WHAT’S GOOD IN SHANGHAI THIS WEEKEND June 7 – 10 // 周末有啥好的

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Sitting in Wagas, soaked in warm rain. The RMB I dropped for this smoothie and sandwich could feed an entire rural school in Yunnan. Girl next to me yelling on hands-free about sun damage to her cabinet. Bitch why’d you put ur cabinet in the sun? I’m viciously hungover on migrant-worker Baijiu and can’t find the remote to my air conditioner. This is hell and I’m part of it. Hi.

Hell is constantly searching for an air conditioner remote that never turns up. Hell is submitting an endless stack of party flyers to event websites. Hell is wrapped In bacon and infused with some French shit you can’t pronounce. Welcome to hell, friends.

In hell, there is only one song each week. It’s often sung off-key by Thai children and played at high volumes. The next week is an awful, 96kbs drum and bass remix of this song.

You can find all your favorite foods in hell, but they all taste like Chinese medicine. And every ten minutes, a small Japanese man runs over your foot with his bicycle and says “sorry, so sorry…sorry” then rides away.

What’s going on in hell this special, dragon-tastic weekend? R u ready 4 some Chinese culture? Don’t be a cunt and jump in the river! No joke I’ve heard of people getting severe lung infections or even dying from swimming in Chinar.

Friday -

1) Hip Hop Hijack at Geisha – Urban music. Let’s clarify this term urban music. It’s confusing to non-native speakers, because “urban” sounds like skyscrapers and Chongqing, but actually urban in this context means “black people.” Chinese people call rap/funk/soul, i.e. music invented/perfected by black people and later stolen/bastardized by whites, “black music.” Much more straightforward. My Shanghai friend used to have a radio show called “black music.” In America someone would probably call you racist for that but people who can’t talk about race openly and comfortably are likely closet racists.

These cats play 2 Chainz, Tyga, Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, so if you prefer that to say…coke house, get down to Geisha tonight. I’ll be there.

2) Mural Bar – This is a straight up RMB100 open-bar fall on the ground holler at young gyal thang. It’s also one of the only “middle ground” bars in Shanghai, meaning mixed crowd and open music policy. Not too commercial and not too underground. James Brown, yes. Bieber, no. Major Lazer, yes. Jam City, no.

3) Le Discotecats at Lune – Gotta support these gyals doin they thang with that euro disco and house, even if one of them is French. You go girls!

Saturday – Come to our vinyl night at Logo or you’ll end up in hell, where all rappers are non-native speakers.

Sunday – I’m going to some Indian sitar-master concert at a hotel, with a full-on North Indian buffet. That’s some VIP shit playa. But after that, get down to Dada for a six-hour set by yrs truly.

Monday -

1) Lose Your Face at Logo – a newish crew playing New York/New Jersey style house like Kerry Chandler. Soulful stuff, not coke house. Nice people, go check it out if you like house.

2) Knock The Boots at Lune – Luce and myself playing jams all night. Good tings.

Tuesday – You go back to work, and I drop that new Love Bang in Beijing video.

Here’s some new music:

Joker is back. After an LP I really wasn’t feeling, he KILLS it on this new EP for his Kapsize label. Can anyone spot the vocal sample on this?

Joker – Handz Up

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I’m not generally of UK Dubstep producers crossing over in to house, but Dark Sky do it really proper, with luscious synths abound. Out on the Mister Saturday Nite label (vinyl rip).

Dark Sky – 5AM

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And…The Dream, one of my favorite R&B producers ever, who just dropped his new album IV Play. While it’s not an absolute classic like LOVE HATE, there’s gold in here for sure. If you don’t like The Dream you probably don’t like sex either.

The Dream – IV Play

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weekend sex jams

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if you’re not going anywhere but the love nest this weekend, here’s a few jams to get started.

Miguel – Sure Thing

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Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (Shlohmo Remix)

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Balam Acab – TOUCH N YOU (SLOPPED & WETTED)

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Scams in China: Text From The Landlord

Got this text from a random number this morning:

“Hello, I’m your landlord. I’m outside of Shanghai right now, so please put this month’s rent in bank account XX. After you deposit the money, please let me know.”

I knew this was bullshit for two reasons:

1) I’m moving this weekend and already told my landlord to take the January rent out of my security deposit.

2) My friend got the same text a few weeks ago and called his landlord to see what the deal was. Landlord knew nothing about it.

