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[CD REVIEW] Chochukmo – The King Lost His Pink (2009)

Winning the “We’ll Make Your Album” contest hosted by Diesel:U Music and Timeout Hong Kong, the lads of Chochukmo landed an all expenses production paid trip for the making of thei… More
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[CD REVIEW] 蛋堡 (Soft Lipa) – 收斂水 (Lotion) (2009)

Bursting with lyrical flow and an ear for some of the slickest beats and most laid back jazzy piano chords, 蛋堡 (Soft Lipa) emerges as one of the premier new generation of rappers from… More
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[CD REVIEW] 便利商店 (Convenience Store) – 潮汐 (Tide) (2009)

After a 2 year absence, Beijing rockers 便利商店 (Convenience Store) returns with a new EP titled 潮汐 (Tide), which is their first releases after leaving premier Beijing music label 摩登… More
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[CD REVIEW] RubberBand – Beaming (2009)

Along with their fellow torch bearing brothers, Mr., RubberBand is one of the main suspects responsible for the increased presence of “band sound” in the mainstream Hong Kong pop… More
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[CD REVIEW] 許懷欣 (Ryan Hui) – Transformer (2009)

Like Sean Lennon or Ziggy Marley, how does one even approach or attempt to live up to the public expectation on being the son or daughter of a revolutionary musician?  I bet this ques… More
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[CD REVIEW] Tookoo – Crystal Beat On The Dirty Dance EP (2009)

Please help me from making this horrible pun on the band’s name –– Sorry, I just can’t resist…Tookoo is seriously too cool. Based on my impression with Crystal Beat on the Dir… More
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[CD REVIEW] Innisfallen – REALlusion (2007)

Finely printed on a sticker adhered to the cover of Innisfallen’s debut album, REALlusion are the words, “The second best English rock band in Hong Kong” –– this begs the question w… More
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[CD REVIEW] 吹波糖 (Chui Ball Tong) – 青春殘酷物語 (2008)

Named after the blowable cousin of the chewing gum –– Guangzhou indie kids 吹波糖 (Chui Ball Tong) finally land their first full album with progressive Hong Kong based record label 鑿開… More
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[CD REVIEW] Nylas – [‘nailəs] (2009)

Nylas, a cutie Taiwanese electronic pop duo that consists of members Labi and Arny, unleashes their second release since 2004’s Where Are You My Dead Uncle K.  The album, which has… More
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[CD REVIEW] Mr. – If I Am… (2009)

On the 2nd track 搖擺 (Swing), lead singer Alan, exclaims “放過自己” (don’t be so hard on yourself), “若我搖你擺 隨我的聲線漸大來破解為世所逼的債” “(If you swing with me, we can leave the debt… More
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[CD REVIEW] 麥浚龍 (Juno Mak) – 天生地夢 (2009)

麥浚龍 (Juno Mak) –– son of Hong Kong stock tycoon 麥紹棠 (Mak Shiu Tong), is back with a new EP that boasts collaboration between famed lyricist 林夕 (Albert Leung) and 周耀輝 (Chow Yiu Fai).  L… More
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[CD REVIEW] 沼澤 (The Swamp) – 憧憬之船 (The Boat) (2008)

Distributed as a free digital single in 2008, 憧憬之船 (The Boat) is a 12 minute long track that follows in the vein of 沼澤 (The Swamp’s) more recent post rock sound. Like the soundtrack to… More
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[CD REVIEW] 何超儀 (Josie Ho) – 地獄廚房 (Hell’s Kitchen) (2006)

On the first track 標準太太 (Good Housewife), 何超儀 (Josie) screams “想表態, 我想表態,新浴缸裡找新境界。” Which roughly translates to “I want to express myself, but am constraint in finding meaning i… More
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[CD REVIEW] 白目樂隊 (The White Eyes) – Get My Body if You Want It (2008)

There’s the saying “What comes around goes around” –– all things old or new always have a chance to return to it’s place in the spotlight.  This may be applicable to Taiwan gar… More
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[CD REVIEW] Anodize (亞龍大) – Action Figures (1997)

The legendary band Anodize (亞龍大), has earned its reputation in Hong Kong as being one of the most prominent rock band since local legends Beyond.  Therefore, It may not be pure coin… More
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[CD REVIEW] 范曉萱&100% (Mavis Fan & 100%) – 赤子 (Innocent) (2009)

Like the album cover of 赤子 (Innocent) suggests, this is a completely fresh reworking of the band’s sound and dynamic.  With the contrasting image of a hollowly staring 范曉萱 (Mavis F… More
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[CD REVIEW] Tizzy Bac – 如果看見地獄,我就不怕魔鬼 (2009)

Tizzy Bac’s (鐵之貝克) third album, 如果看見地獄,我就不怕魔鬼 (If I could see Hell, Then I would not be afraid of the Devil) is a troubling one –– With the intent to review this album, I managed to go t… More
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[CD REVIEW] 戳麻 (Chock Ma) – Demo (2007)

You know that feeling when you hear music that really comes together?  Well that is exactly what comes to mind when listening to this self released Demo from a young Hong Kong band na… More
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[CD REVIEW] 閃閃閃閃 (Shine X 4) – Meet me when you are 25 (2009)

The bittersweet age of 25 –– too old to be called young, and too youthful to be considered an adult, Taiwan’s 閃閃閃閃 (The Shine & Shine & Shine & Shine) (referred to as Shin… More
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[CD REVIEW] 張懸 (Deserts Chang) – 城市 (City) (2009)

Well-loved indie songstress 張懸 (Deserts Chang) has finally released her third album with Sony BMG.  Standing next to big name pop music label mates such as 王力宏 (Lee Hom) and 楊丞琳 (Ra… More
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