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[Music Monday]: Shanghai Vinyl Diggers

Shanghai DJs/Producers Damacha, Illsee, RawB, Rhymeless, Pete Chen, Laura Ingalls, and Drunk Monk share their picks for Sunday's vinyl market at On Stage.
By Dec 1, 2014 Nightlife
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Music collecting in Shanghai is still small compared to Japan or Western counties but it's increasing every year. Since music has been easily obtainable online for the past 15 years, there is an entire new generation who are just discovering what is means to collect music on vinyl or tape. The main shift is that music lovers now download the album first and if they enjoy it or feel a personal attachment, then they spend the money and time purchasing a physical copy for their collection. When China opened up to the West in the 80s and early 90s tapes and CDs were already the standard for music, and given they are easily duplicated the vinyl scene never really hit the mainland with much fervor.

However, CDs are just another form of digital music and don’t hold value like vinyl does. For that reason it seems like vinyl is here to stay and to celebrate this fact two locals are putting on a record swap at On Stage this Sunday December 7. The event is put on by Cookie, who runs the hip hop event group Hit It, and Endy, who runs the Hangzhou based record label Groove Bunny. Together they have an online Taobao record shop Daily Vinyl.  Endy is putting on an event Friday that includes a live set the Groove Bunny main beatmaker Pete Chen who is supporting his new album Maiden Voyage.

Ahead of Sunday's vinyl swap, I've had some of Shanghai’s vinyl collectors each choose a record they love from the sellers on Sunday. All the records chosen here and many more will be available for purchase. Let’s start the dig!


DJ: Damacha

Pick: Candeias – Self Titled 12” LP

Genre: Latin-Jazz, Bossa Nova, Fusion

Year: 1975

Price: 150RMB

Seller: Daily Vinyl Online Store

Candeias was recorded Guillermo Reuter in 1975 and published by the French Disques Espérance record label. Although from Argentina the sound has as very familiar Brazilian latin-jazz feel. One of the most respected bossa nova records of the 70’s the guitar work was done by Agustin Pereyra Lucena who also did work on a similar album titled Ese Día Va A Llegar.

Damacha Says: "I'm addicted to tight bossa nova and latin jazz. This is some of the tightest and rarest I've ever heard. Milky fender rhodes, intellectual flute solos, sexual percussion schemes, etc. Buenos Aires was evidently a paradise in 1975."

Candeias - "Paolinho"

Laura Ingalls (R.I.P.)

DJ: Laura Ingalls (Deceased) 

Pick: Have A Nice Life ‎– The Unnatural World 12” LP

Genre:  Shoe Gaze, Doom Metal

Year: 2014

Price: 140RMB

Seller: Uptown Record Store

Formed in Connecticut Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga's band Have a Nice Life made their first appearance in the post rock/shoegaze scene with the 2008 debut album Deathconsciousness. The song Cropsey is based on a legend of a killer and opens up with a sample from Pennhurst mental institution.

Laura Ingalls Says: "This is gonna end up on so many end of the year record lists it's not even funny. It's got it all: the aggressive shoegazing of last year's blog darlings Deafheaven, the post-punk vocals that sound a bit more grown-up than your average Black Metal shrieking, and a solid sense of claustrophobia that should appeal to the emo kids out there."

Have A Nice Life ‎– "Cropsey"

Drunk Monk

DJ: Drunk Monk

Pick: Rolling Stones - Philadelphia Special 2 (Double 12”)

Genre: Classic Rock

Year: 1972   

Price: 200RMB

Seller: Subculture

Recorded in Ft Worth/Houston 1972: Brown Sugar.  Track Listing: * Bitch * Rocks Off * Gimme Shelter * Dead Flowers *Hapy * Tumbling Dice * Love In Vain * Sweet Virginia *You Can't Always Get What You Want - All Down The Line * Midnight Rambler * Rip This Joint * Jumping Jack Flash * Street Fighting Man * Tumbling Dice 2 * Bitch 2

Drunk Monk Says: "A selection of unnoficial live recordings of The Rolling Stones on Swingin' Pig records. Highly collectable. All come without sleeves, but vinyl in great condition. Philadelphia Special II sells for around 100USD, but will be on sale for 200rmb."

Rolling Stones - Live 1972, Philadelphia Special 2


DJ: RawB

Pick: Ohtoro - When The Right Time 12” LP

Genre: Indie Hip Hop, Beats

Year: 2014

Price: 400RMB

Seller: Daily Vinyl Online Store

Honolulu based musician, producer, and beat maker Ohtoro has been making waves in Hawaii for the past ten years. Cultivating his craft with the guidance of producers such as Aloe Blacc, Exile, and DJ Cheap Shot, this 12” release When the Right Time is Ohtoro’s first. Everything on the debut album was played by Ohtoro and even the record covers are hand drawn by him.   

RawB Says: "Experimental and hand-crafted, "When the Right Time" demonstrates super experimentation in beat-making. Ohtoro also shows off his well-structured beat compositions."

Ohtoro - "Dakara, Air Says Breathe"


DJ: Illsee

Pick: Crash Course In Science ‎– Signals From Pier Thirteen 12” EP

Genre:  ndustrial, Minimal, Darkwave
Year: 1981 (Repress)

Price: 120RMB

Seller:  Uptown Record Store

Post punk band Crash Course in Science was formed in 1979 and were pioneers in using alternative instruments such as kitchen appliances, toys, and synthesized beats. The Philadelphia band were a cult hit in the 80s synth scene and their music has been sampled for over 30 years. Members Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago, and Michael Zodorozn’s body of work was small but very impactful over multiple scenes including industrial, darkwave, and synth pop.

Illse Says: "It’s awesome".

Crash Course in Science - "Flying Turns


DJ: Rhymeless
Pick: Showbiz & A.G. – Soul Clap 12” EP

Genre: East Coast Hip Hop

Year: 1991

Price: 60RMB

Seller: Cookie (Private collection)

Coming straight out of the Bronx were Rodney LeMay a.k.a. Showbiz and Andre Barnes a.k.a. AG. Since the early 1990s they helped cultivate a unique East Coast sound. Both are member of the Diggin In the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.). After a hiatus in the early 2000’s O.C. and A.G. released a collaborative album called Oasis in 2009. The first single "2 For the Money" featured cuts by DJ Premier and production by Showbiz.

Ryhmeless Says: "The very first EP release from NYC’s finest Hip-Hop duo Show & AG. Classic dope sh*t!! Really hard to find the original press, but this still works if you want a “Soul Clap”."

Showbiz & A.G. - "Soul Clap

Pete Chen

DJ: Pete Chen

Pick: Kashif – Self-titled
Genre: Funk, Soul, Disco

Year: 1983

Price: 60RMB

Seller: Endy (Private collection)

When Michael Jones converted to Islam, Kashif was born. When the composer, record producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist turned 15, the band B.T. Express asked to him to join the group and his career elevated from there. Known for being a pioneer in using synth and MIDI technology, he was eventually signed to Arista records as a solo artist.

Pete Chen Says: "Some of my favorite 80s smooth R&B shit. Including some sweet mellow tracks for valentines and of course some disco boogie as well!"

Kashif - "Stone Love"


Support your local record sellers on Sunday and always! (and not just because I am one)

This column is written by DJ Sacco, who runs Uptown Records, Shanghai's dedicated vinyl shop. Ironically, they don't sell Mp3s or dabble in anything digital, instead they have 7" and 12", EPs and LPs from rock to electronic, rare pressings, DJ equipment and band merchandise. Find them in an old bomb shelter at 115 Pingwu Lu.



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