Kick-starting 2014 diversely, here’s the newest #HKMU
[Hong Kong Music Update], with locally-based artists pushing a wealth of sounds. First up, shockingly I know, is my own latest mixtape "A Cess The Sess."
Eclectic reggae-influenced bass, it’s an upbeat celebration of 2013, and don’t forget to dig deep on the #wordplay, don’t settle for the obvious:
Miko Van Chung has released three tech-house mixes, full of banging beats, via his re-active Mixcloud. Prepare a dance floor and become an electric owl:
From the Paragan crew the funky vibes of both “A Finnalicious Mix” and “Paragon Mix 3,” with Finnalicious and Selekta Sev exploring disco and afrobeat respectively. Affiliate ▶▶△ have also just released “Orange” feat. Loic Manou, a slow brooding synthed-out instrumental:
Loki Dolo digs into the subcontinental depths for his Vedic dub of M. S. Subbulakshmi…
Several hip-hop crews have new videos out, with Wildstyle’s 40盎司 / HGLF POSSE (N.O.L.Y, KLASSICK) ft. YoungQueenz presenting an NYC-inspired street scene in HK, with stoops and gold chains; J Bo Escobar may have been somewhat similarly influenced, but takes his verbal boasting to HK’s rooftops as well; tragically overlooked in early editions is the Hong Kong Underground Cypher 2.0 (Official Music Video) 香港地下C featuring a whole slew of MCs… uniting to diss Skibbs.
“Stage Separation” might be the latest exploration deemed finished, and worthy of the 大少爺
moniker, but the ever-increasing finger-view “Technoodling” series from 7echno showcases some high-quality analog techno jamming:
“Zion (Zion)” is a rehearsal live take from Cantonese reggae band Sensi Lion, with vocal echo and leading horn section in full effect.
Yao shares radio jockey duties with Blackfoot Phoenix for “The Hong Kong Special” of “The Lickety Split Show.” A true sound odyssey, the XXX vet comes on post-interview in the second hour:
Burnie is Bass Music China’s next featured guest mix
, representing Macau, with a mix full of soulful and groovy UK garage-inspired bass sounds.
And to bring things full circle, make to sure to check out my review of J-Hoon’s new album on Dub Temple Records
: it’s soulful hiphop where “the vibe is hazy, the samples spliced, and the influences varied.”
Make sure to check the #HKMU
tab above for all your local underground music needs, and don’t forget to follow along on Facebook