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MP3 Monday: AM444/Tussle’s 'Split Ends'

San Francisco's Tussle splits the difference with Shanghai's AM444. "Split Ends" vinyl release party is this Saturday at Yuyintang.
By Jul 2, 2012 Nightlife
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This week’s column is sound samples off the bright, hot, new release from Uptown / Genjing Records: Split Ends -- a 12" split vinyl release comprised of new and unreleased material from Shanghai beatific soul groove duo AM444 and San Francisco’s galactic-minded indie dance time travelers Tussle.

The latest effort from the Beijing-Shanghai vinyl consortium Uptown / Genjing comes as part of their mandate towards vinyl releases of Chinese music alongside Western acts as a strategy to directly introduce Chinese music to Western, vinyl-purchasing audiences, and, of course, vice versa. While hitherto they’ve been mostly concerned with punk and noise stuff, this release represents their foray into club land with a 12" inch vinyl release of dance music specifically formatted for DJ play. Although this might come as a bit of a head-scratcher if you’re well-versed in Genjing’s punk and hardcore catalogue, it’s nice to see this direction from them and we’re hoping for more stuff like this -- good to see co-operation between seemingly disparate "underground scenes" and all that.

Rude boys gonna take the dancefloor back?

Anyways, just the details: The release of AM444 / Tussle’s Split Ends is being celebrated this Saturday night, July 7, at Yuyintang. Along with AM444, performing on the night is Shanghai lo-fo synth witches Next Years Love -- themselves releasing on Uptown / Gengin in the near future, look out for that -- Beijing dystopian synthpop duo Wanderlust, and Shanghai space case rocktronica or whatever band, Duck Fight Goose.

That’s a real rad bill, man, with music drawing on a range of wonky electronic and rock sources, with vibes ranging from super harsh to mad chill. Cover is 60rmb and that gets you a free copy of Split Ends, which, as mentioned earlier, is formatted to club use if you happen to be a superstar DJ as well as a vinyl enthusiast.

Alas, the San Fran representatives Tussle are unable to be in attendance for the night, but here’s a sample of it from their side. This one “Eye Context” will also be on their next full length album Tempest due out in September. Click it. Real smokey, lazer-infused ravish abandon, that one. Snap, crackle, pop electro acoustic retro futurism. Sounds like a real good club party after someone has just won the World Cup or something. Tempest was recorded with JD Twitch, one half of Scottish DJ duo Optimo.

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Here’s Tussle on the web.


On the local side of it is AM444, the indomitable Jay.Soul and ChaCha, submitting unreleased material which will also be released on its own some point in the future. We won’t give up their stuff off it -- hey, just go to the show on Saturday and get the thing yourself -- but here’s one off their 2011 release, Eye Wonder.

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”Split Ends” Vinyl Release Party is this Saturday at Yuyintang. Cover is 60rmb and that comes with a free copy of the 12” vinyl. Line-up: AM444, Duck Fight Goose, Next Years Love, Wanderlust. Cover: 60rmb. Doors 9pm.


Another bit of business: Local producer Hamacide is gearing up for a digital release of his collaborative album Jio, which was composed with Grand Rapids-based folk musician Chain of Lakes.

Click on this link for a music video (vimeo) of their track "Don't Say No, Just Lie", done by local VJ druid Kim Laughton. Awesomeness.

Keep an eye out for Jio in the near future…


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