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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

 

The #HKMU is back! With a wide variety of tunes, several newcomers to the list, and even some recommended reading, March seems to be ending with plenty of bass! Taking the lead this month is Magnetic Soul's Cookie, giving his Botellon house/garage set a proper mix release:
 

 
After a lengthy hiatus, dub collective Celestial 天上 have returned with the full-length album Return To The DubStation. Unfortunately no embed code is available, but you can stream all the tracks and purchase FLAC (or a CD) via CDBaby.
 
Another #HKMU newcomer is RumbleSoda, who has just released his XFOR10 Session - ten tracks in ten days - full of ambient and acid-influenced sounds:
 

 
Drafus / DFC (also of The Uptown Rockers fame) has just begun a mix series, entitled “It’s Not Your Thing.” Heavy deep house with plenty of other influences abound in volume 001: 
 


 
Prolific beatsmith EazyBeatz has a finished track, Swayze Jones’ “Prove That” featuring Trav Black & Blahzae, and an instrumental beat, “Devil Inside Me,” out, keeping HK hiphop moving forward:
 


 
J.Bo Escobar also has the streets on his mind, with “Watever Ho” repping the 852:
 

 
Leading Canto rapper Heyo dropped this video for 喜愛射毛, showcasing his tongue-in-cheek views of the HK club scene: 

 
On a different end of the Cantonese hiphop spectrum, Hong Kong legends LMF have been remixed by Dan F - gritty, pounding, and slightly apocalyptic:
 

 
If you missed Heavy Hongkong's massive 8th Anniversary featuring Tippa Irie, make sure to check out this footage from the Kunming stop of the tour:
 

 
More locally, Marathon Edits has taken on a massive tune in the Talking Heads’ “Take Me To The River,” with the result being an extended funk jam lasting almost 9 minutes:
 

 
DJ Steve Bruce takes it back on this funky disco soul journey from a recent Ozone party:
 

 
Apparently a four-year project, “A.” has at last been released by DJ Quest, a slow-burning downtempo tune with some thick double bass:
 

 
J-Hoon has released a kung-fu-focused new promo for his Slice N Stichess album - make sure to read my review! - on Dub Temple Records:
 

 

Casey Anderson & Devlar have a new electro-house collaboration out, “Wind Turbine,” on local label Typhoon8Records. Perhaps inspired by Lamma Island…?
 

 

In related news, label mate Fresh Funky S has just dropped “You Know Me,” which pushes a deeper house sound, as well as the “So Deep XIV” mix earlier this month:
 


 
Sticking with the 14 theme, Ocean Lam's latest podcast in the “Hypnotic series” - loaded up with her personal favorites - is equally deadly (in Cantonese counting):
 

 
Miss Yellow has a special mix collaboration with HBsuper, “Ignite The Pulse,” ideally aiming for your consideration of the feature-filled “Embrace The Now” hoodie. Some high-speed heavy electro awaits:
 

 
Kongkrete Bass’ latest mix features Macau’s N1D, laying down some exclusive dubs. Access KongKast #219 here, or preview this clip from Soundcloud: 

 
For something a bit more minimal, check out this hour-long mix from chrisF@vib.:
 

 
Finally - and much respect if you’ve read this far - I’ve got my own new mixtape out, “Just Funking Around Again.” Like its predecessor, it features an adorable bulldog on the cover and all shades of funk to keep your feet satisfied:
 

 
As an added bonus, here’s a fresh article from Time Out magazine covering the VJ scene in Hong Kong. Includes interviews with the likes of Ocular, Sembei, Foriverman, and Visionaries 777.
 
Til next time, keep supporting the local underground scene in all its myriad incarnations…
Peace!
 
The #HKMU is back! With a wide variety of tunes, several newcomers to the list, and even some recommended reading, March seems to be ending with plenty of bass! Taking the lead this month is Magnetic Soul's Cookie, giving his Botellon house/garage set a proper mix release:

 

 

After a lengthy hiatus, dub collective Celestial 天上 have returned with the full-length album Return To The DubStation. Unfortunately no embed code is available, but you can stream all the tracks and purchase FLAC (or a CD) via CDBaby.

