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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 beat, too:
 


 
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:
 


 
Razaelus 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:
 


 
SJOKK PANTER 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. 
 


 
Casey Anderson'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 out. 
 

 
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:
 

 
Jim Choi'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:
 

 
Sneak Peak has begun a new monthly mixtape series, “Early Riser,” with appropriate morning music being featured in this collaboration with French webzine La Pause:
 

 
J-Hoon 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.
 

 
Sert 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:
 

 
Jeremy Cheung 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:
 

 
SAiNT 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:
 

 
Through MacauBlacklist, 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.
 
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 beat, too:

 


 

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:

 

 

Razaelus 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:

 

 

SJOKK PANTER 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.

 

 

Casey Anderson'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 out.

 

 

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:

 

 

Jim Choi'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:

 

 

Sneak Peak has begun a new monthly mixtape series, “Early Riser,” with appropriate morning music being featured in this collaboration with French webzine La Pause:

 

 

J-Hoon 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.

 

 

Sert 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:

 

 

Jeremy Cheung 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:

 

 

SAiNT 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:

 

 

Through MacauBlacklist, 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.

 

Eclectic as always, the #HKMU returns! From hiphop to house, breakbeat to Balearic, techno to tech-house, there’s more letters of music here than in a bad musical pun. While my feeble attempts at humor ought to be restrained, Hong Kong’s talented underground musicians are thankfully pursuing productions and mixtapes with reckless abandon.
 
Getting us started this month is the versatile Loki Dolo, who has a massive video out for his debut artist track “Tunnel Fees” - a lyrical expose on HK nightlife atop a self-produced jazzy beat - and he has also managed to squeeze out an experimental beat called “illuzion.”
 


 
Heyo's latest is “大世代,” featuring JFung. A short beatxploration with some in-your-face visuals (or is it 'face visuals?'), this takes things into dark and heavy territory:
 

 
A recent newcomer to HK, Upbeat Cynic has a fresh dubstep collaboration out with sp★★l. “A.D.H.D.,” a biting commentary on the over-medication of society, came about from the vocalist’s own experiences as an educator. I spoke with him briefly: having “seen unprecedented growth in pharmaceuticals” within schools, resulting in children being “channelled into compliance with drugs” rather than allowed the “room to make mistakes and learn by them.” Upbeat Cynic has a lot to say on the topic, both on and off the mic:
 

 
DJ Tsoi - also new to the #HKMU - has released three mixtapes within the past two weeks, including two live sets from PLAY. These take things deeper, while the August mix is a bit more big room:
 



 
Heavy Hongkong's Blood Dunza has a new EP out on Dub Temple Records, entitled Flipside. Four diverse tracks from his bass vaults - you can listen here - though don’t be afraid to read my full short.smart review as well!
  
Flipside by Blood Dunza
 
Sert, as reliable as ever, has a new “Soul Healing Session” for August, the 16th instalment of his far-reaching dnb/jungle series. This edition starts off with a track from HK’s own Muggsy. Speaking of Muggsy, he’s continuing his own “Soul Journeys” series, now up to its 4th volume. Stream and/or download here.
 

 
Casey Anderson's latest production, available on local label Typhoon8records, is “Out With The Tide.” An appropriately-titled deep house groove given its country of origin:
 

 
Dan F's recently prolific output continues with the release of “Rack of Respect for the Raw (Extended 12” Mix),” a new breakbeat (in progress). The comments hint at a proper release via Disuye Records:
 

 
Local Filipino rap collective Pinoy Wit Attitude have a fresh video out for “Para Sa HipHopan,” a bouncing rapid-fire EDM-edged cut which features EazyBeatz, MikeyMikeYhomen, C.E, & J-Treze:
 

 
Featured above as a vocalist, EazyBeatz showcases his beat-producing side on the brand-new five-track Noise Pollution EP, downloadable via DatPiff. He’s also got a live beat-making video on the Akai MPD 18:
 


 
Sinistasounds, DJ Redman’s production alter-ego, approaches breakbeat from a poppier perspective with his re’slurp of Maroon 5’s “Pleasure Fucker.”
 

