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Squeezing in a quick #HKMU before the Easter holiday, so any accidentally-overlooked Hong Kong music will appear next edition! Given that Pomegranate #2 is happening this very evening at oma, logic entails that Selekta Sev's [Paragon Sound System] previous Pomegranate mix - full of eclectic funky vibes - ought to get our journey started:
 

 
Cantonese reggae band Sensi Lion's recent collaboration with MC Heyo was fortunately recorded, albeit in two parts:
 


 
A Sensi Lion cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” entitled “Dub As You Jah” is also well-worth watching:
 

 
Nude_isco is venturing into the label game, so check out the new EP from Funk Hunk, along with an exclusive mix to mark the occasion:
 


 
Basil Tam is back in the mix game, with the groove-laden tech-house “Incarnation:”
 

 
Kendy Lam presents “My Life of Trance Vol. 4,” which may be the first true trance mix featured in the #HKMU. Uplifting with euphoric buildups:
 

 
Another genre debut comes from Sert's alter-ego PsySert, selecting a full-on uptempo psychedelic experience:
 

 
Deep in a far different sense, Kid Gweilo explores “Deep Fried House” in the fourth volume of his mixtape series
 

 
Composer Liam Gersh Nobu Tse has a new production, featuring a full primary school choir, called “Listening To The Rain:”
 

 
Also from Paragon Sound System, LëKSs has released a two-part ‘hypnotic African trip’ entitled “PataWahdaa:”
 


 
Ocean Lam has been featured by FRISKY Radio, in a segment called FRISKY Loves China. Check out the interview now, and her mix, along with one from Jeremy Cheung, will be airing April 26 and available for download shortly thereafter. 
 
The Italian party vibes continue (remember JayMe’s mix from last #HKMU?) as Roy Malig’s “Mello-Italo” mix from the same night has also emerged:
 

 
Finally, the ever-prolific Eazybeatz has a new video out for “Pinoy Wit Attitude:”
 

 
Well there we have it folks! Turn the bass up and enjoy all the fine efforts from the Hong Kong underground… as always, remember you can check out The Groove Thief over on Facebook for more regular music posts… and if you haven’t listed already, make sure to check out my latest effort, a previously-unreleased radio mix for the sadly-now-defunct reggae/ska show “The Saturday Skank" on RTHK Radio 3:
 

 
Squeezing in a quick #HKMU before the Easter holiday, so any accidentally-overlooked Hong Kong music will appear next edition! Given that Pomegranate #2 is happening this very evening at oma, logic entails that Selekta Sev's [Paragon Sound System] previous Pomegranate mix - full of eclectic funky vibes - ought to get our journey started:

 

 

Cantonese reggae band Sensi Lion's recent collaboration with MC Heyo was fortunately recorded, albeit in two parts:

 

 

A Sensi Lion cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” entitled “Dub As You Jah” is also well-worth watching:

 

 

Nude_isco is venturing into the label game, so check out the new EP from Funk Hunk, along with an exclusive mix to mark the occasion:

 

 

Basil Tam is back in the mix game, with the groove-laden tech-house “Incarnation:”

 

 

Kendy Lam presents “My Life of Trance Vol. 4,” which may be the first true trance mix featured in the #HKMU. Uplifting with euphoric buildups:

 

 

Another genre debut comes from Sert's alter-ego PsySert, selecting a full-on uptempo psychedelic experience:

 

 

Deep in a far different sense, Kid Gweilo explores “Deep Fried House” in the fourth volume of his mixtape series

 

 

Composer Liam Gersh Nobu Tse has a new production, featuring a full primary school choir, called “Listening To The Rain:”

 

 

Also from Paragon Sound System, LëKSs has released a two-part ‘hypnotic African trip’ entitled “PataWahdaa:”

 

 

Ocean Lam has been featured by FRISKY Radio, in a segment called FRISKY Loves China. Check out the interview now, and her mix, along with one from Jeremy Cheung, will be airing April 26 and available for download shortly thereafter.

 

The Italian party vibes continue (remember JayMe’s mix from last #HKMU?) as Roy Malig’s “Mello-Italo” mix from the same night has also emerged:

 

 

Finally, the ever-prolific Eazybeatz has a new video out for “Pinoy Wit Attitude:”

 

 

Well there we have it folks! Turn the bass up and enjoy all the fine efforts from the Hong Kong underground… as always, remember you can check out The Groove Thief over on Facebook for more regular music posts… and if you haven’t listed already, make sure to check out my latest effort, a previously-unreleased radio mix for the sadly-now-defunct reggae/ska show “The Saturday Skank" on RTHK Radio 3:

 

 

Perhaps the artwork for Stone By Stone, the new album from tight eclectic instrumental funksters Ikebe Shakedown, sums things up appropriately: between the vintage overlay and the barren-yet-inspiring desert-scape, these stones clearly have soul. Opener “The Offering” sets the tone, as horns - led by the sax - ride a groove controlled by the strong rhythm section and slightly skanking guitar. A live video has just been released as well:
 

 
The title track takes thing into deeper and more melancholic territory, with the blasting brass reigned in before hitting free jazz territory. “The Beast” takes a steady afrobeat groove, led by the drums but empowered by the bass, and inspires dancing feet courtesy of an entrancing melody. Often called cinematic soul, ultimately this is beyond genre, a subtle display of impressive musicianship that is aware of the pillars of the past and the potential of the future.
 
