Welcome to ‘Mengzy Selects’, a monthly video column which features five recently released tracks by producers and labels in Asia and across the Asian diaspora. Your host is Mengzy: a Hong Kong-based DJ and producer, Ph.D. in musicology, music journalist, and co-founder of Feed the Dragon.
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Sister Nancy ‘Bam Bam’ (Stain Club Edit)
Since collaborating with Zed Bias last year, New Delhi-based producer Stain has continued to drop bass heat. This month, it’s a UK funky-infused bootleg of Sister Nancy’s legendary ‘Bam Bam’. And, if you’re feeling this, check out his recent edit of JT’s ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’, as well.
Listen to ‘Bam Bam’ (Stain Club Edit) here.
Isaac G ‘Acid Funk’
Japanese label Arkuda brings American producer Isaac G into the fold for its sixteenth release with a four-track EP. Opener ‘Acid Funk’ lifts the acapella from Hawke & God Within’s 1996 track of the same name to craft punchy acid breaks.
Listen to ‘Acid Funk’ here.
Kray & Trophy ‘Lost In The Music’
‘Lost In The Music’ sees London-based Kray collab with Trophy on the standout track of the Hong Kong producer’s recent EP on Trax Haven. Flipping between 160 bass vibes and a surprise 4/4 trance drop in the second half, we can see this going down really well in raves this summer.
Listen to ‘Lost In The Music’ here.
SUCHI ‘100 Rupees’
Just over a year since her debut EP ‘Swift’ on Coastal Haze, SUCHI is now onto her third, joining Ghostly International’s sub-label Spectral Sound to release her ‘Birdy Bell’ EP. Our favourite from the 4-tracker is ‘100 Rupees’, where a chopped up vocal stars.
Listen to ‘100 Rupees’ here.
Sandunes ‘The Surge’ (feat. Ramya Pothuri)
The lead single for Sandunes’ upcoming album on Tru Thoughts, ‘The Surge’ features beautiful instrumental arrangements amid loose percussion and heady synths. Inspired by the artist’s recent relocation from Goa to L.A., ‘The Surge’ provides emotional and thoughtful listening.
Listen to ‘The Surge’ (feat. Ramya Pothuri) here.
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