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RADII Mix: New Tunes for Year of the Rat

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Yin (音, “music”) is a weekly RADII feature that looks at Chinese songs spanning hip hop to folk to modern experimental, and everything in between. Drop us a line if you have a suggestion.

Happy Year of the METAL RAT! To celebrate we’ve put together a feature-film-length mix of new tunes that’ll be soundtracking our 2020. Premieres, previews, demos and deep cuts from some our favorite artists covering a wide geographical and genre spread. Stream it below, and find a full track list below the embed.

[00:00] Zhang Ke – “钟声2″play rec, forthcoming

[00:37] Deadly Cradle Death – “Deadly Keithyeetal”Maybe Mars, forthcoming

BurgerSuicideClub performs at a RADII event at ALL, Shanghai, November 2019

[05:36] BurgerSuicideClub – “Second Hand Wig” — demo; look for a debut release from this Shanghai band in 2020

[10:02] Mirrors – “Within an Endless Dream” — Ruby Eyes Records

[15:31] 工工工 – Rhythm n’ Drone III — excerpt from an upcoming, self-released cassette; watch for 工工工 to embark on another ambitious tour in May

Yin: Beijing Duo 工工工 Channels Spartan Groove on “Phantom Rhythm”

[18:54] Wang Zijian – “热风” WV Sorcerer, forthcoming

[23:45] The Bad Molds – “Dancing with the Dead Lover”Spacefruity Records, forthcoming

[26:30] Gatsby in a Daze – “Volcanic Elegy” — Ruby Eyes Records

Guangzhou’s Qiii Snacks Records is Capturing the Sound of Southeastern China

[32:39] Nein or Gas Mus – “A Story of Chaosreload” (demo) Qiii Snacks, forthcoming

[36:02] Tingting x Xi Chenchen x Blurrycloud – “Sleepy Winter” Eating Music, forthcoming

Artist, Entrepreneur, and Vinyl Visionary Cookie Zhang Wants to Change China’s Taste in Music

[39:44] ver_1015e – “Dark Disco” (excerpt) RAN, forthcoming

[41:11] L_Y_Li – “Chasing the Sun” RAN Groove, forthcoming

Yin: Writhing Club Track “Invertebrate” by Hangzhou’s GUAN

[44:05] GUAN – “Drone A” — preview from an upcoming release by the Hangzhou producer and FunctionLab co-founder

[48:35] kaishandao – “demo” — preview of coming attractions from the Chengdu underground pot-stirrer

Scene Report: Chengdu’s Underground Music Scene Flourishes in the Cracks and Shadows of a Construction Boom

[50:21] Stolen – “Electric Echo” (remix) — from an upcoming EP remixing some earlier tracks from New Order’s favorite band, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a comprehensive China tour this year

[54:57] GG Lobster – “Adoration of Sons” — just released on FunctionLab

Listen: Hangzhou Producer GG Lobster Fucks Up Punk Classics

[59:03] T5UMUT5UMU – “Thunder Squall”FunctionLab, forthcoming

[01:02:13] Vengeful Spectre – “The Expendables” — early contender for heaviest of 2020, released last week by Chinese Metal purveyors nonpareil, PEST Productions

Listen to Our Chinese Metal Megamix

[01:09:00] Sheng Jie – “Menbasaitunabo” — this solo album by classically trained violinist and consummate experimentalist Sheng Jie (aka gogoj) is set to finally get a proper release this year, from WV Sorcerer x Maybe Noise

[01:14:14] Wang Xiao – “The Son of Black Horse River” WV Sorcerer, forthcoming

Yin: Two New Releases Channel the Sound of the Steppe and Northwest China

[01:19:22] 白金花 – “额尔德尼赛罕” — from the excellent, recent Sound of Walking compilation

[01:24:40] Shushu & Swimful – “Things You Don’t Need to Know” — preview cut from a forthcoming collaboration

[01:28:45] Bloodz Boi – “Hey Moon” (ft. Katie Vick) Bubble Gum Violence, forthcoming

“Like a Cyborg Mutant”: Multimedia Artist Jiafeng Digests Modern China

[01:31:55] jiafeng – “圆寂美少女” — a taste of protean artist jiafeng‘s latest incarnation/avatar

More great music from China:

The Best Chinese Music of the Decade, Via Its Most Influential Record Labels

City Mix: Heady Brew from Chengdu

CITY MIX: Something in the Hangzhou Water

Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a Shanghai-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.