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July 1st is always an important day of protest in Hong Kong, though according to the government nothing unusual happened this year. Nonetheless, a few artists have released tracks to mark the occasion, including Masta Mic's rightfully aggressive “Rhyme #6” and Kay Tse's much more melodic “egg and lamb” (via MICROS 明記).
 


 
In somewhat related pseudo-political news, JFung has entertainingly remixed Regina Tong Ching-Yi’s recent outburst over the media’s response to her daughter’s rather public battle with depression:
 

 
Famed underground techno club oma - which kindly hosts Pomegranate, my funky collaborative Thursday-evening extravaganza with Paragon Sound System & MC Loki Dolo - has finally ventured into the clouds of sound, starting with a live recording from music director and resident DJ Taku Hirayama's recent tech-house set:
 

 
This next entry’s a bit different from most: “Hire A Boat,” an Australian-based community radio show, has a special Hong Kong-themed show airing this Monday (July 14th) at 11pm Hong Kong time! Featuring artists from past #HKMUs, tracks come from Ocean Lam, Yao, Loki Dolo, Wiso, DJ P.Vibe, Casey Anderson & Fresh Funky S, Sert, Kazoku, and ▶▶△ (Tree-Angles), and then the 2-hour program concludes with Ocean Lam’s “Hypnotic #13” mix. If your ears are available, make sure to tune in to “STAR FERRY :: Cable car it to Kowloon and sample the wares of Hong Kong’s cooler-than-thou underground dance music scene…”
 
SETLIST
  +++++  
SITE w/ live stream link
 
A big drum-n-bass mix comes from DJ Saiyan, for the Outlook Festival’s “Friends & Family” mix series. Over 1,000 plays on this already:
 

 
Visa's ongoing “40 Minutes Before Departure” series has now taken him to Bali, loaded up with dark & deep house vibes, while his Cliché Records Podcast “Le Mix Cliché Vol. 12” is more disco-infused:
 


 
Ska act The Red Stripes have a live video out for “One Step Beyond” from a recent show at Backstage. Full skankin’ awaits:
 

 
廿四味 24Herbs have a new tune out, “Work It,” with rapid-fire Cantonese lyrics (although some entertaining English phrases appear as well) atop an EDM-influenced club beat:
 

 
DJ 108, in anticipation of an upcoming show with Magnetic Soul, has dropped both a Hong Kong Underground glitchy beat as well as a proper mixtape for Bass Music China:
 


 
The man of many monikers, DJ Redman, tests out The Mean La Kweefa on the groovy “Sounds Of The Beach" - full of his own remixes as SinistaSounds - for a Corona contest (voting ends tomorrow).
 
DJ Darka, in the 11th edition of his “Addiction” mix series, eases into some banging tech-house, slowly and darkly:
 

 
You’ll need to wade through a few commercials, but then Kendy Lam's “Worldcup EDM Music Special” mix for Dance Music I Generation awaits:
 

 
From Emmanuel Diaz comes his monthly live Zuma mix, showcasing chill yet diverse house music:
 

 
EKORB's Reality Webisodes series continues, “Enter Dolo” with Loki Dolo is a recent edition, plus there’s the full archive.
 

 
LëKSs, of Paragon Sound System, has an ongoing (mostly) instrumental hiphop series, “Hipoperies - GoNaRaP,” which is now up to its third volume. Even includes an HK-produced track from beatsmith Hope One:
 

 
Fellow Paragoner Finnalicious brings the disco and the funk on her recent “Different Forms Of Dance” mix:
 

 
Psysert, Strategic Sounds' Sert's psy side-project (now there's some sibilance for ya!), has released the meditative and atmospheric mix “Think Nothing.”
 

 
J-Hoon casually yet unembedably spit a Facebook freestyle over a “Budamunk Funk” tune…
 
HK label Nude Disco is set to release Jay Ru's “The LUCA EP” - funky nu-disco (no surprise there) - exclusively via JunoDownload on Monday:
 
 
 
The label has also interviewed tropicalist Barnaby Bruce, to discuss his new label Palms & Charms (which was the lead entry in the last #HKMU).
 
