The story goes that He Fan and Wang Xinjiu were out watching their favourite band Carsick Cars play a venue in Beijing when they met. They soon decided, by soon we mean that night, that they could probably match their heroes in terms of musical talent. They banded together to form their own band in… Continue reading Birdstriking ~ Holey Brain | Album Review
China sometimes suffers comparisons with Western countries, but one way the government are exceeding is in its willingness to try and arrest social problems. With a population in excess of 1 billion, things can get crowded here, and that can lead to a dog eat dog attitude, which shows itself in disspassionate responses to amother… Continue reading The Good Samaritan Law
Formed in Shunde, Foshan in 2014, Butterbeer are a quintessential indie duo consisting of Jovi from Atta Girl and vocalist Rye from Chestnut Bakery. Quintessential is by no means meant in a derogatory sense, on the contrary their most recent record, Obliviate, which was released to bandcamp on September 29th, is a beautiful, atmospheric effort… Continue reading Album Review: Butterbeer – Obliviate
Due to circumstances beyond my control i.e. instinct and interest, I have been forced to overhaul the content of this blog. I have always been a music journalist, and I suppose that I love music too much to merely write a few bog standard reviews and article references to record labels and artists in China… Continue reading China Expat: When You Know It’s Time to Make a Change
On Pitchfork this week, a Korean producer, singer and rapper called Yaeji was namedropped for future musical recognition as her Drink I'm Sippin' On was named best new track. Yaeji has practically burst onto the scene in just the past few months. She released her self-titled EP earlier this year, which is a collection of… Continue reading Music: Who is Yaeji?
For a band whose latest album could be described with such words as - high-tempo; electric; industrial punk - Re-TROS are a quiet band. Speaking to TimeOut Beijing, the band professed “We like it when it’s not east for people to know us.” For the past eight years they have been going about their business,… Continue reading Album Review: Re-TROS – Before The Applause
According to figures taken from the World Health Organisation in 2015, China ranked 53rd in the world in terms of life expectancy with 76.1 years. China was bracketed by Jamaica, Vietnam and Equador, and shared the same life expectancy rank as Montenegro and Bahamas. Near neighbour Japan ranked as the world leader with 83.7, while… Continue reading Is China a Developing Nation? Data Visualisation – Part 2: Life Expectancy