Now that the Year of the Horse
is upon us, HK producers and DJs are hitting their stride. Better than horsing around, neigh? Drum n bass and hip-hop take the lead this edition, but we’ve also got some eclectic mixtapes from genres further afield. Ha.
Puns aside, seems reasonably appropriate to begin with Casey Anderson’s house/techno mix “Year of the Horse
In hip-hop, Ekorb aka Nick Cage has dropped a few beats for hungry ears on “Swanson’s Pre Mature Slaughter
… The Dope Boy collective have released the latest installment, 2.5
, of their Hong Kong Underground Cypher
, full of multilingual freestyles …
… and EazyBeatz has a new EP Noise Pollution out along with a promo video in advance of his E-Zilla beat tape.
Mixtapes? Got plenty! K-Melo for The Getup! Radio
has recently come out with “Episode #8
,” packed with enough funky vibes to warm hearts and feet alike; Paragon’s
Johnny Alpha has dropped a classic mix that’s also not short on feet-movers; fellow Paragoner
LëKSs ventures deep into the modern gypsy sound on “Va Prendre Ton Violon!;” Fun Key goes to the “Deep Red Sun
" on a dreamy house mix; and both Sert and Muggsy explore the liquid depths of drum and bass (the latter is sadly not embeddable
Whether you went to the Jubei show this past weekend of not, both Bass Music China
and Heavy Hong Kong
have released interviews with the drum n bass DJ/producer, in Chinese and English respectively.
From the general surrounds, Macau’s Youth Somoan recently released the dancehall Out A Road Riddim
, featuring vocals from Wickerman, QQ, Famous Face, Mr. Lex and Mr. Vegas, while Shenzhen’s A DJ Called Quest dropped “Love & Bass
,” an appropriately-themed drum and bass journey:
And what’s The Groove Thief
up to you might ask? Rhetorical questions aside, it’s an equally romantic (as non-overt mixtapes go) “Valentine’s mix for the dub lovers
" as featured artist Koncrete Roots
Much respect to all the talent our often-oppressive city still manages to cultivate - keep fighting the creative fight!
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