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 British nightmare to America’s dreams

What do yall know bout vintage UK hardcore rap? I sorta grew up on this shit, mostly thanks to my childhood brother from a different mother, Han Shock, who is now based in Berlin as part of Born 2 Roll crew fame and is also known as a heavyweight collector of vinyl from that particular era and movement. I remember hearing groups like Hijack, Son Of Noise, Gunshot and Killa Instinct for the first time in Han Shock‘s living room during the mid-90s, discovering an entirely unique and different style of rap music as a pendant to all the US rap I’ve already been a huge fan of. This era was pretty much a genre of its own. Mostly popular in the UK but also quite big in Germany, we Germans even went as far as coining the term “Britcore“. Hard and fast breakbeats, often politically themed raps with a heavy cockney slang, a certain ‘darkness’ to it and last but not least LOTS of fast and technical scratching that was way ahead of its time made this sound so significant. Here’s the ultimate mixtape covering the UK hardcore rap prime time from the late 80s to the mid 90s, compiled and mixed by Han Shock in 2003. Some nostalgia for those who are familiar and an important lesson in rap history for those who aren’t.

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Han Shock – Always Remains Hardcore



HYPE NASTY 1 Year Anniversary pics

Click HERE to see the full gallery. All pics courtesy of Bo Puinar Hui.

Vintage DJ Rafik mixtape

I almost forgot about this one. Homeboy says he stumbled upon an mp3 version of it on some Russian message board. This milestone of German turntablism was released on cassette tape in 2003, limited to 1000 copies. Gotta love those Russians. This is what they say: “This mixtape of the Lordz Of Fitness crew member contains a fresh selection of the finest and rare underground hip hop, stacked up with some evergreens, lots of exclusive skits and skratch action laced by the 5 times ITF-world & DMC world champion himself.” На здоровье!


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DJ Rafik – The Offensive Digit