5 Best Record Stores in Hong Kong, Singapore & Bangkok You Must Shop At, According to Blood Wine or Honey

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Hong Kong-based electronic outfit Blood Wine or Honey — multi-instrumentalist/vocalist James Banbury (synths, bass, cello), Shane Aspegren (drums, synths, electronics), and Joseph von Hess (saxophone, wind instruments, percussion, etc) — champion a gloriously eclectic musical ethos.

After dropping their 2017 jam “Anxious Party People” (Plastic Pagan), they caused a stir on global dance floors. The trio channeled their anything-goes creativity into their recently released debut album, Fear & Celebration (Do Right Music), which incorporates styles including Afrobeat, soul and electro.

With so many genres of music influencing their percussion-driven sound, we asked the HK-based threesome to share some of their favorite spots to buy music. Continue Reading

Vince Watson 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Vince Watson never met a style of electronic music he didn’t like.

Over the course of a prolific career that began in the late ’80s, the Glaswegian, who lives in Amsterdam, has journeyed well beyond producing quixotic house and techno. To date, he’s explored acid house, ambient, downtempo, electronica, broken beat, neoclassical and too many more styles to mention. Along the way he’s issued an astounding 200+ releases for a spate of top labels including Tresor, Planet E, Poker Flat, Ovum, and Bedrock.

In June, Watson released his ninth full-length album, Via, on his Everysoul label. It’s a majestic 12-track affair featuring the rollicking synth-driven track “Bon Voyage” to the chilled deep-house bliss of “Towards the Light.”

Ahead of the full-length’s vinyl release on September 21, and two Via remix projects in the pipeline, we asked Watson about tracks he’s currently obsessed with. And if you’re wondering about his next big project, Watson recently revealed the excellent news that he’s already completed his next album due out in 2019.  Continue Reading

Remembering the Time I BBQ’d with Vinnie Paul & Hellyeah [Video]

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I just woke up to the awful news that Vinnie Paul, the legendary and highly influential metal drummer for Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah, passed away in Las Vegas. The cause of death has not yet been released. He was 54.

A statement posted on Pantera’s Facebook confirmed Vinnie’s passing: “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Eight years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Vinnie and Hellyeah bandmates Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface), and Bobzilla (Damageplan).

At the time I was running LimeWire’s music blog. I somehow convinced their publicist that it would be a good idea for the band to come to the company’s office in NYC’s SoHo, fire up the barbecue on the roof deck and chat about their just released second album, Stampede. The previous night I saw them tear the roof off Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

I’ll never forget Hellyeah inadvertently disrupting an all-hands company meeting as they climbed the staircase to the roof with their entire road crew in tow. The memory of seeing heads swivel in unison in the band’s direction and hearing someone yell “Pantera’s here!” is etched in my mind.

As you’ll see in the videos below the band and crew had a blast, grilling, chilling and drinking beer just like they do back home in Texas. Vinnie knew his way around the grill and was prepping the release of a cook book, Drumming Up An Appetite with Vinnie Paul, which was released later in the year.

After the video shoot was over the band and crew hung on the roof. They soaked in the beautiful day before heading out on the road to their next gig.

Before they left I told Vinnie how much Pantera’s music meant to me and how much I admired his brother Dimebag Darrell, who was murdered on stage in 2004. Vinnie gave me a big hug and thanked me for the kind words.

I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time with Vinnie and his band.

The band cooking salt-and-pepper burgers and stuffed jalapenos.

Vinnie and Chad chatting about Stampede.

Here’s Vinnie talking about his book, Drumming Up An Appetite with Vinnie Paul.

Kuo Climax 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Barcelona-based Kuo Climax’s star is on the rise. Having released tracks on quality labels such as Emerald City, Knee Deep In Sound, Solid Grooves and VIVa MUSiC, the young up-and-comer has just dropped a fierce dance floor bomb in the form of his two-track Nacrem EP on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Creations.

“Whyte” is a simple, eight-minute tech-house odyssey boasting some of the best hi-hats we’ve heard this year, while the title cut goes deeper into the house music cosmos.

With plenty more irons in the fire for 2018, including the upcoming launch of his own vinyl-only imprint, LFOFL, Kuo Climax is a producer to keep your eye on.

As his EP continues to buzz and gain momentum, we asked him to share his favorite tracks of the moment. Continue Reading