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Asian Electronic Producers To Listen In 2017 (Part I)

This week we’ll like to bring your attention to some of the finest Asian electronic music producers and DJs.
Double Clapperz
Double Clapperz are a Tokyo based grime-producer duo made up of Shintaro Yonezawa (djsinta) & Kodai Ukawa (UKD). Starting out as producers in 2012, they became the finalists of Wardub jp, a Japanese grime competition and later released their debut single “Last Night Boogie” in 2015. Their strong musical background in dancehall, dubstep, 2step and garage influences led them to pursue a more UK/Bass production to create alternative bass music. While they produced tracks for Japanese grime MCs, their unreleased tracks were played on radio platform such as Rinse.Fm, Block.Fm and NTS Radio. Double Clapperz considers producers such as Kahn & Neek, Last Japan, MCs D Double E, Nico Lindsay and Skepta to be their favourites and have supported artists such as Elijah & Skrilliam and Dubkasm in Tokyo. They have also played at the Outlook Festival Japan Launch and performed in London with Spooky. Double Clapperz are also part of a bi-weekly radio show on Nous.fm which features dub plates and guest mixes from upcoming producers and local talents. 2017 will see them collaborating with Japanese MCs and as well as a vinyl release.
3ASiC
3ASiC is a Netherlands-based electronic producer from Nanjing, China. He released his debut album “ THIS ALBUM MADE MY FRIENDS BASSICK” back in 2015 as well as accompanying singles “Keli X 3ASiC – 脱轨列⻋ (Single, 2016), Conrank – Air (3ASiC Flip) (Remix, 2016)” etc. His music can be described as current-gen bass music and his influences include EPROM, Om Unit, Nervous Horizon to name a few. 2017 will see 3ASiC releasing a new EP as well as embarking on a China tour.
Demon Slayer 
Demon Slayer aka Dan Nguyen is a Californian born and raised multi-disciplinary creative, currently based in Saigon, Vietnam. Starting out as a turntablist/hip-hop/DJ in 1998 at 16, he transitioned his focus to producing experimental hip-hop (“cloud rap”) a few years later. His musical style has roots in Jazz and Hip Hop, laced with UK club and West Coast Bass and is currently minimal bass music and sounds from Asia. His musical influences include David Axelrod, African Funk from the 70s, Sun Ra, Christian Marclay, ISP, Beat Junkies, YMO, Ngoc Lan from the 90s. Demon Slayer has performed at Coachella Valley Music Festival and shared the stage with artists such as Steve Aoki, RL Grime, Tokimonsta to name a few. Apart from being a DJ, Dan is also a world-renowned visual artist and has held gallery exhibitions with Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Barry McGee and has exhibited his artworks in galleries in Los Angeles, Beijing, Tokyo and more. He is also the co-founder of the prominent Beat Cinema Club in Claremont and also helps to coordinate and run events in Vietnam, with both international and local acts while being part of the internet label STYLSS. 2017 will see Demon Slayer dropping a mixtape of older, Vietnamese-American analogue new wave music from the 80s, a new album of instrumental and rap music as well as more collaborations with Vietnamese artists such as Suboi, Ha Le and Onionn.
Intriguant
Louis Quek aka Intriguant is a electronic music producer and DJ from Singapore. 2016 was a hectic year for the producer as he performed at various festivals such as St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and the Singapore International Jazz Festival whilst in preparation for the release of his LP. He released his much anticipated full length debut LP “Recluse” in January 2017 featuring artists such as OmarKenobi of rap crew Mediocre Haircut Crew and KATØ. With the sounds of experimental beats, downtempo electronica and inspired by the likes of Shigeto, Nujabes, Gold Panda, Daisuke Tanube, the album “Recluse” is an exploration of the self inspired by Intriguant’s discovery of empowerment in solitude, whether at work, in the studio or his daily life. Intriguant is also part of Singapore’s premiere audiovisual collective, Syndicate SG.
Foodman
Foodman (食品まつり) aka Takahide Higuci is an electronic music producer and visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. His music often comprises of various types of song forms including techno, ambient, footwork, raw electronic percussion. His musical influences include artists such as Nobuo Uematsu, XTC, SUSUMU YOKOTA, RP BOO, DJ Rushed, DJ Krush and NUMBER GIRL. Higuci released his acclaimed album ‘Ez Minzoku’ to critical acclaim, having been chosen for various awards including ‘Pitchfork’s Best Experimental Album’ of 2016 and recently played a Boiler Room set in New York. We can definitely look forward to more quirky mixes and an Asian tour from the Japanese producer in 2017!