 
Oma continues its “Mixed by _____” series of live club sets, with Frankie Lam taking over the booth for the first of two “August.2014” mixes. Expect quality selections from the PUSH DJ, and likewise for Jeremy Cheung’s sprawling three-hour tech-house odyssey:
 


 
In the same vein, Emmanuel Diaz also has an August live mix out, although his approach to house is much more vocally-driven:
 

 
Cliché Records' second release for their Homesick label is a repress, of a (self-described) mythic track from the late 90s. The result, a pair of Dance 6 edits - “Git Down Saturday” b/w “And the Beat goes on…” - lies at the crossroads of early electro, disco, and funk. Groovin', and coming soon on 12” via Juno Records:
 

 
DJ Darka was featured as an “Artist of the Week" in mid-August by Frisky Radio. His progressive house mix does require a login, but it’s then free to download…
 
Hopefully not just for those that shower once per month, Sean Rogers' “Fullmoonbathing” mix is from a Full Moon Party earlier this summer. Expect slightly-jacking house from his #HKMU debut:
 

 
Neptune returns with another pair of mixes; the house of”Transdimensional Space Goat” challenges the listener to ‘go all out,’ while “Chill Trip” pushes the vibes in an opposite direction:
 


 
cleen takes on a liquid dnb tune from Jetta, with the resulting “Feels Like Coming Home” sliding smoothly along the ears courtesy of both vocal and rhythm:
 

 
Barnaby Bruce - just hinting at an influence from the King of Pop with the opening beat - gets a bit spooky on the explorative “Séance Fiction,” which will be released this winter on vinyl via the Palms & Charms label.
 

 
Remember, the #HKMU is not just about DJs! New Tonic Press is about to release Sunny Does It For The Money, a raucous indie-rock CD. “Crooked K” is the most recent advance track, meaning a total of three have been released so far:
 

 
From far away across our northern border, Shenzhen’s DJ LoveTron shares his recent house set from the weekly (and format-shifting) Muzik Box:
 

 
What about The Groove Thief you ask? If not, fair enough… but thanks for scrolling this deep nonetheless! My latest mashup is the slightly cheeky “Drunken Sound System Dub,” which pairs a live-in-an-Indian-store vocal (plus beatbox) with a heavy dub groove to fill out the sound - whether it’s played on a system or not!
 

 
Thanks for reading, as always. It’s truly appreciated.
So finally, as a special present to you, the supportive reader/listener, here’s the first official announcement of an upcoming TGT production: an evening of discriminating bass music featuring Japanese MPC maestro Anchorsong! Please save the date - 23/10 at XXX -  this is going to be an exciting event!
 

 
Eclectic as always, the #HKMU returns! From hiphop to house, breakbeat to Balearic, techno to tech-house, there’s more letters of music here than in a bad musical pun. While my feeble attempts at humor ought to be restrained, Hong Kong’s talented underground musicians are thankfully pursuing productions and mixtapes with reckless abandon.

 

Getting us started this month is the versatile Loki Dolo, who has a massive video out for his debut artist track “Tunnel Fees” - a lyrical expose on HK nightlife atop a self-produced jazzy beat - and he has also managed to squeeze out an experimental beat called “illuzion.”

 

 

Heyo's latest is “大世代,” featuring JFung. A short beatxploration with some in-your-face visuals (or is it 'face visuals?'), this takes things into dark and heavy territory:

 

 

A recent newcomer to HK, Upbeat Cynic has a fresh dubstep collaboration out with sp★★l. “A.D.H.D.,” a biting commentary on the over-medication of society, came about from the vocalist’s own experiences as an educator. I spoke with him briefly: having “seen unprecedented growth in pharmaceuticals” within schools, resulting in children being “channelled into compliance with drugs” rather than allowed the “room to make mistakes and learn by them.” Upbeat Cynic has a lot to say on the topic, both on and off the mic:

 

 

DJ Tsoi - also new to the #HKMU - has released three mixtapes within the past two weeks, including two live sets from PLAY. These take things deeper, while the August mix is a bit more big room:

 

 

Heavy Hongkong's Blood Dunza has a new EP out on Dub Temple Records, entitled Flipside. Four diverse tracks from his bass vaults - you can listen here - though don’t be afraid to read my full short.smart review as well!

 

 

Sert, as reliable as ever, has a new “Soul Healing Session” for August, the 16th instalment of his far-reaching dnb/jungle series. This edition starts off with a track from HK’s own Muggsy. Speaking of Muggsy, he’s continuing his own “Soul Journeys” series, now up to its 4th volume. Stream and/or download here.

