Club Contact

The new MP3 blog from London's club Contact. The idea is to allow people to hear new music they wouldn't have otherwise found but, if anyone has any copyright issues with a particular song, i'll take the link down. Songs are only available for a limited amount of time.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

We don't get many requests so, as i see someone responded to the Diskoteka Avariya song by saying "SO good, more-more-more russian hip hop", i'm happy to help.

First up, Tarakani (Cockroaches) by Otpetie Moshenniki. Perhaps i'm being a little harsh, but they've always struck me as a slightly low-rent Avariya clone. This song's fantastic though with big disco synths and an insidiously catchy chorus.

Otpetie Moshenniki - Tarakani

Comparatively ancient in the fairly fly-by-night world of Russian techno-pop, Sergei Zhukov’s group remains best known in the West for Penseka, covered by ATC for the uber-hit Around The World a few years ago. Despite their reputation as a band aimed primarily at teenage girls, they pulled off something of a coup for gender ambiguity a few years ago with a video containing a good deal of soft-focus transvestite-boinking. Their back-catalogue is superb and their new album, Fuckin’ Rock ’n’ Roll is a fine addition to it, the title track being a highlight.

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Ruki Vverh - Fuckin' Rock 'n' Roll

Proving that they can do silly commercial hip-hop as well as their neighbours to the North, the Chinese have developed their own breed of "Chopstick" rappers.

Wilber Pan's Kuai Le Chong Bai, a collaboration with Taiwanese pixie Angela Chang, was one of the biggest hits on the mainland when i was over there this time last year. It's bouncy, irresistable pop packed full of fantastic hip-hop cliches. Westside! Find it on Angela's Aurora album.

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Will Pan & Angela Chang - Kuai Le Chong Bai

Slightly more serious was Jin, the New York-based, self-proclaimed "original chinky-eye MC". His Learn Chinese with ex-Fugee Wyclef Jean was a minor hit in the States in 2004 but, after a supporting role in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he decided to stop rapping and start acting. A look at IMDB suggests he didn't work again and he returned to the mic late last year.

Buy Jin Stuff

Jin - Learn Chinese

And while i'm at it......

Although i've never met a German who didn't hate them, Die Fantastischen Vier's Troy is really quite enjoyable. Amazingly, they appear to have been doing this for seventeen years without anyone throttling them.

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DF4 - Troy


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