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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!

 

May has arrived, and with it plenty of great new Hong Kong music! The #HKMU keeps on rolling, so ready your ears as there’s more than few productions and mixes to check out. But first, two related things worth reading:
 
Saffron Records’ head honcho Sean Hocking has weighed in on current Asian music, curating a nice collection of regional artists for andofotherthings.com. Talent from Cambodia, China, HK, and India all make the list.
 
And DJ Cameron Yeh has a recent Top 10 chart out on Resident Advisor.
 
As for music, a few super fresh offerings for Buddha’s Birthday have arrived, including DJ Jeremy Cheung, who has brought the techno for the eighth installment of Vib.'s “Get The Vib.” mixtape series:
 

 
And Bass Music China has also just released some footage from their Scratcha DVA show, featuring Kid Fresh:
 

 
Cliché Records has put out their first vinyl, under the name Homesick, featuring three nu-disco edits, including this one of “No Scrubs” by Drop Out Orchestra:
 

 
Sert has a new tune out, “vlookup (Original Mix),” apparently ready for late April leisurely cycling:
 
 
 
EazyBeatz keeps making it look exactly like that, with “We Stra8” produced for Swayze Jones (who brings a bit of Nicki Minaj vibe), “Free Chuchieee” for tr3mobrecords (with some flowing braggadocio), and most recently the beat “T.R.A.P. LIFE:”
 



 
Surely connected to his recent Volar visit, Italian DJ Michael Prado has released a nice homage to HK with the nu-disco mix “Hong Kong Life Is Good.” True title!?
 

 
Another Hong Kong homage appears courtesy of Kavemura, as “Here” featuring Sharon Q. features bold, vibrant, and slightly glitchy visuals of local transport, markets, and more:	
 

 
A second remix of LMF has surfaced, this time by BigFly and CY Kong, of the tune “DBF:”
 

 
JayMe has house on the mind - or does he? “House Not House” explores the genre and related hybrid beats as well:
 

 
Casey Anderson's latest for Typhoon 8 Records is “Power Trip,” featuring a retro (and possibly nostalgic) lo-fi rave video:
 

 
Additionally, “Follow Me” is out from Typhoon 8 label-mate Fresh Funky S:
 

 
Ocean Lam, joined by Fresh Funky S and Lukas, has a full 6.5 hour shared set out, so you can re-live the oma vibes without regard for time or space:
 

 
Super Sheist Productions (aka DJ Redmann), has dropped a big remix from the vaults, the 2011 combination of Notorious BIG, Tupac, Snoop, Lil Kim, and Dub C all atop a funky extended groove:
 

 
Both parts of DJ Steve Bruce's Ku De Ta appearance in Bali, which even included an emotional engagement proposal, are available:
 


 
Since being inspired by Hong Kong is evidently a bit en vogue, Vibes has recently begun the new “ElectriQmix” series, with French DJ FKJ handling the first edition. No embed, sorry.
 
Emmanuel Diaz takes on Green Day with his latest remix, technically still a preview at the moment:
 

 
P. Vibe has done some bilingual mashing up, on “拒絕再玩 vs. Maria Elena (Cookbook Dub Mix) l 張國榮 vs. Xavier Cugat:”
 

 
From Macau, Achun has just released an electronic album entitled The Gloaming Time. HK’s Nerve has contributed a nice remix, plus there’s a new video out for the original version of “Fantastic Path.”
 

 
Speaking of Nerve, he’s also released a mix highlighting his favorite tracks from the now-defunct Volume magazine. Entitled “My Best of Volume,” it’s full of eclectic 90s music with some intriguing remixes:
 

 
In closing, and thanks for reading/listening/scrolling this deep, I’ll leave you with a mashup of my own, a TGT re-imagining of the 1970s as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” meets Big Youth’s “Dread Organ:”
 

 
Enjoy the holiday Hong Kong massive, and keep supporting our underground!
 
May has arrived, and with it plenty of great new Hong Kong music! The #HKMU keeps on rolling, so ready your ears as there’s more than few productions and mixes to check out. But first, two related things worth reading:

 

Saffron Records’ head honcho Sean Hocking has weighed in on current Asian music, curating a nice collection of regional artists for andofotherthings.com. Talent from Cambodia, China, HK, and India all make the list.

 

And DJ Cameron Yeh has a recent Top 10 chart out on Resident Advisor.

 

As for music, a few super fresh offerings for Buddha’s Birthday have arrived, including DJ Jeremy Cheung, who has brought the techno for the eighth installment of Vib.'s “Get The Vib.” mixtape series:

 

 

And Bass Music China has also just released some footage from their Scratcha DVA show, featuring Kid Fresh:

 

 

Cliché Records has put out their first vinyl, under the name Homesick, featuring three nu-disco edits, including this one of “No Scrubs” by Drop Out Orchestra:

 

 

Sert has a new tune out, “vlookup (Original Mix),” apparently ready for late April leisurely cycling:

 

 

EazyBeatz keeps making it look exactly like that, with “We Stra8” produced for Swayze Jones (who brings a bit of Nicki Minaj vibe), “Free Chuchieee” for tr3mobrecords (with some flowing braggadocio), and most recently the beat “T.R.A.P. LIFE:”

 

 

Surely connected to his recent Volar visit, Italian DJ Michael Prado has released a nice homage to HK with the nu-disco mix “Hong Kong Life Is Good.” True title!?

