With Shanghai collectively shaking off the cobwebs that inevitably accrue during the holiday, now’s a good time to catch up with a few issues concerning underground music in the city.
On October 3, local “golden age” hip-hop stalwarts Come Correct and former DMC China Champion DJ Cavia combined forces and brought over DJ Yoda from his native London for a night of scratch mastery at The Shelter (5 Yongfu Road).
Yoda’s tightly crafted set was a master class, cycling through styles like an introductory college course. He scratched, blended beats, transitioned between songs, and generally didn’t let more than a few seconds go by without putting in work.
A criticism of the show, as in many other live performances from acclaimed DJs, is his performance was high on technicality but low on musicality.
The latest in Shanghai’s series of Sunday free shows takes place tomorrow with a knockout lineup. It takes place at 2:30pm at 696 Livehouse (1727 Sichuan Road N.) and features Death to Giants, Guoshen, Nameus and Roulette.
It’s an eclectic collection of bands, from one of Shanghai’s most acclaimed, Death to Giants, to another featuring a member not yet in his teens, Roulette.
Death to Giants recently released a collaborative album with Shanghai electronic duo Acid Pony Club known as Death to Ponies. Their performances have been dynamite and yet strangely accessible for a band that has described itself as “death jazz metal” and should not be missed.