“By Hook Or By Crook” may soar, but “Rio Grande” seems to have most directly inspired the album art, recalling Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass in all the best ways. “Last Stand” pushes the tempo back up, then rides off into the sunset; “Cover Your Tracks” then, is perhaps the most poignant track of all, as the seven-piece slip into a smoky late-night vibe before disappearing whence they came. “Chosen Path” follows a similar formula - not in a derivative way, just in the sense of an evolving band digging deeper into their own sound. The closing pair of tracks, “The Illusion,” and “Dram,” begin hauntingly and invitingly, respectively, as the former is driven by a powerful walking bass-line and the latter, while slightly more reserved, is opened up to allow the reverberating guitar to end things in psychedelic style. Ten strong tracks, definitely intended to be listened to in succession:
 
Stone By Stone by Ikebe Shakedown
 
A timely remix comes from Beat Gates, who takes on “No Name Bar” from Ikebe Shakedown’s self-titled album. Emphasizing the low-end via a slightly thunderous clap, the original’s spirit shines through as it confidently enters beat-tape territory. Free download: 
 

 
In need of more Ikebe Shakedown? Fair enough. Their stellar debut EP Hard Steppin’ is available here:
 
Ikebe Shakedown - Hard Steppin’ EP (Debut) by Ikebe Shakedown
 
And “Dead Wrong” is a cool mashup with the Notorious BIG:
 

 
Perhaps the artwork for Stone By Stone, the new album from tight eclectic instrumental funksters Ikebe Shakedown, sums things up appropriately: between the vintage overlay and the barren-yet-inspiring desert-scape, these stones clearly have soul. Opener “The Offering” sets the tone, as horns - led by the sax - ride a groove controlled by the strong rhythm section and slightly skanking guitar. A live video has just been released as well:

 

 

The title track takes thing into deeper and more melancholic territory, with the blasting brass reigned in before hitting free jazz territory. “The Beast” takes a steady afrobeat groove, led by the drums but empowered by the bass, and inspires dancing feet courtesy of an entrancing melody. Often called cinematic soul, ultimately this is beyond genre, a subtle display of impressive musicianship that is aware of the pillars of the past and the potential of the future.

 

“By Hook Or By Crook” may soar, but “Rio Grande” seems to have most directly inspired the album art, recalling Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass in all the best ways. “Last Stand” pushes the tempo back up, then rides off into the sunset; “Cover Your Tracks” then, is perhaps the most poignant track of all, as the seven-piece slip into a smoky late-night vibe before disappearing whence they came. “Chosen Path” follows a similar formula - not in a derivative way, just in the sense of an evolving band digging deeper into their own sound. The closing pair of tracks, “The Illusion,” and “Dram,” begin hauntingly and invitingly, respectively, as the former is driven by a powerful walking bass-line and the latter, while slightly more reserved, is opened up to allow the reverberating guitar to end things in psychedelic style. Ten strong tracks, definitely intended to be listened to in succession:

 

 

A timely remix comes from Beat Gates, who takes on “No Name Bar” from Ikebe Shakedown’s self-titled album. Emphasizing the low-end via a slightly thunderous clap, the original’s spirit shines through as it confidently enters beat-tape territory. Free download:

 

 

In need of more Ikebe Shakedown? Fair enough. Their stellar debut EP Hard Steppin’ is available here:

 

Ikebe Shakedown - Hard Steppin’ EP (Debut) by Ikebe Shakedown

 

And “Dead Wrong” is a cool mashup with the Notorious BIG:

 

 

A(nother) rainy Sunday? Prime #HKMU time! This Hong Kong Music Update features, as always, some wicked live and studio DJ mixes, as well as some quality productions. Enjoy:
 
The freshest mix, less than a day old as of writing, is JayMe's set from the 80s Italian disco/Hi-NRG event “Another Life.” Retro vibes ensue:
 

 
Cantonese MC Heyo has dropped a few demos this past week, showing his range and diversity. Some interesting samples here:
 



 
MC Ekorb (aka Nick Cage) has released the track “Follow Me” (feat. Siena), a collab with London-based producer Steven Gemini. “No boastin’.” Also worth checking out (and not just due to cameos by myself and MC Loki Dolo in the few episodes), is his ongoing “Ekorb’s Reality Webisodes:”
 



 
The latest podcast from Dub Temple Records features HK’s Hope One with the first mix, a thorough exploration of quality beats. Host is also on the 852 Frequency ;-)…
 
Muggsy’s Liquid Soul Sessions series, showcasing soulful drum-n-bass and entitled “Soul Journeys,” has reached its third volume. No embed code, but stream, download, and track listing are all available HERE.
 
