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New Music: Mixed Impurities – CityWalker

Yunnan is a famously well-documented hub of the arts in China. The Southern Province is home to Dali, Shangri-La and, of course, Kunming. With soaring hills and geographical wonders in every corner of the province, Yunnan is a regular meeting place for tourists and artists in search of an escape from their hectic lives in… Continue reading New Music: Mixed Impurities – CityWalker

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New Music Review: Joy Ginger – Love is Illusion

From the vaunted corridors of Beijing's premiere alternative R&B label, Babel Records, comes Joy Ginger's Love is Illusion. Alternative R&B, as it is, must be one of the more interesting modern trends. Take, for example, How to Dress Well. The American artist combines sexy vocals and hip writhing bass with metallic, futuristic electronica to make… Continue reading New Music Review: Joy Ginger – Love is Illusion

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Noise Arcade – Burning Bridges

Noise Arcade is an act which has been around the block a few times. The electronic producer has extensively toured South Asia, released albums with various different labels throughout China, and has been pressed by magazines all over China. His previous album Selective Memory was recorded on Huashan Records in Shanghai and was named by… Continue reading Noise Arcade – Burning Bridges

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Ugly Girls – Welcome to the Suck

“You ain’t god, you’re just a fuck boss.” Those are the first words you hear from Ugly Girls on their recently released Welcome to the Suck. Whatever you think about the phrasing, there is no denying that the message is powerful and macho. The phrasing is succinct and powerful, which actually comes about by way… Continue reading Ugly Girls – Welcome to the Suck

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Ones We Missed: Howie Lee – Socialism Core Value

A year is a long time in the history of music. Things can change very fast in the course of 12 months. New movements can emerge and old ones can die. New faces can appear, whilst unfortunately neglected artists can fade away. It is important, then, to squeeze as much as you can from a… Continue reading Ones We Missed: Howie Lee – Socialism Core Value

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Die!ChiwawaDie! – Demos

Guangzhou Punk band Die!ChiwawaDie! recently joined forces with fastcore Beijing based act Struggle Sessions to create a split LP, that crunches like metal through metal. It's raw like Mission to Burma, if Mission to Burma were fronted by Corey Taylor from Slipknot. If their sound was a drink it would taste a little like a… Continue reading Die!ChiwawaDie! – Demos