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January’s been a typical month for HK’s underground: lots of quality mixes and productions covering a wide musical spectrum. Fresh year, fresh music!
 
Tree-Angles literally just released the short sound-xploration “Charleston Green" mere moments ago:
 

 
This week Casey Anderson has dropped a “Love.Play” mix covering a wide swathe of the 4/4 spectrum both past and present:
 
 
 
DJ Angus Wong has also recently released his Nº013 mix, full of varied techno tunes:
 

 
We all know Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching, so both Finnalicious and Biting Eye have stepped up with an inspired mix and track respectively. For the former, things get funky by way of Parliament and a “Freak-A-Holic,” while the latter eschews his usual acid sound for something slightly more floral…
 

 

 
In the realm of dnb, Bass Music China continue their guest mix series with Renjah at the controls for #11, while Muggsy’s “Liquid Soul Sessions - Soul Journeys (Volume 1)” mix fortunately didn’t quite slide under the radar, despite there being no embeddable stream…
 


 
Emmanuel Diaz has dropped another live mix from Zuma - the benefits of residency - in the form of a full 2-hour house odyssey:
 

 
Also on the house tip, Wiso has recently dropped an appropriately-titled Chill House EP. The four-track features three remixes and an original tune “You Got To Think:”
 

 
As for this blog’s dependable duo of super-underground producers, Jordinho’s latest is an ambient sound test of sorts, titled “In Motion,” while Loki Dolo continues his subcontinental exploration with the slow haze of “Shri Ganesh” (feat. Shankar Mahadevan):
 



 
For something entirely different, composer and arranger Liam Gersh Nobu Tse has quietly started releasing some Chinese choral tunes from his secretive island base… 
 


 
Hip-hop? There’s an interview of Destructive Steps/BBoyHK by RTHK Radio 3 in preparation of an upcoming event, complete with an interviewer who’s really trying hard to fully grasp the role of breakdancing within HK… and some tight productions from eAzYBeatz - who is happy to let young children know exactly who’s making these beats:
 

 


 
From the dark depths, Gravity Alterstra have resurfaced with the subtle “Blowjob” and the more melodic “A.I.”
 


 
Perhaps all these slick electronic productions have you craving some rock? Not to worry, the Humble Mutts have just released a self-titled EP of the lyric-driven surfer variety:
 

 
Whew! Nicely done HK, another wicked round of the #HKMU - much respect to all the artists/producers/DJs! More coming soon, don’t forget to send me your music… and until next time:
“Kung Hei Fat Choi”
 
January’s been a typical month for HK’s underground: lots of quality mixes and productions covering a wide musical spectrum. Fresh year, fresh music!

 

Tree-Angles literally just released the short sound-xploration “Charleston Green" mere moments ago:

 

 

This week Casey Anderson has dropped a “Love.Play” mix covering a wide swathe of the 4/4 spectrum both past and present:

 

 

DJ Angus Wong has also recently released his Nº013 mix, full of varied techno tunes:

 

 

We all know Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching, so both Finnalicious and Biting Eye have stepped up with an inspired mix and track respectively. For the former, things get funky by way of Parliament and a “Freak-A-Holic,” while the latter eschews his usual acid sound for something slightly more floral…

 

 

 

In the realm of dnb, Bass Music China continue their guest mix series with Renjah at the controls for #11, while Muggsy’s “Liquid Soul Sessions - Soul Journeys (Volume 1)” mix fortunately didn’t quite slide under the radar, despite there being no embeddable stream…

 

 

Emmanuel Diaz has dropped another live mix from Zuma - the benefits of residency - in the form of a full 2-hour house odyssey:

 

 

Also on the house tip, Wiso has recently dropped an appropriately-titled Chill House EP. The four-track features three remixes and an original tune “You Got To Think:”

 

 

As for this blog’s dependable duo of super-underground producers, Jordinho’s latest is an ambient sound test of sorts, titled “In Motion,” while Loki Dolo continues his subcontinental exploration with the slow haze of “Shri Ganesh” (feat. Shankar Mahadevan):

 

 

For something entirely different, composer and arranger Liam Gersh Nobu Tse has quietly started releasing some Chinese choral tunes from his secretive island base…

 

 

Hip-hop? There’s an interview of Destructive Steps/BBoyHK by RTHK Radio 3 in preparation of an upcoming event, complete with an interviewer who’s really trying hard to fully grasp the role of breakdancing within HK… and some tight productions from eAzYBeatz - who is happy to let young children know exactly who’s making these beats:

 

 

 

From the dark depths, Gravity Alterstra have resurfaced with the subtle “Blowjob” and the more melodic “A.I.”

