Here’s Some New Music And Notes On America

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One of the best parts about America is public radio and satellite radio. The joys of driving around in a Subaru, switching back and forth between presidential campaign coverage, nihilistic rap, and chill dub reggae… Been traveling through Michigan and Los Angeles over the last month, and noticed / remembered that:

1) Uber has completely changed the ability to travel around LA (and other sprawling cities) without a car. Uber drivers range tremendously in age, ethnicity, and background, and their profit margins are quite small. One Filipino lady driving a Prius claimed that “China owns the Philippines, and you never see a funeral for a Chinese baby, because they just get a new one sent over from the mainland”. Also, LA’s public transport is pretty chill and more people should ride that.

2) Unlike Shanghai, which is totally safe, American cities go from “OK to walk around in” to “Christ, there is gang graffiti everywhere and there’s a homeless dude with a baseball bat walking towards us on this empty street” in about two blocks. Fuck Google maps. I wonder how many people have gotten murked because that devil app led them down the wrong path.

3) Infrastructure and mental health in American cities is falling apart and people in the suburbs are still worried about non-issues like gay marriage and legalization. In the eight years I’ve lived in China, the PRC has built about, oh…150 high speed trains connecting major cities. America has built none that I am aware of. Chicago to NYC and LA to SF seems like obvious places to start.

4) Paying for dental appointments in cash is something that people just do not do. Also, dentists are not keen to accept new patients who pay in cash.

5) Going through airport security is not bad at all and TSA are doing a fine job. Not sure why people complain about due diligence. That said, American domestic airlines are far behind say, Emirates, Korean Air, etc, in terms of customer service, but I still feel confident in the pilots. Also, riding in small planes for short distances, e.g. over Lake Michigan from Kalamazoo to Chicago is hella fun.

6) 24-Hour gyms are becoming the standard and China needs to get on that shit.

7) Everything contains / is mostly made of some corn products. Even treats.

8) Race is a big issue but class is dividing America even more.

9) Poor people in China eat way more fruits and vegetables than poor Americans, who subside largely on a diet of corn-based processed foods and fast food.

10) QR codes are just not a thing in America, unlike China. Saw some QR codes, but seems like no one knows how they function. That’s cool, because fuck QR codes anyway. Also, more and more people have ditched landlines for cell phones, which seems like a bad idea in the event of emergencies / cyber wars.

11) China can learn a lot from America’s great urban planning mistakes of the 20th centuries. These mistakes include building cities for cars, discouraging walking by getting ride of sidewalks, getting ride of bike lanes, and breaking apart social capital. The Death And Life Of Great American Cities is a nice place to start.

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[Kalamazoo from the window of a small plane]

Alright enough chat. Here’s some new tunes.

Damacha – tapt_new  (coming out next week on Groove Bunny Records!)

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Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn & Taso – You Never Show Your Love (feat. DJ Rashad) [Teklife Mix]

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DJ Paypal – bEbay (just an unbelievably good DJ, this guy…)

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Dr. Dre – One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop)*

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*Can’t help but point out the influence of Yeezus / Death Grips on this album, specifically this track. And yeah the album slams, though much like the new Kendrick album, it does not contain many obviously single-ready / club-ready tracks, which <i>Chronic</i> and <i>2001</i> had plenty of. Perhaps that’s in response to the retarded number of purely functional, quick-to-expire West coast rap singles by DJ Mustard and Co.

Future – Blow A Bag (so many good tracks on Dirty Sprite 2…hard to choose)

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Deadboy – White Moon Garden (Black Magick Mix)

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TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP, FUTURE

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Some might lump Atlanta’s Future in with Lil Wayne, Migos, and other current Southern rappers who make throwaway tracks for ratchets. I did at first. In fact I hated his Pluto album so much that I pitched it in the trash.

But then I heard the Karate Chop Remix and realized that Future’s sound has more in common with the Dungeon Family and Outkast than other current southern rappers. That makes sense because his cousin Rico Wade is part of Organized Noize, the crew who produced a LOT of Outkast and Goodie Mobb’s solo material and even worked on TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

As much as I dislike Auto-Tune, Future uses the pitch-shifting vocal tool tastefully, almost like vocoders in italo disco or the Talkbox on Chromeo’s tracks. The auto-tuned voice becomes an instrument instead of just an effect, rendering the songs something like like a trap version of Giorgio Miroder’s epic tunes. Forward-thinking and epic.

