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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.

 

Demanding a full embrace, both visually and aurally, Golden Dawn Arkestra is not an EP for the faintly funky. Yes, Sun Ra is a clear influence, but this is its own cosmic trip. Opener “Afropocalpyse” allows cascading keys, half dirge and half call to prayer, to set the tone before the well-delivered groove arrives. Layered, with an appropriate focus placed on the brass, until the vintage vocal, tinged gracefully yet slick, takes the lead. Showcasing Golden Dawn Arkestra’s engaging ability to mix eras, sounds, and influences, the track only concludes once a soaring guitar lead is given its due.
 
“Oasis (The Legend of Nathaniel Horne)” eases into its theme slowly: spaghetti-Western bass and whistle alternating with horns and guitar for an entrancing desert odyssey, doors of perception open wide. “Dimensions” goes further into the psychic groove-lands, requesting the listener to ‘sing and dance’ and ‘come and join us now,’ as though psych-funk had fueled Random Access Memories rather than disco.
 
The vocal chant, heavy groove, and prominent horn melodies of afrobeat make “Masakayli” a standout, which nicely sets up the ambling future/past caravan music of “Saharan Knights.” Instruments pop, creating an appropriately massive atmosphere, before striding surf-rock takes the tune into sonic dervishes not often whirled. Dancing off with “Selemat,” equally influenced by snake and Moog charmers, this too-short blast of timeless creativity is delightfully dusty despite its polished elements.
 
“Afropocalypse” is available as a free download, while the whole album is stream-only until the August 19th release date:
 


 
As a bonus, in case you’re at all questioning how wild and funky things would get live, here’s a rendition of Mulatu Astatke’s “Kasalèfkut Hulu:”
 

 
Demanding a full embrace, both visually and aurally, Golden Dawn Arkestra is not an EP for the faintly funky. Yes, Sun Ra is a clear influence, but this is its own cosmic trip. Opener “Afropocalpyse” allows cascading keys, half dirge and half call to prayer, to set the tone before the well-delivered groove arrives. Layered, with an appropriate focus placed on the brass, until the vintage vocal, tinged gracefully yet slick, takes the lead. Showcasing Golden Dawn Arkestra’s engaging ability to mix eras, sounds, and influences, the track only concludes once a soaring guitar lead is given its due.

 

“Oasis (The Legend of Nathaniel Horne)” eases into its theme slowly: spaghetti-Western bass and whistle alternating with horns and guitar for an entrancing desert odyssey, doors of perception open wide. “Dimensions” goes further into the psychic groove-lands, requesting the listener to ‘sing and dance’ and ‘come and join us now,’ as though psych-funk had fueled Random Access Memories rather than disco.

 

The vocal chant, heavy groove, and prominent horn melodies of afrobeat make “Masakayli” a standout, which nicely sets up the ambling future/past caravan music of “Saharan Knights.” Instruments pop, creating an appropriately massive atmosphere, before striding surf-rock takes the tune into sonic dervishes not often whirled. Dancing off with “Selemat,” equally influenced by snake and Moog charmers, this too-short blast of timeless creativity is delightfully dusty despite its polished elements.

 

“Afropocalypse” is available as a free download, while the whole album is stream-only until the August 19th release date:

 

 

As a bonus, in case you’re at all questioning how wild and funky things would get live, here’s a rendition of Mulatu Astatke’s “Kasalèfkut Hulu:”

 

 

With some massive sunshine at the moment - of course with further rain en route - it seems an appropriate time to drop a fully-loaded edition of the #HKMU. As always, this is the best (and only) place to get the low-down on what Hong Kong’s musical underground is up to. Mixtapes, productions, live videos…
 
Up first - since it was just released last night - is my own live compilation “Strike of 12: Live @ Midnight & Co. (ft. MC Loki Dolo).” Featuring highlights taken from several shows during our 2012-2013 “Digital Dub” club night, which proudly marches on as “Pomegranate” at Oma (in collaboration with Paragon Sound System), this is proper underground dub & reggae, with influences of hiphop and DUBstep as well:
 

 
Directly related, Loki Dolo's got a fresh video out, with audio clipped from the above compilation. It's called “Beats Out Da Ying Yang:”
 

 
Reasonably related, and literally hours old, Midnight & Co. (né Yumla) boss man Dan F has just remastered his 2002-era track “Morocco” for a fresh (and free) digital release. Glitch-free, break-laden, with swirling effects:
 

 
Big week for the underground in the radio world!
Steve Hui (aka Nerve) and members of Gravity Alterstra all appeared on RTHK’s “Morning Brew” this week to discuss their show Hong Kong Blender happening this evening. Then, DJs Cookie and 108 did as well for their show this Saturday with Magnetic Soul.
 
