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Fast Forward February Highlights

050 Mixer Our Pick of the Best New Releases

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Chinese Zodiac

016 A-Side Belle And Sebastian

056 Rewind The Best Parties of Last Month

022 B-Side Swans

063 Directory Where You Can Find BOOM

026 Flipside Fragrant Harbour 030

On The Decks Hot Since 82

032 Turntables Boom Shack 036

On The Rocks Djiboutii

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Notes From The Underground

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On The Streets Street Fashion

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Boom Academy Miami Bass


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Editor’s Note

The Team

It’s only early in the year, but 2015 is already looking to have fire in its belly. In the run up to Chinese New Year and beyond, this February is looking to be just as action-packed as last month. In this issue, we’ve had some great chats with some brilliant artists: Belle and Sebastian gives us a heart to heart in our A-Side cover story (P16); Daley Padley, aka. Hot Since 82 answers our Q&A in On The Decks (P30), and the terrifying Michael Gira of industrial rock band Swans takes us on a journey through his mind in B-Side (P22). Expand your musical horizons and peruse Nat King’s brief history of Miami Bass in BOOM Academy (P46) while Ollie Clasper and Charlie Tamoto guide us through the essential albums to check out this month in Mixer (P50), including Björk’s gorgeous new release Vulnicura. Remember to check out our Zodiac (P54) for your monthly fix of dos and don’ts, and our Fast Forward section (P6) guides you through the best ways to celebrate the Year of the Sheep in style, including the PUSH party at Volar, where tech house wunderkind Paul Woolford is set to take over the decks until the sun comes up. Keep an eye on our giveaways over the next month for a sneak opportunity to get into the elusive Go South Festival in March, and check our Rewind section (P58) to see if you can find any pictures of you and your friends rocking the HK nightlife. Any lovebirds out there can check out our collection of Valentine’s Day gift ideas (P14), and as always our On The Streets section (P40) showcases the trendiest February fashion among the cool young things of our city. Be sure to submit your own On The Streets photos for the chance to feature in our next issue! Have a brilliant February, and keep BOOMing! 雖然只是年頭,但2015年看來己是多姿多采的一年。 在農曆年前後,二月跟上個月一樣多姿多采。今期的BOOM跟多位出色音樂人造了大大小小的專訪——Belle and Sebastian在A-Side (P16) 封面故事真情剖白;Daley Padley又名Hot Since 82在On The Decks (P30) 解答我 們的問題;工業搖滾樂隊Swans嚇人的成員Michael Gira於B-Side (P22) 帶領我們遊遍他的心路歷程。翻到BOOM Academy (P46),細閱Nat King為我們帶來Miami Bass的簡史,擴闊你的音樂視野;而Ollive Clasper和Charlie Tamoto的Mixer (P50) 為我們介紹今個月的各大專輯,包括Björk最新力作《Vulnicura》。 不能不看的是我們的Zodiac (P54),參詳一下本月的生肖運程和宜忌,Fast Forward (P6) 告訴你如何盡興地迎 接羊年的好去處,包括高科技豪斯音樂巨頭Paul Woolford都大駕在Volar舉行的PUSH派對,勢必陪你盡興到年初 三。還要密切留意我們的送禮活動為讀者帶來十套友邦歐陸嘉年華的門票給情人或朋友們和三月舉辦的Go South 音樂節。不少得當然是Rewind (P58),看看你和朋友在夜蒲時有否被攝入鏡頭。 有情人的讀者還可以看看我們的情人節禮物推介 (P14),而On The Streets (P40) 繼續展示二月街頭潮人的最 新時尚和打扮。另外你還可以將你的照片發給我們,便有機會出現在我們下一期的On The Streets! 希望讀者們有個甜甜蜜蜜而又精彩的二月,繼續享受BOOM為你帶來的無盡資訊和澎湃!恭喜恭喜!

