lundi 26 mai 2014

asiadeep compilation out on digital platforms

I am proud to finally present my asiadeep compilation on Pschent Records.
Chill electronic and acoustic, for digital release on most platforms:

French electronic label Pschent (Hôtel Costes) has commissioned me to bring together a digital music selection from Asia's rising new  generation of independent artists, the first of a series exploring the entire world.
This is a first compilation designed as a collection demonstrating Asia’s artistic vitality and diversity, from its rising new generation of artists.
In return for the love and loyalty from our fans in Asia, our aim is to recognize and promote local original talents to regional as well as worldwide audiences, curious and proud to discover fresh creativity from across the continent.
This compilation of 16 tracks is pulsating with good vibrations, eclectic and celebrating the many local scenes and regional tastes: electronica, chill, acid jazz, jazzy hip hop... 

Mint in Motion - The world sings โลกบรรเลง, Thailand
이상순 Lee Sang Soon & 오지은 Oh Ji Eun - 또 왜 그래 What’s wrong again ?, South Korea - Mint Paper
ส้ม อมรา Zom Ammara - Place of love ที่อยู่ของความรัก (Club mix), Thailand
Mia.L - 夜上海 Shanghai nights, China
MC Su - Pills and permit, Singapore
DJ Mitsu the Beats - Snow bunny (feat. Takumi Kaneko), Japan - Jazzy Sport
Da Jamz - 多謝大人 Thank you Master (feat. Fat B & 呆宝静), Hong Kong & China - Chillgun
Breakthrough - Maybe It’s you… (feat. Keyco), Japan - KSR
KDX presents: Xuan 劉軒 - Sweet Talk (feat. Yinyin 史茵茵 & DJ? aka 問號, China + Taiwan - KDX
Cro-Magnon - Queen of quiet (feat. 土岐麻子 Toki Asako), Japan - Jazzy Sport
허밍 어반 스테레오 Humming Urban Stereo - 에로 여배우 Softcore Actress, South Korea - Pastel Music
Xuan 劉軒 - Formosa 101 (feat. Alita Rickards), Taiwan - DA6 Music
Andezzz – Beri Aku Senyum (feat. Jeanette), Indonesia - WoofWoofBeat
沙羅曼蛇 Salamander - Daydream, Taiwan
Up Dharma Down - Indak, Philippines - Terno Recordings
Aaken - Một Ngày Như Mọi Ngày (A day like any day), Vietnam

Eric Hauville
Jung Goh
Soodol Huh
Manuel Bienvenu
Jean-Michel Ou
Calvin Poon 潘源良
Philippe Favre
Marc d'Hauteville

mardi 30 avril 2013


From China: B6, Bai Li, Dead J, Iloop, Liman, me:mo, DJ Huang Weiwei, DJ Yang Bing, DJ Gao Hu, Terry Tu, DJ Pancake Lee, Mickey Zhang, Ben Huang, DJ Xiao Feng, Huzi, Saw Test, Sulumi (aka Sun Da Wei), DJ Tadi, WengWeng, Yan Jun, AM444 (thanks Jung),


From Hong Kong: Freaks rendez-vous (James Ting),
Alok Leung, DJ Kulu...

From Taiwan: Smoke Machine (thanks Irene - see the feature I put on MTV Iggy), Downing Fire (thanks Dust), DJ ? (thanks Xuan), DJ Ty, pioneer 林強 Lim Giong, KbN, DJ @llen, DJ Victor(ia), Xuan,
沙羅曼蛇 Salamander (thanks Dust)...

From Japan: too many to report, from Y.M.O. to Denki Groove, Takkyu Ishino, Yoshinori Sunahara, Kakushin Nishihara's biwa techno, Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou...

From South Korea: Dos A Dos, Dj Eunchurn, PlasticKid, Simo & Mood Schula...

From Thailand: Nannue Tipitier, Gene Kasidit,
DJ Seed,

Numlabs, Space360 (Delicate), Stylish Nonsense, Cyndi Seui, Kijjaz, Animal Machine...