 

 

Perhaps all these slick electronic productions have you craving some rock? Not to worry, the Humble Mutts have just released a self-titled EP of the lyric-driven surfer variety:

 

 

Whew! Nicely done HK, another wicked round of the #HKMU - much respect to all the artists/producers/DJs! More coming soon, don’t forget to send me your music… and until next time: “Kung Hei Fat Choi”

 

From Bass to Indie to Beats - a variety of fresh tunes and mixes have been released out of Hong Kong in the past week.

In preparation of his upcoming Saturday night gig [Frequency], Bass Music China’s 5th Guest Mix comes from Command Strange. China Commands Strange Bass Music? Perhaps, but more importantly it’s funky drum-n-bass that’s well-worth listening to as it wisely avoids the common repetitive traps of the genre.

If you missed the 4th installment from JCC, check it out as well:

 

Hong Kong’s indie darlings Noughts and Exes have just released their third album. Self-titled, it showcases their eclectic musicianship and taut melodies. Or their taut musicianship and eclectic melodies? Either way, it’s catchy meets quality:

J-Hoon has a beat featured, along with label regulars 1988, Samedi Sound System, Voodoo Dred, Science Project, and plenty more, on Dub Temple Records’ latest beat tape tribute. This volume’s recipient is Linton Kwesi Johnson, resulting in some heavy samples for the beat makers to work wonders with.

From the true Hong Kong underground, Jordinho and Loki Dolo have both dropped multi-genre-influenced beats. With “Shoedrink & Boot,” Jordinho unleashes some sparse dubby funk with a lush shimmering break. On “House of Cards,” Loki Dolo finds comfort in noir jazz as a beat struts out from a layered haze.

 

Here’s a regional bonus as well, out of Beijing comes Emcee Heretic with the first video “Whoa!” off his summer-time release Long Time Coming. The album is smartly-produced conscious hip-hop which wears its influences well.

 

And finally, if you missed French Fries in town this summer like I did, Sync Sing Sin and Trenchtown Music have thoughtfully prepared a re-cap video to emphasize what a mistake that was. Or if you attended, re-live your dance floor memories:

More posts out soon, and if you love dub I hope to see you at Midnight & Co. on Wednesday, October 2nd, as MC Loki Dolo and myself go on a bass-fueled musical exploration of Jamaican-influenced music…

2000 Tons of TNT re-imagine the vintage on Reggae Mysteria. Funky upbeat instruments like the excellent title track and the following “Cougar Communion” are sharp and well-polished, the latter featuring some wicked keys. While certainly retro-inspired, this is an updated and varied take on the past as the garage-rock of “Shot In The Dark,” the slightly-Eastern funk of “Tiger Uppercut,” and the well-passed melody on “Rabo De Toro” all show. This is dirty garage rock with ample funk and early reggae influences, but great cuts like “Electric Pyramid” don’t deserve to be pinned down by genres. “Theme For Ambu” features some nice heavy drumming and another wicked keyboard solo, before “I’m Feeling Lonely” closes with its skanking guitar. This is a unique mix of musical styles, coming out of San Diego, CA, that is pushing the past forward in all the right ways. Hopefully their follow-up, expected in 2013, will continue the inspiring trend:
<a href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/reggae-mysteria” data-mce-href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/reggae-mysteria”>Reggae Mysteria by 2000 Tons of TNT</a>
01/01/13 UPDATE: Here’s two new tracks (currently available for free) as a new album preview:
<a href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/harvest-moon-wonky-digital-single” data-mce-href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/harvest-moon-wonky-digital-single”>Harvest Moon/Wonky Digital Single by 2000 Tons of TNT</a>

2000 Tons of TNT re-imagine the vintage on Reggae Mysteria. Funky upbeat instruments like the excellent title track and the following “Cougar Communion” are sharp and well-polished, the latter featuring some wicked keys. While certainly retro-inspired, this is an updated and varied take on the past as the garage-rock of “Shot In The Dark,” the slightly-Eastern funk of “Tiger Uppercut,” and the well-passed melody on “Rabo De Toro” all show. This is dirty garage rock with ample funk and early reggae influences, but great cuts like “Electric Pyramid” don’t deserve to be pinned down by genres. “Theme For Ambu” features some nice heavy drumming and another wicked keyboard solo, before “I’m Feeling Lonely” closes with its skanking guitar. This is a unique mix of musical styles, coming out of San Diego, CA, that is pushing the past forward in all the right ways. Hopefully their follow-up, expected in 2013, will continue the inspiring trend:

01/01/13 UPDATE: Here’s two new tracks (currently available for free) as a new album preview: