LAB032 – The New China

LAB032 – The New China

Leave it to freaking China to reinvent post-punk. And trip-hop. And punk and pop, taken back to the basics. There’s a lot that can be said here about China and it’s budding music scene – how far it’s come, how it’s an analogy for everything post-Mao, an inspiration for all Communist-cum-Capitalist heads of state, how the East is the new West – but I think I’ll be cliché and go the ‘no wisdom like silence’ route. Many thanks are deserved by Martin Atkins for his time spent in Beijing, and for both albums that came of it: Made In China (since we were on the subject of clichés) and the compilation Look Directly Into The Sun. Many of these songs were pulled straight from the latter, and without it I likely would not have been aware of said scene. It’s a beautiful thing, really, and just like any youth, China’s now generation is exploring their creativity within a suddenly (but relatively) liberal society.

Outside of the Beijing metropolis, bands closer-to-port are also making a name for themselves, as well as in a Xi’an punk movement and multiple boomtowns in between. It was some other blog, long ago and forgotten, that also first turned me onto Carrchy, (track 12) who has since become a steadfast favorite. Carsick Cars are another, and have released two albums since their notorious opening slot for Sonic Youth. Forget the bamboo flute cowboys, China’s got a better export comin’ our way.

1. Brain Failure – Coming Down To Beijing
2. Snapline – Close Your Cold Eyes
3. China MC Brothers – Jaijung
4. 钟茌 – Chain Of Desire
5. Carsick Cars – Zhong Nan Hai
6. No Name – Oi Punx
7. P.K.14 – 说话的伤口
8. The Subs – Chong
9. Martin Atkin’s China Dub Soundsystem – Yellow Cab
10. JoySide – Dang
11. TOOKOO – Take Me Home
12. 卡奇社 – 壞唇味
13. Hang On The Box – Shanghai
14. 十四行诗 – Stupid Baby
15. White – Song 5
16. 冷冻街 – 窃听机 (Dictagraph)
17. The Scoff – Nasty
18. 33岛 – King
19. Demerit – Fight Your Apathy
20. Queen Sea Big Shark – Hold The Line
21. Rococo – We Just Free

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