Yllis
Singaporean electronic producer Yllis is known for mashing together experimental electronic pop, bass, sino-grime influences together with infectious R&B vocal hooks. The NYC-based artist has released music on acclaimed Beijing underground electronic label Do Hits, and his tracks have been featured on Boiler Room, Radar Radio, 88 Rising and Vice China. In 2016, his experimental album “Exodus” was ranked the #1 Singaporean EP by Bandwagon. There’s much to look forward to for Yllis in the coming year, as he’ll be releasing more remixes, mixes as well as an upcoming EP. According to Yllis “My musical journey so far has been a rather enlightening trip of self discovery. I finally feel like I have something important I want to say, stories that I really want to share. So I’m going to take a bit more time with this one to try and get it just right.”
Jason Hou
Jason Hou is a Beijing-based music producer, having worked on various projects from genres such as classical, metal, pop to ethnic music. He is also known for producing music that blends experimental elements of oriental music and is also part of Chinese electronic label Do Hits. His guest mixes have been featured on Rinse FM and Radar Radio and his music has received praises from musicians JoJo Mayer and music label Mad Decent. Jason has toured in Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and Germany has shared the stage with acts such as Plastician, Jubei, SP:MC,  Nosaj Thing, Soulection and Darker than Wax. 2017 will see Jason releasing various EPs, with a different vibe of music from his previous releases as well as more collaborations with Chinese traditional and folk musicians. 
Arrio
Arrio is the electronic project of Jakarta-based producer, Adhe Arrio. His music is testament to Indonesia’s thriving electronic music scene and has produced music for other artists including alternative Indonesian singer Neonomora. Arrio’s music style can be described as mainly electronic but with a touch of pop, techno, downtempo and his influences include  Jamie XX, Richie Hawtin, Bonobo, and Nicholas Jaar to name a few. The producer, who has previously played at festivals such as the Djakarta Warehouse Project released his highly anticipated debut album “In Time” in late January 2017. The album features previously released tracks such as “FIN” and “Drown Me” as well as collaborations with Kallula, one of Indonesia’s popular performers. The album is a testament of Arrio’s sensibility to explore never-ending potential to further expand his love for the modern backdrop electronic music composition.
Fauxe
Fauxe is a prominent name in the Singapore underground electronic music scene. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the enigmatic electronic music producer has collaborated and produced music for other Singaporean artists such as rnb singer Sam Rui and rap trio Mediocre Haircut Crew. He is also part of music community H Y B R D T H R Y and electronic label Phyla. 2016 was quite the busy year for Fauxe as he played at various music festivals including Urbanscapes and Raising the Bar in Malaysia, opened for artists such as Gold Panda, Girrafage, Gorillaz Sound System and Oddisee and has toured in cities spanning Shanghai, Tokyo, Taipei and Melbourne.
Emir Hermono
Emir is an Indonesian-producer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apart from producing for popular hip hop artists from Malaysia such as Altimet and SonaOne. Emir considers Australian musician Ta-Ku to be a huge influence, and it is quite apparent when you take a listen to Emir’s tracks. He has also previously played at music festivals such as Goodvibes Festival and Raising The Bar in 2016. Emir is currently working on his upcoming album, 3AM in Jakarta, scheduled for release in February 2017 and it will feature other Indonesian artists including Ariel Nayaka, Novokane, NAJ, Arethvsa, DJ CZA and Niska. 
Aseul
Aseul is a female electronic producer from Korea. She was introduced to music by her father and as a child she was surrounded by musical instruments such as the piano, guitar and bass, instead of toys. She released her debut album “Echo” in 2012 under her former stage name Yukari and won numerous awards including Daum Music Album of The Month and The Silent Ballet Album of The Year. Two years later she began using the moniker Aseul and released “New Pop”, an album filled with dreamy shadowy but vivid beats. Aseul counts Bill Evans, Debussy, Grimes, Bjork, Rei Harakami, Aphex twin, 90s J-Pop to be some of her musical influences. 2017 will see Aseul going into production for her new album and possibly heading on tour.

ManilaKilla

Manila Killa aka Chris Gavino is a Washington, DC based electronic music producer. Originally from Manila, Philippines (hence the name!), the 23-year old is a self taught musician, having discovered electronic dance and house music from a battle of the bands competition during his schooling days. With music influences like Porter Robinson, Bon Iver, Tchami, Daft Punk and Justice, Manila Killa has released two singles on Ultra Music and Moving Castle. He is also the founding member of the Moving Castle – a music collective, fashion and music label as well as one half of the house music duo Hotel Garuda together with Aseem Mangaokar. Manila Killa has also performed at various international music festivals including Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, Snow Globe, Firefly as well as back in his home country of the Philippines. 2017 will see Manila Killa concentrating on making music full-time, having recently graduated from University.

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Sónar Hong Kong Line-up includes Lady Leshurr, DJ Shadow, Nosaj Thing and more

Mark your calendars because Barcelona’s legendary electronic music festival is making its Hong Kong debut on 1st April 2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. The line-up includes a range of artists such as Gilles Peterson, DJ Shadow, Dave Clarke, Daito Manabe, Lady Leshurr, Kode9, Gorgon City and Yeti so the Hong Kong audience are definitely in for a treat.
Apart from the music, there will also be the Sonar+D which features a series of creative tech-centred activities, including workshops, interactive virtual reality and new media arts installations and performances.
Tickets to Sonar+D are priced at HKD180 while access to music performances plus Sónar+D are priced at HKD780. More information can be found at sonarhongkong.com

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Soul & rnb singer-songwriter Linus Hablot performs “Just Call” in Singapore

Linus Hablot is a New-York based singer-songwriter that combines his adoration for genres such as neo-soul, blues and indie folk. An interesting blend of such vastly contrasting genres, Linus borrows from his musical influences such as Nick Hakim, Lianne La Havas and Bon Iver and creates his own unique sound that is difficult not to fall in love with. “Just Call” is an unreleased song that will be featured in his upcoming EP to be released in 2017.
Special thanks to Middle Class Cigars for making this possible.

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Australian based singer-songwriter May Lyn releases second single “First”

Malaysian-Australian artist May Lyn, who was recently featured on Soimusic a couple of months ago released her second single “First” in late January 2017. The latest single is an r&b and ambient influenced number off her upcoming EP, “Vessel”. Blending textually rich and fluid layers with honest and sincere lyricism, May Lyn’s sound has been branded as atmospheric r&b. According to her, “First is a song about unconditional love and how society mainly focuses on romantic love.”
 

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Asian Female DJs and Producers to Listen To in 2017

