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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!

 

As specialists in heavy modern dub, Dub Combe Records delivers as expected with the bass-driven electro-dub of Maxiroots. The See No Light EP begins with “Rightful Dub,” its dark synth melody lines weaving around a relentless steppers low-end before a mesmeric spiritual wail completely redefines the track. “Human Dub” allows a bit of swirling haze to enter into an otherwise clean digital production, one whose lead bounces between instruments while a thick groove engulfs the listener. For “See No Light,” it may be the titular sample that introduces the thick bassline, but it’s the darting horns that add just enough to the mix. Staying strictly digital,”Raising Dub” predicts the back alley soundtrack to an Arabian future. Skanking across crushing seas, final cut “Hurricane Dub” stays true to the unspoken proviso here: allow the depths of dub to shine. Contradictory? Perhaps. And definitely worth a listen.
 
[DCR005] See No Light EP by MAXIROOTS
 
As specialists in heavy modern dub, Dub Combe Records delivers as expected with the bass-driven electro-dub of Maxiroots. The See No Light EP begins with “Rightful Dub,” its dark synth melody lines weaving around a relentless steppers low-end before a mesmeric spiritual wail completely redefines the track. “Human Dub” allows a bit of swirling haze to enter into an otherwise clean digital production, one whose lead bounces between instruments while a thick groove engulfs the listener. For “See No Light,” it may be the titular sample that introduces the thick bassline, but it’s the darting horns that add just enough to the mix. Staying strictly digital,”Raising Dub” predicts the back alley soundtrack to an Arabian future. Skanking across crushing seas, final cut “Hurricane Dub” stays true to the unspoken proviso here: allow the depths of dub to shine. Contradictory? Perhaps. And definitely worth a listen.