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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).

 

 

An Eclectic Conversation With The Scientist:

“IT WAS JUST MY CALLING, MY NUMBER, IN THE UNIVERSE”

The legendary dub engineer kindly spoke with me via Skype on a wide range of topics, from dub to religion to reggae to education… now thanks to some collaborative efforts you can read the full conversation!

- on NiceUp

- on Bass Music China (中文翻譯)

Much respect to everyone involved with this, and I hope you enjoy it!

*photo by Chuck Przybyl from the recent The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub sessions*

An Eclectic Conversation With The Scientist:

“IT WAS JUST MY CALLING, MY NUMBER, IN THE UNIVERSE”

The legendary dub engineer kindly spoke with me via Skype on a wide range of topics, from dub to religion to reggae to education… now thanks to some collaborative efforts you can read the full conversation!

- on NiceUp

- on Bass Music China (中文翻譯)

Much respect to everyone involved with this, and I hope you enjoy it!

*photo by Chuck Przybyl from the recent The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub sessions*