Love Bang Pool Party Mixtape #1 – Love Bang Weekend


Looks like this is Love Bang Weekend.

Friday = Heatwolves’ Birthday @ Dada – I’m about to turn 658 so DJ Caution, T-Plus, myself, and special guest William J from Darker Than Wax, a really prime label from Singapore, are throwing down at Dada, aka our living room. Definitely get down for William J’s set from 12AM – 2AM, followed by the OG Master, DJ Caution from 2AM – 4AM. T-Plus and myself on the warmup tip. Let’s sip some whiskey sours and get on that Life Aquatic level.

Meanwhile…across town @ The Shelter, we’ve got Shanghai All-Stars, a killer lineup of Shanghai’s best hip hop DJs:  Caution, Cavia, LJ (amazing scratch DJ from Guizhou), Shige, T-Plus, and China DMC Champ DJ Cavia, and special guest DJ Maze, one of the dopest dancehall/reggae selectors i’ve ever heard. Straight outta Danmark. I’m playing a set around 2AM as well. Get to rock at my two favorite clubs on my birthday, doesn’t get much better than that.

Saturday got Hu Ayi spinning at the Bund Beach from 5PM – 7PM for the Panda Express party. I’ve learned to stop hating and love the beach, simply because there’s almost nowhere else you can throw a proper outdoor party in Shanghai. You can hear the soundsystem bump from across the Huangpu and no one cares – where else can you do that in Shanghai? Expect a sundown set with dreamstep and soft waves. Cashmere Cat and similar style jams. Hu Ayi likes the bass and pretty lights.

Then finally on Sunday, we’ve got the first Love Bang Pool Party of the summer. We couldn’t get Purple Mountain but we found somewhere nice, and much closer. Only the Ayis know the location, but if you RSVP to you might get a spot. There’s only 200. Another nice lineup: a goodbye-Mr. Pip set by Arthur Fox, another by William J, Caution, Cavia, and myself. It’s an outdoor pool and we’ve got good music and good speakers – hip hop, dancehall, deep house, and g-funk.

To get hyped for the party, I recorded this mix live on the porch, sweatin all over the place in this 100 degree heat. Big thanks to everyone who already listened and commented! Really good reaction so far. I tried to fill this one with as much water as possible; spent a long time ripping old water-safety and swimming instruction videos on YouTube. PSA-maker is still my dream job.


1. Barrington Levy – Collie Weed
2. Barrington Levy – Sensimelia
3. Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict
4. The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints
5. Soom T – Boom Shiva
6. Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut
7. Outkast – So Fresh So Clean
8. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf – Methods
9. Esham – 24/7
10. Jah Cure ft Rick Ross & Mavado – Like I See It (The Town Edit – Intro/Outro)
11. Mega Banton – Grindin
12. Schlachthofbronx – Dickie Riddim (feat. Warrior Queen)
13. Major Lazer – Jah No Partial (feat. Flux Pavilion) [Skream Remix]
14. Cali Swag District – El Dougie (Squincy Jones & Gracie Chavez Cumbia Edit)
15. Mala Rodríguez – En Esto
16. Lil’ 1/2 Dead –  Eastside, Westside
17. Slum Village – The Look Of Love
18. Electric Company – ?????
19. Quasimoto – Brothers Can’t See Me
20. Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It
21. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin And Juice
22. Pixies – Where Is My Mind (Young Edits Balearic Anxiety Mix)



Feeling calm now with Astrill back? What’s really c’estbon in Shanghai fam??

I’m posted up in one of Shanghai’s criminally underrated cafes, Family Mart, with “Like a G6” and the Fam Mart welcome ring on blast. Just took bus #76 to Jing An, aka France part deux, and found a cafe with owl-themed deserts but no wi-fi so return to Family Mart (Fam Mart). Can’t pay have-wifi prices for places without wifi now.

Fam Mart really stepped up their food game last month with yuppie inspired items like paninis, chicken bacon wraps, and potato salad. The wraps are steady winnin’ for 8RMB plus their jiaozi and noodles pwn the competition. Some Fam Marts have fat bags of treats (gummy bears or sour peaches) for 8RMB plus decent cookies. Rounded out by an ice cream selection with that red-bean fish, chairs by the window, and cheap americano, I rate Fam Mart. I once made my own milkshake here with that ice cream that looks like Vienetta (remember that Persian Cat commercial??) and some lion ice creams in the “MP3” blender. High staff morale here; team players.

Alright so if you’re not hanging out in Family Mart this weekend, here’s what’s good.


1. Launch Party @ Dada Bar. DJ Caution and myself, along with MC One Con all nite at the 老地方 on Xingfu Lu. Just gonna hook up two Serato boxes and play back to back on two Technics all night. Got a lot of new rap and club music plus  old techno/acid I wanna play and you know DJ Caution always comes correct #shanghaimostunderrated. Will be pumpin’ for sure, and it’s free entry.

2. Simian Mobile Disco @ Arkham. Really solid booking for Shanghai. I saw these guys play at BonBon* back in 2008 and the killed it. Think this is just a DJ set but should be good, albeit slightly expensive – RMB220 at the door. They just did a track with our friends Bicep that’s getting lots of love over on the Soundclouds:


*Bonbon, a OG RMB100 all-you-can-drink club open on Huaihai Lu/Changshu Lu until early 2010, I think. Absolute madness. Broken glass everywhere, like that song; and absolutely treacherous stairs leading up to the door. Saw many, many falls there, and legitimately saw someone dead or at least with a broken neck at one point. Once a woman there offered to drive drunk and take me back to Hangzhou. But Bonbon had better music than any of today’s all-you-can-drink spots like Pheobe (no love…) and Ruby’s (dear god..). I believe the legendary Trix was a resident at one point.