Which logically connects to this… Garage night Hummingbird has two groovy mixes out; first, a live set by Cookie at Botellon #8, and second, a special mix from Kenji Hidaka:
 


 
K-Melo’s back with a wide-ranging funky live mix, from the July 12th edition of The Getup! Disco, house, afrobeat, and plenty of other tasteful grooves await:
 

 
If you believe in Hong Kong’s indie scene, there’s a rather cool Indie Gogo campaign called GililGulu, which looks to forge together several aspects of the local culture: indie music, art, and dim sum.
 

 
Heavy Hongkong’s Blood Dunza returns as a producer, with additional voicing from Tippa Irie on this jungle dubplate of Johnny Clarke’s “None Shall Escape.”
 

 
EazyBeatz - calling out those maternally-incestuous folks - is back to the beats for Aero’s “Music With A.K” as well as the slow-rolling instrumental “I Got S.W.A.G”
 


 
If your soul is hurting, Sert has another choice selection of liquid drum ‘n’ bass to heal your ills with the July 2014 edition of his “Soul Healing Session” series:
 

 
With some equally soul-healing irie vibes, blog newbie Neptune has dropped a pair of live mixes from beach bar Mavericks HK, criss-crossing the dub/reggae spectrum:
 


 
Tokyo Matt's got a few new things out, including a mix that is apparently upsetting Soundcloud (“Hong Kong Balearique - Final Call”), “Contemporary Movements,” as well as a Latvian funk edit:
 



 
The Anello, a vocal-driven funky band, recently got in touch… they’ve released a few tracks this past week, featuring layered horns, grooves, and more:
 



 
The title says it all for the “Fun Key Boom Magazine Mixtape.” ‘From House to Disco,’ to quote the artist:
 

 
Also for Boom, Kazoku's track “LanKwai” reps the 852 life - making it clear where you can find them - while a recent cypher with JaeRich drops some hints about what they were doing prior to recording:
 


 
Muggsy has a liquid drum ‘n’ bass track, “With You” feat. Alysha Antonio, on the Soul Flex Digital Vintage LP compilation. A smooth roller, with classy-yet-wordless vocals:
 

 
Sensi Lion have a few videos posted from their show this past Sunday @ 粵協合 You Hip Hop 2014, including this one for “錫安 Zion” and another that I actually shot for “Band Introductions & Lion Rock Steady.”
 


 
Another video I’ve posted is from Botellón #9 in the Lan Kwai Fong Amphitheater. Paragon Sound System with the selections, and MC Loki Dolo on the microphone:
 

 
Fresh Funky S's latest is a house journey in the form of a podcast for Love.Play:
 

 
J. Smythe's #HKMU debut is “Seventh Sesh,” a 'quick minimix before the weekend' of smooth drum 'n' bass:
 

 
From Macau comes dancehall riddim-rider Youth Samoan's “Summer Vybz Mixtape 2014.” Versions aplenty:
 

 
And finally - hope your ears have enjoyed the ride - also from Macau comes #HKMU newcomer DJ Cross Cutz with an appropriately-titled “Old School Hip Hop Mini-Mix,” fueled by the likes of the Sugarhill Gang, RUN-DMC, and other early East Coast legends:
 

 
And there’s another diverse and deep #HKMU. Respect to all in the underground, keep doing what you do. If you’re an HK artist (or in nearby surrounds), please hit me up on Facebook or use the convenient comment box up above to link up and get your recent efforts into the next installment.
 