 

Another #HKMU newcomer is RumbleSoda, who has just released his XFOR10 Session - ten tracks in ten days - full of ambient and acid-influenced sounds:

 

 

Drafus / DFC (also of The Uptown Rockers fame) has just begun a mix series, entitled “It’s Not Your Thing.” Heavy deep house with plenty of other influences abound in volume 001:

 

 

Prolific beatsmith EazyBeatz has a finished track, Swayze Jones’ “Prove That” featuring Trav Black & Blahzae, and an instrumental beat, “Devil Inside Me,” out, keeping HK hiphop moving forward:

 

 

J.Bo Escobar also has the streets on his mind, with “Watever Ho” repping the 852:

 

 

Leading Canto rapper Heyo dropped this video for 喜愛射毛, showcasing his tongue-in-cheek views of the HK club scene:

 

 

On a different end of the Cantonese hiphop spectrum, Hong Kong legends LMF have been remixed by Dan F - gritty, pounding, and slightly apocalyptic:

 

 

If you missed Heavy Hongkong's massive 8th Anniversary featuring Tippa Irie, make sure to check out this footage from the Kunming stop of the tour:

 

 

More locally, Marathon Edits has taken on a massive tune in the Talking Heads’ “Take Me To The River,” with the result being an extended funk jam lasting almost 9 minutes:

 

 

DJ Steve Bruce takes it back on this funky disco soul journey from a recent Ozone party:

 

 

Apparently a four-year project, “A.” has at last been released by DJ Quest, a slow-burning downtempo tune with some thick double bass:

 

 

J-Hoon has released a kung-fu-focused new promo for his Slice N Stichess album - make sure to read my review! - on Dub Temple Records:

 

 

Casey Anderson & Devlar have a new electro-house collaboration out, “Wind Turbine,” on local label Typhoon8Records. Perhaps inspired by Lamma Island…?

 

 

In related news, label mate Fresh Funky S has just dropped “You Know Me,” which pushes a deeper house sound, as well as the “So Deep XIV” mix earlier this month:

 

 

Sticking with the 14 theme, Ocean Lam's latest podcast in the “Hypnotic series” - loaded up with her personal favorites - is equally deadly (in Cantonese counting):

 

 

Miss Yellow has a special mix collaboration with HBsuper, “Ignite The Pulse,” ideally aiming for your consideration of the feature-filled “Embrace The Now” hoodie. Some high-speed heavy electro awaits:

 

 

Kongkrete Bass’ latest mix features Macau’s N1D, laying down some exclusive dubs. Access KongKast #219 here, or preview this clip from Soundcloud:

 

 

For something a bit more minimal, check out this hour-long mix from chrisF@vib.:

 

 

Finally - and much respect if you’ve read this far - I’ve got my own new mixtape out, “Just Funking Around Again.” Like its predecessor, it features an adorable bulldog on the cover and all shades of funk to keep your feet satisfied:

 

 

As an added bonus, here’s a fresh article from Time Out magazine covering the VJ scene in Hong Kong. Includes interviews with the likes of Ocular, Sembei, Foriverman, and Visionaries 777.

 

Til next time, keep supporting the local underground scene in all its myriad incarnations… Peace!

 

This #HKMU is loaded up on juicy Hong Kong music. Leading the way down the rabbit hole is the 7echno low-fi dub acid techno banger “Pitch Drop.” Oh, and the video awesomely features dogs in reverse!
 


 
Next comes the latest guest mix for BASS MUSIC CHINA, a clattering uptempo bass journey from Chimpo:

 

And if you missed it, this one from Part2Style is well-worth a listen:


 
For funky disco, look no further than the latest production from Marathon Edits, “Looking So Good:” 


 
The prolific Sert continues his steady release schedule with a chill-out mix, a pair of ‘lost’ tracks, and the March edition of his “Soul Healing Session” series:
 





 
Muggsy also goes drum n bass exploring on his track for Soul Flex Digital called “Every Sky Would Be Blue.”
 


