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Yin: Upbeat Canto Alt-Pop from Guangzhou’s Power Milk

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Yin (音, “music”) is a weekly RADII column 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.

Slipping on in to July, steam things up with this recent track from Guangzhou’s Power Milk, one half of a lathe-cut vinyl released a few weeks ago by Qiiii Snacks and Hak Hak Manufacture. Even if you don’t understand Cantonese, you can readily bounce along to this high-energy, feel-good tune, helpfully illustrated by a pastel-perfect animated music video (Bilibili exclusive, sorry):

Always love to hear whatever the Qiii Snacks crew cooks up. If you’re feeling a little more mathy, check the b-side to this 7″ by smellyhoover, also from Guangzhou:

 

Pretty different style-wise but the liner notes tell the tale of why these two bands were paired:

Although the two bands seem to be completely different, they both use Cantonese to tell a story about the characteristics of Guangzhou life. For this release, the two bands coincidentally both wrote a song about the hardships of office life…

Think the super-limited lathe-cut is already sold out, but you can still download the two-song EP here, and find more info about Qiii Snacks Records and Hak Hak Manufacture — two key DIY forces keeping the PRD indie scene alive and thriving — in the RADII links below:

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

How Hak Hak Manufacture is Cutting Out a Vinyl Record Niche in Guangdong

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Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a Shanghai-based writer and musician, and RADII's Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, Artsy, LEAP, Tiny Mix Tapes, 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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