Live Recording From Dada Last Night

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Played a three-hour set over at Dada Bar last night and the recording came out pretty nice. Just uploaded the warm-up section, full of disco and italo heat and a little bit of that love music. No tracklist but I promise there’s loads of gems inside.

Back at Dada on Tuesday night then off to America for a month! Doing shows in Kentucky, NYC, Kalamazoo, and more. Stay tuned for more info on all that. For now, just come down and say goodbye if you’re in Shanghai on Tuesday.

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Tuesdays With Hip Hop – 1980s Electro

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When you think of “electro,”  acts like Justice, Boys Noize, or Siruismo may come to mind. You might think of French people in florescent clothing and side-chain compression rather than breakdancing and retro-futurism. But much like the words “trap” and “dubstep” have taken on completely different meanings from what they originally signified, “electro” now means something totally different than what it meant in the 1980s. Let’s take a look back

In the early 1980s, electro was the new wave of hip hop after acts like Sugarhill Gang were rapping over disco breaks and tracks by live bands. Compared to everything else that came out in 1982, Planet Rock was completely groundbreaking. This was the same year as Fearless Four’s “Rockin’ It” and Malcolm Mclaren’s “Buffalo Gals” – both classic tracks in their own right, but they didn’t push boundaries like Planet “Rock.” This revolutionary 808-based song, which pulled heavily from Kraftwork’s “Numbers” and tracks by Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), set the tone for not only the hip-hop scene, but also what would become techno thanks to acts from Detroit like Cybotron and Drexciya. This is one of my favorite genres ever and these tracks still sound fresh almost 30 years later.

Afrika Bambata – Planet Rock

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Kraftwerk – Numbers

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The Jonzun Crew – Space Is The Place

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Newcleus – Jam On It (Back In Da Dayz Old School Mix)

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And here we have one of the greatest electro artists ever – The Egyptian Lover. “Not just a man, it’s an adventure.” Besides Afrika Bambata, this is who comes to mind when I think of classic electro. And we’ve got him coming to LOVE BANG on November 9th at 390 Bar. He’s doing a live 808 Set, a DJ set, and a dance routine. More info on that show as the date approaches but it’s not to be missed! Check this interview with the legend over on Weekly Review Of Dance Music and a bio over at Stones Throw. Here’s the stone-cold classic “Egypt, Egypt.” Photo from Stones Throw.

Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt

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And this one, straight out of Detroit. Pioneers of techno right here.

Cybotron – Clear

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Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)

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Globe feat. Whiz Kid – Play That Beat Mr. DJ

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And here’s a couple newer tracks building on that classic electro sound – really love these. Both coming out of London, on Night Slugs and Hyperdub, respectively.

Girl Unit – Ensemble (Club Mix)

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Ikonika – Mr Cake

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Eating mooncakes right now so the Ikonika track feels perfect. Easily one of the best tracks to come out this year. The mooncake? Not one of the best of 2013.

And as a bonus, let’s go way back to the roots of all this with a track by Japanese act Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1978. Roller skate classic right here.

Yellow Magic Orchesta – Firecracker

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Next Tuesday we’ll continue down this path and look at another strain of 808-heavy music – Miami Bass.

 

WHAT’S GOOD IN SHANGHAI THIS WEEKEND SEPT 5 – 8 // 周末有啥好的?

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Remember how it was 106 degrees a month ago? After the hottest summer ever on record in Shanghai for the 2013, fall crashed the party like a gang of bros rocking fake New-Era hats. But instead of bringing warm cans of Qingdao, fall brings rain, cold fronts, crumbling, toe-destroying pavement, deadly ammonia leaks, and a lot of good as well.

The question is not “How is the weather in Shanghai?” but “What’s worse, Shanghai summer or Shanghai winter?” This place is known for a short spring and fall sandwiched between long, tortuous winters and summers. Enjoy these fall weeks.

And shout out to subway Line 11, shout out to public transportation. Now it’s really simple to transfer within and from the South Side, AKA the best side, to Line 2 at Jiangsu Lu. For example, if you live at Jiaotong University and wanna get to Jing An, you can take line 11 one station to Jiangsu Lu, transfer, and roll one more station to Jing An. Or you can take bus 76 just opposite CityShop on Panyu.

As usual there’s a lot of shit on this weekend and some serious gems, so let’s take a look at what the 周末 has to offer.

