Tuesdays With Hip Hop – Guest Post from The Acid Pony Club

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Special guest post by frenchman Laura Ingalls from The Acid Pony Club, a gang of psychedelic bandits who have a hand in more tunes than perhaps any crew in Shanghai,  through their original production of house, disco, and edits, recording for bands like PAIRS and Friend or Foe, doing sound for live music and festivals, playing in bands like Death to Ponies, running drone nights at The Shelter (check out his mix for that here), and DJing everywhere from the underground to the posh bits. Le french hustle. One afternoon last year I ran into Raph on the front steps of our old building; he recorded our conversation and warped it into a techno song.
But on top of all this disco hedonism and doom music Laura Ingalls can talk hip hop for days too. The first time I saw him DJ, way back in 2009 in a portal called Dragon Club, he dropped Ginuine’s “Pony” in the middle of a early-morning  house set. He’s playing a rare, all-vinyl hip hop set this Saturday at The Shelter as part of Come Correct Presents: Shanghai All-Stars #4 so I asked chef to put together this week’s offerings. Here’s what he said:
Slum Village and Dwele – Tainted

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i love everything Dwele does, that must be the lover in me, he is always on point with soulful vocals and perfect Rhodes chords. If you add Slum Village to the equation it doesn’t really get much better than that.
The Roots – Proceed

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i was 14 when a friend of mine brought me to see The Roots live, that night my life changed forever, i was intoxicated, since then i want more Rhodes, everywhere.

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El-P always impressed me, the atmosphere is straight up industrial in his music. Def-jux was really important to me at some point, I had moved away from hip-hop when shit like eminem or 50 cent became big and it was refreshing to find a new streak of artists who were bringing something new to the rap game that wasn’t all about being gangsta and making money.
cLOUDDEAD – dead dogs two

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When that album came out we sat down, i think it was with Clem and my then girlfriend Charlotte, and listened to the whole thing from start to finish without saying a word, proper psychedelic stuff, it’s like listening to a country western artist rapping on LSD. again Anticon was important in that whole renewal of hiphop that was more arty and weird.
Quasimoto – Greenery

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Madlib has to be in there somewhere right? it’s hard to choose a favorite, the first Yesterday’s New Quintet album is probably one of my favorite albums ever, the stuff they did with Declaime under Dudley Perkins is so dark and twisted but yet soulful, it’s perfect. but this is under his Quasimoto moniker, the last album is on heavy rotation in my headphones since it came out but this is from his previous album and it talks about getting blunted. the beat is the fattest, funkiest shit ever!
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For a lot more hip hop, funk, and straight up party music, get down to The Shelter on Saturday for this week’s best hip hop party, brought to you by Come Correct. You get today’s fine selector, plus DJ Caution, Sal from the TV, Cavia, LJ, MC One Con, and surprise guests. It’s free before 11PM and 40RMB after. I’d buy that for a dollar!!

Love Bang Universe Mix 03 – William J

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Huge thank you to everyone who came out to our pool party yesterday. Best vibe ever. We’ll be back this Saturday, August 3rd with DJ Choyce Kutz, Raph from Acid Pony Club, Sal from Popasuda, DJ Caution, and myself. I guess you heard the spot’s on Wending Lu near Hongqiao Lu, a few minutes walk from the Xujiahui metro station. To hold you over until then we’ve got a brand new mix from William J.

We’re gonna keep dropping heat every week in this summer of record-setting temperatures, fans and ACs, lakes in the north pole, and salmon sunsets over the pool. This week we’ve got a tape by a cat from Singapore who wrecked three shows in Shanghai last weekend -  Dada for my birthday party, Saturday at Shelter for the SVBKLT x Darker Than Wax party, and the first Love Bang Pool Party yesterday.

I asked William J a few questions via email today after he got back to Singapore. Here’s what he had to say about 72 hours in Shanghai.

