Yin: Catchy Mandarin Earworm from Shenzhen’s Thin City


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.

We’ve gone deep on rap in China all month, so let’s tip the scales in a different direction today. Here’s a lovely bit of twee pop from Shenzhen’s Thin City, who released a self-titled EP at the end of January:


This promo release — “the watermelon EP,” as the band calls it — comes ahead of a planned LP that Thin City will put out over the summer through Shenzhen underground label Boring Productions. EP opener “So Far No Beach” will also appear on the full-length, so click that for a sample, or enjoy my favorite track off the watermelon EP above: “不用停” (“Don’t Stop”), an infectious and tight piece of Mando-indie that aptly combines the band’s stated admiration for both Manchester post-punks The Fall and Beijing indie-pop confectioners par excellence, Hedgehog.

Find the full EP here, and keep tabs on the Boring Productions Bandcamp for Thin City’s LP release in a few months.

More 2019 tunes from around China:

Yin: SWINE FLEW (Year of the Boar Mix)

Yin: Crisp Coldwave from Kunming Duo Cephalosis

Yin: Suspenseful Synths and Jackrabbiting Beats from Hangzhou’s Mice

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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