There’s loads of scams in China, most of which affect locals more than foreigners. While discussing this text message at lunch today, my colleague said someone in our building got swindled out of RMB20,000 (>$3,000) last week! Watch out, and ignore texts/calls from strangers.

Loving what’s happening with female R&B/Rap at the moment:

 

 

BEST OF EVERYTHANG 2012

Arriving slightly late, here’s what I liked the most in 2012. 去年最喜欢的东西,包括橡皮糖,音乐,派对等.

PS thanks to all the fam who came out to Boxing Cat on NYE. And thanks to my driver, Mr. Chen, a former F1 driver pushin a VW with two 12″ subwoofers in the trunk. We bumped 90s acid house breakbeat jams while creepin slow through the traffic jams, bass just kickin.  hardest night of the year to get a cab so i hired one for the night. some of my friends had to walk from the bund to dada (five miles at least). even heard of a black taxi charging 500RMB to go from Pudong to Puxi after midnight (would normally cost RMB35 – 60).

SNACKS//TREATS/橡皮糖/小吃

1. Gummi sharks from Zhongshan Park Carrefour
2. Orion pie
3. Haribro Lemon Cola treats
4. Haribro Charmallows
5. Dried Squid From Qingdao

LPs

1. Jam City – Classical Curves
2. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid mAAd City
3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti -Mature Themes
4. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
5. JJ Doom – JJ Doom

[Imaginary 6th Place]. Distal – “Civilization”

Kendick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Symphony of the Nymph

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Jam City – How We Relate To The Body

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EPs

1. Cashmere Cat – Maru Maru EP
2. Bicep – Vision of Love
3. TNGHT – TNGHT EP
4. Evian Christ – Kings and Things
5. Girl Unit – Club Rez

Cashmere Cat – Paws

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Girl Unit – Rezday

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DRANK/饮料

1. Water 水
2. 7-11 coffee 咖啡
3. Beer Lao Dark 老挝黑啤
4. Pocari Sweat
5. Orange juice from that juice stand by east nanjing Lu exit 3 南京东路地铁三号出口广场里的橙汁

CLUB RAP SONGS

1. Danny Brown – Blueberry
2. Kayne West – Mercy
3. Trinidad James – All Gold Everything
4. Rick Ross – Hold Me Back*
5. French Montana – Pop That**

Danny Brown – Blueberry

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Rick Ross – Hold Me Back

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* don’t know if it’s satire or what but it’s ridiculous and great
**only because of the hook, which they stole from a 2 Live Crew song

ANIMALS / 动物

1. Dog in the adult toy shop
2. Pig in my neighborhood
3. Zazzy The Cat
4. Pink cat in the graffiti around Dada Bar
5. Spider in my building that killed hundreds of mosquitoes

HOUSE // GRIME // LOUD ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM

1. Royal-T  - Gully Funk
2. Royal-T – Inside The Ride
3. Trevino – Derelict
4. Trimbal – Saying (Harmonimix)
5. Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)

Mixtapes

1. Heatwolves – BlackCloudBlackRain
2. JETS mix for FACT
3. DJ Q mix for FACT
4. Braiden mix for XLR8R
5. DJ UWS – Be A Player – 90′s For Lovers

 

SHANGHAI PARTIES / 上海派对

5. Tiga @ Arkham
4. Second Love Bang Pool Party
3. The Bug at The Shelter
2. Shanghai Beer Festival/Popasuda later that night.

1.Love Bang / Baijiu Robot at Shelter

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BURGERS / 汉堡

1. Pyro – avocado bacon burger with mashed potatoes
2. Carl’s Jr. Superstar
3. 肉夹馍
4. McDonald’s spicy chicken burger
5. Southern Belle Burger Night, fuck the haters.

LIL B SONGS

1. Straps On Deck

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2. Poppin V

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3. Beat My Ho

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4. Gon Hit That 50

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5. This is way too hard. Just gonna say Rich After Taxes, Obama Based God, Green Flame, White Flame, God’s Father, Crime Fetish…you need all these tapes. It’s humbling to look at the hundreds of songs Lil B’s released in 2012. Fuck the haters, he’s keeping hip hop creative and funny.

Lil B – Based God Fucked My Bitches

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中文 // MANDARIN EXPRESSIONS

1. Wa ta le!
2. 脑残
3. 发春
4. 前面
5. 俗

Thanks for all the love and support in 2012. I’m grinning as I look back through all the pictures, words, videos, and songs.

2013 is our year. We’re talking Love Bang around the globe, get ready.