Future – Karate Chop (Remix)

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Just ignore Lil’ Wayne’s verse on the remix above and check these other Future tracks:

Future – Turn On The Lights

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Big K.R.I.T. feat. Future – Just Last Week

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No one sounds like Future, but you’ll hear a lot more rappers trying to sound like him in 2014.

Sunday Sleaze

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Another fast weekend in Shanghai. Big thanks to everyone who came out to Shanghai All-Stars on Friday night! Next one is on February 7th.

Here’s a few tunes from my late-nite set at The Shelter on Friday. I got inspired by DJ Ozone’s 80s hip-hop set last week and wanted to mix early 80s hip hop with the Paradise Garage disco/morning music sound from around the same time in NYC. That early hip hop was so much more creative and positive than the “pop a molly get turnt up” shit that dominates the charts nowadays (not that I don’t play that sometimes). Time and place for everything.

T La Rock – It’s Yours

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Taana Gardner – Heartbeat

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The Treacherous Three – Feel The New Heartbeat

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Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent

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Midnight Star – Midas Touch

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Rah Band – Messages From The Stars

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I first heard “Messages From The Stars” when Stones Throw Records boss Peanut Butter Wolf played at The Shelter last month. His set, basically a retrospective of dope music from the second half of the 20th Century, convinced me that Serato Video doesn’t have to be corny. Easily one of the best shows of 2013. Shout out to Henri for requesting and identifying this one!

LOVE BANG SEX TAPE #1

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WARM WINTER LOVE NEXT TO YOUR HOLOGRAM FIREPLACE.

You’re stuck inside but you’re not alone – it’s time for love. Here’s some timeless baby-making music to light your candles. Songs for winter foreplay under warm covers or just on the floor, mixed by Shanghai’s LOVE BANG crew with help from Pleasure Robot #8888. Look out for the X-rated sequel dropping on Feb 10th 2014.

外面冷死了, 想做爱在全息照相的壁炉旁边 ? 听这个MIX就可以.

IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS SOUNDCLOUD, JUST CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD:

TRACKLIST:

1. “If I Was Your Girlfriend (热狼 Jr. Wolf Edit)” – Prince
2. “I Wanna Be Down” – Brandy
3. “All The Way Down” – Cassie // Mijimisha // Elash Gorilla
4. “One In A Million” – Aaliyah
5. “Inside My Love” – Minnie Riperton
6. “The Buzz” – Med, Blu & Madlib feat. Mayer Hawthorne
7. “I’d Rather Be With You” – Bootsy Collins
8. “As Long As I’ve Got You” – The Charmels
9. “U-Luv” – J Dilla
10. “Sweet Stuff” – Sylvia
11. “Computer Love” – Zapp & Roger
12. “Go All Night (Let Me Roll)” – Kelela

TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP: BEST HIP-HOP TRACKS OF 1992

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Hey fam sorry for the lack of posts lately. Been out in the real world, or hiding from it due to pollution and construction. But we’re back with a brand new radio show, coming at you every Monday not-live from Shanghai. This week we pay respect to the year 1992, ahead of Wednesday night’s COME CORRECT party at The Shelter.

In 1992, Clinton stepped into office, Dr. Dre dropped the Chronic, Mario Kart and Street Fighter II gave us calluses, and Wu-Tang Clan crept onto the scene out from the slums of Shaolin. There’s loads of good dancehall, jungle, and rock tunes from ’92 as well but in this first episode of Love Bang radio we count down the best hip-hop jams. West-coast gangsta rap for cruising in plush LS400s and cold NY street rhymes for blunt circles. Though this wasn’t the best year for hip hop ever, some of the best hip-hop tracks ever come from ’92.

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Catch Heatwolves and Caution from Love Bang guesting at COME CORRECT, Shanghai’s weekly hip-hop party, this wednesday Dec. 4th at The Shelter, which just turned six years old. One year living on Yongfu Lu is like 36 regular years. The theme this Wednesday is 1992, so expect at least 92 tunes from that year, everything from dancehall and rap to R&B and new jack swing.

LOVE BANG TOP TEN HIP-HOP TRACKS OF ’92

10. “How To Roll A Blunt” – Redman
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8. “I Missed The Bus” – Kriss Kross
7. “Let Me Ride” – Dr. Dre
6. “Crossover” – EPMD
5. “Halftime” – Nas
4. “After The Laughter Comes Tears” – Wu-Tang Clan
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Here’s the direct link if you can’t access Soundcloud (it’s now blocked in China – why?)

