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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

 

The Giants, it seems, are actually trying to be humble. With Reel 1 & 2 - Adapted Chapter, they’ve successfully taken on many of reggae’s most famous riddims, dubbing them not into spatial oblivion, but rather as funky instrumentals primed for the dance. Consistent in quality, and with several standout tracks: this is an impressive album. What about naming the originals you ask? Well, we all need homework from time to time! (EDIT: or you can check out this Spotify playlist direct from The Giants!)
 
“Adapted Chapter Dub” features a warm skanking guitar, before allowing a sample to make The Giants’ mission clear: ‘strictly rub a dub.’ Bringing the groove to the front, “Crafty Dub” is at times sparse and at times swirling and busy, with cascading keys nicely reappearing throughout. The short “Honey Dub” pushes the bpm up just a bit, before “Brixton Prison Dub” takes a darker percussion-laden approach to a familiar tune, which makes the bursting horns a mid-way surprise.
 
“Earth Dub” allows its riddim to slowly assemble, teasing with pieces until the melody-line finally - though temporarily - emerges from the shadowy haze, at times almost hinting at industrial mechanization. “Old Time Dub” gives away its origins immediately via a few very familiar words from Triston Palmer, yet the tune itself lets the horn move to the front-and-center, reverberating with power even as the rhythm section evaporates.
 
As a spoken ‘Irie’ echoes, “Rocking Miss D Dub” rides a short, tight groove, revealing some engaging layers along the way. Then “Drum Song Dub” - the most uptempo on the whole album - shows off a few classic tricks of dub engineering (lasers and spring reverb) while featuring a haunting theme. “House Of Parliament Dub” initially sounds formal, with calling horns, which makes the restrained breakdown and buildup even better.
 
The delicate “Rain Dub” gives way to the chaotic “Mash Dub,” where reverberation reigns supreme. The horns return, cut short and emphasizing the echo, on the appropriately-titled “Drifting Dub.” While announced as ‘strictly drum n bass,’ “Bad Boy Dub” ventures into some jazzy guitar to bring its disparate elements together smoothly. “Dedication To Flabba Dub” does feature a powerful bass-line, giving a nice nod to a legend while also leading nicely into the horn-line of “You Don’t Remember Dub.” “Night Fall Down” seems to imply that the album is winding down; in reality the slow - yet groovy - tune is merely setting up the expected ambling bass on an excellent closing statement in the form of “World Jam Dub.”
 
It’s safe to say that while most of these are going to be familiar to the average dub/reggae connoisseur, there’s far more here than just updated covers of known versions… these are modern and updated interpretations recorded in loving classic analog style. Tune in now, this 18-track is even a free lossless download:
 
Reel 1 & 2 - Adapted Chapter by The Giants
 
The Giants, it seems, are actually trying to be humble. With Reel 1 & 2 - Adapted Chapter, they’ve successfully taken on many of reggae’s most famous riddims, dubbing them not into spatial oblivion, but rather as funky instrumentals primed for the dance. Consistent in quality, and with several standout tracks: this is an impressive album. What about naming the originals you ask? Well, we all need homework from time to time! (EDIT: or you can check out this Spotify playlist direct from The Giants!)

 

“Adapted Chapter Dub” features a warm skanking guitar, before allowing a sample to make The Giants’ mission clear: ‘strictly rub a dub.’ Bringing the groove to the front, “Crafty Dub” is at times sparse and at times swirling and busy, with cascading keys nicely reappearing throughout. The short “Honey Dub” pushes the bpm up just a bit, before “Brixton Prison Dub” takes a darker percussion-laden approach to a familiar tune, which makes the bursting horns a mid-way surprise.

 

“Earth Dub” allows its riddim to slowly assemble, teasing with pieces until the melody-line finally - though temporarily - emerges from the shadowy haze, at times almost hinting at industrial mechanization. “Old Time Dub” gives away its origins immediately via a few very familiar words from Triston Palmer, yet the tune itself lets the horn move to the front-and-center, reverberating with power even as the rhythm section evaporates.