From Indonesia: Agrikulture
Andezz, Goodnight Electric (thanks Batman), Homogenic (thanks Marin), Media Distorsi, Space System...

From Malaysia: Citizens of ice cream, 电棒 Dian Bang, Spacebar Collective (thanks Ifzan)...

From Singapore: Rajesh Hardwani, Funk bast*rd (Cosa Nostra / Darker Than Wax, thanks Maya-Lynn), Aspidistra Fly, Creamtone, Grumpy Emotional Dumb Malay Boy, Octover, The Sleepwalker, s0nicbrat 樂玩仔, Yeow (Whitelabel), Case Woo...

From India: Gods Robots 

lundi 29 avril 2013

Digital Asian music compilation coming out soon

That compilation is finally coming out in September on Pschent Records.

Photo: Jakarta, Kim Choong-Wilkins


Mint in Motion

이상순 Lee Sang Soon & 오지은 Oh Ji Eun
South Korea - Mint Paper

ส้ม อมรา Zom Ammara



DJ Mitsu the Beats - feat. Takumi Kaneko
Japan - Jazzy Sport

Da Jamz - feat. Fat B & 呆宝静
Hong Kong & China - Chillgun

Breakthrough - feat. Keyco
Japan - KSR

KDX presents: Xuan 劉軒 - feat. Yinyin 史茵茵 & DJ? aka 問號
China - KDX

Cro-Magnon - feat. 土岐麻子
Japan - Jazzy Sport

허밍 어반 스테레오 Humming Urban Stereo
South Korea - Pastel Music

Xuan 劉軒 - feat. Alita Rickards
Taiwan - DA6 Music

Andezzz – feat. Jeanette
Indonesia - WoofWoofBeat

Salamander 沙羅曼蛇

Up Dharma Down
Philippines - Terno Recordings


Eric Hauville
Jung Goh
Soodol Huh
Manuel Bienvenu
Jean-Michel Ou
Calvin Poon 潘源良
Philippe Favre
Marc d'Hauteville

vendredi 25 septembre 2009

Drunken Style

From mainland China: Young Kin, Yin Tsang, Blakk Bubble, Dumdue, KidGod,
DJ FatKit, 唐人踢 Tang Ren Ti, DJ Wordy, DJ LJ, Prosa

From Hong Kong: MC Yan (福建音樂 Fu©Kin Music),
MastaMic, Chef (廚房仔), 24 Herbs, Dj Galaxy, DJ Tommy, Ghost Style, Lo J, Arho Sunny

From Indonesia: Jogja Hip Hop Foundation

Soul ID, Yacko

From Japan: K Dub Shine,
Rhymester, DJ Co-Ma, DJ Mitsu,

Grooveman Spot, Budamunky, Hifana, DJ Klock, DJ Ta-Shi, DJ Jin, TwiGy al Salaam,
S.L.A.C.K., Issugi, Sick Team

From South Korea: DefConn,
DJ Soulscape, Jinbo, Infinite Flow, Drunken Tiger, 김진표 JP Kim

From Malaysia: Falsafah x Pendekar,

Teh Tarik Crew, Too Phat (thanks Ifzan),

Ahli Fiqir (thanks Jeff), DJ Fuzz,

KLG Sqwad, point blanc, Pop Shuvit, Yogi B & Nachatra,
Words Manifest, Phlowtron

From the Philippines: Gloc9,
Francis M (R.I.P.),
Gagong Rapper, Lil Yong, Andrew E,
Mastaplann, Death Threat...

From Singapore: Phatnatrix, Koko & Syaheed, 臭皮匠 Chou Pi Jiang, MC Su,
XS.One, Triple Noize, MC Garuda, DJ Koflow...

From Taiwan: MC Hot Dog,
 T-Ho Bros, Matzka...
Soft Lipa 蛋堡...

From Thailand: Gancore,
Thaitanium, Spydamonkee, Panda Blur...

From Mongolia: Gee

Check here soon for a Drunken Style compilation by Kampong Beats.


There is Afrobeat, and there is Asiabeat.

