Not sure quite which number we’re on, but 33 sounds nice. About to go pick up some new T-Shirts from the factory now too. Finally put birth control cat on a T-Shirt, as well as the new dog pictured on the flyer above. Will have some of these available in America in late July / early August as well.
Been mad busy with work lately and only DJing like twice a month, which means lots and lots of new trax. Really enjoying DJing way more now that I don’t eat from it. Here’s a little sample of the monster jams to expect at the club on Friday night.
JETS – The Chants
Initially wasn’t feeling the new EP from Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) a.k.a. JETS, but it’s a grower.
Jamie XX – Girl
Never liked “Far Nearer” but dude went ahead and dropped one of the best albums of
2015. Brilliant flip of the sample from Freeze’s “I.O.U.”
Les Sins – Talk About
Speaking of sample flips…
Big Dope P – Hit The Block (Rustie Remix)
“Maximal” Peak-time banger
Freddie Gibbs & Kaytranada – My Dope House
Kaytranada’s one of the freshest hip hop producers in a long, long time…
Chief Keef – MCM
Every time I see someone rocking MCM I think of this tune now. “I don’t wear no fuckin’ MCM”. Those bells sound like winter in Chicago.
Kingdom – No Type Refix
Kingdom turning some Top 40 hip hop into pure evil.
There you go, some new jams. Catch you on Friday night at Dada Shanghai. Also DJing at the Shangri-La in Lujiazui on Sunday afternoon, but expect more laid-back, sunshine music for that one.
Sorry it’s been a minute since the last post. Between work and digging for music, haven’t had much time to blog. But Saturday night, it’s going down. Hip hop, star-funk, party trax, classic Chinese love songs by DJ Caution, Dave K, T-Plus, and introducing Li Bao Guo the raccoon cab driver… This is the place to be in Shanghai on Saturday.
Here’s an example of what you might hear on the warm-up tip..
Stevie Wonder – All I Do
Hey so my label Love Bang just made a new sweatshirt for winter. This one is inspired by all those homeless cats in Shanghai and all the soon to be baby-mama cats howling in heat out on the streets.
We’re releasing it Thursday night at this vinyl bar called URVC in Jing’an. The show will broadcast live on the uDance Radio website. The place is rad. There’s like 30,000 records on the walls and the soundsystem is like a fine velvet cake.
That’s the upstairs bit. Here’s the sweatshirt design.
We’ve got 25 of these sweatshirts available, plus free stickers for everyone who comes through. AND SOME TREATS.
So yeah, that’s 8pm on Thursday night. 999 Xikang Lu, near Anyuan Lu. DJ sets by DJ Caution, Will A, myself, and some special guests…
Come say what up! It’s free. And drinks are buy-one-get-one until 11pm.
Hey sorry it’s been a minute since the last post. Been busy writing other places…
As far as new music, I’m playing the hottest old and new jams every Thursday night live on a Chinese internet radio station called uDance. You can stream that live every Thursday from 8pm-midnight (Shanghai time) on the uDance website.
And if you’re in Shanghai, you can just come hang out at the spot. It’s a really dope new vinyl bar/café called URVC. They’ve got thousands of records for sale, plush couches, and a ridiculous soundsystem with speakers from 1972 and amplifiers by brands I can’t pronounce. We get guest DJs in every Thursday too, including some of the incoming DJs playing around Shanghai on the weekend.
And it’s free to get in, with buy-one-get-one drinks until midnight. So stream that live or drop in and say what up.
Been a minute since we’ve dropped a new Love Bang mixtape…
Here’s a double dose of darkness. Death Disco from myself, Horror-Hop from DJ Caution, Chinese Ghost Songs, and a few PSAs too…
No tracklist but I’ll guarantee you haven’t heard half these jams, and they’re all dope.
Here’s where you can find us DJing this weekend:
Oct 31, Halloween
DJ Caution @ Club NASA, Chengdu
Heatwolves @ TICT Warehouse Party, Shanghai
Nov 1, Saturday
Heatwolves & Caution @ Shanghai International Beer Festival @ Wharf 1643
Everyone @ Come Correct Three-Year Anniversary, The Shelter
Hey do you like PARTIES and BIG FUN? Well the Love Bang gang is about to dump an ice bucket of good times on that ass all fall and winter long. Mark these dates in your calenders, kids: Sept 30 (public holiday party) November 28, and December 27 @ Dada Bar Shanghai.
You can also catch LOVE BANG SOUNDSYSTEM spinning at some pool parties at the Pudong Shangri-La on August 31 and Sept 7. We play some houz musicz over there.
More dates coming soon. Here’s a deep Detroit track we’ve been bumping a lot lately. Not super new but damn if it ain’t nice.
Omar S – Romancing The Stone
And one more on a similar tip…
Seaside Houz Boyz – Deephouz Yall
Last fall my crew Love Bang brought Egyptian Lover to Shanghai for a live show and we packed out 390 Bar and had Mr. Egypt banging out beats on the 808, rapping, and dancing like a pharaoh at the same damn time. We don’t bring international acts in that often, but next week we’re linking up with our good friends Split Works to bring one of our favorite artists of recent years – Pictureplane. These shows are going down at two of the best venues in China – Arkham, Shanghai and Dada Bar, Beijing.
Wait, who is this bro? First off, he’s not a DJ, he’s a producer and he’s playing live and singing. Peep some of his tunes to start.
Pictureplane – Trance Doll
Pictureplane – Gang Signs
Emotional dance music made by a DIY punk kid. It all sounds like a rave in a computer junkyard after the end of the world. Genderless, high-tech, and neon, all with a coat of static and noise. The first PICTUREPLANE track I ever heard was his remix of HEALTH’s “Lost Time.” Years later I bought a used copy of his 2009 album Dark Rift oh a whim while record shopping in Kalamazoo. I played that record non-stop for months and it’s still in heavy rotation.
The sequel to that album, Thee Physical, came out in 2011 and sounds much bigger due to co-production by Jupiter Keyes, the guitarist from LA Noise Rock band HEALTH. This one further explores the weird links between technology, gender, emotion, and trance.
Pictureplane – Real Is A Feeling
Pictureplane – Sex Mechanism
PICTUREPLANE grew up playing in bands, and for several years lived in a Denver art community/DIY warehouse space called Rhinoceropolis before relocating to Brooklyn, where he’s working on his third album, releasing clothing lines with Mishka, remixing and producing for other artists, and frequently collaborating with peeps like GRIMES. A$AP Rocky and AraabMuzik showed up and played a set at his party.
Pictureplane – Real Is A Feeling (GRIMES Remix)
So he’s coming to China to play at Love Bang. We’re going all out with this – Pictureplane + three of Shanghai’s most on-point resident DJs, huge sound system, lights, inflatable animals, treats, errrrrythang.
March 7th @ Arkham Shanghai w/DJ Caution, Misloop, and Heatwolves
March 8th @ Dada Beijing w/DJ Caution and Heatwolves
Pre-sale tickets for the Shanghai show available over on SmartTicket. Get ‘em for cheap and somebody gonna deliver those tickets right to your door.