FRIDAY – 1950s/60s Music/Rockabilly/Old Records Played By Someone Who Knows The Deal @ The Shelter

Keb Barge is apparently that dude. A pioneer who’s been DJing since the 1970s, he strictly drops good old tunes on vinyl 45s. He doesn’t like house or hip hop and won’t be playing any of that, but you’ll hear a bunch of classic tunes you’ve never heard before. Surely you’ll hear some hip hop though, with this dope, all-Shanghainese support lineup featuring The Grumpy Pig AKA V-Nutz playing a rare set, Ben Huang, plus the homies Ceezy and HBD. You can read a lot more about the show over at Smart Shanghai. Only 50RMB – highly recommended. On the get-ready tip, here’s one of my favorite Northern Soul tunes.

The Trips – Love Can’t Be Modernized

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FRIDAY – Standup Comedy with Joe Klocek

This one’s put on by the Kung Fu Comedy Club. Only been to one of their shows, Butch Bradley last fall, and that was great. Peep this YouTube video of tonight’s guest pwning a heckler. It’s 200RMB at the door. Damn, comedians can charge a lot at the door. I wonder if in five years there’ll be loads of wack comedians here bringing down the market price?

And the new DJ booth should be up and running at Dada tonight – what do you think? Get down there Saturday night for Popasuda if you’re into dancehall and music without English lyrics.

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SATURDAY – TRAPPED ON A BOAT [PARTY]

Saturday night, boat party on the Yuangpu. I DJed at a boat party for NYU last Friday and that was mad fun; like 400 kids dancing on the top deck. Dry boat but everyone was wilding out regardless. Saturday night’s affair has a full bar on deck(s) plus music by Yen, Caution, CJ, and myself. Music on each floor, lots of booze, and the beautiful Huangpu River with dual skylines chillin in the background. There’s a few tickets left over at Dragon’s website, hop on that. RMB200 with free drinks and RMB500 for free-flow alcohol including champagne. It’s a three-hour voyage, with an afterparty at Shanghai Rose, a century-old, historically-preserved Victorian spot that housed the Shanghai Rowing Club back in 1905. Chill architecture. That party is RMB50 with a drink or free if you’re on the pleasure boat. That’s got The Super Ayi Cleaning Team playing erotic dance music and Xujiahui Trap all night. Strictly for the North Bund ratchets.

The North Bund is a funny place. Lot of ratchets, for real. Last time this lady tried to get me to come in her bar and was like “don’t worry i’m not gonna kidnap you and sell you or anything” and her pink-faced and obese lao laowai husband was like “yerrrrrrr come on in.” There were babies crawling around, all quite surreal.

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Usually it’s a flower ayi trying to sell you a rose, but for this flyer we flipped the already-bizarre reality into a flower selling aunties. Art by the always on-point whoiscecilia and myself.

SATURDAY – HOUSE AND DISCO FROM TIM SWEENEY (BEATS IN SPACE) @ 390

Repping DFA Records and the hugely influential Beats In Space radio show, currently on episode #693, it’s New York’s Tim Sweeny. Support from Mau Mau, American Booze DJs, Santo Chino, and Lindberg. Looks to be the spot for house and disco on Saturday. Peep this Boiler Room mix by dude, just came out three days ago. Only RMB60 with one drink.

Saturday during the day there’s a flea-market at Cotton’s on Xinhua Lu that promises pop up shops, BBQ, music, etc.. Dope venue so worth stopping by if you stay in the South Side/Changning hood.

Alright there’s more but I’m done. Hit the streets, see you out there. Get that 2GT and holler at dem North Bund Ratchets. Will end this one with some brand new tunes from local producers.

Here’s a house tune by DJ Doggy, repping Anhui. This one out on the DOT Records sampler that just dropped.

 

And this serious disco burner by two of my favorite French people, Laura Ingalls and El’se. No DL on this but I’m sure if you ask them nicely they’ll hook you up. It’s out on Disques Pony.

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哦!还有一件事请想告诉你们…Tonight on Shanghai’s English-language TV channel, catch the world premiere of a really *special* cooking show starring yrs truly, DJ Caution, and our good friend Sal, who’s written for this site before. Sal also happens to have his monthly Latin/World Tunes party at Dada Saturday night as well, with guest super-friend DJ Cavia also reppin’ the An Hui. Anyway the TV show premieres tonight on ICS at 8:30PM Shanghai time. That’s 8:30AM Kalamazoo time, a perfect way to start your Friday in the office. Something like an adult sesame street in the Shanghai hood. Steam it live over at ICS. Here’s a shot from when we were cutting records in the kitchen while cutting up some vegetables.