 
The ever-versatile Jimbrowski evidently employed his WABAC machine for his 80’s promo project for the play “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!” With 70 tracks spanning two full hours, this is a proper megamix:
 


 
Kaleidoscope Sound System celebrate their 15th anniversary in pounding-yet-funky style with this techno mix:
 


 
JayMe explores a different range of the funky electronic spectrum, keeping things slower and jazzier on this live mix from oma:
 


 
Speaking of oma, head honcho Taku Hirayama has also shared a recent live show:
 


 
Oshi has a future bass track out - or perhaps FURURE bass is more accurate - with “Traffic Jam.”
 


 
EAzYBeatz keeps it exactly that on “Fvckruary,” a groovy sample-chop instrumental:
 


 
Check the video for Casey Anderson & Fresh Funky S’s “First Train Home” - featuring some cool vintage Hong Kong transit footage.
 


 
Ambient? Give Zebra Kills Horse's contribution to the Enter The Twilight Zone compilation a listen:
 
Enter The Twilight Zone by Zebra Kills Horse


 
▶▶△ continue to explore their musical color palette with “Gray Blue,” some slightly-hazy upbeat funk:
 


 
DJC has several trap/EDM mixes out, the latest being “Drop It Like A Yo-Yo:”
 


 
Woodtek's “March 2014” is pure chill-out house, including some choice pop remixes:
 


 
And if you’re in need of a blast from HK’s recent past, check out this live drum n bass performance for Stage-Tube from Sushi Robot:
 

 
 
Until next time, keep nicin’ up the HK dance!
 
This #HKMU is loaded up on juicy Hong Kong music. Leading the way down the rabbit hole is the 7echno low-fi dub acid techno banger “Pitch Drop.” Oh, and the video awesomely features dogs in reverse!

 

 

Next comes the latest guest mix for BASS MUSIC CHINA, a clattering uptempo bass journey from Chimpo:

 

And if you missed it, this one from Part2Style is well-worth a listen:

 

For funky disco, look no further than the latest production from Marathon Edits, “Looking So Good:”

 

 

The prolific Sert continues his steady release schedule with a chill-out mix, a pair of ‘lost’ tracks, and the March edition of his “Soul Healing Session” series:

 

 

Muggsy also goes drum n bass exploring on his track for Soul Flex Digital called “Every Sky Would Be Blue.”

 

 

The ever-versatile Jimbrowski evidently employed his WABAC machine for his 80’s promo project for the play “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!” With 70 tracks spanning two full hours, this is a proper megamix:

 

 

Kaleidoscope Sound System celebrate their 15th anniversary in pounding-yet-funky style with this techno mix:

 

 

JayMe explores a different range of the funky electronic spectrum, keeping things slower and jazzier on this live mix from oma:

 

 

Speaking of oma, head honcho Taku Hirayama has also shared a recent live show:

 

 

Oshi has a future bass track out - or perhaps FURURE bass is more accurate - with “Traffic Jam.”

 

 

EAzYBeatz keeps it exactly that on “Fvckruary,” a groovy sample-chop instrumental:

 

 

Check the video for Casey Anderson & Fresh Funky S’s “First Train Home” - featuring some cool vintage Hong Kong transit footage.

 

 

Ambient? Give Zebra Kills Horse's contribution to the Enter The Twilight Zone compilation a listen:

 

 

▶▶△ continue to explore their musical color palette with “Gray Blue,” some slightly-hazy upbeat funk:

 

 

DJC has several trap/EDM mixes out, the latest being “Drop It Like A Yo-Yo:”

 

 

Woodtek's “March 2014” is pure chill-out house, including some choice pop remixes:

 

 

And if you’re in need of a blast from HK’s recent past, check out this live drum n bass performance for Stage-Tube from Sushi Robot:

 

 

Until next time, keep nicin’ up the HK dance!