Macau’s Burnie has a new funky bass-laden EP, Deeper Reality, also available for purchase via JunoDownload once the weekend has ended; preview awaiting your ears now:
 

 
Also from Macau, dancehall specialist Youth Somoan has taken on the “Skin To Skin” riddim:
 

 
Sean Hocking, of local label Metal Postcard Records, has compiled a Top Ten list of the best Indian bands. Some great selections highlighting the underground scene, particularly Ti Tritha’s “Fish Market (Marcher Bajaar),” which I’ve included here:
 

 
And what’s TGT up to, you ask? Celebrating my birthday in digital stylee with a new reggae mixtape, plus going deeper into my Country Dub series with an Alison Krauss x Phil Pratt mashup, “Down To The River To Stay Loose:”
 


 
I’m also having my reggae/dub reviews regularly published over at NiceUp, and have been featured this summer as a ‘Clubbing’ writer for Time Out Hong Kong as well… feel free to just check out the WRITINGS link up at the top ;-)
 
Keep keeping it creative Hong Kong, and enjoy the full moon tonight!
 
July 1st is always an important day of protest in Hong Kong, though according to the government nothing unusual happened this year. Nonetheless, a few artists have released tracks to mark the occasion, including Masta Mic's rightfully aggressive “Rhyme #6” and Kay Tse's much more melodic “egg and lamb” (via MICROS 明記).

 

 

In somewhat related pseudo-political news, JFung has entertainingly remixed Regina Tong Ching-Yi’s recent outburst over the media’s response to her daughter’s rather public battle with depression:

 

 

Famed underground techno club oma - which kindly hosts Pomegranate, my funky collaborative Thursday-evening extravaganza with Paragon Sound System & MC Loki Dolo - has finally ventured into the clouds of sound, starting with a live recording from music director and resident DJ Taku Hirayama's recent tech-house set:

 

 

This next entry’s a bit different from most: “Hire A Boat,” an Australian-based community radio show, has a special Hong Kong-themed show airing this Monday (July 14th) at 11pm Hong Kong time! Featuring artists from past #HKMUs, tracks come from Ocean Lam, Yao, Loki Dolo, Wiso, DJ P.Vibe, Casey Anderson & Fresh Funky S, Sert, Kazoku, and ▶▶△ (Tree-Angles), and then the 2-hour program concludes with Ocean Lam’s “Hypnotic #13” mix. If your ears are available, make sure to tune in to “STAR FERRY :: Cable car it to Kowloon and sample the wares of Hong Kong’s cooler-than-thou underground dance music scene…”

 

SETLIST +++++ SITE w/ live stream link

 

A big drum-n-bass mix comes from DJ Saiyan, for the Outlook Festival’s “Friends & Family” mix series. Over 1,000 plays on this already:

 

 

Visa's ongoing “40 Minutes Before Departure” series has now taken him to Bali, loaded up with dark & deep house vibes, while his Cliché Records Podcast “Le Mix Cliché Vol. 12” is more disco-infused:

 

 

Ska act The Red Stripes have a live video out for “One Step Beyond” from a recent show at Backstage. Full skankin’ awaits:

 

 

廿四味 24Herbs have a new tune out, “Work It,” with rapid-fire Cantonese lyrics (although some entertaining English phrases appear as well) atop an EDM-influenced club beat:

 

 

DJ 108, in anticipation of an upcoming show with Magnetic Soul, has dropped both a Hong Kong Underground glitchy beat as well as a proper mixtape for Bass Music China:

 

 

The man of many monikers, DJ Redman, tests out The Mean La Kweefa on the groovy “Sounds Of The Beach" - full of his own remixes as SinistaSounds - for a Corona contest (voting ends tomorrow).

 

DJ Darka, in the 11th edition of his “Addiction” mix series, eases into some banging tech-house, slowly and darkly:

 

 

You’ll need to wade through a few commercials, but then Kendy Lam's “Worldcup EDM Music Special” mix for Dance Music I Generation awaits:

 

 

From Emmanuel Diaz comes his monthly live Zuma mix, showcasing chill yet diverse house music:

 

 

EKORB's Reality Webisodes series continues, “Enter Dolo” with Loki Dolo is a recent edition, plus there’s the full archive.

 

 

LëKSs, of Paragon Sound System, has an ongoing (mostly) instrumental hiphop series, “Hipoperies - GoNaRaP,” which is now up to its third volume. Even includes an HK-produced track from beatsmith Hope One:

 

 

Fellow Paragoner Finnalicious brings the disco and the funk on her recent “Different Forms Of Dance” mix:

 

 

Psysert, Strategic Sounds' Sert's psy side-project (now there's some sibilance for ya!), has released the meditative and atmospheric mix “Think Nothing.”