Heatwolves: You were just in Shanghai for three days and played three shows at Dada, The Shelter, and a Sunday pool party – how was it?

William J:  My time in Shanghai rushed and hectic, but was an amazing time overall. I’ve never had the privilege to travel overseas to play music, and this was a great introduction to that kind of experience. I feel like the diversity of the venues I played at allowed me to properly showcase my full range of tastes, and had some of the most fun sets in a long time.

Heatwolves: How does the scene in Shanghai compared to what’s going on down in Singapore?

William J: The scene in Singapore is great and there are tons of really talented DJs here, but at the moment there is a real lack of small or mid-sized proper ‘underground’ venues. People definitely know how to party in Singapore, but at times I feel there are too many people in the crowd observing the music rather than interacting with it.

The venues I played in Shanghai were gritty, grimy, and hectic – a really nice change to the slickness of venues in Singapore. Dada felt like a really great house party, and the crowd was really receptive to everything I played, even the weirder grime and garage bits. The Shelter was a next-level experience for me, intimate yet anonymous at the same time, and really reminded me about why I got into music in the first place.

Heatwolves: What was the best thing that happened to you in your 72 hours here?

William J: Leaving The Shelter in a daze at 6 AM and being blinded by the daylight. Surreal.
Heatwolves: What’s the story with this mixtape?
William J: This mixtape was just a one take jam that I think represents the range of sounds that I play. It includes a few bits from some Darker Than Wax artists, as well as a few classics.

Heatwolves: What’s next for you and your label, Darker Than Wax?

William J: My only plans are to keep DJing as much as I can, improve my production skills and output, and continue to help grow Darker Than Wax. My tune ‘Handzup’ will be coming out on a limited run, vinyl only white label series out of Boston called Juxtapose, I believe that is coming out in the next month or two. The next Darker Than Wax release will be out very soon (30 July), an EP featuring beats from french producers Fantastikclick & Sport G who also run the fantastic label Cascade Records. You can grab it at http://darkerthanwax.bandcamp.com

Shouts to everyone in Shanghai for such a great time, I will be back as soon as I can.

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Now onto the mix…

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This one’s a voyage through the seas of club music – Ghetto House, new rap from Chicago, dancehall, beats, and even The Trammps! This one floats all over the place – just how we like it. Thirty selections in fifty minutes, all mixed live on two CDJs.

TRACKLIST:

1. King Louie – Val Venis (JD. Reid Remix)
2. Freddie GIbbz – Neighborhood Hoez (Wayvee $trip Polez Edit)
3. ESTA – SheNeedsMe(InMoreWaysThen1)
4. Ikonika – Beach Mode (Dub)
5. The Trammps – The Night The Lights Went Out
6. Jean Nipon / Koyote – R.M.S. (To Steve)
7. Jesse Perez – Interracial Booty Calls (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
8. C.Z. – WHY DIS
9. GoldFFinch – For The F*
10. Large Joints – Down On You (Hands Up Mix)
11. Killjoy – Inaudible Badness
12. Groove Connektion 2 – Club Lonely (Dem 2 Lonely Vocal Mix)
13. Preditah – Groupies (2013)
14. Alicia Myers – I Want To Thank You (Re-edit)
15. MORRI$ – White Hood (BB Dub)
16. DJ Skip – Bang That
17. K Shiz – Blood remix
18. DJ Marfox – Rádio Oxigénio AM
19. Hypha – SoundbwoyKilla
20. Daddy Mory – Dancehall Time (The Clerk rmx)
21. Mr. Vegas – Certain Law
22. Stylo G – Press Up (Poirier Dengue Riddim Remix)
23. Leftside ft. Shaggy – Jump Up Around (Euro Mix)
24. DJ Tre – No Mo Playin (Original Mix)
25. Cali Swag District – Teach Me How To Dougie (Schlachthofbronx Remix)
26. DJ Spinn – Exhibit G
27. Lil Jabba – Red Current
28. DJ Taye – Yo Bitch Out Here
29. DJ Acey ft. Stylez – I’m Dead(Just Believe)
30. FloydCheung – Document 4

William J is on the Darker Than Wax label, headed by some really cool peeps I had a chance to meet this weekend. Shout out to Dean, Floyd Cheng, and of course Gaz AKA Drunk Monk for bringing them out to Shanghai! Check out the label over at their Soundcloud. They’re always giving away gems.