 

As a spoken ‘Irie’ echoes, “Rocking Miss D Dub” rides a short, tight groove, revealing some engaging layers along the way. Then “Drum Song Dub” - the most uptempo on the whole album - shows off a few classic tricks of dub engineering (lasers and spring reverb) while featuring a haunting theme. “House Of Parliament Dub” initially sounds formal, with calling horns, which makes the restrained breakdown and buildup even better.

 

The delicate “Rain Dub” gives way to the chaotic “Mash Dub,” where reverberation reigns supreme. The horns return, cut short and emphasizing the echo, on the appropriately-titled “Drifting Dub.” While announced as ‘strictly drum n bass,’ “Bad Boy Dub” ventures into some jazzy guitar to bring its disparate elements together smoothly. “Dedication To Flabba Dub” does feature a powerful bass-line, giving a nice nod to a legend while also leading nicely into the horn-line of “You Don’t Remember Dub.” “Night Fall Down” seems to imply that the album is winding down; in reality the slow - yet groovy - tune is merely setting up the expected ambling bass on an excellent closing statement in the form of “World Jam Dub.”

 

It’s safe to say that while most of these are going to be familiar to the average dub/reggae connoisseur, there’s far more here than just updated covers of known versions… these are modern and updated interpretations recorded in loving classic analog style. Tune in now, this 18-track is even a free lossless download:

 

 

Fortunately neither rain nor a failed wireless router can stop Hong Kong’s musical underground. #HKMU in full effect:
 
Lead this edition comes from Palms & Charms, a new HK/Tokyo label focused on funky tropical grooves. HK’s Barnaby Bruce gets the first release, which will be out on vinyl July 7. “This Time Around” b/w “Feel The Wheel” is all about relaxing in the summertime:
 

 
The Uptown Rockers are celebrating a full decade of bringing the beats to the ears of Hong Kong. Check out this photo/video compilation to mark the occasion:
 

 
Sert has a new drum-n-bass tune out, and “Osmos Layers” is clearly designed to slowly seep in… and the prodigious mixologist also has a new “Soul Healing Session” out for June:
 


 
Fresh Funky S has a new tech-house release, available on Beatport. Check out “Follow Me” and its taught bassline:
 

 
Emmanuel Diaz is on a slightly lighter house vibe, with his new bootleg mashup of Tez Cadey & Gotye: “Seve Somebody That I Used to Know.” New live mix for June from Zuma as well:
 


 
So apparently HK Clubbing runs a regular “radio” broadcast featuring Hong Kong DJs? Ignoring the somewhat limited definition of music worthy of “clubbing,” there are a lot of techno and electronic mixes available, over 60 at current count! Most recent installment comes from…
 

 
Arun R has a fresh daytime house mix out, “Summer Cuts ‘14.” Catch it while it’s seasonally-appropriate:
 

 
Tech-house? Ocean Lam has recently released both a live mix recorded at Bassment earlier this month (along with Jeremy Cheung & Tre Turner), plus a Love Play Podcast:
 


 
More tech-house? Vib. has you covered with their release of a DJ Dhoo mix - perhaps you caught the show on June 21?
 

 
Tszpun marks his mixtape return (after a 4-year hiatus!) with his warmup set, self-described as moody and emotional, from a Guy J party:
 

 
Kazoku has a lush, minimal hiphop track out, “DaysInHK (ft. Tinashe),” which is at times condemning while also being celebratory. Production comes from EazyBeatz:
 

 
LëKSs approaches hiphop from a different perspective, on the second installment of his Mixcloud-charting mixtape series “GoNaRaP.” Expect groovy beats:
 

 
MC Heyo has a brand-new track, “Homeless,” a collab with producer DoughBoy, with a soaring chorus from Tabi:
 

 
Ekorb, alongside Loki Dolo, equal DOT MCz. The duo’s leaked a preview skit from their upcoming album…
 

 
J-Hoon, with Erykah Badu sample in hand, has an “Undercover Lover” with a case of the clap:
 

 
Rifain (now with official FB page!) has just released the second episode of “From Hong Kong With Love.” Prepare yourself for the hypnotic intro:
 

 
In preparation of an upcoming gig with Heavy HK, Kongkast #218 comes from the UK’s Axon. Free download.
 
On a literary tip, underground pop-up parties have recently been featured by the SCMP’s “48 Hours.” Very excited to see Heavy HK leading the article, and my frequent collaborators Paragon Sound System getting their due as well.
 