 

 

J-Hoon casually yet unembedably spit a Facebook freestyle over a “Budamunk Funk” tune

 

HK label Nude Disco is set to release Jay Ru's “The LUCA EP” - funky nu-disco (no surprise there) - exclusively via JunoDownload on Monday:

 

 

The label has also interviewed tropicalist Barnaby Bruce, to discuss his new label Palms & Charms (which was the lead entry in the last #HKMU).

 

Macau’s Burnie has a new funky bass-laden EP, Deeper Reality, also available for purchase via JunoDownload once the weekend has ended; preview awaiting your ears now:

 

 

Also from Macau, dancehall specialist Youth Somoan has taken on the “Skin To Skin” riddim:

 

 

Sean Hocking, of local label Metal Postcard Records, has compiled a Top Ten list of the best Indian bands. Some great selections highlighting the underground scene, particularly Ti Tritha’s “Fish Market (Marcher Bajaar),” which I’ve included here:

 

 

And what’s TGT up to, you ask? Celebrating my birthday in digital stylee with a new reggae mixtape, plus going deeper into my Country Dub series with an Alison Krauss x Phil Pratt mashup, “Down To The River To Stay Loose:”

 

 

I’m also having my reggae/dub reviews regularly published over at NiceUp, and have been featured this summer as a ‘Clubbing’ writer for Time Out Hong Kong as well… feel free to just check out the WRITINGS link up at the top ;-)

 

Keep keeping it creative Hong Kong, and enjoy the full moon tonight!

 

Fortunately neither rain nor a failed wireless router can stop Hong Kong’s musical underground. #HKMU in full effect:
 
Lead this edition comes from Palms & Charms, a new HK/Tokyo label focused on funky tropical grooves. HK’s Barnaby Bruce gets the first release, which will be out on vinyl July 7. “This Time Around” b/w “Feel The Wheel” is all about relaxing in the summertime:
 

 
The Uptown Rockers are celebrating a full decade of bringing the beats to the ears of Hong Kong. Check out this photo/video compilation to mark the occasion:
 

 
Sert has a new drum-n-bass tune out, and “Osmos Layers” is clearly designed to slowly seep in… and the prodigious mixologist also has a new “Soul Healing Session” out for June:
 


 
Fresh Funky S has a new tech-house release, available on Beatport. Check out “Follow Me” and its taught bassline:
 

 
Emmanuel Diaz is on a slightly lighter house vibe, with his new bootleg mashup of Tez Cadey & Gotye: “Seve Somebody That I Used to Know.” New live mix for June from Zuma as well:
 


 
So apparently HK Clubbing runs a regular “radio” broadcast featuring Hong Kong DJs? Ignoring the somewhat limited definition of music worthy of “clubbing,” there are a lot of techno and electronic mixes available, over 60 at current count! Most recent installment comes from…
 

 
Arun R has a fresh daytime house mix out, “Summer Cuts ‘14.” Catch it while it’s seasonally-appropriate:
 

 
Tech-house? Ocean Lam has recently released both a live mix recorded at Bassment earlier this month (along with Jeremy Cheung & Tre Turner), plus a Love Play Podcast:
 


 
More tech-house? Vib. has you covered with their release of a DJ Dhoo mix - perhaps you caught the show on June 21?
 

 
Tszpun marks his mixtape return (after a 4-year hiatus!) with his warmup set, self-described as moody and emotional, from a Guy J party:
 

 
Kazoku has a lush, minimal hiphop track out, “DaysInHK (ft. Tinashe),” which is at times condemning while also being celebratory. Production comes from EazyBeatz:
 

 
LëKSs approaches hiphop from a different perspective, on the second installment of his Mixcloud-charting mixtape series “GoNaRaP.” Expect groovy beats:
 

 
MC Heyo has a brand-new track, “Homeless,” a collab with producer DoughBoy, with a soaring chorus from Tabi:
 

 
Ekorb, alongside Loki Dolo, equal DOT MCz. The duo’s leaked a preview skit from their upcoming album…
 

 
J-Hoon, with Erykah Badu sample in hand, has an “Undercover Lover” with a case of the clap:
 

 
Rifain (now with official FB page!) has just released the second episode of “From Hong Kong With Love.” Prepare yourself for the hypnotic intro:
 

 
In preparation of an upcoming gig with Heavy HK, Kongkast #218 comes from the UK’s Axon. Free download.
 
On a literary tip, underground pop-up parties have recently been featured by the SCMP’s “48 Hours.” Very excited to see Heavy HK leading the article, and my frequent collaborators Paragon Sound System getting their due as well.
 
James ‘Yao’ Acey provided the SCMP with a “Play List" for this past week.
 