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Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year Fair

hinese New Year begins on Thursday, February 19th this year, but the excitement actually starts a little earlier. The annual Lunar New Year Fair set up in Victoria Park is both a fascinating tradition and, one could argue, the epicenter of the CNY celebration. Each season the park's large open area gets taken over by hundreds of small booths divided into several aisles. For the week leading up to the holiday, Victoria Park is a sea of people browsing merchandise meant to bring good fortune over the year. Especially after midnight on the final night, the huge area is packed with people walking body-to-body though endless rows of hawkers. As you pass by the stalls, a handful of workers will shout at you about their products and demonstrate the items in one way or another. There are all sorts of interesting objects to be discovered, some of which are a play-on-words in Cantonese, or are related to current events in the city.

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This being Year of the Sheep, you can expect to find a diverse range of items for sale resembling sheep - from large inflatables to soft, cuddly, stuffed animals. More traditional Chinese New Year items include pinwheels, as well as plum and cherry blossom plants, orange trees, and flowers. Each is meant to positively impact a certain aspect of life, from love life to wealth, or health. In true Hong Kong style, the festival offers a huge range of cute things. Past products in this category include blow-up Chupa Chups lollipops, super-sized bubble teas, 'gai daan jai' snacks, and even plush toys in the form of popular apps such as Instagram or WeChat pillows! If you can stand the crowds (and usually, the cold), it's a unique experience. Pro tip: As you enter the market there are certain aisles that may be stuck in a total standstill. The smart way to begin is by winding your way along the last row, so you can avoid the major crowds and immediately jump deeper into the market. The fair

13-19 FEB

THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP ARRIVES EARLY IN VICTORIA PARK

雖然今年的大年初一是在星期四,不 過喜慶氣氛會提早開始。每年在維多利 亞公園搭建的年宵市場是香港農曆年的 傳統,更可說是大家在新年前年必到之 地。公園內的戶外範圍每年都被過百個 小攤檔進佔,而且入夜後的銅鑼灣更會 人山人海,市民會跟朋友家人到來選購 好意頭的商品,希望為來年帶來好運。 尤其是在年三十的午夜後,人龍仍 會源源不絕,身貼身地走過攤檔。每當 經過他們的攤檔都會有人向你大聲叫賣 他們的產品,你可以在當中找到很多有 趣的新發現。將近踏入羊年,當然少不 了多款關於羊的產品——例如大型吹氣 公仔和毛公仔;而較傳統的新年物品包 括風車、桃花盆栽、桔樹和年花。每一 款都有特別的意頭,包括姻緣、財富或 健康。往年我們見過有吹氣珍寶珠、巨 型珍珠奶茶、雞蛋仔,還有各大應用程 式的玩具,如Instagram或微訊枕頭。 如果你不怕擠迫和寒冷的話,這將 會是一個獨一無二的體驗。溫馨提示:

begins on February 13th and ends in the early morning on the 19th. This is your chance to get your hands on the quirkiest CNY merchandise in town! Kung Hei Fat Choi from BOOM!

進入市場後,如果看見有些通道擠得水 洩不通,最好的方法是避開人群,由最 後那條通道開始,這會令你更易深入地 感受到年宵市場的各款攤檔。年宵市場 由2月13日開始直到年初一早上結束。

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PUSH x VOLAR present Paul Woolford

Three Bags Full CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP WITH FABRIC RESIDENT PAUL WOOLFORD BEHIND THE DECKS AT VOLAR

過年玩厭了魚蝦蟹嗎?想與一大班朋 友在舞池中歡度這個新年的話,可於2月

20日年初二來到Volar,好好享受音樂 。 DJ Frankie Lam的PUSH派對是香港 音樂界中最長壽最成功的派對。20 日星 期五晚將舉行PUSH別注版派對,請來首 次來港的DJ Paul Woolford。 這位來自英倫的著名製作人的作品橫 跨了多種音樂類型,包括豪斯、高科技 舞曲及電子音樂。 Paul 的音樂由多家文

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化唱片公司推出,有 Scuba的Hotflush

Recordings、Carl Craig的Planet E和 Sven Vath的Cocoon Music。

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他長期於全球各個頂尖音樂跳舞場地 表演,更在多個國際熱點出現,因為他

eed a break from playing games of 'Fish, Shrimp, Crab' during Chinese New Year? Those looking to celebrate the Year of the Sheep in the company of a crowded dance floor can head to Volar on February 20th. DJ Frankie Lam's PUSH parties are one of the longest running club nights in contemporary Hong Kong. On Friday the 20th they will be hosting a special edition of PUSH, bringing producer/DJ Paul Woolford to Hong Kong for the first time. The veteran producer based in England has created enduring tracks across multiple genres including house, techno, and electro. Paul's music has been released by cult labels including Carl Craig’s Planet E, and Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings .

