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.
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.
What’s really good in Shanghai this weekend…the weekend of 1997.
Oh snap. Had to work up the Hemmingway sweat after chillin with Dr. Jing last night just to write this. Too much lamb, too much goose. Coming a bit early this time as there’s so much on. Everything from two different Chinese hip hop acts on Friday night to Korn sharing a lineup with a Korean boy band, [pause], to Come Correct at The Shelter with the legendary J. Rocc from The Beat Junkies on Saturday night. AND there’s a pool party on Saturday at that Xujiahui Oasis where you can catch a set by The Super Ayi Cleaning Team from 2PM – 4PM.
THURSDAY – VINYL NIGHT @ Logo
“On the third Thursday of each month the society convenes to play their favourite records across all genres. All vinyl all night. Comfortable underground bar, cheap beer.” That’s friends from Push and Pull as well as a special guest from VOID tonight at Logo. No CDs, no laptops, no iPods, just good tunes on vinyl. Music leans more towards house, grime, dubstep, and techno.
THURSDAY – EXPERIMENTAL @ The Shelter
My friend and neighbor Laura from the Acid Pony Club makes beats all day and DJs all night – one of the hardest working cats in Shanghai. His Thursday affair on Yongfu Lu, “Let’s Get Naked And Listen To A Bunch of Drones,” brings your weekly dose of weird, trippy beats and film soundtracks. Here’s one of the latest experimental tracks he’s done, out on his SVBKVLT beat tape.
Friday – HIP HOP.
Ok I got love for Hijack but I gotta rep two Chinese hip hop shows going down Friday. First off, you already know we got our club night Love Bang at 390 with local beatmaker/manga character Ceezy, but you might not know about another show by Beijing rappers 阴三儿 (in3). I don’t know much about dudes, but local friends tell me they’re some of the best MCs in China. “Real underground Beijing style.“ They’re on Friday night at Arkham with a RMB100 cover. Peep some of their tracks over on Douban. Really nice tunes there.
Friday – ELECTRONIC
Most people know Dada Bar, but some newer heads might not know the history. Dada was started by Michael, a dude from The Bay Area, and before he started his own club he founded one of Shanghai’s original club nights pushing better music in a town full of shit tunes – Antidote. From humble 2005 beginnings in dungeon-of-vomit C’s Bar to packed nights at The Shelter, then parlaying all this into starting two of China’s most well-known underground clubs, dude deserves a lot of props. Well Friday it’s the 8th anniversary of Antidote, with a lineup of OG Antidote peeps – mostly local Shanghai dudes who’ve moved onto big tings themselves: B6, MHP, Fish, Ozone, and Drunk Monk. Sure to be good.
Saturday – ROCK AND DARK WAVE
There’s no better way to avoid attracting corporate branding than naming your band Astrofuck. That’s one idea that went into the name of this new band formed by three friends of mine: DJ Cavia, music-blogger don Andy Best, and singer Kaine. Saturday night they’ve got heaps of brand new material to play at Yuyintang, probably the best place in Shanghai to see a rock show, especially with that lush park in back. Check out their tunes over on Douban. Here’s what Andy had to say about the show, via Kungfuology:
“It will cost 40 rmb on the door and feature post-punk, experimental, gothy and dark bands. That’s probably an inadequate way to describe it. DJ Tzu Sing will open from 9 playing darkwave and industrial styles. Then The Other will play, then us doing a 45 minute plus set including completely new songs we have never played before. We also have HIMDONG closing out with some loop madness. It will be awesome and the perfect antidote to the thrown together, generalized, overpriced SH Summer Sonic night on over at the Stadium. I can say that cos SMG is a multi-billion corporation and we are just some friends putting on a 300 ppl show underground.”
Saturday – HIP HOP. J. ROCC AT THE SHELTER (yrs truly’s pick of the weekend)
Yet another big name DJ passing through town – why should you care about this one? Cause he’ll murder your favorite DJ on the turntables and turn the party out. Coming out of LA, J. Rocc and his crew The Beat Junkies birthed an entire generation of hip hop artists during the 90s. Turntablism and party rocking with class is how they roll. This dude is an absolute legend who ran in the same circles as J. Dilla and Madlib. He’s on at 12:30AM at The Shelter and I’m expecting to dance non-stop for his two hour set. No idea what I’m gonna play after this dude from one of my favorite labels ever, Stones Throw. Plus we’ve got a scratch showcase by the god from Guilin LJ and sets by T-Plus and DJ Caution…don’t sleep on this one!!!
Peep this video of J. Rocc killing it at the Beat Junkies 20th Anniversary for a taste.
SATURDAY – CHARITY
What if you had severe eye problems but couldn’t afford the surgery you needed, or even had access to the right medical facilities? Well this charity ORBIS literally flies around the world in a plane equipped with a full hospital onboard and performs surgery for kids like this on the spot. They’ve got a charity cocktail ball on Saturday night, with all proceeds from the RMB200 ticket going to their good cause. There’s no app for blindness yet.
SATURDAY – POOL PARTY
Yep, back at the same pool this weekend although this party comes to you via PX Productions, aka Panda Express. The homie Eoin from PX actually hooked us up with the pool so we owe them big. Catch DJ Caution and myself spinning from 2PM – 4PM. Really pumped to actually just play a set there instead of focusing on e.g. someone lost their ring or getting ice for drinks. Expect a lot of Three 6 Mafia and G-Funk. That’s at Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu and just RMB80 to get in before noon.
Alight I could go on about Korn and Limp Bizkit both playing Shanghai this weekend, and how the shared lineup between the “inventors of dubstep” and a Korean boy band bound to attract hordes of tweens could create a potentially hazardous standoff between them and hundreds of metal fans in Shanghai Stadium, but I gotta go beat Conrank at squash. See you in the streets – come say what up if you’re out!
Oh PS, it’s not a rave! Please stop throwing this word around, it’s already lost meaning. If your sound system = some portable speakers with a USB-port that your friend helped you buy on Taobao, it’s not a rave. Also, there’s no such thing as a “private dinner for 150 people” that’s open to everyone on Facebook. Aight Audi 5,000.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to the website launch on Friday! Good vibe as always and lots of new heads.
Feeling so hot you can’t think straight? We have just the summer mix for that.
We’re trying Love Bang in a new space this Saturday so we’re dropping a brand new mix on cassette. It’s way different from what we play in the club but music we love nonetheless. Here’s Side A by DJ Caution – full download and tracklist coming on Sunday, but you can buy the cassette at our show at 390 on Saturday.
Yep, a cassette, like that Aerosmith “Get a Grip” or GnR “Appetite For Destruction” you probably used to have. This one’s put out by the good folk at Uptown Record Store, your only stop for EPs, LPs, vintage gear, and more in Shanghai, right on Pingwu Lu near Xingfu Lu.
and….here we’ve got our brand new remix of Friend or Foe’s “Double Down” – a tale of debts and desperation. pretty stripped back this one, by DJ Caution and myself.
[The Super Ayi Cleaning Team gwan be at 390 Bar this Friday supporting Friend or Foe for the release of their remix album, which this track appears on - be there, you'll get a free CD at the door plus there's live sets by many of the remixers and a performance by Friend or Foe themselves.]
Finally, some dark dub/dubstep by one of my favorites – Kahn, this time working with Neek as Gorgon Sound. Love this track.