PERSEUS – RUNNING BACK

i don’t often include cover art on the site, but i love this one so much. for some reason it reminds me of the old manga series Gunsmith Cats.

this isn’t a brand new track but i still play it out whenever i can. it stays on my iPod even through massive purges. woke up this morning and it was already playing in my head.

this track is like lemon frosting on carrot cake. the vocal, that arp, the Biggie sample…basically a perfect song.

Perseus – Running Back

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from the awesomely titled Russian Girlfriends EP on French Express.

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New oOoOO // OUR LOVING IS KILLING US

I know I just posted something from the TRI ANGLE label…and I’m gonna do it again. oOoOO’s self-titled EP from 2010 is easily one of my favorite releases of the last five years, possibly ever. It’s ghost-pop, witch-house, death-wave – whatever you wanna call it, the dude has a penchant for crafting dreamy, haunting, fucked-up pop songs. I might even use the word genius to describe this producer from San Francisco.

Almost nothing came out in the interim period between that first EP and now, this – “Our Loving Is Hurting Us” – the followup that does not disappoint.

I listened to this track, “Break Your Heartt” probably thirty times yesterday at work and on the train. Much like “Burnout Eyes” from his first EP, this track gives me the chills in a really good way.

oOoOO – Break Your Heartt

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go buy this EP!

happy new year i’m sorry i love you protect your cock

so i took my dad around shanghai to see some real shit yesterday afternoon. the area a few blocks away from Laoximen metro station (Line 10) gets REAL, ya heard. raw meats in the street, fish flopping around in kiddie pools, feral dogs, 90+ grannies knitting on tha block, feral kids.. [almost] no foreigners.

and this is only two metro stops from “the concession.” btw, please stop calling it “the concession” – that is fucking lame, and almost as bad as people saying “Shangers” – that is the worst. come on white people…

反正, we were at this market that sold everything from free weights to digital scales, power drills, USB keys, GUCCI x LV gear, and DVDs, and this uncle came up like “yo i got dat shit” and busted out a couple vials of DRVGS. The top of the box said “AUSTRALIAN VIAGRA” but the side said “MADE IN AMERICA.” he wouldn’t let me take a good picture cause i wudun’t buyin’ nothin (thas wut he said), but i snapped this shot 4 he left, ya heard.

my dad and i stepped outside and met this lady selling fake gold chains, USBs, and some pipes that looked like they was 4 smokin’ ice. she yelled “hello! sorry…” then pointed a gun-shaped lighter at my cock and said “bang!” and “保护你的东西!! (protect your thing)” then “ooooo, sorry. haha, happy new year! I LOVE YOU! sorry..” think she was smokin dat shit in those pipes she was selling…

anyway, it felt like summer this weekend. this song reminds me of summer. it’s a blend of “Eyes Without A Face” and Cassie’s ” Me & U.”

love this one.

Cassie // Mijimisha // Elash Gorilla – All The Way Down

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Love Affair Recap // Hudson Mohawke “Freek”

thanks and <3 to all who came thru dada last night! got to play a lot of hip hop and moombahton. first time i’ve seen moombahton really really go off like that, felt good.

and special thanks to dude on weibo for taking this photo. sums up the mood of the evening. that’s Doraemon, season two in the background.

[only negative comment about the evening] random dudes please don’t come all up in the dj booth and try to have a n00b conversation about shanghai when the dj’s clearly trying to select and mix, and then not leave when the dj politely asks you to leave, four times… after giving vague, one word answers to questions and throwing social signals like whoa.

i don’t wanna have that kind of conversation with an attractive girl when i’m DJing; definitely don’t wanna have it with some random British dude.

“wow, so you’ve been here for four years???? that’s crazy! you must like it.”

YEAH BRA, IT’S WICK3D>

LUCKILY the bodyguard JER0Me came through and silently handled the situation. no words or blows were exchanged. JERoMe is on tha 道 level, and don’t no one wanna mess with a man on dat level ya hearrrrd me.

big up to JER0Me! i see u cuzin.

today’s track, about waking up horny and needing to call a freak, is from a five-track EP of R&B and hip hop bootlegs by one of my favorite UK producers – Hudson Mohawke. vinyl only because the samples on these tracks by Janet Jackson, Keri Hilson, Jodeci, Aaliyah and Gucci Mane would be so expensive to clear. hopefully i’ll get this on vinyl/唱片 sometime soon.
(this is a vinyl rip/录音从唱片, not the best quality but the song is great!)

Hudson Mohawke – Freek

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