Yao live @ Kongkrete Bass – 9/25/2010

I’m glad I eventually decided to down some gins & juices, put on my dancing shooz and swing my ass out to Central Hong Kong last Saturday nite. Not only the mastermind of über-label Hyperdub, Kode9, was in the building to grace the SAR with his HK debut, but also my cherished neighbor Yao from 4 floors down, who threw down quite a magical opening set and luckily even managed to capture the audial heat in bits and bytes so I can throw it atcha now.

55 minutes of pure future funk dopeness. No tracklisting for yall tunesnatchers.

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Yao live @ Kongkrete Bass Hong Kong – 09/25/2010

Facebook the chap. He makes the best pumpkin pie in Southern Asia, has an excellent sense of orientation, can get you the best deals on highly ergonomic yet affordable office chairs and might even reveal some of the track IDs for you if you ask him nicely.


The Private Lives Vol III – Live Mix

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Yao / Kid Fresh / Miss Yellow / Drafus –  Live @ Yumla, Hong Kong, 20.03.2010


0:30 –> Yao:

Sole Fusion – Bass Tone (House Nation remix)
Bookworms – African Rhythms
Zomby – Need Ur Lovin’
Roska – Sheppard
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #6
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #5
Moodymann – Hello 2morrow
JW – Queen Of Fools (Yao Disco edit)
Andres – Moments In Life
DJ Zinc – Jekyll & Hyde
Mosca – Square One
Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir – The Fake Left, Go Right Plan
Joy Orbison – J.Doe
Deadboy – U Cheated

0:38:45 –> Kid Fresh:

Of Montreal – Heimdalsgate Of A Promethean Curse
Hudson Mohawke – Ice Viper
I Blame Coco – Caesar (Diplo remix)
Nirvana – In Bloom
Bloc Party – The Prayer
Tweet – Call Me
Sa-Ra – Hey Love
Tobacco – Truck Sweat
The Roots – Distortion To Static
Pharcyde – Hey You
Towa Tei – Technova
Lootpack – Whenimondamic
The Clash – Guns Of Brixton

1:05:00 –> Miss Yellow:

Sufjan Stevens ft Aesop Rock – Star Of Wonder / None Shall Pass
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Bot’ox – Rue De l’Arsenal (Yuksek remix)
Fan Death – Veronica’s Veil (Erol Alkan edit)
Jolie Cherie – Star
Feist – Sea Lion (Chromeo remix)
Madonna – Holiday
2 Many DJs – Justin LCD
Arctic Monkeys – You Know I’m no good (Amy Winehouse cover)
Miike Snow – Animal (Mark Ronson remix)

1:36:25 –> Drafus:

Maurics Starr – Electric Funky Drummer
Arpadys, Spacial & Co. – All The Bass (1979 Original Mix)
Cymande – Dove
Carlos Santana – Life Is Just a Passing Parade
Ike Yard – N.C.R. (Funkstörung Rmx)
B+ – B-Beat Classic
Funkaho – Bootay
Mondkopf – Chaos Is Mine
Coldcut – Beats & Pieces (Mo Bass Remix)
Kenny Dope – Can U Handle It



The Private Lives Vol II – Live Mix

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Rafik / Yao / Kid Fresh / Enso Live @ Yumla, Hong Kong, 20.02.2010


0:30 – 0:27:50 Rafik

-    DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
–    Platinum Pied Pipers ft. Georgia Ann Muldrow – One Minute More
–    RATATAT – Loud Pipes
–    Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
–    Black Milk and Fat Ray – Welcome To The District
–    Oh No – The Funk
–    Quasimoto – Astroblack
–    Platinum Pied Pipers ft. Tiombe Lockhart – Stay With Me
–    Jay Dilla – Two can Win
–    Erykah Badu – Green Eyes
0:27:50 – 0:54:30 Yao

-    Bullion – Time To Love
–    Floating Points – Love Me Like This
–    Platinum Pied Pipers ft. Sa-Ra – Deep Inside
–    Erykah Badu ft. The Roots – I Want You Back (live)
–    Roger and Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce
–    Cymande – Brothers On The Slide
–    Erykah Badu – Amerykahn Promise
–    Dam Funk – Hood Pass Intact
–    LCD Soundsystem – ’45-33’ (Theo Parrish remix)