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A regular at top dance music venues around the world, Woolford has held residencies at international hot-spots including Space in Ibiza, Fabric in London, and the infamous Panorama Bar in Berlin. A frequent experimenter in his solo productions, Paul often combines the crustiness of analogue along with an abundance of distinctly digital sounds. His approach has allowed him to dip his feet into a wide range of genres, with success in each. Definitely not one to produce flat, monotonous music, Paul Woolford makes beats that shift suddenly into high gear, or quickly gain momentum as if taking the listener on an adrenaline-fuelled, downhill ride. In 2006 Woolford produced one of those songs that can give you

goose bumps on the dance floor. Titled ‘Erotic Discourse’, the song begins with a nonchalant house beat and then builds into what can be a transformative experience. Rather than chasing musical fads, Paul hasn't stopped creating classics. His work ‘Untitled’ from 2013 is a balancing act that comes across as complex yet catchy, and ultimately results in timeless house. Played through a good sound system, with an in-the-know crowd, this is the kind of music experienced on the dance floors of sophisticated clubs worldwide. PUSH residents Frankie Lam, AKW, and Lukas will support Woolford on the night. With partygoers full of 'lai see' and 'Fat Choi' spirit, Volar should be rocking 'til morning.

可是伊比薩的Space,倫敦的Fabric和柏 林Panorama Bar的駐場DJ。

Paul 更經常在他個人製作中進行不 同實驗,將硬崩崩的模擬音樂與多種電 子音樂結合起來。這做法令他可涉足及 成功駕馭多種音樂類型。 當然他並不甘於製作平淡單調的音 樂, Paul 的音樂節奏可以突然去到一個 極高的節拍令聽眾有如坐過山車般。 他在2006年的製作中,總有一首能 令你不顧一切跳進舞池中的。《 Erotic

Discourse》由豪斯音樂作開首,之後逐 漸建立成多種不同的體驗給聽眾。

Paul 並不只隨波逐流跟著音樂的潮 流走,他更不斷創作出經典音樂。2013 年的《Untitled》更是一首複雜、搶耳及 經典的豪斯作品,令人一聽難忘。 千萬不要錯過2月20日晚,Frankie Lam 、 AKW 和 Lukas 將聯同 Paul 一同 表演。各正值長假的派對動物,取過利 是,發過新年財後就到Volar走一趟。

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The AIA Great European Carnival

Riding the Skyline

PRESENT22 FEB

EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THE AIA GREAT EUROPEAN CARNIVAL AS IT SPARKLES ON FOR VALENTINE'S DAY AND CHINESE NEW YEAR

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pinning, flipping and flashing underneath the IFC is a one-of-a-kind carnival you’d be mad to miss out on. If you haven’t explored it already, the AIA Great European Carnival makes for the perfect day out, packed with activities for all ages and intense rides for the city’s thrill-seekers. On the edge of the harbour front, it’s also the perfect place to celebrate Chinese New Year, or share candy floss with that special person on Valentine’s Day. The AIA Great European Carnival is set to take over the next three years’ festive seasons, and will most probably become a Hong Kong tradition. Over 60 days, the carnival has hosted some of Hong Kong’s most integral music

events, plus an assortment of theatre and dance performances from all over the world. All of this alongside mazes of games and food and drink stalls that have kept hundreds of thousands entertained and well fed. Between the 16th and 22nd February, the carnival is hosting epic Chinese New Year celebrations; enter the Year of the Sheep by ramming into your friends on the dodgems, and enjoy the fireworks from the city’s ultimate waterfront location. Catch the Underground HK and Parson Music’s Battle of the Bands final on the 13th, where the best of Hong Kong’s local bands will battle it out for some incredible prizes. This is live music in Hong Kong, as it should be.