 

 

Casey Anderson's latest production, available on local label Typhoon8records, is “Out With The Tide.” An appropriately-titled deep house groove given its country of origin:

 

 

Dan F's recently prolific output continues with the release of “Rack of Respect for the Raw (Extended 12” Mix),” a new breakbeat (in progress). The comments hint at a proper release via Disuye Records:

 

 

Local Filipino rap collective Pinoy Wit Attitude have a fresh video out for “Para Sa HipHopan,” a bouncing rapid-fire EDM-edged cut which features EazyBeatz, MikeyMikeYhomen, C.E, & J-Treze:

 

 

Featured above as a vocalist, EazyBeatz showcases his beat-producing side on the brand-new five-track Noise Pollution EP, downloadable via DatPiff. He’s also got a live beat-making video on the Akai MPD 18:

 

 

Sinistasounds, DJ Redman’s production alter-ego, approaches breakbeat from a poppier perspective with his re’slurp of Maroon 5’s “Pleasure Fucker.”

 

 

Oma continues its “Mixed by _____” series of live club sets, with Frankie Lam taking over the booth for the first of two “August.2014” mixes. Expect quality selections from the PUSH DJ, and likewise for Jeremy Cheung’s sprawling three-hour tech-house odyssey:

 

 

In the same vein, Emmanuel Diaz also has an August live mix out, although his approach to house is much more vocally-driven:

 

 

Cliché Records' second release for their Homesick label is a repress, of a (self-described) mythic track from the late 90s. The result, a pair of Dance 6 edits - “Git Down Saturday” b/w “And the Beat goes on…” - lies at the crossroads of early electro, disco, and funk. Groovin', and coming soon on 12” via Juno Records:

 

 

DJ Darka was featured as an “Artist of the Week" in mid-August by Frisky Radio. His progressive house mix does require a login, but it’s then free to download…

 

Hopefully not just for those that shower once per month, Sean Rogers' “Fullmoonbathing” mix is from a Full Moon Party earlier this summer. Expect slightly-jacking house from his #HKMU debut:

 

 

Neptune returns with another pair of mixes; the house of”Transdimensional Space Goat” challenges the listener to ‘go all out,’ while “Chill Trip” pushes the vibes in an opposite direction:

 

 

cleen takes on a liquid dnb tune from Jetta, with the resulting “Feels Like Coming Home” sliding smoothly along the ears courtesy of both vocal and rhythm:

 

 

Barnaby Bruce - just hinting at an influence from the King of Pop with the opening beat - gets a bit spooky on the explorative “Séance Fiction,” which will be released this winter on vinyl via the Palms & Charms label.

 

 

Remember, the #HKMU is not just about DJs! New Tonic Press is about to release Sunny Does It For The Money, a raucous indie-rock CD. “Crooked K” is the most recent advance track, meaning a total of three have been released so far:

 

 

From far away across our northern border, Shenzhen’s DJ LoveTron shares his recent house set from the weekly (and format-shifting) Muzik Box:

 

 

What about The Groove Thief you ask? If not, fair enough… but thanks for scrolling this deep nonetheless! My latest mashup is the slightly cheeky “Drunken Sound System Dub,” which pairs a live-in-an-Indian-store vocal (plus beatbox) with a heavy dub groove to fill out the sound - whether it’s played on a system or not!

 

 

Thanks for reading, as always. It’s truly appreciated. So finally, as a special present to you, the supportive reader/listener, here’s the first official announcement of an upcoming TGT production: an evening of discriminating bass music featuring Japanese MPC maestro Anchorsong! Please save the date - 23/10 at XXX - this is going to be an exciting event!

 

Anchorsong Live In Hong Kong

 

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.
 

 
XXX'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.”
 

 
Ekorb continues his Magisto Webisode series with “Steps,” featuring one of his own soon-to-be-released tracks…
 

 
DJ VISA 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.”
 

 
DJC 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.
 



 
F Chan 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:
 

 
Ocean Lam's latest live set comes from oma, a 100-minute journey through deep techno sounds:
 

  
SJOKK PANTER 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.”
 

 
Macau’s Achun 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.
 
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.

 

 

XXX'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.”

 

 

Ekorb continues his Magisto Webisode series with “Steps,” featuring one of his own soon-to-be-released tracks…

 

 

DJ VISA 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.”

 

 

DJC 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.

 

 

F Chan 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:

 

 

Ocean Lam's latest live set comes from oma, a 100-minute journey through deep techno sounds:

 

 

SJOKK PANTER 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.”

 

 

Macau’s Achun 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.