And from across the border in Shenzhen, DJ LoveTron has recently dropped an uptempo tropical bass mix:
 

 
Goldenchyld recently visited Hong Kong, and presents a road tour video of his experience here:
 

 
Finally, from New Zealand comes a David Dallas rap (produced by P-Money), with pure HK vibes! “Victoria Harbor:”
 

 
As always, thanks for reading, supporting, sharing, and caring about the #HKMU and the music it represents. More music, less hype! Until next time…
 
Fortunately neither rain nor a failed wireless router can stop Hong Kong’s musical underground. #HKMU in full effect:

 

Lead this edition comes from Palms & Charms, a new HK/Tokyo label focused on funky tropical grooves. HK’s Barnaby Bruce gets the first release, which will be out on vinyl July 7. “This Time Around” b/w “Feel The Wheel” is all about relaxing in the summertime:

 

 

The Uptown Rockers are celebrating a full decade of bringing the beats to the ears of Hong Kong. Check out this photo/video compilation to mark the occasion:

 

 

Sert has a new drum-n-bass tune out, and “Osmos Layers” is clearly designed to slowly seep in… and the prodigious mixologist also has a new “Soul Healing Session” out for June:

 

 

Fresh Funky S has a new tech-house release, available on Beatport. Check out “Follow Me” and its taught bassline:

 

 

Emmanuel Diaz is on a slightly lighter house vibe, with his new bootleg mashup of Tez Cadey & Gotye: “Seve Somebody That I Used to Know.” New live mix for June from Zuma as well:

 

 

So apparently HK Clubbing runs a regular “radio” broadcast featuring Hong Kong DJs? Ignoring the somewhat limited definition of music worthy of “clubbing,” there are a lot of techno and electronic mixes available, over 60 at current count! Most recent installment comes from…

 

 

Arun R has a fresh daytime house mix out, “Summer Cuts ‘14.” Catch it while it’s seasonally-appropriate:

 

 

Tech-house? Ocean Lam has recently released both a live mix recorded at Bassment earlier this month (along with Jeremy Cheung & Tre Turner), plus a Love Play Podcast:

 

 

More tech-house? Vib. has you covered with their release of a DJ Dhoo mix - perhaps you caught the show on June 21?

 

 

Tszpun marks his mixtape return (after a 4-year hiatus!) with his warmup set, self-described as moody and emotional, from a Guy J party:

 

 

Kazoku has a lush, minimal hiphop track out, “DaysInHK (ft. Tinashe),” which is at times condemning while also being celebratory. Production comes from EazyBeatz:

 

 

LëKSs approaches hiphop from a different perspective, on the second installment of his Mixcloud-charting mixtape series “GoNaRaP.” Expect groovy beats:

 

 

MC Heyo has a brand-new track, “Homeless,” a collab with producer DoughBoy, with a soaring chorus from Tabi:

 

 

Ekorb, alongside Loki Dolo, equal DOT MCz. The duo’s leaked a preview skit from their upcoming album…

 

 

J-Hoon, with Erykah Badu sample in hand, has an “Undercover Lover” with a case of the clap:

 

 

Rifain (now with official FB page!) has just released the second episode of “From Hong Kong With Love.” Prepare yourself for the hypnotic intro:

 

 

In preparation of an upcoming gig with Heavy HK, Kongkast #218 comes from the UK’s Axon. Free download.

 

On a literary tip, underground pop-up parties have recently been featured by the SCMP’s “48 Hours.” Very excited to see Heavy HK leading the article, and my frequent collaborators Paragon Sound System getting their due as well.

 

James ‘Yao’ Acey provided the SCMP with a “Play List" for this past week.

 

And from across the border in Shenzhen, DJ LoveTron has recently dropped an uptempo tropical bass mix:

 

 

Goldenchyld recently visited Hong Kong, and presents a road tour video of his experience here:

 

 

Finally, from New Zealand comes a David Dallas rap (produced by P-Money), with pure HK vibes! “Victoria Harbor:”

 

 

As always, thanks for reading, supporting, sharing, and caring about the #HKMU and the music it represents. More music, less hype! Until next time…

 

One ought to be in Hong Kong when writing the #HKMU, right? Back to the humidity… and LOTS of music!
 
