So that live blogging from the BBQ cookoff never happened. Within thirty minutes of arrival, I crashed on a skateboard and started bleeding from my back and wrist then got chased and bitten by a Scottish Sheep Dog with an enormous D. But otherwise a great day in the sun, with pure meats, whiffle ball, and reverse culture shock.
Starting today, I’m going to feature some of the best cloud seedlings on Soundcloud, beginning with an upcoming release by one of my favorite producers. Kingdom fuses some of my favorite genres, R&B, electro, Baltimore, and dubstep, but manages to sound way classier than his peers. This is the darker cousin of R&B (no racist), with similar DNA as newer releases by Shlohmo but much clubbier and stripped-back. Super distinctive and immediately identifiable style. His 2010 release on Night Slugs remains one of my favorites from that label, and I expect he’ll eventually get picked up by some pop stars and major labels. Tracks like “Let You Know” make me think that’s what he’s after.
I’d been listening to this track from his upcoming EP on Fade To Mind (sister label of Night Slugs) and noticed a familiar name on the art production credits – Kim Laughton from ROM! The VJ who looks like white Jesus, you know who I’m talking about. He’s seriously stepped up his art game in the past few years and now he’s done this stunning album cover. Reminds me a bit of the final battle in Akira. Definitely copping the full EP on May 28th, can’t wait.
The Super Ayi Cleaning Team loves you Hangzhou. Had so much fun playing at Code Space last night. Big up to Tam, DJ Seen, Stephen, and the rest of the Elements crew, my Super Ayi Cleaning Team fam, Cici at Codespace, the homegrl Jodi, the boi D Roc, and everyone who came out and danced.
Tonight, after I finish this “boy gotta eat” gig at a really intense club my friend described as full of “factory owners and models” + birdcages, I’m headed to Shelter for the ROM album release. Peep one of the tracks here, and catch my interview with Ice Nine over at Shanghai 24/7.
Ice Nine – Interface
will try to post some birdcage photos after tonight…
If you’re in Shanghai this Saturday night, definitely make it down to Shelter for this. Two of my favorite crews in Shanghai, Sub-Culture and ROM meet for one party. Dark, heavy cyberpunk ish (nightmare hip hop, dubstep, ??).
And peep the ill flyer by Cheeri, who’s killing the hand-drawn flyer game at the moment. All ya’ll wack, photoshop-usin’ mo’fuckas keep doin yo thang main.
Speaking of dark, weird music, I’d been meaning to check out Hype Williams for about six months. Finally did yesterday, and damn..amazing.
Hype Williams – Badmind