Rush blindly (猴急) into this Year of the Monkey with Primate Anxiety, a two-hour mix of fresh China tunes to soothe your deep neural networks during the transition. [N.B. Stream our mixes from 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 for HOURS more of anxiety-escapist listening.]
Side A, hosted by our friends Frequency Asia, follows up on our 2016 preview, giving you an idea of what to look forward to over the next year. On the more polished end of the spectrum, we have preview tracks of forthcoming albums from Maybe Mars (The Fuzz, Future Orients, Birdstriking), D Force (DOC), Ran Music (Shen Lijia), and SVBKVLT (Soulspeak). We also get a glimpse of new underground structures popping up around the country. Qiqiqi, a new label started in Guangzhou by the capably DIY crew behind Full Label, is represented by 柠檬精/PETECHEN, yourboyfriendsucks! and Die!Chiwawa!Die! Wuhan punk landmark Vox Livehouse has also just started a new label, which currently supports local post-rock unit Chinese Football. DOC from Dalian is the happy marriage of two of that city’s most steadfast indie bands, Doc Talk Shock and Which Park. And the duo behind Real Live in Xiamen turn in a track of pure ’90s fuzz nostalgia from The White Tulips. We sprinkle in a few of pangbianr’s current Beijing favorites for extra grit: Lonely Leary & Boiled Hippo.