This week we put the spotlight on some of our favourite female DJs and producers from Asia.
Peggy Gou (Korea – Berlin)
Born and raised in Korea, Peggy moved to study fashion in London and subsequently, Berlin where she now resides. 2016 was an incredibly busy year for the DJ as it saw the release of her debut EP, ‘The Art of War Part 1’, which also included a remix from Galcher Lustwerk (White Material, Lustwerk Music). Not long after, she released her fourth EP, ”Seek For Maktoop” which translates to ‘looking for destiny’ and it cemented her position as one of electronic music’s hottest new rising stars. Now with four EPs under her belt, 2017 will see Peggy, who celebrates her first year of being a full-time DJ and producer, not only releasing more music but will also embark on her first North American tour. 
TokiMonsta (USA)
Jennifer Lee otherwise known as TokiMonsta is a beatmaker and producer, born and raised in the bay area of Los Angeles, California. Her name “Toki” derives from the Korean word Rabbit, while Monsta is a take on the word Monster. In 2010, TokiMonsta caught the attention of Flying Lotus and later became the first female DJ to be signed to the Brainfeeder label. She released her forth album, Fovere in 2016, featuring fellow Californian producer Krne as well as rapper Anderson Paak. She will be dropping her new compilation album ‘Young Art Sound’ on 3 February 2017 which will feature other artists such as Gavin Turek and Jesse Boykins III. 
RayRay (Taiwan)
Chao Hsin-Lei (趙心蕾) aka DJ RayRay of Taiwan spun her way into the hip hop scene at the tender age of 15. The Taipei native, whose musical style can be described as hip hop, trap and bass, was crowned champion of the 2013 Red Bull Thre3style DJ competition and presented Taiwan to the international circuit in Toronto at the International DJ Championship. RayRay has since garnered a worldwide following, having been invited to perform at SXSW in 2013 and 2016, ADE in Amsterdam in 2015, Glastonbury UK Festival in 2016, and the Midem France Music Festival in 2016. RayRay is largely inspired by hiphop music and by counts artists J Dilla, DJ Shadow and Hifana as her biggest influences. 2017 will see RayRay working towards putting out an EP and to continue touring worldwide throughout the year.
Yonyon (Japan)
Born in Korea and raised in Tokyo, YonYon originally started her career with her band, KOTOBA SELECT. The beatmaker, DJ and booking agent can be described as sounds influenced by the likes of R&B, hip-hop to the inclusiveness of Japanese indie pop and J-pop melodies, creating an innovative complex sound that is refreshingly simple. Her eclectic DJ mixes have since allowed her to amass global attention, playing at shows in Berlin, Shanghai, New York and more.YonYon is also the director of “Bae Tokyo”, a creative agency that emboldens women by providing for DJs and artists regardless of race, ethnicity and sexual identity. Spring of 2017 will also see the release of YonYon’s new EP.
Jayda B (Japan)
Jayda B is a radio personality, DJ and music curator originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Japan in 2009, having enrolled at the Tokyo Temple University and hasn’t looked back since. With a strong background in radio, having interned at Hot 97 radio station in her home city of Atlanta, it propelled her to start her own radio platform DENTRADIO, focusing on showcasing new talent on a global and bilingual platform. Jayda is also the founder of the “Bae Tokyo” project, bringing the movement from Atlanta to Tokyo. 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for their crew, as they start to prepare to go on tour to promote their ‘Bae Tokyo” brand.  
DuriO (Singapore)
Serene Ong aka DuriO is part of Singapore based all female DJ collective Attagirl together with A/K/A, Jaydah, Empyreal (VJ) and Fatim from KL. Her curiosity for DJ-ing was sparked off at an early stage and she was the given the opportunity to be mentored by some of Singapore’s prominent DJs under the FFF Girl DJ Bootcamp.
DuriO’s musical repertoire ranges has varied over the years, but she says is now mostly made up of Bass-centric genres under the UK Bass umbrella such as UK Garage, Grime, Jungle, and a touch of Reggae-Dancehall. DuriO recommends other female DJs Madam X (UK), Amy Becker (UK) as well as all-female DJ collectives such as Bae Tokyo and Riot Girls from Japan and Bichinda from Korea. Her music has taken her globally, playing at events such as the Outlook Japan Launch party and Zoukout in 2016 and most recently Seoul Community Radio. 
Sonia Calico (Taiwan)
Born and bred in Taiwan, DJ and producer Sonia Calico was originally one half of Taiwanese electronic female rock group Go Chic. With Go Chic, Sonia managed to win various international awards including The Golden Indie Award for “Best Electronic Music Album 2014” and played at huge music festivals including SXSW, Summer Sonic and Fuji Rock.
After Go Chic went on a hiatus, she ventured out to do her solo project under the Calico moniker, blending an edgier sound comprising of chill trap, bass, hip hop, grime, footwork etc. Sonia’s musical influences include labels such as N.A.A.F.I,Her Records, Qween Beat and producers like Florentino and Sinjin Hawke. She has also helped with the formation of music collective UnderU as she helped to promote and nurture the scene by throwing unique parties featuring acts such as Beijing’s Howie Lee, Singapore’s Darker Than Wax and UK’s Deadly & Murlo to name a few. We can look forward to the release of Sonia’s debut EP as well as afro-rhythm productions coming our way in 2017!
Amber Akilla (Australia)
Amber Akilla is an up-and-coming DJ from Perth, Western Australia who was born to Chinese parents from Fujian. As a huge fan of artists from from labels such as Brainfeeder, Bromance, Dohits, Ninja Tune, Trekkie Trax, the DJ’s sets usually consist of musical genres of contemporary hip hop, R&B, grime, future dance and bass music. Amber is also a huge fan of female and LGBTQI MCs such as Princess Nokia, Cakes Da Killa, Nadia Rose and Dai Burger to name a few.
Having recently graduated with a double degree at University, 2017 will see Amber exploring into the deeper realms of Asia; China, Japan and Korea in particular to produce more works and music.  

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Asian Hip Hop Artists You Don’t Want To Miss in 2017 (Part II)