 

 

Another Hong Kong homage appears courtesy of Kavemura, as “Here” featuring Sharon Q. features bold, vibrant, and slightly glitchy visuals of local transport, markets, and more:

 

 

A second remix of LMF has surfaced, this time by BigFly and CY Kong, of the tune “DBF:”

 

 

JayMe has house on the mind - or does he? “House Not House” explores the genre and related hybrid beats as well:

 

 

Casey Anderson's latest for Typhoon 8 Records is “Power Trip,” featuring a retro (and possibly nostalgic) lo-fi rave video:

 

 

Additionally, “Follow Me” is out from Typhoon 8 label-mate Fresh Funky S:

 

 

Ocean Lam, joined by Fresh Funky S and Lukas, has a full 6.5 hour shared set out, so you can re-live the oma vibes without regard for time or space:

 

 

Super Sheist Productions (aka DJ Redmann), has dropped a big remix from the vaults, the 2011 combination of Notorious BIG, Tupac, Snoop, Lil Kim, and Dub C all atop a funky extended groove:

 

 

Both parts of DJ Steve Bruce's Ku De Ta appearance in Bali, which even included an emotional engagement proposal, are available:

 

 

Since being inspired by Hong Kong is evidently a bit en vogue, Vibes has recently begun the new “ElectriQmix” series, with French DJ FKJ handling the first edition. No embed, sorry.

 

Emmanuel Diaz takes on Green Day with his latest remix, technically still a preview at the moment:

 

 

P. Vibe has done some bilingual mashing up, on “拒絕再玩 vs. Maria Elena (Cookbook Dub Mix) l 張國榮 vs. Xavier Cugat:”

 

 

From Macau, Achun has just released an electronic album entitled The Gloaming Time. HK’s Nerve has contributed a nice remix, plus there’s a new video out for the original version of “Fantastic Path.”

 

 

Speaking of Nerve, he’s also released a mix highlighting his favorite tracks from the now-defunct Volume magazine. Entitled “My Best of Volume,” it’s full of eclectic 90s music with some intriguing remixes:

 

 

In closing, and thanks for reading/listening/scrolling this deep, I’ll leave you with a mashup of my own, a TGT re-imagining of the 1970s as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” meets Big Youth’s “Dread Organ:”

 

 

Enjoy the holiday Hong Kong massive, and keep supporting our underground!

 

Melding genres at will, Riddim Fernandez’ Dubbing Out EP is an engaging exploration of the vast musical influence that the dub tradition still maintains. “Bad Man Sound” crosses reggae vocals with a mutated house beat and breakdown, before mixing in hiphop effects and dancehall vibes to create a catchy and creative aural stew. Initially “Dub Fresh N Dub Clean” is more focused on the current electro steppers sound, as shown by its heavy 4/4 beat, tribal drums, and echoes, yet then the tune builds into slowed-down near-breakbeat, with hints of drum-and-bass and featuring an Outkast-inspired vocal sample that expands into a full verse.
 
The mixtures continue, as “Game Of Chess” takes a ragga vocal loop and places it atop some heavy future techno; then “No More” teases a ‘love-scorned’ rocksteady vibe into suitably lighter dubstep territory. “Early Morning Missions” sounds more sprawling than it is, like a slow cruise through an urban soundscape, with some slightly sexy sax flowing out a lush groove. Tightly produced, with styles aplenty, this is an intriguing and ultimately unique demonstration of how yesterday’s dub has led to today’s bass.
 

 
Available digitally via JunoDownload, though it’s also well worth cruising through Riddim Fernandez’s Soundcloud…
 

 
Melding genres at will, Riddim Fernandez’ Dubbing Out EP is an engaging exploration of the vast musical influence that the dub tradition still maintains. “Bad Man Sound” crosses reggae vocals with a mutated house beat and breakdown, before mixing in hiphop effects and dancehall vibes to create a catchy and creative aural stew. Initially “Dub Fresh N Dub Clean” is more focused on the current electro steppers sound, as shown by its heavy 4/4 beat, tribal drums, and echoes, yet then the tune builds into slowed-down near-breakbeat, with hints of drum-and-bass and featuring an Outkast-inspired vocal sample that expands into a full verse.

 

The mixtures continue, as “Game Of Chess” takes a ragga vocal loop and places it atop some heavy future techno; then “No More” teases a ‘love-scorned’ rocksteady vibe into suitably lighter dubstep territory. “Early Morning Missions” sounds more sprawling than it is, like a slow cruise through an urban soundscape, with some slightly sexy sax flowing out a lush groove. Tightly produced, with styles aplenty, this is an intriguing and ultimately unique demonstration of how yesterday’s dub has led to today’s bass.

 

 

Available digitally via JunoDownload, though it’s also well worth cruising through Riddim Fernandez’s Soundcloud