WHAT’S GOOD IN SHANGHAI THIS WEEKEND // 周末有啥好的?

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HELLO FAM.

I’M STRAPPED UP IN THE RAIN. BOUT TO GET ON A BOAT TONIGHT AND DRINK OPEN BAR CRAFT BEER.

KNOW WHAT’S BEST ABOUT DJING ON A BOAT? NO ONE CAN LEAVE. I CAN PLAY SLAYER, LIL B, OR AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES MANSON, AND 没办法. WHAT U GONNA DO? JUMP IN THE HUANGPU RIVER? THOSE PIGS WERE ALIVE BEFORE THEY HIT THE WATER. THEY WAS THIRSTY. NAW DON’T WORRY I’M GONNA DIG IN MY “WHIIIIIIIIIITE PEOPLE” CRATE.

LOTS OF WAYS TO SPEND UR 元 THIS WEEKEND, SO HERE’S SOME IDEAS.

1. PURPLE SOUL ALBUM RELEASE @ SHELTER ON FRIDAY – ALL CHINESE HIP HOP CREW COMING DOWN FROM BEIJING TONIGHT WITH DJ CAUTION AND CHA CHA ON DECK. EVER WONDERED WHERE ALL THE LOCAL HIP HOP IS? WELL, 说实话 THERE’S NOT MANY RAPPERS IN SHANGHAI, SO SUPPORT THESE GUYS RIDIN THE TRAIN DOWN FROM BEIJING AND PUTTING OUT THEIR ALBUM ON A REALLY LIMITED BUDGET.

Purple Soul – 忙碌的人-龙胆紫

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2. TODD TERRY @ ARKHAM ON FRIDAY – ONE OF THE LEGENDS OF HOUSE MUSICS, PLAYING PURE HOUSE MUSICS.

3. REDDIT MEETUP @ ??? ON SATURDAY – IMA BE THERE. SHOUT OUT TO THE REDDIT FAM. ONE OF YA’LL CAME THRU THE VINYL NIGHT LAST NIGHT.

4. VOLUNTEER @ A HOMELESS SHELTER ON SATURDAY – PLAY PING PONG AND CHILL WITH SOME HOMELESS PEEPS. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD WAY TO MAKE UP FOR ALL YR SINNING IN SHANGHAI U FUCKING DEGENERATES. RSVP AT beanshanghai@gmail.com AND THEY’LL SEND U THE INFO.

5. POPASUDA @ DADA ON SATURDAY – COME WIND TO MUSIC WITHOUT ENGLISH LYRICS (MOSTLY). LOADS OF BASS, SOME BOOTY. PLUS YRS TRULY AND DJ SAL ON DECK.

PROBABLY SOME OTHER STUFF GOING ON, MOSTLY INVOLVING:

a) DIFFERENT STRAINS OF HOUSE MUSICS

b) BEAUTIFUL, COOL PEEPS

c) VENUES THAT WILL CLOSE IN ROUGHLY SIX MONTHS

SEE U ON THE STREETS OR ON THE WATER FAM. WHAT UP WITH THIS RAIN?

Oran “Juice” Jones – The Rain

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Zomby – Tears In The Rain

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ANYONE KNOW WHICH MOVIE THIS ZOMBY SONG SAMPLES? LEAVE A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BROKEN UMBRELLA!

AND 大 THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO OUR VINYL NIGHT LAST NIGHT <3 LOOK FOR A BIT OF THE MIX ON SOUNDCLOUD SOON.