NINNO
NINNO is a Filipino poet and wordsmith, whose debut album Third Culture Kid received positive reviews. His influences include Rakim, Aesop Rock, Eminem as well as video game music and rock. With a distinct hip hop and electronic-fueled sound that demands to be listened to, NINNO naturally commands the crowd as an enigmatic, high-energy performer who is also a storyteller and creator of his own world. NINNO is also part of Filipino hiphop outfit Shadow Moses, together with beatsmith MurderDeathKill and Six the Northstar and also helms the leadership at Logiclub, a creative collective of producers, musicians, DJs and artists based in Manila. 2017 will see the release of NINNO’s sophomore album, Confessions of Dangerous Entities.
Lexie
Chinese hip hop & rnb artist Lexie (刘昱妤 려위위) was a contestant on popular K pop show, “K Pop Star 5” where she made it to the top 4. She recently collaborated with Korean-American rapper Nafla on her debut single, “Coco made me do it”. In fact, many have also likened to being China’s Rihanna. She is currently signed to Hot Sauce Music Group.
UFO
UFO is a newcomer to the Thai hip hop scene originally from Lamphun, Thailand. As he grew older, he started to get inspired by Thai underground hip hop label 8GARAD in Chiangmai. Currently a student at Rangsit University in Thailand, 2017 will see UFO who counts popular rapper J.Cole as a huge influence, working on his debut album.
P$J
P$J is currently one of Thailand’s hottest rappers from Thaibeats records.  
Hailing from Songkhla, located on the South of Thailand led to him being influenced by popular Thai hip hop crew, Southside which allowed him to kickstart his career into hip hop music.
Youngohm
Youngohm is a member of the Ekamai Raiders hip hop crew in Thailand. He plans to make the shift from remixing songs to producing his own original beats in 2017. Youngohm counts Thai rapper Illslick, as well as international rappers J.Cole, Bryson Tiller & The Weeknd as his influences.
Quaimo
Quaimo is a South Korean rapper dropped his lit debut mixtape ‘G.U.R.N’ under the Prima Music Group label, helmed by producer Primeboi. Quaimo is also a member of Korean hip hop crew 크림빌라 (Cream Vanilla).
Đen Vâu
Underground rapper Đen Vâu had his first hit song in late 2015 with “Đưa Nhau Đi Trốn” featuring Linh Cáo of the rap group Chicken & Fox. Đưa Nhau Đi Trốn is a song that quickly became popular online with the Vietnamese youth for its relatable theme about wanting to run away with your love one and escaping the drudgery of everyday life. Đen Vâu’s musical style can be best described as a smooth and relaxed rap style similar to the style pioneered by West Coast rappers like Snoop Dogg. With the recent release of his first mixtape KOBUKOVU, which stands for Không Buồn Không Vui (Not Sad Not Happy), Đen Vâu is in a position to shake up the Vietnamese rap scene in 2017 with his G-funk-inspired songs that would make West Coast pioneer Dr. Dre and the new king of West Coast rap Kendrick Lamar proud.
 
