From Bass to Indie to Beats - a variety of fresh tunes and mixes have been released out of Hong Kong in the past week.
In preparation of his upcoming Saturday night gig [Frequency], Bass Music China’s 5th Guest Mix comes from Command Strange. China Commands Strange Bass Music? Perhaps, but more importantly it’s funky drum-n-bass that’s well-worth listening to as it wisely avoids the common repetitive traps of the genre.
If you missed the 4th installment from JCC, check it out as well:
Hong Kong’s indie darlings Noughts and Exes have just released their third album. Self-titled, it showcases their eclectic musicianship and taut melodies. Or their taut musicianship and eclectic melodies? Either way, it’s catchy meets quality:
J-Hoon has a beat featured, along with label regulars 1988, Samedi Sound System, Voodoo Dred, Science Project, and plenty more, on Dub Temple Records’ latest beat tape tribute. This volume’s recipient is Linton Kwesi Johnson, resulting in some heavy samples for the beat makers to work wonders with.
From the true Hong Kong underground, Jordinho and Loki Dolo have both dropped multi-genre-influenced beats. With “Shoedrink & Boot,” Jordinho unleashes some sparse dubby funk with a lush shimmering break. On “House of Cards,” Loki Dolo finds comfort in noir jazz as a beat struts out from a layered haze.
Here’s a regional bonus as well, out of Beijing comes Emcee Heretic with the first video “Whoa!” off his summer-time release Long Time Coming. The album is smartly-produced conscious hip-hop which wears its influences well.
And finally, if you missed French Fries in town this summer like I did, Sync Sing Sin and Trenchtown Music have thoughtfully prepared a re-cap video to emphasize what a mistake that was. Or if you attended, re-live your dance floor memories:
More posts out soon, and if you love dub I hope to see you at Midnight & Co. on Wednesday, October 2nd, as MC Loki Dolo and myself go on a bass-fueled musical exploration of Jamaican-influenced music…