Batik house, Kobe jazz, Mongolian punk, Bombay house, Mat rock, Pinoy funk, J pop, Korean hip hop, Thai dub, Khmer funk, Gila punk, Taiwan rock, Hokkien rap, Beijing rock, Shanghai techno, Hong Kong house, Canto punk, Cantonese blues, Enka mambo, Singapore garage, Indo surf jazz, Taipei electro, Viet rockabilly…

Asia has seen develop from the Sixties vibrant music scenes, original talents, rich modern traditions, and large followings by already three entire generations : Kobe jazz, Japanese rock, Thai rock, Khmer blues, Taiwan rock, Hokkien enka, Shanghai jazz, Cantonese blues, Enka mambo, Vietnamese rockabilly…
However most of the original talents are absent from local charts, media and mainstream awareness, apart from punctual commercial endorsements. The only household names are major label artists, some very good, most untalented, and all forced to record commercial mush, heavily inspired from Western pop.
Hence even local talents are desperate, finding little artistic challenge or support from media and the public. They are often the first ones to denigrate the quality of the local scene.
As a result the majority of the local elite and media still hold their local talents in contempt, preferring songs in English or celebrity pop.

Today Asia counts such original music movements as Mongolian punk, with its Tuva rock counterpart, Bombay house, Mat rock from Malaysia, Pinoy hip hop from the Philippines, J-pop, Korean hip hop, Thai dub, Taiwan rock, Hokkien rap, Beijing rock, Shanghai techno, Hong Kong house, Canto punk, Singapore garage, Indonesian surf jazz, Taipei electro…

In the West, noone knows much about Asian music, apart from the recent Banghra fad, or Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku recuperation. Conventional wisdom both in the East and West still holds Asia for a backward continent too busy working to produce any interesting popular culture outside of lower-tier copycats of the West. Such a perception belongs to the Sixties, it is a generation late. However, they appreciate the tourism, food, movies, exotic homeware, contemporary art, fashion folklore and low-cost manufacturing.

So far only Indian and Middle Eastern compilations manage to cross over into the mainstream, while Chinese, Japanese and Korean cinema has already established worldwide cult followings from art house publics to trend adopters.
And yet Asia has a plethora of true original artists who would open up many ears from the West to the East, to a rich, modern cultural life, beyond the restrictive clichés of the exotic folklore or easy-listening background music favoured in themed events, restaurants and spas.

Overrocket, Japan
Minimal electro pop, new wave and 80’s techno pop.

新裤子 New Pants, China

Rik, Thailand
Soul rock diva, ska dub electronica.
"ริค วชิรปิลันธ์ ราสมาลัย Russian Roulette"

超级市场 Supermarket, China
Rock, electronica.

Rollercoaster, South Korea
Acid jazz, soul, pop rock, house music.

Siam Dub Monster / The Photo Sticker Machine, Thailand
Trip dub / trip hop / acid jazz.
"Thai Style"

Color Lab, Thailand
Art funk groove.
"Saturday Night"

My Little Airport, Hong Kong
Indie pop.
"Z too A"

Apartmentkhunpa, Thailand
Funk, rock, jazz, blues.

Yat-Kha, Mongolia
Legendary Mongolian rock band with Yat-Kha zither and Kanzat throat-singing by Albert Kuvezin, runner-up or BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2006.
"Dorug Dayim"

木马 Muma, China

Dynamite Club, Japan
The self-described Attention Deficit Disorder rock band (surf, country, jazz, math, punk rock, video game, reggae, metal, funk) in New York City.
"New York Kung Fu Society"

Seringai, Indonesia
Alcohol-fueled hardcore rock
"Membakar Jakarta"

About Pop, Thailand
Electro / acoustic pop

Sakana (Pocopen & Nishiwaki), Japan
"Shiroi Machi"

Aaken, France
The “Circlesong” album launched very successfully at Paris’s Café de la Danse in October 2005. Aaken’s cover of Björk’s “Army of Me” was featured on a double cd album by UNICEF, released in February 2005.
"Mot Ngay Nhu Moi Ngay"

Nick Daddy Liang & DJ SL, Taiwan
Soul electro rock, funk house.
"Last night"

Ego-Wrappin’, Japan
They have worked with Little Creatures, Fantastic Plastic Machine, and have contributed to “Ska Stock”, a tribute to the Skatalites.

