Massive thanks to the Hong Kong underground for its continual dedication to exhausting my fingers… and a special shout-out is definitely deserved by the folks over at the SCMP’s Lifestyle Section for recently featuring me as a Tastemaker
. Not sure if I’m truly “among Hong Kong’s leading arbiters of musical taste” - as any taste I may have is solely due to the endless efforts of all the wonderful artists, DJs, musicians, and other creators out there - but it’s always good to have one’s efforts recognized. Respect.
Seriously though, there’s a lot of quality work in this #HKMU, so strap on your headphones (or crank up your hi-fi) and prepare yourself:
Featuring a full twenty tracks, this Metal Postcard
mix by Joe McKechnie
highlights some of the best releases from the HK-based label from 2013-2014. Expect psych-funk, punk-rock, leftfield-beats, and other hyphenated musical genres. In other words, expect an adventure.
's leading man DJ Enso
returns to the mixtape arena, with his club-inspired “YMBIMSB.” Also available on CD, the bass is booming so double-check your grillz so they don’t break your teeth:
With a major focus on wicked timelapse/hyperlapse videography, Ghost Style
's “Love Never Dies” pushes artistic creativity forward while showcasing some iconic spots in Hong Kong.
An upload so fresh you can practically still see the 1s and 0s, Hara
's “Message to You” is truly chill. Evidence? The Café Mambo seal of approval as its been featured on their latest compilation: 20 Years Of Ibiza Chillout
▶▶△ (aka Tree-Angles)
return with another dub-influenced instrumental beat, “Wood.”
Acoustic duo Sun Eskimos
have shared a live radio recording from Commercial Radio Hong Kong, 商業電台叱咤903 of their tune “Parts I And II.”
continues his Magisto Webisode series with “Steps,” featuring one of his own soon-to-be-released tracks…
is keeping busy, with a new mix for VibesHK
as well as an edit of Koxo’s funky disco tune “Step By Step.”
The latest from eAzYBeatz
showcases how EDM is influencing his production style, though he promises this is a one-off:
With a spoken intro I fully support, ni.ne.mo
's “平凡” [Ordinary] features live highlights of the indie rockers, self-described as “your girlfriend's favorite band.”
shows his indifference towards (or is it passionate love of?) Wednesdays with his two-part “Whatever Wednesdays” mix. How fly, loaded up with clubby electro:
On “Doo Wap #1,” Fun Key
melds together a classic house aesthetic with an even more classic style: the 50s.
2014 seems to be the year of the Dan F
remaster, which is great given that these tech-_____ tunes hardly sound dated.
has entered the online production scene with his three-part “Raw Material” series. Layered and diverse, these are some engaging instrumentals, with the keys shining through on parts 1 and 3:
The title makes everything quite clear on “Psysert
Loves Psychedelic.” As does the opening vocal sample from Terence McKenna
's latest live set comes from oma
, a 100-minute journey through deep techno sounds:
has released a trio of live mixes, all focused on funky grooves:
Thanks for reading and listening this deep, if you’ve perused the #HKMU before then you know I usually highlight a few regional selections at the end. This edition is no different, with a fantastic video from Beijing-based hiphop MC Jackson Turner’s (aka Emcee Heretic
) emotional and personal “For The Last Day.”
has also just dropped a herd of electronic tunes, most recently “Think In It” and “Thousand Dubs.” Both hint at some 16-bit influences, while “From Here To There” is a definite journey through bass.
Until next time, listen safely.