Speaking of dnb, Sert celebrates one year of his monthly “Soul Healing Session” series this April, and has also released another chill-out mix:
 


 
Electro-pop outfit NI.NE.MO have kindly shared their engaging and visceral opening video from their tour with LMF:
 

 
Perhaps you missed veeeky (Taiwan) and Howie Lee (Beijing) appearing with Sync Sing Sin this past Saturday? Happened to the best of us ;-). Check out a mix and a BOOM Asia interview, respectively:
 

 
DJ Gruv makes a strong return, with both his live mix “T.U.” - which covers a variety of genres - as well as several fresh productions, including a tribute to the late, great, Frankie Knuckles. “The Whistle Song” is hard cut, and a true house classic:
 



 
Casey Anderson has also released a timely Frankie Knuckles track, taking on the infamous “Your Love” (feat. Candy Staton). Also available is a new techno mix, “Keep Looking To The Sky:”
 


 
Descending back into lower frequencies, Bass Music China's latest guest mix features American DJs Dave Owen & Calculon, in advance of an upcoming show at Bassment:
 

 
Kongkast is back as well, featuring Beijing’s Blackie. Read all about it HERE, or direct download HERE.
 
Emmanuel Diaz has a new live mix out for April, recorded at Zuma. Two hours full of chill/deep house and nudisco:
 

 
DJ Ball explores somewhat similar territory, though nudisco definitely takes the lead:
 

 
EazyBeatz has a fresh instrumental out, inspired by some iconic footwear:
 

 
And there we go, another successful music odyssey through the 852! Until next time, keep supporting Hong Kong’s underground scene, hope you enjoyed the new cover artwork, and if you need more of The Groove Thief in your ears, make sure to swing by oma on Thursday, April 17th for the tantalizingly eclectic Pomegranate…
 
A(nother) rainy Sunday? Prime #HKMU time! This Hong Kong Music Update features, as always, some wicked live and studio DJ mixes, as well as some quality productions. Enjoy:

 

The freshest mix, less than a day old as of writing, is JayMe's set from the 80s Italian disco/Hi-NRG event “Another Life.” Retro vibes ensue:

 

 

Cantonese MC Heyo has dropped a few demos this past week, showing his range and diversity. Some interesting samples here:

 

 

MC Ekorb (aka Nick Cage) has released the track “Follow Me” (feat. Siena), a collab with London-based producer Steven Gemini. “No boastin’.” Also worth checking out (and not just due to cameos by myself and MC Loki Dolo in the few episodes), is his ongoing “Ekorb’s Reality Webisodes:”

 

 

The latest podcast from Dub Temple Records features HK’s Hope One with the first mix, a thorough exploration of quality beats. Host is also on the 852 Frequency ;-)…

 

Muggsy’s Liquid Soul Sessions series, showcasing soulful drum-n-bass and entitled “Soul Journeys,” has reached its third volume. No embed code, but stream, download, and track listing are all available HERE.

 

Speaking of dnb, Sert celebrates one year of his monthly “Soul Healing Session” series this April, and has also released another chill-out mix:

 

 

Electro-pop outfit NI.NE.MO have kindly shared their engaging and visceral opening video from their tour with LMF:

 

 

Perhaps you missed veeeky (Taiwan) and Howie Lee (Beijing) appearing with Sync Sing Sin this past Saturday? Happened to the best of us ;-). Check out a mix and a BOOM Asia interview, respectively:

 

 

DJ Gruv makes a strong return, with both his live mix “T.U.” - which covers a variety of genres - as well as several fresh productions, including a tribute to the late, great, Frankie Knuckles. “The Whistle Song” is hard cut, and a true house classic:

 

 

Casey Anderson has also released a timely Frankie Knuckles track, taking on the infamous “Your Love” (feat. Candy Staton). Also available is a new techno mix, “Keep Looking To The Sky:”

 

 

Descending back into lower frequencies, Bass Music China's latest guest mix features American DJs Dave Owen & Calculon, in advance of an upcoming show at Bassment:

 

 

Kongkast is back as well, featuring Beijing’s Blackie. Read all about it HERE, or direct download HERE.

 

Emmanuel Diaz has a new live mix out for April, recorded at Zuma. Two hours full of chill/deep house and nudisco:

 

 

DJ Ball explores somewhat similar territory, though nudisco definitely takes the lead:

 

 

EazyBeatz has a fresh instrumental out, inspired by some iconic footwear:

 

 

And there we go, another successful music odyssey through the 852! Until next time, keep supporting Hong Kong’s underground scene, hope you enjoyed the new cover artwork, and if you need more of The Groove Thief in your ears, make sure to swing by oma on Thursday, April 17th for the tantalizingly eclectic Pomegranate