0:54:30 – 1:16:25 Kid Fresh

-    Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes (xxxchange remix)
–    Spoon  – Don’t You Ever (Diplo remix)
–    Units – High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips remix)
–    The Who – Baba O’ Riley (SebastiAn remix)
–    Pixies – The Thing (Allez Allez bootleg)
–    La Roux – Bulletproof (Nacey remix)
–    Mylo – Paris 400 (SebastiAn remix)
–    Hot Chip – One Life Stand

1:16:25 – 1:44:19 Enso

-    Co-real Artists – What About You (In the world today)
–    Cool C – Glamorous Life
–    The Click – Hurricane
–    RBL Posse – Bluebird
–    The Strokes – Sometimes
–    Le Tigre – My Metrocard
–    The Stooges – 1969
–    Erasure – Oh L’amour (German version)
–    Nena – 99 Luftballons
–    The Mamas And The Papas – California Dreaming
–    Julie Ruin – Tanya



People Make Ecstasy

As one of the rather underrated producers of California’s Bay Area, Roche has been pumping out signature tunes under the Solos records umbrella for quite a while now. This one right here I am particularly in love with these days. You might have heard it before in my part of The Private Lives Vol 1.

Roche – People Make Ecstasy



MTR X Heavy X Solos

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Meanwhile, Yao and CB Radio in ze lab

The Private Lives Vol 1 – Live Mix

This is what it sounds like when you squash two San Franciscans, one balkan-blooded German, two turntables and ridic amounts of booze together into a charming, tiny bar in the heart of Hong Kong, equipped with a dangerously booming sound system, on a packed Saturday night, and make them play whatever the fuck they want to play.

The amount of given fuck from our side about pleasing the crowd by playing hits was shockingly low, yet the level of positive feedback from the audience turned out quite grand! Much to y’all lucky bastards’ delight, we recorded all that shit. Here’s 30 randomly picked minutes from each one of our sets, squeezed into a 90 minute package for the sake of your earholes’ blissfulness. To be continued.

Hit the link below to download (direct mp3 link):

Kid Fresh / Yao / Enso Live @ Yumla , Hong Kong, 09.01.2010

0:30 – 31:05: Kid Fresh

T.I. – What You Know (Jesse Tugboat 8 bit version)
Dawn Penn – No No No
Major Lazer ft Mr Vegas & Jovi Rockwell – Can’t Stop Now
Lily Allen – LDN (Radioclit remix)
Postal Service – Brand New Colony
DJ Shadow – Changeling
Lily Allen – The Fear (Duke Dumont remix)
Manu Chao – Me Gustas Tu
Hudson Mohawke – No One Could Ever
Pizzicato Five – Twiggy
Fressh Kidd – I Miss Michael Jackson
The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Dee Dee Sharp – Easy Money
Hujiko Pro – End Of The War
Etienne De Crecy – Morpheus
Roche – People Make Ecstasy
Jovian – Grenadine Girl
Modeselektor – Dark Side Of The Sun (instrumental)
The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity
Health – Die Slow (Tobacco remix)
White Town – Your Woman
Coldcut ft Roots Manuva – True Skool
Mirwais – Disco Science
Javelin – Mossy Woodland

31:05 – 1:00:35: Enso

Hard House Banton – Sirens
Jamie George / Roska – Wonderful Day
Wiley – Never Be Your Woman (feat. Emeli Sandé)
Zed Bias feat. McRumpus & Nicky Prince – Neighbourhood 09 (Roska Remix)
Gramaphonedzie – Why Don’t You (GreenMoney’s Gramaphountzied Remix)
Chelley – Took the night (Alvaro Mix)
Trevor Loveys – Organ Grinder (GreenMoney’s Lighter Remix)
Radiohead – Idioteque
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (Joker Remix)

1:00:35 – 1:30:00: Yao

Martyn – Hear Me
Flying Lotus – Roberta Flack (Martyn heartbeat mix)
2562 – Flashback
Flying Lotus – Grippit
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Neptunes Remix
Vikter Duplaix – Looking for Love (Bugz in the Attic remix)
Afronaught – Vital Ingredient
DJ Rels – Diggin In Brownswood
DJ Zinc – Blunt Edge
Moodymann – Freeki Mutha F cker
Theo Parrish – Fear
Geeneus – Ultrafunkula

Flying Late

Kowloon lobster sauce

I’m packing up my belongings, getting ready for relocating to the northern side of Victoria Harbour! Excited! So long glitzy island life, hiya urban country side! A) more space B) lower rent C) more street cred. And still only 10 minutes from the islet. Now take a minute to envy me for my new Kowloon penthouse view.

