Words: Top Tunes for March / 三月新歌

(中文版在後面)

Here are the most rockalicious tunes I’ve found for this month’s enjoyment.

Two gods of the music production world meet for a fun collab

Two gods of the music production world meet for a fun collab

  1. The online music community just collectively jizzismed with the release of Jack Ü, the much awaited collaboration between Skrillex and Diplo, featuring AlunaGeorge  2 Chainz, Kiesza, Missy Elliott, and … Justin Bieber (Da faq?). Awesome, messy, chaotic, it’s what you would expect. They even make Bieber sound good.
  2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor have a new album out on 31 March. Loud as hell, long (probably), vaguely Arabic-sounding strings, all equate for plenty of tinnitus. I’m sort of obligated to like them; but they can be hard work, pass me the damn Britney.

    It will get LOUD:Godspeed You! Black Emperor are back soon

    It will get LOUD: Godspeed You! Black Emperor are back soon

  3. 404 by Hucci transcends trap, hip hop, and electronica via a healthy range of references and samples. It’s not really clubbing music, but more for your personal chill cave.
  4. This looks promising: WhoSampled Present – Digging In The Vaults, features famed crate-diggers including Mark Rae, The Herbaliser’s Ollie Teeba and BBE’s Chris Read. The maestros had free reign to sample the expansive Imagem Catalogue in creating new tracks. It’s out on 30 March.
  5. Not for everyone, Angelmaker’s Dissentient demonstrates finesse and variety in their deathcore tunes. There’s even a track called “Shia LaBeouf” (can’t really make out the lyrics, maybe it’s for the best – holy crap, they’re here).

    They said what about poor old Shia?

    They said what about poor old Shia?

  6. Japanese techno smashers CAPSULE are finally back. A bit less frenetic than before, but still retaining interesting textures and melodies that make their work a delight. Fans of Japanese pop will be happy to see ONE OK ROCK back too.

    4Minutes: Not just good to look at

    4Minute: Not just good to look at

  7. Across the pond in Korea, 4Minute are getting seriously crazy, while Amber hooks up with Girls’ Generation’s TaeYeon in “Shake that brass”.

    A chilled comeback for the electro maestros

    A chilled comeback for the electro maestros

  8. Remixes: Calvin Harris gets dancy remixes from Hardwell (Outside) and Mike Pickering (Pray to God). Meanwhile, The Weeknd receives the deep house treatment in this track from 50 Shades of Grey (didn’t see it, don’t care). Coldplay’s dull but loved Fix You is spruced up by Four Tet, and unfortunately the cringe doesn’t quite leave. Totally missed it, but Tame Impala’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Stranger in Moscow is how covers should be done.

    AKW hits paydirt with his little gem

    AKW hits paydirt with his little gem

  9. Back in Hong Kong, AKW from PUSH has put out a brooding techno slow-burner that creeps up nice and good on you. After his role in creating the wonderful Electriq tent at this year’s Clockenflap, I’d gladly listen to anything he or the PUSH crew put out.
  10. Candi Staton is reportedly performing in Hong Kong on 13 March at Taz. Florence + Machine’s version of her song “You got the love” is sensational, but local DJ Casey Anderson pulled off a brilliant remix of the Frankie Knuckles original that incorporates the orchestral melodies from Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight Tonight. Clever boy.

    Up and coming local indie band Onedaymore

    Up and coming local indie band Onedaymore

  11. Last but certainly not least, local kids Onedaymore have put out a new LP. They’re terrific live, have a listen to the release here. Elsewhere in Hong Kong, MattForce from hip-hop collective Wild$tyle has just released L’Etranger, it’s a bit of a banger.

三月熱爆新曲

Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber?

  1.  不行了,要…出了!網民熱切期待的專輯Jack Ü終於推出!Skrillex 和Diplo再度合作,而且同場加映Aluna George , 2 Chainz, Kiesza, Missy Elliott 和Justin Bieber! (真的嗎?) 肯肯定為你帶來頂級視聽,亂中有序的音樂盛宴。想知道萬人迷Bieber和其他Hip Hop 歌手如何相撞昇華就不可不聽!
  2. 我的天! Black Emperor 將於三月三十一日推出全新專輯。音樂風格狂野雋永,加上一絲阿拉伯風弦樂,耳鳴到爆炸也要一聽再聽吧!Once you go BLACK EMPEROR, you can’t go back! 到時小甜心Britney 也不能每次殺不死你殺不死你也醫好你!
  3. Hucci 的404透過一系列樂曲將重口味的Trap, Hip Hop 與電子音樂融合昇華。與其說它是派對舞曲,倒不如說它帶你魂遊太虛再來回地獄又折返人間。
  4. WhoSampled 推介 – Digging In The Vaults 精心囊括著名的 Mark Rae, The Herbaliser 的 Ollie Teeba 和 BBE 的 Chris Read. 這些殿堂級人馬可隨意組合風格種類迂迴的音樂,創造出撼動人心的新曲。仔細聽好了,這專輯三月三十日就面世了!可真令人期待!

    Ollie Teeba (左)

    Ollie Teeba (左)

  5. Angelmaker 的 Dissentient再度將其暗黑另類的風格和技巧推向巔峰極致。這張走偏鋒路線的極重金屬音樂專輯內有首歌叫’ Shia LaBeouf’ (這還是英文嗎?)從歌名就看得出口味甚濃吧!挑戰這張唱片真的需要勇氣!
  6. 日本電音組合CAPSULE 回歸樂壇!雖然沒有以前狂野,但仍保持有趣格調和旋律,依然蕩氣迴腸。還有J -pop 樂迷也會很高興迎接 ONE OK ROCK 重臨吧!另一方面近在咫尺的K- pop 也不遑多讓,4Minute推出新曲Crazy, 而且來自 f(x) 的Amber 和少女時代的 TaeYeon 携手合唱 Shake that brass, 三大天團的粉絲們要尖叫死了!

    Amber

    Amber

  7. Calvin Harris這次把Hardwell (outside)Mike Pickering(Pray to God)混成Remixes。另外, 引起全球關注的<<格雷的五十度陰影>>(12金鴨也比這好看,有EXO 的鹿晗啊)電影原曲The Weeknd 受到好評如潮。Coldplay 新曲很悶,但Four Tet 的Fix You 卻意外的有驚喜。說真的,為甚麼The Cringe 還在混樂壇呢?不過要數最令人喜出望外應是Tame Impala 翻唱 Michael Jackson的 Stranger in Moscow 吧!

    Tame Impala

    Tame Impala

  8. 回到香港,PUSH 的 AKW 推出全新慢版電音EP 肯定可以令你嗨到欲仙欲死、欲罷不能!在他2014年Clockenflap 音樂節Electriq tent的傑出表演後,你能不為他和PUSH 其他成員瘋狂著迷嗎?他們有任何新曲我也一定捧場!

    Candi Staton

    Candi Staton

  9. Candi Staton 會於三月十三日在香港Tazmania Ballroom 表演,她的歌 You Got The Love 的Florence + Machine 版本可謂一流。另外,本地DJ Casey Anderson 成功創出混合Smashing Pumpkins 歌曲Tonight Tonight 的交響樂旋律和 Frankie Knuckles 原創歌曲。抵讚!

    Wild$tyle

    Wild$tyle

  10. 最後,本地組合Onedaymore 推出同名新唱片,Live 唱功很強,不妨一聽!此外,Hip Hop組合Wild$tyle 的MattForce推出L’Etranger, 似乎也是平地一聲雷新曲。