Category Archives: China

Jeru tha Damaja – Ya Playin Yourself (JChan Havoc in Heaven Remix)

Last post of 2011: I’ve always loved the video this song, in which Jeru and his trusty sidekick kung fu their way across Hong Kong. Samples from “Havoc in Heaven.” Continue reading

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Big Daddy Kane – 2 Da Good Tymz (JChan Chinese Ensemble Remix)

Flipped this Big Daddy Kane track with some classic breaks from an unidentified old-school funk band from Taiwan. Continue reading

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Old School Chinese Funk pt 3: The Hawk

Psychedelic fuzz guitar-based funk from the 70’s by an indigenous Taiwanese mountain tribe – how cool is that? Continue reading

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Monkey Mashup 5: Taohuayuan

I flipped a pipa melody snippet and some Chinese percussion samples from 大闹天宫 (Uproar in Heaven) for this beat. Continue reading

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Old School Chinese Rock pt. 2: Huang Qing Yuan and the Stylers

This fly looking fellow is Huang Qing Yuan (黄清元) – a Singaporean Mandarin-language crooner who released four albums of A Go Go music and Garage Rock with local legends The Stylers from 1966-1970.

There’s not much in English about Huang, but there are quite a few Youtube clips of his songs: Continue reading

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thebeijinger: Wu Force Hits on Sunday, Featuring Abigail Washburn, Wu Fei and Kai Welch

Michelle Dai interviews guzheng virtuoso Wu Fei as she prepares to perform with Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch in Beijing this Sunday night at Yugong Yishan:

For years, banjo girl Abigail Washburn, singer/songwriter Kai Welch and Chinese singer/guzheng master Wu Fei thought about collaborating on something together. When Wu Fei was in the US, the three started combining American country tunes, traditional Chinese influences and their wild ideas. They called themselves Wu-Force, and presented their work in Beijing in the summer of last year. Washburn is currently on her“Silk Road” tour, but she’ll be making a stop in Beijing this weekend, where we’ll get a chance to witness the newest creations from Wu-Force. We recently asked Wu Fei to give us a hint of what to expect. Continue reading

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Classic Chinese Funk Pt 1: Chinese Ensemble Breaks

“Ethnic funk” (read not made by Black, White or Hispanic people) is a bona fide sub-genre for loop diggers and beat makers – in these regards the Turks and Thais seem to have the lion’s share of vintage beats from the 60s and 70s.

There are a few Chinese language gems out there as well – mostly music on vinyl made in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong from back in the day that leans towards fuzzed-out garage rock and guitar pop. My dad had a few of these records in his collection but they were unfortunately given away by my mom in one fell swoop of spring cleaning – something I regret to this day. Continue reading

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