95Generation (95G)
New Vietnamese rap group 95Generation (95G) first started making noise in the Vietnamese rap scene in 2016 with songs like SG Homie squad and Nam Kỳ Flow. This Saigon-based rap group is looking to put Southern hip-hop on the map. Taking cues from other Asian rappers like Keith Ape and KOHH, 95G is bringing the sounds of the Dirty South to Vietnam. 95G is one of the most promising upcoming names to look out for in 2017. With their first year as a rap group under their belt and a year grinding it out in a newly constructed studio, 95G looks ready to bring the heat in 2017 with some brand new Vietnamese trap tracks.
LDleKING
Saigonese rapper LDleKING of the rap group SouthGanz (Wowy, Nah, LDleKING) is looking to make a comeback in 2017. Now living in the United States, this rapper now known as Trappy Donny is looking to bring that H-Town swag to the Asian rap scene. With a newly released music video for his song “Châu Á Trẻ,” a song about being a young Asian in America, LDleKING continues to rep his Asian pride for all the world to see. Like 95G, Trappy Donny seeks to bring Southern Saigonese trap to the forefront. Trappy Donny’s newest mixtape was released free on SoundCloud last month, making LDleKING a rapper to look out for in 2017.
ZDev Feat. PhunkyFeel
I have to admit, I do love some good old Beijing rap. Ever since the first time I heard “The roots” by two young artists ZDev Feat. PhunkyFeel (LaFamilia R.O.C. crew) I felt some good vibes, and I’ll love to hear more from them in the future. With a simple and naïve approach they give us a sense of trueness. The stress on the roots, their own roots, Beijing, but also the roots of the music they love (the beat echoing the typical chilly jazzy sound of New York rap in the Golden Age), shows us that Purple Soul already have some talented scholars following their path, for the quest of bringing back the purest hip hop of the origins.
Tam Ka PKL
Vietnamese rap group Tam Ka PKL consisting of JGKiD (Thơm), KraziNoyze (Khoa), and EmceeL (Long) had the honor of being nominated for the favorite underground artist award by WeChoice in 2016. With their new found fame thanks to the popularity of their song “Bài Ka Tuổi Trẻ,” these three rappers from Hanoi are bringing a new flavor to the Vietnamese rap scene with their reggae-inspired brand of hip-hop. Will Tam Ka PKL’s more mild and relaxed approach to rap lead them to success in 2017? Only time will tell, but Tam Ka PKL have easily established themselves as artists to look out for in 2017.
U180
U180 is a hip hop crew made up of rappers 捷克, 能嫩 and producer Chopurmind from Hangzhou, China. They released their EP “The Theory of Evolution” in late 2016 and have been nominated in the Abilu 2016 awards – China’s annual premiere music awards show. Apart from hip-hop, listen out for the fresh funk elements that’s always present in their songs.Using  philosophical lyrics and “modern funk” beats to create a new world through 3 songs “lazy us fuck”,”reboot” and ”the last of us”. In this world, humans go astray by the developing of technology and destroying the planet. Follow U180 on their journey as they try hard to find way to “reboot” and create something new.
Junoflow
The Cali’ based photographer turned rapper Junoflow is a lyricist to be taken seriously. Influenced by the Jazzier corners of hip-hop, the former SMTM5 contestant honed his skills after meeting KillaGramz back in High School and even recorded with him during stint at Yonsei University. However, the artists career really began after gaining attention online following a tribute to late  influence Nujabes. Now signed with pioneer Tiger JK’s Feel Ghood Music, his sound has evolved and with an album set for release in 2017 the artist seems perfectly poised to make this year a big one.
T-Pablow
T- Pablow is an exciting artist who reflects the edgier side of city life. Having grown up in the Kawasaki neighbourhood of Buraku, his music reflects the challenges of growing up in a heavily polluted and difficult side of town.
Rapping with twin brother Yzerr under the name 2win, the two share tales of illegal adventures and Yakuza shedding light on the face of Japanese youth culture rarely exposed. T-Pablow and his sibling are also part of a wider musical family Bad Hop, a crew formed with friends from his high-school.
As well as being an accomplished recording artist T-Pablow has a fierce reputation among the Japanese rap battle circuit competing on reputable platforms such as ‘Summer Bomb; and ‘Freestyle Dungeon’ against the scenes leading names. Expect more thrilling battles and collabs with the crew from the Kawasaki native later this year.
Jony J
After several remarkable mixtapes, from 2013’s JHOOD to 2016’s “物女金” (Materialism, Girls, Money), this guy, whose Chinese stage name means “bean sprout” (豆芽) actually sprouted into becoming the most prominent rapper from Nanjing. With a clean and smooth flow, good master of technique, high quality of the productions and predilection for lyrics about reality, consciousness and inner feelings are the ingredients we can find in songs like “My City” feat. Jie Gu, ”Belief”, “I’m not Kool” and “Change” feat. Damnshine. Recently Jony J seems willing to approach trap music, but always with his own style and with attention to the quality of the music, as we can notice in song “Fantasy” feat. Lexie.
C-Block
C-Block is a rap crew based in Changsha, Hunan Province. Active since 2007, they have been delivering some fine hardcore rap combined with Chinese traditional music and kungfu movies soundtracks. A sort of Mandarin version of Wu Tang Clan! Even though deeply rooted on their own birthplace culture (they often rap in Hunan local dialect), they are well-known among underground fan throughout China. Damnshine (大傻) is the front man, who features several collaborations with top rappers across the country, but recently also crew member Kungfu-Pen (功夫胖) got greater attention thanks to a solo album and to a powerful hit, “The Master of the future”, cover of a famous 80’s rock song. Lately the trio released two new songs, “Kill the ninjia”, and “The flow of Jiang-Hu”, confirming them as one of most convincing hardcore rap crews in China nowadays.
Additional contribution from Fabio Nalin(Hip Hop in China),  Lex’s Asian Rap World, Rap is Now and VpopFan.
 

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Asian Electronic Producers To Listen In 2017 (Part I)