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If you have an event in Shanghai, please send the info/flyer over to holler@lovebanguniverse.com and we’ll see about it getting in this column.

Water No Get Enemy – Pool Party Recap

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Feel like this 104 degree heat makes people a bit crazy. Seen a few fights go down on Friday night outside Dada and Lola, and another almost happen in Xinwang, the late-night Cantoneese spot on Changle Lu. It’s like Street Fighter cause it’s going down between all nationalities, but mostly China, Nigeria, and America.

We had like every nationality at our pool party yesterday too, but no problems except for a couple gully peeps jumping off the waterfall. Looks fun, but probably not a good idea to jump from a ten-foot ledge into five-foot deep water. One dude ignored repeated warnings from our Shanghainese lifeguard uncle and then got smacked hard, WWF style, with a “no diving” sign. You probably know the Super Ayi Cleaning Team, but maybe you don’t know about the Lifeguard Uncle Smackdown Squad.

Anyway, just wanna say thank you to everyone who came out and all who helped make it happen: my right-hand man DJ Caution for holding the music down for three hours when the mixer was too hot to even touch, Dace from Money Shots for snapping all the photos, my girl C for keeping me sane, our guest DJs Choyce Kutz and Mau Mau (will upload their sets soon), Panda Express for hooking up the free Gold Cider with entrance, the homie Luce for the promo help, Shawn and the Shanghai Fun crew for bringing peeps down, all the pool staff, and my man Patrick Mai and his crew for hooking up the soundsystem – if you want it to sound good, you better call Pat,

Oh, here’s why we named the party “Water No Get Enemy.” This tune by Nigeria’s legendary Fela Kuti came out back in 1975 and remains just as solid nearly forty years later. A perfect summer tune, and one of the few songs over ten minutes I can listen to on repeat and never get bored.

Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy

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And here’s what we’re cooking up:

Friday, August 16th – Love Bang #30 with Ceezy @ 390 Bar

Saturday, August 17th – Split Works presents J. Rocc

Saturday, August 24th – Love Bang Pool Party #4

Got a couple new tapes dropping this week too…

SUNDAY ON SOUNDCLOUD | RARE ASIAN DISCO

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ok no more dog photos, for now. moving on to ducks.

peep this poster, inspired by Hong Kong’s giant floating duck, now sadly deflated. i won’t appear at this Love Bang because I’m headed to Beijing with Sal for Popasuda on the same night! See you at Dada Beijing on Friday.

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Alright onto the music. Today we’ve got an absolutely DOPE mix of rare Asian disco. no idea what any of these tracks are. some in Mandarin, Japanese, Fujianhua, Thai, and unknown languages from the Pacific Rim. pretty sure Daft Punk just ripped off some rare Thai disco when they wrote “Get Lucky.”

and if you’re looking for something a bit more 现代, peep this mix from Kingdom, ahead of his “Vertical XL” EP release. dude mixes with Rihanna with underwater bass sludge and even throws in that guilty pleasure of a Top 40 song about eating p – “Kisses Down Low” by Kelly Rowland. this is how I want pop music to sound.

enjoy the sunday. man done turnt up the gale force wind machine ya heard.

Also, EXCLUSIVE mix from DJ Conrank coming tmmr.

 

WHAT’S GOOD IN SHANGHAI THIS WEEKEND // 周末有啥好的? May 24 – 26

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lay in the grass and eat ice cream. is blue moon ice cream really American? like peanut butter but even more 美国味儿?

TOP SEVEN PICKS FOR THIS WEEKEND

1. Jimmy Edgar @ The Shelter on Saturday. Read the full interview with this electrofunk sex music wizard from Detroit over on SmartShanghai.

2. DAFF @ 老码头 on Saturday and Sunday. The Ice Cream Truck having a “creative gathering” outside for two days by the Yangpu. Everyone in town will be there. Shops, dank food, dogs, fashion people. So fashion.

3. Getting shit done amongst all these options.

4. Sinan Mansions Beer Festival @ Sinan Mansions on Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of breweries and loads of beer.