Check here soon for an Asiabeats compilation by Kampong Beats.

jeudi 29 mai 2008


The Asian rock I hear beats out any of the little current western rock I hear, which mostly sounds to me like homages and reedits of legends past. However I don't care for Asian rock that copycats Western rock, which cancels out most of MTV Asia and Channel V. There's so much good stuff out there, many of them doing well with constant touring and live shows, where audiences go mad.

From China: here's an extreme introduction: Pangu rock. The man is crazy.
Also Pk14

and Brain Failure, Carsick Cars, Cold Fairy Land, Lonely China Day, muma, New Pants, 苍蝇 ("The Fly"), Red Unit, Ren Yu, Xiao He, Zuo Xiao Zu Zhou, Zhao Ze, Rebuilding the Rights of Statues


On the other hand of politicorock there is this Japanese dumbfounding song and even more confounding video that is a waste of time: Riot by Patriot is Not Crime (支那の歌 The Song of China), the same sad nationalistic lame punk that exists throughout Europe.
Still Japan has some great rock bands: Adenosine TriPhosphate, Cocco, Custom Cock Confused Death, self-described attention-deficit-disorder band Dynamite Club (hey Kentaro!), Electric Eel Shock, Guitar Vader, Ringo Shiina, the amazing Ua, Zettaimu...

From HK there's the deservedly famous King Lychee, Climax, Hardpack, Qiu Hong, Monogel, Sanskrit...

From Taiwan I recently discovered 董事長 合唱團 (The Chairman), in the delightful Fokkien rock tradition, 四分衛 (Backquarter), and young Vera Queen. Unfortunately since right about Luan Tan's space rock disbanded at the turn of the century, legendary Taiwan rock has mostly sold out.

In Singapore there's Francis Frightful's infamous O.P., so named because the garment didn't allow them to be called Opposition Party.
Melvyn and Little from fFurious introduced me to the rocking sounds of Force Vomit. They came around to judge the Lomo Wonderland exhibition at the Esplanade, and chose the winners with their eyes closed. Now that's class.
There is also Muon, (hey Ginette!), Objection Overule, Typewriter (hey Chang Kang!), and The Boredphucks (now reincarnated as The Suns):

Ai Sio Gan Mai - Boredphucks

In Malaysia I got a compilation at the Click Project, featuring Carburator Dung, which is great kicks. There's also Lang Mang, Ciplak, Meet Uncle Hussain


Thailand has a garth of amazing rock.
Futon's Thai songs are infectious and brilliant. Their cover of "I wanna be your dog" is drop dead.
Redtwenty is a young band whose sound is unique and hauting.
The amazing Apartmentkhunpa has their own world too, acid funk rock on ether.
There's of course the incredible Rik Vachirapirum

See also her music videos “Tichila” and “Devi”.
Also check Armchair, Moderndog, Penguin Villa, Scrubb, so::on, Goose, Yellow Fang...

The Philippines has a mature and huge rock scene, of which I only like Francis Magalona (R.I.P.), River Maya, Eraserheads, and the amazing Parokya Ni Edgar.

Indonesia has another beautiful rock scene: The Jonis

And the legendary Dewa 19, Peter Pan, Serigala Jahanam, Adit Bujbunen Al Buse, Kelelawar Malam, The Safari, Slank, Komunal, Ungu, Cokelat, The Polyester Embassy, C'mon Lennon, D'Zeek, The Adams, Ape on the Roof, Seringai, The Upstairs, Zeke & The Popo, Tomorrow People Ensemble, Sajama Cut, ST12, The Brandals, Inspirational Joni


Vietnam has some hard bands such as Microwave and Gat Tan Day.

Finally there is Albert Kuvezin's world-famous Yat-Kha from Mongolia.

Check here soon for an Asiarocks compilation by Kampong Beats.