Starting with the freshest of the fresh, Sert has literally just dropped the June installment of his ongoing “Soul Healing Session” series:
 

 
DJC is getting increasingly prolific, releasing his first live mix from Fly last month - a 2.5 journey through trap-laden future house - and he’s also put out a electro-influenced hip-hop mini mix entitled “Flying High:”
 


 
Sinista Sounds, aka DJ Redman, takes on Pharell on his breakbeat tune “Get Down:”
 

 
Jeremy Cheung keeps it frisky for this special hour-long Frisky Loves China house mix:
 

 
Further friskiness comes from Ocean Lam, with her own special 1-hour mix, as well as a podcast for Love.Play:
 


 
With contributions from Dan Findlay, Ben Becker, Casey Anderson, Miko Van Chong, Arun R, Roy Malig, Frankie Lam, Cookie, and Paragon Sound System, most every genre is covered in Boom Asia’s engaging article “A DJ’s Greatest Nightmare: Death By Request.”
 
Speaking of Paragon, LëKSs has a chart-hitting (mostly) instrumental hiphop mix, loaded up on jazzy influences:
 

 
And again from the Paragon camp, ▶▶△ have a new tune out entitled “Grenade.” I’m calling it tribal-hop, but you can decide for yourself:
 

 
Bass Music China has released a pair of live videos from their May event, featuring Scratcha DVA, while their latest guest mix comes from Re:Flex. Expect uptempo bass music:
 



 
Tokyo Matt of Otaku Soundsystem has a track - “Higher & Higher” - coming out on 12” on the Beard Science EP 8 “Listen With Mother.” He’s also released an older mix and track:
 



 
Rifain gets dark and brooding on “From Hong Kong With Love - 01,” while also managing to keep things funky and groovy:
 

 
No embed possible apparently, but J-Hoon and DJ MADD have kindly shared an in-the-lab jam session. J-Hoon has also recently released a re-edit of “Dill n Bass” for 2014:
 

 
Yes, this is more than a month old, but Wildstyle Records’ 4:20 tribute does deserve to be heard by a wider audience. Featuring Mic Li, YoungQueenz OZMA, and Klassick, this is collaborative and multi-lingual HK hip-hop in full effect:
 

 
Also from the similar time-period is AK ft. Lh on “B SIDE,” from Macau’s Blacklist:
 

 
Perhaps the poppiest tune ever to appear on the #HKMU, “MiVi Song” from Kikitam definitely features some positive vibes (and production from DoughBoy)! Another DoughBoy collab, “Ally” featuring Jill Vidal, ventures into some worthwhile social commentary:
 


 
While in the realm of hip-hop, EazyBeatz keeps them coming with two trap-influenced bangers; one for TDolla, while “One Of A Kind” is an instrumental:
 


 
SAiNT has released an introspective, “The Showreel (2009-2014),” loaded up with six years worth of tunes, showing the musical journey of an HK MC:
 

 
While perhaps not quite “music” in and of themselves, Bboys are certainly a crucial element of hiphop. So here’s some highlights from BboyHK.com of the recent R16 Hong Kong Qualifier 2014:
 

 
Switching gears, JayMe is concerned with a different set of classic traditions: disco!
 

 
Asia-trotting DJ Solo has two new mixtapes out, both funky though one is apparently more dope than the other:
 


 
Special thanks to Arun R for linking up, here’s his housey “Studio Break Mix.” Vinyl only for those purists about:
 

 
And from around the ‘neighborhood’ comes…
 
Shanghai’s Jado has finally hit the clouds of sound, with a few vocal cuts on some nice riddims. Most recent is “Man La Dubplate” on the “Real Rock” riddim:
 

 
Macau’s N1D has dropped two fierce bass-laden freebies for new label FTK, with “2nd Babylon” pushing into broken jungle territory while “A Pure Ganjaman Tune” stretches Collie Buddz into the nether:
 


 
Also out of Macau, Youth Somoan has a live video out, mixing the “No Bush Weed” riddim in studio:
 

 
Yours truly The Groove Thief has also been keeping busy (of course, haha), with an apparently controversial article on local sound systems for Time Out Hong Kong. If you’re into “future style roots” then my review of Dub Terminator & Ras Stone’s album Fyah Level, for NiceUp, is also well-worth reading. And if your ears are need of some lengthier bassxplorations, give my latest mixtape “Ill Future” a listen. Criss-crossing genres, it explores hiphop, reggae, and more than a few styles of bass:
 

 
Until next time, keep doing what you’re doing Hong Kong underground - the #HKMU is listening!
 
One ought to be in Hong Kong when writing the #HKMU, right? Back to the humidity… and LOTS of music!