5. Fuck Cancer, Fuck City Weekend @ Harley’s on Friday. Loads of bands and beer, people partying to say fuck off to a mediocre magazine. Weird cultural phenomenon.

6. WORK IT OUT @ Lune on Saturday. Do you enjoy gar-age music from the united kingdom? Yes. Go.

7. VOID Presents Neil Landstrumm @ The Shelter on Friday. Techno, dark room, you know the deal. VOID only brings the heat.

Just read a review on dianping that shelter should install more lights haha.

SUMMER TUNE.

Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia

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哦! You should go see Nova Heart on Saturday at 390 too. Damn good Chinese band.

WHAT’S GOOD IN SHANGHAI THIS WEEKEND // 周末有啥好的?

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HELLO FAM.

I’M STRAPPED UP IN THE RAIN. BOUT TO GET ON A BOAT TONIGHT AND DRINK OPEN BAR CRAFT BEER.

KNOW WHAT’S BEST ABOUT DJING ON A BOAT? NO ONE CAN LEAVE. I CAN PLAY SLAYER, LIL B, OR AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES MANSON, AND 没办法. WHAT U GONNA DO? JUMP IN THE HUANGPU RIVER? THOSE PIGS WERE ALIVE BEFORE THEY HIT THE WATER. THEY WAS THIRSTY. NAW DON’T WORRY I’M GONNA DIG IN MY “WHIIIIIIIIIITE PEOPLE” CRATE.

LOTS OF WAYS TO SPEND UR 元 THIS WEEKEND, SO HERE’S SOME IDEAS.

1. PURPLE SOUL ALBUM RELEASE @ SHELTER ON FRIDAY – ALL CHINESE HIP HOP CREW COMING DOWN FROM BEIJING TONIGHT WITH DJ CAUTION AND CHA CHA ON DECK. EVER WONDERED WHERE ALL THE LOCAL HIP HOP IS? WELL, 说实话 THERE’S NOT MANY RAPPERS IN SHANGHAI, SO SUPPORT THESE GUYS RIDIN THE TRAIN DOWN FROM BEIJING AND PUTTING OUT THEIR ALBUM ON A REALLY LIMITED BUDGET.

Purple Soul – 忙碌的人-龙胆紫

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2. TODD TERRY @ ARKHAM ON FRIDAY – ONE OF THE LEGENDS OF HOUSE MUSICS, PLAYING PURE HOUSE MUSICS.

3. REDDIT MEETUP @ ??? ON SATURDAY – IMA BE THERE. SHOUT OUT TO THE REDDIT FAM. ONE OF YA’LL CAME THRU THE VINYL NIGHT LAST NIGHT.

4. VOLUNTEER @ A HOMELESS SHELTER ON SATURDAY – PLAY PING PONG AND CHILL WITH SOME HOMELESS PEEPS. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD WAY TO MAKE UP FOR ALL YR SINNING IN SHANGHAI U FUCKING DEGENERATES. RSVP AT beanshanghai@gmail.com AND THEY’LL SEND U THE INFO.

5. POPASUDA @ DADA ON SATURDAY – COME WIND TO MUSIC WITHOUT ENGLISH LYRICS (MOSTLY). LOADS OF BASS, SOME BOOTY. PLUS YRS TRULY AND DJ SAL ON DECK.

PROBABLY SOME OTHER STUFF GOING ON, MOSTLY INVOLVING:

a) DIFFERENT STRAINS OF HOUSE MUSICS

b) BEAUTIFUL, COOL PEEPS

c) VENUES THAT WILL CLOSE IN ROUGHLY SIX MONTHS

SEE U ON THE STREETS OR ON THE WATER FAM. WHAT UP WITH THIS RAIN?

Oran “Juice” Jones – The Rain

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Zomby – Tears In The Rain

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ANYONE KNOW WHICH MOVIE THIS ZOMBY SONG SAMPLES? LEAVE A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BROKEN UMBRELLA!

AND 大 THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO OUR VINYL NIGHT LAST NIGHT <3 LOOK FOR A BIT OF THE MIX ON SOUNDCLOUD SOON.

 

 

 

 

 

fuck fashion let’s smoke menthols and listen to mary jane girls

Couple killer tracks here that I wouldn’t have known without my friends Graham and Chris.

Mary Jane Girls – Candy Man (12″ Mix)

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Bok Bok – MJT (The Torture Trak)

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Love bang stay so fashion.