VU dives head first back into the pit of Prajnasonic’s jagged techno world with SHENZHOU, a black-tinted exploration of the many tools that one has at their disposal in the techno scene. Yet amongst the punchy almost militaristic beats, super-crisp hi-hats and thumping bass that blows you back, there’s nevertheless an elasticity to VU’s minimalist techno decor giving it a high-energy and playful gloss that wouldn’t be lost on a rock stage. While most electronics acts might fall into the routine and keeping the momentum going strong, the Beijing producer favors melodic interludes and other offbeat flourishes that inject the rigid frigid soundscapes with a sense of discovery.
Shanghai electronic music label Eating Music has been keeping busy – with two new beattapes in the past couple months – Underwater/Fantasy from the Yunnan-raised Beijing based bedroom producer, and Transpacific Slop from Shanghai-based Cruel Buddhist. Both have an undeniable talent for instrumental hip-hop and G-funk infused with vintage sounds, lo-fi flair, wavy grooves, humid swagger and the most cool-headed and chillax vibes this side of the globe. The perfect escape from ‘the hustle and bustle of citylife for the urbanite’ and a ‘soundtrack for the onset of summer’. Keep them coming Eating Music.
Surf rock makes its way to China via Boss Cuts, the four-piece Beijing band that giddily rides the wave of trailblazers before them whilst adding their own irrelevant Beijing touch to their riotous EP. For those not afraid to be thrown into the deep end of surf rock – complete with sexy guitar slides, copious amounts of reverb, tremolo picking, and beat drumming that’s downright infectious, not only conjuring up images of the beach but of a city that’s completely twisted on its head, it’s all kinds of anarchic fun – a white horse worth crashing down with.