Big things making the Hong Kong underground rumble… maybe it’s our city’s wealth of musical creativity, or it could just be pure typhoonery! Regardless, there’s a lot of quality music to explore in this edition of the #HKMU, so make sure your ears are properly prepared.
Ready? Here we go: EazyBeatz
has dropped his E-Zilla Beat-Tape
, loaded up with 12 original beats as well as 8 full tracks. Ever prolific, he takes The Godfather
to the trap on a Project Kazoku
DJ Redman’s SinistaSounds
project gets a bit explorative (is that the best word?) on “Poosie’Whole” featuring Kranky Stank Manky, which is about just what you think it is. Redman & EazyBeatz also team up for a “Rooftop DJ Session” with some bonus footage from Redman’s recent BOOM Battle:
enters the #HKMU arena with two mixtapes of pulsating psytrance. “Reptilian Sodomy” pushes 172bpm inside your brain, while “Death Without Purpose” almost feels slow by comparison:
After a fierce-but-losing duel with the Soundcloud powers that be, Yiannis
' mix for oma
has found a happier and controversy-free home on Mixcloud. DJ Romi B’s mix
was rolled out yesterday as well, pushing things deeper:
is back to mixing in a triumphant way, with five mixes out in less than two weeks. There’s the four-parts of “HUSBRØDRE” (meaning ‘house brothers’) and then the first part of the lush hiphop of “KVART SVART” (‘Black Granite’) is available as well.
's latest mix was recorded live at Woobar, and is 45 minutes of groovy house:
A big chillout selection comes from CAFÉ DEL MAR IBIZA, as Hara
's tune “Message To You” has been added as a bonus to the 20th Anniversary re-release of their influential first compilation
. Hara’s more uptempo side, Arun R, also has a September playlist
There’s a Youtube Cypher afoot in the HK rapiverse, as a digital challenge is causing real mics to get passed. Jay.L seems the originator, with Heyo
quickly in on the action, plus flows from Westdoor 西門, Kiki Tam, Quilla 月喬, and more. 8workshop
is your source:
's hard at rework on both the funky “Power” and the soaring clap of “Bleeding Love.” Great to see a beatmaker go public with such diverse productions:
On “講男講女,” Kwokkin
examines relationships, emphasising the issue of public abuse of men by women in Hong Kong. Over a rolling beat, the fast-paced lyrics are paired with humorous cartoons and Youtube clips:
Another nice Canto-hop track comes courtesy of Triple G, with production duties handled by Canvas. On Wild$tyle Records
, “白日夢一場” is a bit mellow, with some nice swirling strings and keys:
has begun a new monthly mixtape series, “Early Riser,” with appropriate morning music being featured in this collaboration with French webzine La Pause
takes on a legend on his re-edit of “Juicy” in Atari-Transformer style. Low-bit beats ensue. His “Hands Up 舉高手2014 Remix” also got a shout-out from Indielicious on GFM.FM
asserts his drum ‘n’ bass side on his latest “Soul Healing Session,” which goes deeper into the jungle than the past few more liquid volumes.
In other dnb news, Con*Natural & Arkham’
s set from Clockenflap 2013 has surfaced, just in time as this year’s artist announcements have begun, stirring up excitement for the 2014 festival!
In honour of the recent Italo-Disco night “Another Life III
,” guest DJ Lyova prepared an exclusive mix:
has a soulful new house mix out, quite literally since it was recorded on a Sunday at home rather than on the weekend at a club like his mixes regularly are:
takes on Drake (or should it be DRaKE?), with his cover of “0 to 100.” Lyrics included as the veteran MC vents:
With the bass thwomping, DJ Seth Gutierrez
drops his bootleg remix of Chainsmokers x John Newman. “Can you love me again?”
Nearing the limits of what the #HKMU will report upon, MC Jin
's personal and heartfelt track “Chinese New Year,” is an interesting exploration of his Chinese-American experience. To be honest, in between brags and cliches, even he concedes “credibility gone” …
On the literary side of things, several features have popped up recently on HK underground artists. Ghost Style
got a full write-up in the SCMP
from Oliver Clasper
, and for BOOM Magazine, the prolific writer also got dnb heavyweight DBridge on the phone
in advance of his upcoming show with Magnetic Soul (for their 9th Anniversary). Finally, Sensi Lion
took on some smoky topics in an interview for HK Magazine
Macanese bassologist Achun has a fresh remix out, of A New Step Back’s “Love Evaporates.” A Beatport exclusive
, the slow-beat on “唔成熟嘅細路” pairs quite nicely with the uptempo vocals from 七龍雞(7DC) Ft. LH & Monkey.
Bass label FTK
has released a four-track EP from Macau artist Noise808
, entitled ESCLTE
. Expect sparse heaviness, with chopped up samples. The artist also just dropped a preview of “High’Point” which moves more into cinematic territory:
And what about yours truly The Groove Thief
? Beyond typing myself towards the tunnel of carpal, I recently interviewed Suns of Dub and Masia One
, and also released a politically-themed mixtape that CY has yet to get back to me about… doesn’t he read the newspaper?!
Keep making epic music Hong Kong.
Keep making music epic Hong Kong.
And remember to stand up for your rights.