Thundercat “Without You” and Busta Rhymes “Twerk It”

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WATCH OUT FOR UMBRELLA THIEVES. THEY LURKIN.

Love this new track from Thundercat so much. Works magic on the floor too. Brainfeeder really one of my favorite labels.

Thundercat – Without You

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Also feeling this new Busta Rhymes “Twerk It.” Read loads of complaints/hate about this one on the web, but this and disco a la “Get Lucky” will be the sound this summer. It’s also way better than most new dancehall. Sounds like Pharrell made this beat with water droplets. Also, Busta Rhymes is Jamaican so it’s not like he’s just jumping on this style like Snoop Lion. Here’s the dirty version.

Busta Rhymes – Twerk It

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You’ll definitely hear this at Dada tonight for Papasuda so come down to get down.

SUNDAY ON SOUNDCLOUD | KINGDOM – “Bank Head”

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So that live blogging from the BBQ cookoff never happened. Within thirty minutes of  arrival, I crashed on a skateboard and started bleeding from my back and wrist then got chased and bitten by a Scottish Sheep Dog with an enormous D. But otherwise a great day in the sun, with pure meats, whiffle ball, and reverse culture shock.

Starting today, I’m going to feature some of the best cloud seedlings on Soundcloud, beginning with an upcoming release by one of my favorite producers. Kingdom fuses some of my favorite genres, R&B, electro, Baltimore, and dubstep, but manages to sound way classier than his peers. This is the darker cousin of R&B (no racist), with similar DNA as newer releases by Shlohmo but much clubbier and stripped-back. Super distinctive and immediately identifiable style. His 2010 release on Night Slugs remains one of my favorites from that label, and I expect he’ll eventually get picked up by some pop stars and major labels. Tracks like “Let You Know” make me think that’s what he’s after.

I’d been listening to this track from his upcoming EP on Fade To Mind (sister label of Night Slugs) and noticed a familiar name on the art production credits – Kim Laughton from ROM! The VJ who looks like white Jesus, you know who I’m talking about. He’s seriously stepped up his art game in the past few years and now he’s done this stunning album cover. Reminds me a bit of the final battle in Akira. Definitely copping the full EP on May 28th, can’t wait.

Mondays With Cats

Happy Monday ya’ll.

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Have you seen these cats around town? They’re the work of Desio. Makes sense because Shanghai really is a cat city. You can’t work more than five minutes at night in this town without seeing a street cat (or a 老外, these days).

I’m a big fan of quality graffiti like this (and cartoon cats). Two minutes later on the same street, a five-year old boy walked out of his parents’ shop and took a huge piss on the front steps, so I don’t believe this art harms the neighborhood’s image.

I don’t know anything about I VA. My gf gave me these tracks and I can only find their EP on bandcamp, tagged with “low-fi boogie Russian Federation.” Pretty amazing.

I VA – Girls Girls Girls

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I VA – Bus Driver

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And on a similar electro-boogie/glitch tip, Siriusmo. This guy has put out a lot of shit but also some gold, like this.

Siriusmo – Simple

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SO FASHION MONDAY

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Just came back from Shanghai Fashion Week. Free Stoli for all and a gift bag. I got a thermos containing two hot chocolate mix packets, two tins of fruit mints, and some post cards. No money though. Usually when journalists/editors in China show up to cover events like this, they receive some money from a brand or the event organizers. The amount depends on the size of the publication. A writer for a huge magazine might get a few thousand kuai in their hongbao (red envelope). Neither this blog nor Love Bang had much representation at Shanghai Fashion Week 2013, so no RMB for yrs truly, but I caught one show for a brand whose name I never caught. My first fashion show ever.

A decent-sized crowd stood outside the gates in Xintiandi at 4:53. A big guy with small sunglasses from Europe* behind me in line dismissed the girl taking tickets with “Why does this pass say VIP but I still have to wait in line until 5:00? Come work in Paris for one week you’ll learn how to work.” Two Shanghai uncles blocked the gates politely. They looked a little better-groomed then the average gate-guarding uncle in Shanghai. A little more fashion. The man from Europe don’t speak Chinese and the uncles don’t speak any English except “Five O’Clock.” Europe has lived here for ten years and only knows “right, left, and home.”

*I asked dude where he was from and he just said “Europe.”