Peace,
TGT
 
With some massive sunshine at the moment - of course with further rain en route - it seems an appropriate time to drop a fully-loaded edition of the #HKMU. As always, this is the best (and only) place to get the low-down on what Hong Kong’s musical underground is up to. Mixtapes, productions, live videos…

 

Up first - since it was just released last night - is my own live compilation “Strike of 12: Live @ Midnight & Co. (ft. MC Loki Dolo).” Featuring highlights taken from several shows during our 2012-2013 “Digital Dub” club night, which proudly marches on as “Pomegranate” at Oma (in collaboration with Paragon Sound System), this is proper underground dub & reggae, with influences of hiphop and DUBstep as well:

 

 

Directly related, Loki Dolo's got a fresh video out, with audio clipped from the above compilation. It's called “Beats Out Da Ying Yang:”

 

 

Reasonably related, and literally hours old, Midnight & Co. (né Yumla) boss man Dan F has just remastered his 2002-era track “Morocco” for a fresh (and free) digital release. Glitch-free, break-laden, with swirling effects:

 

 

Big week for the underground in the radio world! Steve Hui (aka Nerve) and members of Gravity Alterstra all appeared on RTHK’s “Morning Brew” this week to discuss their show Hong Kong Blender happening this evening. Then, DJs Cookie and 108 did as well for their show this Saturday with Magnetic Soul.

 

Which logically connects to this… Garage night Hummingbird has two groovy mixes out; first, a live set by Cookie at Botellon #8, and second, a special mix from Kenji Hidaka:

 

 

K-Melo’s back with a wide-ranging funky live mix, from the July 12th edition of The Getup! Disco, house, afrobeat, and plenty of other tasteful grooves await:

 

 

If you believe in Hong Kong’s indie scene, there’s a rather cool Indie Gogo campaign called GililGulu, which looks to forge together several aspects of the local culture: indie music, art, and dim sum.

 

 

Heavy Hongkong’s Blood Dunza returns as a producer, with additional voicing from Tippa Irie on this jungle dubplate of Johnny Clarke’s “None Shall Escape.”

 

 

EazyBeatz - calling out those maternally-incestuous folks - is back to the beats for Aero’s “Music With A.K” as well as the slow-rolling instrumental “I Got S.W.A.G”

 

 

If your soul is hurting, Sert has another choice selection of liquid drum ‘n’ bass to heal your ills with the July 2014 edition of his “Soul Healing Session” series:

 

 

With some equally soul-healing irie vibes, blog newbie Neptune has dropped a pair of live mixes from beach bar Mavericks HK, criss-crossing the dub/reggae spectrum:

 

 

Tokyo Matt's got a few new things out, including a mix that is apparently upsetting Soundcloud (“Hong Kong Balearique - Final Call”), “Contemporary Movements,” as well as a Latvian funk edit:

 

 

The Anello, a vocal-driven funky band, recently got in touch… they’ve released a few tracks this past week, featuring layered horns, grooves, and more:

 

 

The title says it all for the “Fun Key Boom Magazine Mixtape.” ‘From House to Disco,’ to quote the artist:

 

 

Also for Boom, Kazoku's track “LanKwai” reps the 852 life - making it clear where you can find them - while a recent cypher with JaeRich drops some hints about what they were doing prior to recording:

 

 

Muggsy has a liquid drum ‘n’ bass track, “With You” feat. Alysha Antonio, on the Soul Flex Digital Vintage LP compilation. A smooth roller, with classy-yet-wordless vocals:

 

 

Sensi Lion have a few videos posted from their show this past Sunday @ 粵協合 You Hip Hop 2014, including this one for “錫安 Zion” and another that I actually shot for “Band Introductions & Lion Rock Steady.”

 

 

Another video I’ve posted is from Botellón #9 in the Lan Kwai Fong Amphitheater. Paragon Sound System with the selections, and MC Loki Dolo on the microphone:

 

 

Fresh Funky S's latest is a house journey in the form of a podcast for Love.Play:

 

 

J. Smythe's #HKMU debut is “Seventh Sesh,” a 'quick minimix before the weekend' of smooth drum 'n' bass:

 

 

From Macau comes dancehall riddim-rider Youth Samoan's “Summer Vybz Mixtape 2014.” Versions aplenty:

 

 

And finally - hope your ears have enjoyed the ride - also from Macau comes #HKMU newcomer DJ Cross Cutz with an appropriately-titled “Old School Hip Hop Mini-Mix,” fueled by the likes of the Sugarhill Gang, RUN-DMC, and other early East Coast legends:

 

 

And there’s another diverse and deep #HKMU. Respect to all in the underground, keep doing what you do. If you’re an HK artist (or in nearby surrounds), please hit me up on Facebook or use the convenient comment box up above to link up and get your recent efforts into the next installment.

 

Peace, TGT