Next weekend it’s going down. More on this soon. And that radio show, it’s cookin!
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.
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
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
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)
Apache – Gangsta Bitch
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!
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
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.
On Nov. 9th Love Bang presents a once in a lifetime opportunity
To see The Egyptian Lover,
The King of The Freaks,
Play Live in Shanghai.
A true old school party as we go back to 1984
With Egyptian Lover playing a Vinyl DJ set and banging out live beats on a vintage 808
and busting out a Dance Routine.
It’s Not Just A Man,
It’s an Adventure.
Egypt Is The Place To Be.
Egyptian Lover – Dial-A-Freak
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.
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.
Yo we’re back at Dada for a free dance party this Saturday night after the beach party [more on that soon.]
♫♫ runs from hip hop and house to dancehall and dubstep all mixed up on two turntables, Love Bang style…basically the kind of music I post on this blog and more. No Top 40, no smoke machines, no Gangnam style.
If you dun know, Dada is a world-class dive bar right by Jiaotong University/Xujiahui. You can walk there in about five minutes from metro line 10/11. The drinks are cheap and real, the sound is pretty decent (great by Shanghai standards), and the vibe…well you can’t beat it. It’s where Love Bang was born.
Starts at 9PM and goes till it’s time to eat some noodles with an egg on top over at the taxi driver spot. Add a pork chop to that and call it a night.
Come down and say what’s up – there’s lots of new heads in town and we wanna meet ya’ll.
Oh one more thing – if you’re feeling what we’re doing with Love Bang and this site, please take a second to like our page on facebook.
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.