I generally equate fashion in Shanghai with tackiness and naturally expected the same of a fashion event, but the show proved way less gaudy than expected. Also, no one doting over foreigners, that’s for sure; thank god. In the waiting area, a girl in an apron kept spraying some upmarket room fresherner. Sweet, sweet molecules. The Stoli bartenders poured watered down cranberry vodkas and vodka gingers, served by tall girls in polar bear colored outfits. Went outside and talked to some security guards around the pond. No fish in there.

We moved into the big room*, which soon went dark. Bird sounds came over the speakers and thick low clouds of smoke poured into the room and down the runway. Then came the girls. As someone who works in entertainment, it’s weird to see people on-stage in a but just moving like museum pieces and never interacting with the audience. But that’s fashion.

Most of the girls move like robots, eyes fixed in a gaze. They’re all tall and special looking; pretty or have some unique feature, like really exotic eyes or just an exotic vibe. None had thighs or hips, but it was a Shanghai brand. The seven or eight girls each modeled four different outfits, then some celebrities came out. One woman came out with a toddler and smiled at lots of people; a really nice, well-practiced smile. She was the only one that interacted with the audience at all so she’s the only one I really remember.

As for the clothes, not too memorable. No bras made of H7N9 masks. I recall a sparkly blue houndstooth-ish skirt and an Asian twist on a high school letter jacket. The tall, broad-shouldered girl rocking that one felt straight out of a cold android high-school in some anime about the future. As for fashion in the audience, nothing too wild or memorable. I should have worn a Love Bang shirt or the “LanZhou Noodle Princess 兰州拉面格格” I made for DJing yesterday.

*a special shout out to the seats at Shanghai Fashion Week, maybe the most comfortable i’ve found in Shanghai. like, fancy bleachers topped with soft mats, really low to the ground and generous legroom.

This is what I call Fashion House. Heard some of this at the Cat City party that actually went down yesterday. That was like a big house party, and even when the music went out for two hours, peeps still chilled and ate cheap foods. Shout out to feta cheese rolls, mini burgers, dark beer, and Eastern European food. Really dank salads too. Anyway, here’s that fashion house.

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Disclosure – Lividup

Also, not mad at Lay’s Cool & Refreshing Cucumber Flavor potato chips right now. Not mad at fashion house either.

Love Bang Three-Year Anniversary

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 谢谢大家 - 周六太NB – so good. Thanks to everyone who came and those made it happen, like DJ Caution, Luce, FeelGoodSmalls, Gucci, Dace, and of course – Xiaochang from Dada Bar. I really didn’t know what to expect on Saturday, with all the parties going on, but thankfully not everyone in Shanghai likes over-hyped German techno.
Right here we’ve got a flyer I’ve wanted to draw for a long, long time. You know that feeling when you come out of Shelter at 5am and life feels like Walking Dead? Yongfu Lu may just be the most surreal street on earth, filled with pushers, prostitutes, monkeys, vagrants, and just all kinds of deviants. Thanks to Gucci C for the help drawing this one. See you on April 12th, fam.
Deadboy – Geek’d Up

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Haven’t heard anything from Deadboy in a long, long time, but he came correct on this deep house banger that samples the one and only Juicy J. Pretty sure this track sealed the deal for a few couples on that late late nite tip on Saturday.
The older I get, the more I like deep house and don’t understand what the kids like. Just waiting for trap to die. Would rather the adjective “trappy” die out first really. Alright I’m done being an old man, but first, here’s some more old man music from a CD full of seven minute songs. JT on his “November Rain” flex. Crazy Bollywood samples and percussion on this one.
Justin Timberlake – Don’t Hold The Wall

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Love Bang #26 this Saturday!

We’re back in our living room this saturday night. Lineup = DJ Caution, myself, and a girl called FeelGoodSmalls from Toronto. There’s lots going on around town on Saturday but pretty sure only we play Rick Ross, Mr. Fingers, Jam City, and Future all in the same night.

BUT NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO ON SATURDAY, DON’T GET TOO CRUNK AND MISS THE BEACH BOYS SHOW ON SUNDAY.

Here’s a sleazy, early-morning track I got on a bootleg CD at the Roman Road market in East London. This one camp from a five-disc compilation called “O’l Skool Rare Grooves & Funky Party Clasics.” Loads of tunes on there in WAV format, so expect some new Ayi Edits coming soon.

Royal Delite – I’ll Be a Freak For You

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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.

no cigs, no dynamite, no clothes, no cats.

Great track here by JETS, aka Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar (Michigan represent!).

JETS – Sin Love With You

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I’m playing some hip hop at The Shelter tonight for Come Correct. Starts at 10PM, so come down for your weekly dose of hip hop, r&b, dancehall, and all that good shizz.