The one and only Dee, the beautiful, mischievous, and unpredictable sound shifter of the Beijing experimental scene who moved to greener (and more madcap) pastures in Shanghai last year, returned to his rightful home last week. And with some very good company – Caliph-8 – the one of a kind, awe-inspiring, insanely talented Manila-based producer who straight up those fortunate enough to be present at Yue Space. A deep dive into hip-hop, experimental, folk, no wave, sound art, soul, rare grooves, exotica, krautrock, jazz, psychedelia – my friend (a fellow electronic producer) said it best – ‘it’s as if something took the sound a collapsing building and slowed it down a hundred times’. That wasn’t all curious listeners were in store for – Shanghai producer Loads Nothing aka L~N was also on hand, giving a high-octane, improvisational, and wonderfully offbeat set. Plus drone duo Atelier II, who are refining their craft more and more and saxophonist improv madman Wang Ziheng, who commanded the spotlight. Finally, Dee showed off his tender singing voice before wildly going into the abyss with the help of some friends, much to the delight of just about everyone. So yeah, Yue Space getting its freak on a Thursday night – my kind of jam.
Well that’s about one of the strangest exhibitions I’ve stumbled into. Who would’ve guessed that the 2014 musical dramedy Frank, about an esoteric musical genius would become such an inspiration for artists here (besides the […]
Exploring the other regions of experimentalism, drone, black metal, and improvisational, France/Chinese label WV Sorcerer Productions and Modern Sky offshoot Bad Head teamed up last week for epic evening of noise and its various bedmates. […]
Spent most of Saturday evening running around like a madman, trying to soak in as many sets as possible before the inevitable descent into Dada. My first stop Yue Space to catch Nanjing trio Schoolgirl Byebye, whose wildly diverse […]