This week we’ll like to bring your attention to some of the finest Asian electronic music producers and DJs.
Double Clapperz
Double Clapperz are a Tokyo based grime-producer duo made up of Shintaro Yonezawa (djsinta) & Kodai Ukawa (UKD). Starting out as producers in 2012, they became the finalists of Wardub jp, a Japanese grime competition and later released their debut single “Last Night Boogie” in 2015. Their strong musical background in dancehall, dubstep, 2step and garage influences led them to pursue a more UK/Bass production to create alternative bass music. While they produced tracks for Japanese grime MCs, their unreleased tracks were played on radio platform such as Rinse.Fm, Block.Fm and NTS Radio. Double Clapperz considers producers such as Kahn & Neek, Last Japan, MCs D Double E, Nico Lindsay and Skepta to be their favourites and have supported artists such as Elijah & Skrilliam and Dubkasm in Tokyo. They have also played at the Outlook Festival Japan Launch and performed in London with Spooky. Double Clapperz are also part of a bi-weekly radio show on Nous.fm which features dub plates and guest mixes from upcoming producers and local talents. 2017 will see them collaborating with Japanese MCs and as well as a vinyl release.
3ASiC
3ASiC is a Netherlands-based electronic producer from Nanjing, China. He released his debut album “ THIS ALBUM MADE MY FRIENDS BASSICK” back in 2015 as well as accompanying singles “Keli X 3ASiC – 脱轨列⻋ (Single, 2016), Conrank – Air (3ASiC Flip) (Remix, 2016)” etc. His music can be described as current-gen bass music and his influences include EPROM, Om Unit, Nervous Horizon to name a few. 2017 will see 3ASiC releasing a new EP as well as embarking on a China tour.
Demon Slayer 
Demon Slayer aka Dan Nguyen is a Californian born and raised multi-disciplinary creative, currently based in Saigon, Vietnam. Starting out as a turntablist/hip-hop/DJ in 1998 at 16, he transitioned his focus to producing experimental hip-hop (“cloud rap”) a few years later. His musical style has roots in Jazz and Hip Hop, laced with UK club and West Coast Bass and is currently minimal bass music and sounds from Asia. His musical influences include David Axelrod, African Funk from the 70s, Sun Ra, Christian Marclay, ISP, Beat Junkies, YMO, Ngoc Lan from the 90s. Demon Slayer has performed at Coachella Valley Music Festival and shared the stage with artists such as Steve Aoki, RL Grime, Tokimonsta to name a few. Apart from being a DJ, Dan is also a world-renowned visual artist and has held gallery exhibitions with Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Barry McGee and has exhibited his artworks in galleries in Los Angeles, Beijing, Tokyo and more. He is also the co-founder of the prominent Beat Cinema Club in Claremont and also helps to coordinate and run events in Vietnam, with both international and local acts while being part of the internet label STYLSS. 2017 will see Demon Slayer dropping a mixtape of older, Vietnamese-American analogue new wave music from the 80s, a new album of instrumental and rap music as well as more collaborations with Vietnamese artists such as Suboi, Ha Le and Onionn.
Intriguant
Louis Quek aka Intriguant is a electronic music producer and DJ from Singapore. 2016 was a hectic year for the producer as he performed at various festivals such as St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and the Singapore International Jazz Festival whilst in preparation for the release of his LP. He released his much anticipated full length debut LP “Recluse” in January 2017 featuring artists such as OmarKenobi of rap crew Mediocre Haircut Crew and KATØ. With the sounds of experimental beats, downtempo electronica and inspired by the likes of Shigeto, Nujabes, Gold Panda, Daisuke Tanube, the album “Recluse” is an exploration of the self inspired by Intriguant’s discovery of empowerment in solitude, whether at work, in the studio or his daily life. Intriguant is also part of Singapore’s premiere audiovisual collective, Syndicate SG.
Foodman
Foodman (食品まつり) aka Takahide Higuci is an electronic music producer and visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. His music often comprises of various types of song forms including techno, ambient, footwork, raw electronic percussion. His musical influences include artists such as Nobuo Uematsu, XTC, SUSUMU YOKOTA, RP BOO, DJ Rushed, DJ Krush and NUMBER GIRL. Higuci released his acclaimed album ‘Ez Minzoku’ to critical acclaim, having been chosen for various awards including ‘Pitchfork’s Best Experimental Album’ of 2016 and recently played a Boiler Room set in New York. We can definitely look forward to more quirky mixes and an Asian tour from the Japanese producer in 2017!
Yllis
Singaporean electronic producer Yllis is known for mashing together experimental electronic pop, bass, sino-grime influences together with infectious R&B vocal hooks. The NYC-based artist has released music on acclaimed Beijing underground electronic label Do Hits, and his tracks have been featured on Boiler Room, Radar Radio, 88 Rising and Vice China. In 2016, his experimental album “Exodus” was ranked the #1 Singaporean EP by Bandwagon. There’s much to look forward to for Yllis in the coming year, as he’ll be releasing more remixes, mixes as well as an upcoming EP. According to Yllis “My musical journey so far has been a rather enlightening trip of self discovery. I finally feel like I have something important I want to say, stories that I really want to share. So I’m going to take a bit more time with this one to try and get it just right.”
Jason Hou
Jason Hou is a Beijing-based music producer, having worked on various projects from genres such as classical, metal, pop to ethnic music. He is also known for producing music that blends experimental elements of oriental music and is also part of Chinese electronic label Do Hits. His guest mixes have been featured on Rinse FM and Radar Radio and his music has received praises from musicians JoJo Mayer and music label Mad Decent. Jason has toured in Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and Germany has shared the stage with acts such as Plastician, Jubei, SP:MC,  Nosaj Thing, Soulection and Darker than Wax. 2017 will see Jason releasing various EPs, with a different vibe of music from his previous releases as well as more collaborations with Chinese traditional and folk musicians. 
Arrio
Arrio is the electronic project of Jakarta-based producer, Adhe Arrio. His music is testament to Indonesia’s thriving electronic music scene and has produced music for other artists including alternative Indonesian singer Neonomora. Arrio’s music style can be described as mainly electronic but with a touch of pop, techno, downtempo and his influences include  Jamie XX, Richie Hawtin, Bonobo, and Nicholas Jaar to name a few. The producer, who has previously played at festivals such as the Djakarta Warehouse Project released his highly anticipated debut album “In Time” in late January 2017. The album features previously released tracks such as “FIN” and “Drown Me” as well as collaborations with Kallula, one of Indonesia’s popular performers. The album is a testament of Arrio’s sensibility to explore never-ending potential to further expand his love for the modern backdrop electronic music composition.
Fauxe
Fauxe is a prominent name in the Singapore underground electronic music scene. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the enigmatic electronic music producer has collaborated and produced music for other Singaporean artists such as rnb singer Sam Rui and rap trio Mediocre Haircut Crew. He is also part of music community H Y B R D T H R Y and electronic label Phyla. 2016 was quite the busy year for Fauxe as he played at various music festivals including Urbanscapes and Raising the Bar in Malaysia, opened for artists such as Gold Panda, Girrafage, Gorillaz Sound System and Oddisee and has toured in cities spanning Shanghai, Tokyo, Taipei and Melbourne.
Emir Hermono
Emir is an Indonesian-producer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apart from producing for popular hip hop artists from Malaysia such as Altimet and SonaOne. Emir considers Australian musician Ta-Ku to be a huge influence, and it is quite apparent when you take a listen to Emir’s tracks. He has also previously played at music festivals such as Goodvibes Festival and Raising The Bar in 2016. Emir is currently working on his upcoming album, 3AM in Jakarta, scheduled for release in February 2017 and it will feature other Indonesian artists including Ariel Nayaka, Novokane, NAJ, Arethvsa, DJ CZA and Niska. 
Aseul
Aseul is a female electronic producer from Korea. She was introduced to music by her father and as a child she was surrounded by musical instruments such as the piano, guitar and bass, instead of toys. She released her debut album “Echo” in 2012 under her former stage name Yukari and won numerous awards including Daum Music Album of The Month and The Silent Ballet Album of The Year. Two years later she began using the moniker Aseul and released “New Pop”, an album filled with dreamy shadowy but vivid beats. Aseul counts Bill Evans, Debussy, Grimes, Bjork, Rei Harakami, Aphex twin, 90s J-Pop to be some of her musical influences. 2017 will see Aseul going into production for her new album and possibly heading on tour.