PS that’s Lion Rock Country Park in the background.

So. After you’ve finished eating my heart out, go peep my future housemate Yao‘s SOLOS podcast, cause bruva’s got MAD soul.

Yao – Live DJ set @ Heavy HK, 11/18/2009


Black Panta – The Upsetters
Song My Mother Used To Sing – Dennis Brown
Heavy- Jaylib
Mythsysizer- J Dilla
Gluetooth- Hudson Mohawke
Reggae- Skepta
Beauty- Silkie
Zumpi Huntah (Remix) – Terror Danjah
Percession – Skream
Hard- Breakage ft. David Rodigan
Serious- Noah D
Spliff Dub (Rustie Rmx)- Zomby
Rainbow Rd.- Gemmy
Like a Dream- 2562

Space Blue

Roche Space Blue

Roche delivers the latest installment in Solos Records digital release series. Poised between two of the mighty legacies of Detroit, ‘Space Blue’ takes the Dilla touch to an extended, 3 Chairs style house meditation on rhythm modulation, making Gottsching cumulii showersynth shards.

Space Blue: the title is a hint, a certain cold outer space melancholy which perforates the warmth of a shifting upright bass sample that underpins the track. Cosmic jazz tones for mental therapy. Or, maybe it’s it’s the trace of blue light in a club that catches the trails of smoky wonderment wafting upwards.

The flipside to this stunning piece is a remix by CB Radio, who strips away the A-side’s gaseous atmospheres for a physical disco house flex’n’bump refix that’s suitable for riding the back alleys of the city of the future.

Direct mp3 links:

Roche – Space Blue (pt I)

Roche – Space Blue (pt II)

Roche – Space Blue (CB Radio remix)

Bookworms – African Rhythms

My fave Bay Area label SOLOS is back on the track with their first digital release:


In the mix are traces of garage, broken beat, and funky, but this is not reverent bass nostalgia: ‘African Rhythms’ pushes past fashion to wire a new set of rhythmic histories and spaces: the track sounds equally tuned to solitary late night rollage and body-dense warehouses.
The A side of this digital single is backed by two remixes: a 4×4 tuff melancholy Theo Parrish-style banger by Yao, and an ambient, abstracted daydream by Fat Transfer, whose disorienting EQ and filter work take the original even further out.


Bookworms – African Rhythms (Original)

Bookworms – African Rhythms (Yao Remix)

Bookworms – African Rhythms (Fat Transfer Remix)

Hi-bitrate versions available on iTunes now.

Also check out:

Solos Records



Fat Transfer

Lemonade Remixtape Free Download

I’ve been bumping this one heavily on my iPod in the last 2 days.
San Franciscan indielectronica band Lemonade‘s Remixtape is
available for FREE DOWNLOAD HERE.
Including remixes by some of my homies / fave SOLOS RECORDS artists
Roche, Yao and Bookworm.
Cop that shit.


Our favorite San Francisco based Indie label SOLOS just released it’s 2nd Compilation called SOLOS IN STEREO vol. II !

The entire SOLOS roster is bringin’ some serious HEAT, so don’t sleep on this bay area jewel!
SOLOS IN STEREO vol. II can be purchased HERE or digitally via ITUNES.
Here’s Roche‘s remix of CB Radio‘s “Muevete”
off the SOLOS IN STEREO II compilation:
Free Download:
This is a 12 minute promo mini-mix, featuring bits of
some of my favorite tunes off the compilation.
Recorded in 2 hours, at 1000% humidity,
with sweaty palms, under the influence of coconut soymilk
and with the nasty smell of dried marine products in my nose
at Enso‘s HK crib. Enjoy!
Free Download:
CB Radio will be flying in all the way from New York City
to spin a set at our next PIMPIN’ AINT EASY show on Friday August 29th @ CLIQ in Hong Kong! Stay tuned for details!

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