 

Starting with the freshest of the fresh, Sert has literally just dropped the June installment of his ongoing “Soul Healing Session” series:

 

 

DJC is getting increasingly prolific, releasing his first live mix from Fly last month - a 2.5 journey through trap-laden future house - and he’s also put out a electro-influenced hip-hop mini mix entitled “Flying High:”

 

 

Sinista Sounds, aka DJ Redman, takes on Pharell on his breakbeat tune “Get Down:”

 

 

Jeremy Cheung keeps it frisky for this special hour-long Frisky Loves China house mix:

 

 

Further friskiness comes from Ocean Lam, with her own special 1-hour mix, as well as a podcast for Love.Play:

 

 

With contributions from Dan Findlay, Ben Becker, Casey Anderson, Miko Van Chong, Arun R, Roy Malig, Frankie Lam, Cookie, and Paragon Sound System, most every genre is covered in Boom Asia’s engaging article “A DJ’s Greatest Nightmare: Death By Request.”

 

Speaking of Paragon, LëKSs has a chart-hitting (mostly) instrumental hiphop mix, loaded up on jazzy influences:

 

 

And again from the Paragon camp, ▶▶△ have a new tune out entitled “Grenade.” I’m calling it tribal-hop, but you can decide for yourself:

 

 

Bass Music China has released a pair of live videos from their May event, featuring Scratcha DVA, while their latest guest mix comes from Re:Flex. Expect uptempo bass music:

 

 

Tokyo Matt of Otaku Soundsystem has a track - “Higher & Higher” - coming out on 12” on the Beard Science EP 8 “Listen With Mother.” He’s also released an older mix and track:

 

 

Rifain gets dark and brooding on “From Hong Kong With Love - 01,” while also managing to keep things funky and groovy:

 

 

No embed possible apparently, but J-Hoon and DJ MADD have kindly shared an in-the-lab jam session. J-Hoon has also recently released a re-edit of “Dill n Bass” for 2014:

 

 

Yes, this is more than a month old, but Wildstyle Records’ 4:20 tribute does deserve to be heard by a wider audience. Featuring Mic Li, YoungQueenz OZMA, and Klassick, this is collaborative and multi-lingual HK hip-hop in full effect:

 

 

Also from the similar time-period is AK ft. Lh on “B SIDE,” from Macau’s Blacklist:

 

 

Perhaps the poppiest tune ever to appear on the #HKMU, “MiVi Song” from Kikitam definitely features some positive vibes (and production from DoughBoy)! Another DoughBoy collab, “Ally” featuring Jill Vidal, ventures into some worthwhile social commentary:

 

 

While in the realm of hip-hop, EazyBeatz keeps them coming with two trap-influenced bangers; one for TDolla, while “One Of A Kind” is an instrumental:

 

 

SAiNT has released an introspective, “The Showreel (2009-2014),” loaded up with six years worth of tunes, showing the musical journey of an HK MC:

 

 

While perhaps not quite “music” in and of themselves, Bboys are certainly a crucial element of hiphop. So here’s some highlights from BboyHK.com of the recent R16 Hong Kong Qualifier 2014:

 

 

Switching gears, JayMe is concerned with a different set of classic traditions: disco!

 

 

Asia-trotting DJ Solo has two new mixtapes out, both funky though one is apparently more dope than the other:

 

 

Special thanks to Arun R for linking up, here’s his housey “Studio Break Mix.” Vinyl only for those purists about:

 

 

And from around the ‘neighborhood’ comes…

 

Shanghai’s Jado has finally hit the clouds of sound, with a few vocal cuts on some nice riddims. Most recent is “Man La Dubplate” on the “Real Rock” riddim:

 

 

Macau’s N1D has dropped two fierce bass-laden freebies for new label FTK, with “2nd Babylon” pushing into broken jungle territory while “A Pure Ganjaman Tune” stretches Collie Buddz into the nether:

 

 

Also out of Macau, Youth Somoan has a live video out, mixing the “No Bush Weed” riddim in studio:

 

 

Yours truly The Groove Thief has also been keeping busy (of course, haha), with an apparently controversial article on local sound systems for Time Out Hong Kong. If you’re into “future style roots” then my review of Dub Terminator & Ras Stone’s album Fyah Level, for NiceUp, is also well-worth reading. And if your ears are need of some lengthier bassxplorations, give my latest mixtape “Ill Future” a listen. Criss-crossing genres, it explores hiphop, reggae, and more than a few styles of bass:

 

 

Until next time, keep doing what you’re doing Hong Kong underground - the #HKMU is listening!