3. Snapline at 390: Pretty famous post-punk/new wave Chinese rock band from Beijing, plus my friend Hei Mu from Xi’an and Duck Fight Goose, who are sometimes really good but did get booed off the stage when they opened for Slash due to unfortunate lineup selection. Really solid local rock show for sure. RMB50 Cover.

4. Hip Hop Hijack @ The Geisha – Always a solid choice for strictly hip hop, r&b, dancehall, urban. Also saw that dude DJ Mick kill it last Friday with a trap set. Tonight they’ve flown in a guest from Europe so it’s RMB100 at the door.

(sound cloud link to track with bicep).

And I believe Shanghai Pride week starts today? Shout out to Pride – the 10% making a lot of progress but still not enough. People in America still tripping over gay marriage when the US Gov spies on them and kills children abroad with drones.

Or you could just go to an exclusive party on the bund and act like a Saudi Prince in Thailand #itslavishbitch.


1. College @ Shanghai Rose. You know that movie Drive and the dope italo-disco soundtrack? The dude who made a lot of that music, College, is playing live at Shanghai Rose with visuals by the homie Chromaphase, who I wrote about here. Peep this reel of his latest adventures in 3D-mapping. I saw College last year at Yuyintang and can vouch for it. I’ve never been to Shanghai Rose, heard the [old] building is cool. Looking forward to this. Peep Chromaphase’s new mapping right here. It’s 80RMB at the door or RMB50 presale at 247 Tickets.

2. Reddit Meetup at Masse – Had a good time at the last Reddit meetup, met lots of cool cats. Looking forward to meeting my old-school grammar fam who took the time to read this site and hate on my writing styles/conrank’s mixtape/etc. I’ve long said there’s not enough criticism in this town. Thinking we can talk postmodern lit/critical theory via social networking/etc at the meet up.  Big up grammar fam. #upvotegrammarfam #notmadatgrammarfam.

3. Rock Show at Yuyintang (Kaixuan Lu Yanan Lu, northwest corner) – Another rock for charity show, this time with both laowai and local bands, and proceeds go to Mongolian Orphans (show is put on by DJ BO, who did Peace Corps in Mongolia for a few years). The bands = Friend or Foe, Feima, Airwalker, Arm the Faithless, and Hello Money. RMB50 cover, RMB30 for students.

4. Stockholm Syndrome @ The Shelter (#5 Yongfu Lu) – Darkwave, industrial, techno and just all around cool music by Tzu Sing. If you like your dance music dark and 黑暗, this is the party for you. Kim Laughton on visuals and lasers plus the charming Velvet Robot on DJ support

5. Daytime – Volunteer at a homeless shelter with BEAN @…a homeless shelter. Hey you’ll feel better about all yer Shanghai sinnin’ if you go play checkers with a homeless uncle. He might even drop some life knowledge on you. It might be like that Storm Queen song. You can volunteer by sending an email to


1. Sunday Live Rock show at 696 Live House (Live Bar): a bit of a trek but worth it to see some bands for free on a Sunday afternoon. I’m a big fan of Sunday shows, #underratedinshanghai. Lineup is Feima, Marquee 7, and _________. _______ is a secret.

2. Loads of ShanghaiPRIDE events going on. Check their website to find out about film screenings, runs, and other events.

3. Don’t forget, it’s fathers day!

Alright that’s it. See you in Family Mart.

and don’t be burnin in the club! fuzz be out naimean. now online!


Really proud to finally launch the site for the club night i do in shanghai and other cities. Big up to Team Dalek for their all-star design and programming work!

Actually Team AYI brought down Astrill so you’d have to peep this 网站.

This minimalist site just links all our English and Chinese social media and lets the public sign up for our mailing list. The book in the corner takes users to the “some art” corner of, which Team AYI will soon make more fashion.

Youku = Chinese YouTube and Weibo = Chinese Twitter. Actually, Weixin/WeChat looks to trump Weibo in China. Unsure how to best use Weixin for promo, but definitely not a massive group chat. Really hate the big group chats sometimes because my phone already vibrates randomly so when that group chat goes off too that’s bout enough to drive a person mad. But for meetings/projects with like three – six people, Weixin/WeChat OWNS.

Also, apparently less young people are using Weibo in China because of increased ads, fake fans, and censorship. This is good and bad. Good because you can have closer contact with closer friends, but bad because netizens often use Weibo to expose scandal/corruption/other dark matters, and Weixin doesn’t really work for that. I imagine the average Weixin user’s account has a smaller “circle of information” than their Weibo account.

For example, if I open up Weibo, I’ll see pictures from concerts in Beijing, a crazy 3D mapping video by my friend Matt (more about that in this week’s “What’s Good in Shanghai?”), a random picture of Rihanna, art, cool stories reposted by friends with good taste, and news stories like that Chengguan officer who stomped on a street-vendors head. I do get a lot more bullshit but filtering through that can land some gems like this.

If I open up Wexin, I’ll get a lot more personal info. Photos from friends’ trips and last nights, promo from close friends, drawings/art by friends. Also cool but really a different circle and level of closeness. Weibo = big picture, news, scandals, reposts of cool shit, Weixin = awesome functions for socializing with people you likely know IRL. Both important. Anyway, gonna keep experimenting with Weibo, i.e. figuring out how to succeed at Chinese social media.

Anyone have ideas for how to best promote our nights through Weixin/WeChat?

Shout out to my Beta Tester fam. Please leave any comments/problems/feedback about the site in the comments here!