ManilaKilla

Manila Killa aka Chris Gavino is a Washington, DC based electronic music producer. Originally from Manila, Philippines (hence the name!), the 23-year old is a self taught musician, having discovered electronic dance and house music from a battle of the bands competition during his schooling days. With music influences like Porter Robinson, Bon Iver, Tchami, Daft Punk and Justice, Manila Killa has released two singles on Ultra Music and Moving Castle. He is also the founding member of the Moving Castle – a music collective, fashion and music label as well as one half of the house music duo Hotel Garuda together with Aseem Mangaokar. Manila Killa has also performed at various international music festivals including Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, Snow Globe, Firefly as well as back in his home country of the Philippines. 2017 will see Manila Killa concentrating on making music full-time, having recently graduated from University.

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Sónar Hong Kong Line-up includes Lady Leshurr, DJ Shadow, Nosaj Thing and more

Mark your calendars because Barcelona’s legendary electronic music festival is making its Hong Kong debut on 1st April 2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. The line-up includes a range of artists such as Gilles Peterson, DJ Shadow, Dave Clarke, Daito Manabe, Lady Leshurr, Kode9, Gorgon City and Yeti so the Hong Kong audience are definitely in for a treat.
Apart from the music, there will also be the Sonar+D which features a series of creative tech-centred activities, including workshops, interactive virtual reality and new media arts installations and performances.
Tickets to Sonar+D are priced at HKD180 while access to music performances plus Sónar+D are priced at HKD780. More information can be found at sonarhongkong.com

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Soul & rnb singer-songwriter Linus Hablot performs “Just Call” in Singapore

Linus Hablot is a New-York based singer-songwriter that combines his adoration for genres such as neo-soul, blues and indie folk. An interesting blend of such vastly contrasting genres, Linus borrows from his musical influences such as Nick Hakim, Lianne La Havas and Bon Iver and creates his own unique sound that is difficult not to fall in love with. “Just Call” is an unreleased song that will be featured in his upcoming EP to be released in 2017.
Special thanks to Middle Class Cigars for making this possible.

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