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Listen: Hangzhou Producer GG Lobster Fucks Up Punk Classics


A welcome wtf if ever there was one: GG Lobster, arguably the best-named member of the all-around excellent Hangzhou label/crew FunctionLab, has just released an album of punk covers. While GG Lobster is mainly known for his internet-damaged curation of club music (in addition to co-helming FunctionLab, he also produced one of my favorite 2018 releases and runs a regular night at Shanghai club ALL called Pain Olympics), Punk Rock Karaoke is a total curveball and is definitely the best 21 minutes of 2019 so far.


The punchy, just for kicks EP features a faux-industrial, auto-tuned cover of Sex Pistols deep cut “Lonely Boy,” turns “Pinhead” by The Ramones into a cybertrap abomination (in a good way), and converts a Clash classic into an 8-bit singalong. GG is more reverent in his relatively straightforward cover of Suicide’s “Ghost Rider”. And he ends it with Tullycraft because why not?!

Stream/download here, find the full FunctionLab squad output at their Bandcamp, and click on this if you wanna dive deeper down the rabbit hole that is new, weird Hangzhou music:

CITY MIX: Something in the Hangzhou Water

Cover image: NTS

Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a US-based writer and musician, and RADII's former Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, MIT Technology Review, Artsy, Bandcamp Daily and more. He's been active in China's underground music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and is a former member of Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS, and Vagus Nerve.
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