And here’s a couple of tracks from ’92 you might have missed, that didn’t quite make it on this list.

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – On The Run (Untouchable Dirty Version)

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Apache – Gangsta Bitch

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I left off Pete Rock and CL Smooth I’m really not a fan of the raps. The beats and production are ace though. And I can’t stand Das-EFX, Fu-Schnickens, and all that gimmicky rap that dominated the charts. That’s why I say ’92 wasn’t the best year for hip-hop though a lot of good tunes and albums came out. If you know of some good jungle or dancehall tunes from ’92 please leave em in the comments!

Tuesdays With Hip Hop: The Return

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It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…without a dope beat to step to.

I’ve been away in Michigan and driving around the States a bit, taking in lots of hip hop gems on the excellent Ed Lover show on XM Radio’s Backspin station and rinsing the new Danny Brown album, slowly getting through Drake’s new effort (so far 还不错), and planning to check out that Pusha T and DJ Khaled. Haven’t been up on any new “ratchet” or “twerk” music lately, just been focused on the man from Egypt.

Nowadays a lot of peeps like their rap slow a la Chief Keef/French Montana, but back in the 1980s, there was plenty of 128 beats-per-minute hip hop – even Dr. Dre was making it when he started out with the World Class Wrecking Cru. They called this style “electro,” but that’s kind of a confusing term nowadays. Egyptian Lover was one of the most important characters in this whole West Coast Hip Hop/Electro scene, and this megamix I ripped from YouTube is a rock solid introduction to his work. As I’ve mentioned, he’s performing live at our monthly party this Saturday, Nov. 9th at 390 Shanghai and I highly recommend you come out.

Egyptian Lover – Egyptian Lover Megamix

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If I can offer one reason to come out, it’s this – probably 95% of the DJs who perform in Shanghai just get up on the decks and play songs from a computer or CDs. Some people are extremely good at this but nothing beats a good live show, and that’s what we’re bringing on Saturday.  Egyptian Lover is gonna sing, rap, dance, make beats live on an 808, scratch, and play records backwards all at the same damn time. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the set as well as dancing like it’s 1984.

Love Bang Halloween Mixtape 2013

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Happy Halloween ya’ll.

Blood, drugs, poison pills disguised as candy – it’s all here in the supreme Halloween mix from Shanghai’s supreme DJ collective, LOVE BANG. Everything from rare 80s synthwave gems to trap, stoner metal, apocolyptic club music, and of course some Three 6 Mafia. Download for free and dance till you die!

I spent about thirty hours getting this one right.

1) Nahash x Halloween Safety Intro
2) Zomby x ASAP Rocky – Godzilla Night (Heatwolves Blend)
3) Juicy J ft. Wiz Khalifa – Know Betta
4) Youngstar – Dimension X
5) Halloween Theme (Heatwolves Murked in Baltimore Edit)
6) Zomby – Tears in The Rain
7) Black Sabbath – A National Acrobat
8) The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets (feat. Adrian Younge & MRR)
9) Nightmare On Elm Street – Freddy’s Coming To Get You
10) Mr. Flagio – Take a Chance (DJ Apt One Remix)
11) Three 6 Mafia – Weed Is Got Me High
12) Kingdom – Fukin Jaker
13) Laura Ingalls – Editing Time Is Over
14) A-Jackpot – Uno Dos Tres
15) Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?
16) Egyptrixx – Everybody Bleeding
17) The Theme From Psycho Remix
18) Rye Rye vs Hijack – Hardcore Girls Possessed (DJ Ayres edit)
19) TOMMY KRUISE – REAL BUCK
20) Future Brown – Wanna Party ft. Tink
21) oOoOO – The South
22) Three 6 Mafia – Bin Laden
23) Caracal – Elements
24) Twista – Adrenaline Rush
25) Zomby – Pyrex Nights
26) Kingdom – Hood By Air Theme
27) Baauer – Swerve
28) Big Punisher – Leatherface
29) Captain Crunch Halloween Cereal Special Edition
30) 1984 Detroit Devil’s Night Arson
31) Ghostbusters Cereal (No High Fructose Corn Syrup)

See you at Dada tonight.

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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