James ‘Yao’ Acey provided the SCMP with a “Play List" for this past week.
 
And from across the border in Shenzhen, DJ LoveTron has recently dropped an uptempo tropical bass mix:
 

 
Goldenchyld recently visited Hong Kong, and presents a road tour video of his experience here:
 

 
Finally, from New Zealand comes a David Dallas rap (produced by P-Money), with pure HK vibes! “Victoria Harbor:”
 

 
As always, thanks for reading, supporting, sharing, and caring about the #HKMU and the music it represents. More music, less hype! Until next time…
 
Fortunately neither rain nor a failed wireless router can stop Hong Kong’s musical underground. #HKMU in full effect:

 

Lead this edition comes from Palms & Charms, a new HK/Tokyo label focused on funky tropical grooves. HK’s Barnaby Bruce gets the first release, which will be out on vinyl July 7. “This Time Around” b/w “Feel The Wheel” is all about relaxing in the summertime:

 

 

The Uptown Rockers are celebrating a full decade of bringing the beats to the ears of Hong Kong. Check out this photo/video compilation to mark the occasion:

 

 

Sert has a new drum-n-bass tune out, and “Osmos Layers” is clearly designed to slowly seep in… and the prodigious mixologist also has a new “Soul Healing Session” out for June:

 

 

Fresh Funky S has a new tech-house release, available on Beatport. Check out “Follow Me” and its taught bassline:

 

 

Emmanuel Diaz is on a slightly lighter house vibe, with his new bootleg mashup of Tez Cadey & Gotye: “Seve Somebody That I Used to Know.” New live mix for June from Zuma as well:

 

 

So apparently HK Clubbing runs a regular “radio” broadcast featuring Hong Kong DJs? Ignoring the somewhat limited definition of music worthy of “clubbing,” there are a lot of techno and electronic mixes available, over 60 at current count! Most recent installment comes from…

 

 

Arun R has a fresh daytime house mix out, “Summer Cuts ‘14.” Catch it while it’s seasonally-appropriate:

 

 

Tech-house? Ocean Lam has recently released both a live mix recorded at Bassment earlier this month (along with Jeremy Cheung & Tre Turner), plus a Love Play Podcast:

 

 

More tech-house? Vib. has you covered with their release of a DJ Dhoo mix - perhaps you caught the show on June 21?

 

 

Tszpun marks his mixtape return (after a 4-year hiatus!) with his warmup set, self-described as moody and emotional, from a Guy J party:

 

 

Kazoku has a lush, minimal hiphop track out, “DaysInHK (ft. Tinashe),” which is at times condemning while also being celebratory. Production comes from EazyBeatz:

 

 

LëKSs approaches hiphop from a different perspective, on the second installment of his Mixcloud-charting mixtape series “GoNaRaP.” Expect groovy beats:

 

 

MC Heyo has a brand-new track, “Homeless,” a collab with producer DoughBoy, with a soaring chorus from Tabi:

 

 

Ekorb, alongside Loki Dolo, equal DOT MCz. The duo’s leaked a preview skit from their upcoming album…

 

 

J-Hoon, with Erykah Badu sample in hand, has an “Undercover Lover” with a case of the clap:

 

 

Rifain (now with official FB page!) has just released the second episode of “From Hong Kong With Love.” Prepare yourself for the hypnotic intro:

 

 

In preparation of an upcoming gig with Heavy HK, Kongkast #218 comes from the UK’s Axon. Free download.

 

On a literary tip, underground pop-up parties have recently been featured by the SCMP’s “48 Hours.” Very excited to see Heavy HK leading the article, and my frequent collaborators Paragon Sound System getting their due as well.

 

James ‘Yao’ Acey provided the SCMP with a “Play List" for this past week.

 

And from across the border in Shenzhen, DJ LoveTron has recently dropped an uptempo tropical bass mix:

 

 

Goldenchyld recently visited Hong Kong, and presents a road tour video of his experience here:

 

 

Finally, from New Zealand comes a David Dallas rap (produced by P-Money), with pure HK vibes! “Victoria Harbor:”

 

 

As always, thanks for reading, supporting, sharing, and caring about the #HKMU and the music it represents. More music, less hype! Until next time…