Audial adorableness

Is there any other band out there right now getting more buzz than this young quartet from the Bri’ish isles? Dunno! Whatevz! I just can’t resist sharing this remix of Florence And The Machines’ “YGTL”. Not only do the re-recorded vocals outshine Florence’s by the length of 10 rugby fields, but having ’em layer those archangelic harps/xylophones over heavily UK Funky House influenced percussions, plus adding that viciously deep sub bass (don’t you dare listening to it through your laptop speakers), plus stirring in some of those brilliantly puzzled but still cautious vocal chops make this gem my fave jam of the week. E-z-ly.

Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The xx remix)

The xx myspace

 

HYPE NASTY # VII feat MISSILL

Hit “attending” on our facebook event to get your name on the “free entry before 12:30” list.

MISSILL @ VOLAR

Chinese democracy

Last weekend I had another opportunity to get out of the bubble republic of HK for a trip to the mainland massive; Shanghai was calling, and I did not hesitate to put my red marching boots on. The trip’s main purpose, as you can imagine, was to steer the steering wheels of steel of one of the many bottle service etablissements China’s biggest city has to offer.

Even though the crowd was not quite my cup o’ green tea/whiskey, I managed pretty well, and even got away with accidentally spilling my drink on the back of an old Chinese triad boss type dude playing dice at one of those tables. Business as usual. Now to the interesting part. I extended my trip by a few days to do what I like doing the most whenever I cross the border; strolling around, observing and consuming the cryptic charme of this 180° dimension we call the People’s Republic of China.

Shanghai

I was a bit tempted to play safe by ingesting my breakfast at one of the countless Western cafes nearby my hotel, packed with fellow ghostfaces and carrying a familiar diversity of panini, sandwiches, pasta, iced latte and such on their menus. However, I done did dealing with food poisoning before and I figured that another one won’t kill me but only make me stronger, so I decided to back off and to dive into the grimy, hidden alleys of this city instead, to see what’s cooking on the sidewalk.

Shanghai street kitchen

Now don’t expect some iron-stomach type-ish. I’m still a picky type of motherfucker and I like my food simple, so I skipped the cooked guts, brains and feet, and decided for these fresh 1-Yuan-each priced Chinese style brekkie burritos instead, consisting of nothing but flour, fried egg and some chili, broiled in 100% quality slop oil.

Chinese breakfast burrito

While I’ve been feasting upon those, I kept strolling around in the foodsy areas to see what else is frying. This young lady and her hungry offspring, pictured below, were obviously specialized in the crustacean types.

Street crabs

Too bad I am not exactly sure what the following chap with the sad look on his face was sizzling, but damn those side-ingredients look yummy, don’t they?

Shanghai street food

Other than street food, I also cherish an intense fascination for the Chinese’ congenial creativity in bootlegging Western brands. I found these at the Adodos Original store:

Adodos

Giorgio Ramain is so hot right now in China

Armani Jeans

so is J-Xingyu

K-Swiss

and Dolce & Dabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Of course all this shit is awfully amusing to the Western eye. I have to admit that I nearly peed myself seeing those types for the first times, but I kinda got used to it and I’m also starting to understand the certain kind of cleverness behind it more and more. Have a good laugh, but before being rude about it, please educate yourself and acknowledge the depth of Shanzhai culture. Read these eye-opening articles, e.g. from China Daily and the Wall Street Journal. Another thing you just HAVE to adore, is the use of random letters, words and sentences from the Roman Alphabet in the weirdest ways and combinations. It seems VERY ridic, but think about it: How often do we Westerners embarrassingly misuse Chinese and/or Japanese characters, just because the characters “look kinda cool”, but completely twisting their sense and meaning?  How many people do you know having Chinese characters tattooed on their skin, not being 100% sure about the true meaning of them? Same shit here. Just the other way around. Let’s just hope it won’t become a trend in China to get tattoos of Roman letters and words. The outcome might include amazingly absurd lingo mishaps like this one:

Shanzhai lingo

Now before I leave y’all alone, I’ve got one more for you. Riddle: what’s the center of attention behind those groups of curious Chinese men gathering in circles all around town?

Circle

Answer: 中國象棋.

Mahjong

MP3 Extravaganza:

Doris Day – (Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To) Shanghai

Heads will roll

Graeme Sinden hitting the Kong

Many dope DJs and producers have been rolling through Hong Kong on their Asian tours lately. It’s been a special pleasure to host and tourguide the legendary Sinden last week, as he’s not only one of the UK’s hottest DJs, producers and remixers of these times, but also one of the most humble, modest and friendly chaps in this biz, plus a true inspiration. Needless to mention that he ripped Volar to shreds last Friday.

Kid Fresh & Sinden

I can hardly think of anyone that’s been out on the scene for as little as 3 years, bangin’ out so many high quality club tunes and remixes in such a short time, remixing heavyweight names such as Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Santogold, Bjork and Robbie Williams, just to namedrop a few. Check his discography. Here’s Sinden’s latest remix, for Jack Splash‘s “I Could Have Loved You” ft. Missy Elliott & Jazmine Sullivan. Catchy “Big Room House” at its finest, while still managing to keep that slight “ghetto bass touch” to it:

Jack Splash – I Could Have Loved You (Sinden Remix)

Sinden’s version of DJ Mujava’s “Township Funk”, out of 1.000.000+ Township Funk remixes, the most bangin’ one IMHO:

DJ Mujava – Township Funk (Sinden Remix)

And last but not least, some of my personal non-housy, non dancy favorite Sinden tunes, in collaboration with  Solid Groove aka Dave Taylor aka A.Brucker aka Switch aka one half of Major Lazer aka your favorite producer’s favorite producer. iPod-rotation material.

Santogold – You’ll Find A Way (Switch & Sinden remix)

Mary J. Blige – Be Without You (A. Brucker & Sinden remix)

Solid Groove and Sinden – Overbooked

Browse Sinden’s myspace, tune in to his show on Kiss FM every Wed night / Thu morn 1-2 AM GMT and buy his tracks on iTunes. Oh and also: he’s nominated for DJ MAG’s “Best Of British” awards, in the “Best DJ” and “Best Radio Show” categories. Vote HERE.

Infringement intellectual property rights goods

The showers in each room of The Opposite House in Beijing are so stupendously splendid that I feel like wetting myself like 5 times a day every time I’m dwelling there. I’m not even patient enough to strip my gear off before I turn the liquids on.
Kid Fresh at the opposite house beijing

Happy 1st anniversary, PUNK!!

When at Beijing’s airport, make sure you don’t dare to carry any “infringement intellectual property rights goods”, as displayed in the most charming way in this glass cabinet in terminal 3.

customs notice

infringement

MP3 Extravaganza:

Martin Atkins’ China Dub Soundsystem – Beijing Taxi

Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy X Songs For Children X Destroyed present PING PONG HUSTLE

Don’t miss out on this PING PONG BATTLE ROYALE! We’ll have a ping pong table set up in the middle room, nuff rackets and 1.000.000 balls, so you won’t have to bring your own.

best party in hong kong

Special guest: 3 x China DMC champion WORDY from Beijing:

dj wordy

Download his latest mixtape here:

DJ Wordy – No Escape Mix