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I’m not big on year-end lists, but looking back on RADII’s 2018 coverage, I’d be remiss not to highlight some of the highlights in one place for easy repeated listening. Here’s some of the music from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong that soundtracked long walks, melted browser load times, or otherwise confronted the eardrums in an interesting way this year:
Click-through: Beijing/LA Duo Alpine Decline’s Startling New Browser Video
Yin: Guzz’s “Fleeting Whispers”
“Stay Ugly”: An Interview With Beijing Post-Punks Lonely Leary
* This one also got shouted out in one of NPR’s year-end lists. Nice!
Yin: Barren Solstice Ripper from ruò tán x Zaliva-D
B-Side China: Was 2018 the Year Chinese Music Went Global?
6 Young(ish) Producers and DJs in China Worth Checking
Shanghai trio Dream Can
Yin: Electronic Composer ayrtbh’s Latest “Track” is a .dmg File
Cover of Yiwu band 鸭听天’s debut album, released in June 2018 by Beijing label Spacefruity Records
CITY MIX: Something in the Hangzhou Water
Yin: Li Daiguo Returns to Piano on New Album “鸟叫”
Yin: Beijing Post-Punks Snapline Return with Elliptical “Answer”
Yin: Wild New Sounds from Shanghai’s 33EMYBW & GOOOOOSE
Bugged Out: The Humanoid Machine Music of Shanghai Artists Han Han and 33EMYBW
Yin: New Old Beijing Gutter-Garage from The Molds
A New Community for Hong Kong’s Underground Music Scene
GG Lobster, a fixture in Hangzhou’s thriving underground club music scene
Yin: Gripping Techno Thriller from Beijing Producer Shao
Watch: 360° Music Video by Meuko! Meuko! Taps the Virtual Spirit Realm
Beijing Hardcore Band Struggle Session on Unique Punk Hybrids from China
Hong Kong heavy peddlers Dagger
WATCH: Bohan Phoenix Debuts Glitched-Out, Interactive Music Video
Watch: Howie Lee and Teom Chen Render Digital Afterlives in New Video “Tomorrow Cannot Be Waited”
That about does it. Back on the hunt for new tunes on Jan 1 so stay tuned as always.
Cover photo: A member of Shanghai band Dream Can performs an interactive art project at Adelaide OzAsia Festival in November 2018 (Facebook)
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