclaimed as Disrupt and Soom T, Interrupt and George P show they are a force to be reckoned with as they balance history with modernity on this promising six-track.

DJ Enso may be famed for running the revered club XXX and for throwing down banging late-night bass-music sets, but he can also assemble one mean mixtape as he proves with Future Dancehall フューチャーダンスホール Vol. 1. Drifting between jungle, hip-hop, and dancehall, the success of the ongoing “Future Dancehall” nights is elevated to a higher level through studio production and the inclusion of some of Hong Kong’s choicest MCs. XXX-regular Rahyym joins Ngabo on Major Popular’s “The Ruler,” 10z and Kafe Hu appear on a Dub Phizix & Skeptical track, while local Cantonese legend Masta Mic, EKORB, as well as my regular partner in crime MC Loki Dolo combine forces on an exclusive Enso refix of DJ Zinc x Dope Skillz. Big tracks from Rebel MC, Million Stylez, Collie Buddz (DJ Yoda remix) and The Bug keep the beats heavy while the styles switch. Hopefully this will become an ongoing series since Hong Kong is certainly in need of more mixtapes and proper releases…
The mix is available on Soundcloud, or you can DIRECT DOWNLOAD and get the jungle-thug (?) artwork as well. Enso recently appeared at the Clockenflap music festival, so check out his bass-fueled live mix as well:

DJ Enso may be famed for running the revered club XXX and for throwing down banging late-night bass-music sets, but he can also assemble one mean mixtape as he proves with Future Dancehall フューチャーダンスホール Vol. 1. Drifting between jungle, hip-hop, and dancehall, the success of the ongoing “Future Dancehall” nights is elevated to a higher level through studio production and the inclusion of some of Hong Kong’s choicest MCs. XXX-regular Rahyym joins Ngabo on Major Popular’s “The Ruler,” 10z and Kafe Hu appear on a Dub Phizix & Skeptical track, while local Cantonese legend Masta Mic, EKORB, as well as my regular partner in crime MC Loki Dolo combine forces on an exclusive Enso refix of DJ Zinc x Dope Skillz. Big tracks from Rebel MC, Million Stylez, Collie Buddz (DJ Yoda remix) and The Bug keep the beats heavy while the styles switch. Hopefully this will become an ongoing series since Hong Kong is certainly in need of more mixtapes and proper releases…

The mix is available on Soundcloud, or you can DIRECT DOWNLOAD and get the jungle-thug (?) artwork as well. Enso recently appeared at the Clockenflap music festival, so check out his bass-fueled live mix as well: