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Squeezing in a quick #HKMU before the Easter holiday, so any accidentally-overlooked Hong Kong music will appear next edition! Given that Pomegranate #2 is happening this very evening at oma, logic entails that Selekta Sev's [Paragon Sound System] previous Pomegranate mix - full of eclectic funky vibes - ought to get our journey started:
 

 
Cantonese reggae band Sensi Lion's recent collaboration with MC Heyo was fortunately recorded, albeit in two parts:
 


 
A Sensi Lion cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” entitled “Dub As You Jah” is also well-worth watching:
 

 
Nude_isco is venturing into the label game, so check out the new EP from Funk Hunk, along with an exclusive mix to mark the occasion:
 


 
Basil Tam is back in the mix game, with the groove-laden tech-house “Incarnation:”
 

 
Kendy Lam presents “My Life of Trance Vol. 4,” which may be the first true trance mix featured in the #HKMU. Uplifting with euphoric buildups:
 

 
Another genre debut comes from Sert's alter-ego PsySert, selecting a full-on uptempo psychedelic experience:
 

 
Deep in a far different sense, Kid Gweilo explores “Deep Fried House” in the fourth volume of his mixtape series
 

 
Composer Liam Gersh Nobu Tse has a new production, featuring a full primary school choir, called “Listening To The Rain:”
 

 
Also from Paragon Sound System, LëKSs has released a two-part ‘hypnotic African trip’ entitled “PataWahdaa:”
 


 
Ocean Lam has been featured by FRISKY Radio, in a segment called FRISKY Loves China. Check out the interview now, and her mix, along with one from Jeremy Cheung, will be airing April 26 and available for download shortly thereafter. 
 
The Italian party vibes continue (remember JayMe’s mix from last #HKMU?) as Roy Malig’s “Mello-Italo” mix from the same night has also emerged:
 

 
Finally, the ever-prolific Eazybeatz has a new video out for “Pinoy Wit Attitude:”
 

 
Well there we have it folks! Turn the bass up and enjoy all the fine efforts from the Hong Kong underground… as always, remember you can check out The Groove Thief over on Facebook for more regular music posts… and if you haven’t listed already, make sure to check out my latest effort, a previously-unreleased radio mix for the sadly-now-defunct reggae/ska show “The Saturday Skank" on RTHK Radio 3:
 

 
Squeezing in a quick #HKMU before the Easter holiday, so any accidentally-overlooked Hong Kong music will appear next edition! Given that Pomegranate #2 is happening this very evening at oma, logic entails that Selekta Sev's [Paragon Sound System] previous Pomegranate mix - full of eclectic funky vibes - ought to get our journey started:

 

 

Cantonese reggae band Sensi Lion's recent collaboration with MC Heyo was fortunately recorded, albeit in two parts:

 

 

A Sensi Lion cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” entitled “Dub As You Jah” is also well-worth watching:

 

 

Nude_isco is venturing into the label game, so check out the new EP from Funk Hunk, along with an exclusive mix to mark the occasion:

 

 

Basil Tam is back in the mix game, with the groove-laden tech-house “Incarnation:”

 

 

Kendy Lam presents “My Life of Trance Vol. 4,” which may be the first true trance mix featured in the #HKMU. Uplifting with euphoric buildups:

 

 

Another genre debut comes from Sert's alter-ego PsySert, selecting a full-on uptempo psychedelic experience:

 

 

Deep in a far different sense, Kid Gweilo explores “Deep Fried House” in the fourth volume of his mixtape series

 

 

Composer Liam Gersh Nobu Tse has a new production, featuring a full primary school choir, called “Listening To The Rain:”

 

 

Also from Paragon Sound System, LëKSs has released a two-part ‘hypnotic African trip’ entitled “PataWahdaa:”

 

 

Ocean Lam has been featured by FRISKY Radio, in a segment called FRISKY Loves China. Check out the interview now, and her mix, along with one from Jeremy Cheung, will be airing April 26 and available for download shortly thereafter.

 

The Italian party vibes continue (remember JayMe’s mix from last #HKMU?) as Roy Malig’s “Mello-Italo” mix from the same night has also emerged:

 

 

Finally, the ever-prolific Eazybeatz has a new video out for “Pinoy Wit Attitude:”

 

 

Well there we have it folks! Turn the bass up and enjoy all the fine efforts from the Hong Kong underground… as always, remember you can check out The Groove Thief over on Facebook for more regular music posts… and if you haven’t listed already, make sure to check out my latest effort, a previously-unreleased radio mix for the sadly-now-defunct reggae/ska show “The Saturday Skank" on RTHK Radio 3:

 

 

Like aural chop suey, Hong Kong’s J-Hoon cuts beats and samples from a range of sources both Western and Asian to create a unique juxtaposition of soulful hiphop. Opening beat “The Bump” rides a thick clap with a very digital melody before giving way to a remix of Method Man’s “P.L.O. Style.” Again the drums are serious, but here it’s all about the crunchy groove sitting nicely beneath the vocals. Tracks three and four fully embrace the titular mentality of Slice n Stiches, as voice becomes instrument atop the beat on 陸小鳳 while beloved Cantopop singer Leslie Cheung’s melody provides the backdrop for classic hip-hop call-outs on “Wind Blows.” “DJ’s Tea Leaves” takes Flying Lotus to Manila for a mashup; “Trapped Light Beam” takes another HK legend, this time Roman Tam, into a bass-driven future. Regardless of track - though “The Blast” is a prime example - the vibe is hazy, the samples spliced, and the influences varied. “I Get High,” a re-imagining of Freda Payne [that was previously leaked as an unreleased b-side earlier this year], gets more proper exposure here courtesy of Dub Temple Records. Closer “Solace In Guiyang” seems poised to provide the soundscape for a gritty retro-future film noir, a la Blade Runner. Much more than just a beat tape:
 
Slice n Stiches by J-Hoon
Like aural chop suey, Hong Kong’s J-Hoon cuts beats and samples from a range of sources both Western and Asian to create a unique juxtaposition of soulful hiphop. Opening beat “The Bump” rides a thick clap with a very digital melody before giving way to a remix of Method Man’s “P.L.O. Style.” Again the drums are serious, but here it’s all about the crunchy groove sitting nicely beneath the vocals. Tracks three and four fully embrace the titular mentality of Slice n Stiches, as voice becomes instrument atop the beat on 陸小鳳 while beloved Cantopop singer Leslie Cheung’s melody provides the backdrop for classic hip-hop call-outs on “Wind Blows.” “DJ’s Tea Leaves” takes Flying Lotus to Manila for a mashup; “Trapped Light Beam” takes another HK legend, this time Roman Tam, into a bass-driven future. Regardless of track - though “The Blast” is a prime example - the vibe is hazy, the samples spliced, and the influences varied. “I Get High,” a re-imagining of Freda Payne [that was previously leaked as an unreleased b-side earlier this year], gets more proper exposure here courtesy of Dub Temple Records. Closer “Solace In Guiyang” seems poised to provide the soundscape for a gritty retro-future film noir, a la Blade Runner. Much more than just a beat tape:

 

This Hong Kong Music Update - and we all know #HKMU is trending like a champ - is hopefully not the last of 2013… but if it is, we’ve got plenty of mixes, ranging from trap to tech-house and psychedelia to funkafrocumbiasoul. That’s more ground covered than you might imagine, as HK’s diverse mixologists have prepared a solid representation of the full musical spectrum. I’ve even made my own timely contribution…
 
First up, Paragon member Johny Alpha makes his apparent Mixcloud debut with a proper musical odyssey, cramming in plenty of funky gems alongside a literal ‘A to Z’ between Archie Bell & The Drells and Zebra.
 

 
AkirA has released a few mixes recently, with huge party-influenced trap beats on Soundcloud and EDM into drum & bass over on Mixcloud’s “Dreaming of Nightmare.”
 


 
While I actually expected more mixes to have been posted from Clockenflap 2013 by now, Ocean Lam has made the full 3 hour shared set by herself, Devlar, and Casey Anderson available. Whole lot of well-mixed techno here. Individual sets? Ocean Lam // Casey Anderson
 

 
“Deep Blue Sea 4,” from Fun Key, is a smooth groove-driven house mix. Yes, it is funky. And a key to fun?
 

 
Ordinarily I would save my self for last, but the finale this update is just epic… so here is my latest mixtape “Dub Is A Virus.” A wide-ranging exploration of modern dub, the goal was to explore the heavy bass-filled depths…
 

 
Finally - and it’s worth the wait - Jim Brockman has kindly lent some cloud space to Nick The Book Man and DJ Nipper, who face-off in the 44th (!?) installment of what is apparently a psychedelic musical duel of legendary proportions. Prepare your third eyes, adventurers:
 

 
And there we have it. Catch your breath and your melted minds.
If you’re in Hong Kong, feel free to share any tracks or mixes you have (either by email above, or by PM on Facebook).
 
 
This Hong Kong Music Update - and we all know #HKMU is trending like a champ - is hopefully not the last of 2013… but if it is, we’ve got plenty of mixes, ranging from trap to tech-house and psychedelia to funkafrocumbiasoul. That’s more ground covered than you might imagine, as HK’s diverse mixologists have prepared a solid representation of the full musical spectrum. I’ve even made my own timely contribution…

 

First up, Paragon member Johny Alpha makes his apparent Mixcloud debut with a proper musical odyssey, cramming in plenty of funky gems alongside a literal ‘A to Z’ between Archie Bell & The Drells and Zebra.

 

 

AkirA has released a few mixes recently, with huge party-influenced trap beats on Soundcloud and EDM into drum & bass over on Mixcloud’s “Dreaming of Nightmare.”

 

 

While I actually expected more mixes to have been posted from Clockenflap 2013 by now, Ocean Lam has made the full 3 hour shared set by herself, Devlar, and Casey Anderson available. Whole lot of well-mixed techno here. Individual sets? Ocean Lam // Casey Anderson

 

 

“Deep Blue Sea 4,” from Fun Key, is a smooth groove-driven house mix. Yes, it is funky. And a key to fun?

 

 

Ordinarily I would save my self for last, but the finale this update is just epic… so here is my latest mixtape “Dub Is A Virus.” A wide-ranging exploration of modern dub, the goal was to explore the heavy bass-filled depths…

 

 

Finally - and it’s worth the wait - Jim Brockman has kindly lent some cloud space to Nick The Book Man and DJ Nipper, who face-off in the 44th (!?) installment of what is apparently a psychedelic musical duel of legendary proportions. Prepare your third eyes, adventurers:

 

 

And there we have it. Catch your breath and your melted minds. If you’re in Hong Kong, feel free to share any tracks or mixes you have (either by email above, or by PM on Facebook).