如果有一個嘉年華,可以讓你盡情地

而回。在 2 月 16 至 22 日,嘉年華更將會

坐上機動遊戲,在中環國際金融中心下

舉行大型農曆新年慶祝活動。準備邁入

翻天覆地般旋轉著,這種難得的經驗你

羊年,何不在踫踫車中一邊撞向你的朋

肯定不想錯過吧。你還沒有嘗試過?友

友,又或是在溜冰場上一同摔倒,同時

邦歐陸嘉年華就能讓你實現所有願望,

又在海旁欣賞新年煙花匯演!

場內包括適合所有年齡層的各項活動, 勁度十足的機動遊戲!在美麗的維多利

記得不要錯過在 13 號由柏斯琴行和 Underground HK合辦的Battle of the Bands決賽。當晚,本地最優秀的樂隊都

亞港海旁跟家人慶祝農曆新年,又或者

會發揮實力,向豐富獎品進發!

當然還有專為愛刺激的朋友量身訂造、

和你的摯愛邊吃著綿花糖,邊慶祝情人 節真是十分不錯的選擇。 友邦歐陸嘉年華已經決定在未來三 年都會在冬季節日裡繼續舉辦,這大概 也將成為香港的一個傳統節日活動吧! 在超過兩個月的時間裡,它們的戶外舞 台已舉辦了數個音樂盛會,還有來自世

#BOOMGIVEAWAY! 10 pairs of tickets to The AIA Great European Carnival.

Q: WHEN IS THE BATTLE OF

#BOOMGIVEAWAY! THE BANDS FINAL?

界各地的戲劇團和歌舞表演。除此之 外,這裡還有很多不同種類的攤位遊戲 和小吃攤,保證讓每個入場的朋友盡興

Send your answer to lucky@boom-asia. com for your chance to win!

Event details were correct at the time of publication, but make sure you check with the venue yourself. 活動詳情至截稿時為準,但請在出發前再確認一次。

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Go South Festival

Quickening the Pulse BASEMENT JAXX AND FATMAN SCOOP JOIN A LINE UP OF SUPERSTARS FOR THE EXCLUSIVE, THREE-DAY LAUNCH OF NEW VENUE: HOT SHOT AT THE PULSE.

13-15 MAR

omething unbelievably special lies ahead, and we have a feeling there’s about to be an unprecedented scramble for tickets. Ladies and gentlemen, brought to you by the same group behind art and foodie haven Bibo: Go South Festival. Exclusive and unbelievably stylish, french company Le Comptoir are the masterminds behind some of Hong Kong’s finest venue concepts. Those who were lucky enough to attend the launch of Bibo last April experienced intimate DJ performances from dance music behemoths Kavinsky, Sebastian Tellier, and Woodkid, full to the brim with bottomless champagne and canapés. In March, new venue Hot Shot opens at The Pulse in Repulse Bay, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Go South Festival is spread out over three days, each day hosting a line up of huge names. Fatman Scoop is set to steal the stage on Friday with his gravelly hip hop, alongside New

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各位請留意由藝術與飲食大師班底

Bibo為大家帶來——Go South音樂節。 這個別樹一格的場地,出於Le Comptoir 的手筆,他就是城中多個華麗夜場設計 背後的大師。如果你有幸出席去年四月

Bibo 的開幕派對,你已試過近距離感 受跳舞音樂大師 Kavinsky 、 Sebastian

York duo The Beatnuts, reggaeton maverick Tony Touch, Brooklyn producer Spinna, and the legendary Mos Def. Saturday is huge, with a line up of French personality Ariel Wizman and Melohman supporting the sensational Basement Jaxx, and Sunday features a performance from four-time Grammy nominee Kenny Dope, Kyodai, and the elusive German producer Claptone. As with

Bibo, the walls will be lined with world-famous art. Three days, one venue, fifteen artists, and the best part: completely free. Though of course, in a similar style to the Bibo launch, the goal is to have an intimate and unique experience with music, art and drinks. So, naturally, the tickets are extremely limited. But stay tuned; we just might be able to help you dig one up.

Tellie和Woodkid的DJ表演。三月在淺水 灣The Pulse開設的新場地Hot Shot,令 我們無法不期待Go South音樂節。 為期三天的Go South音樂節,表演 名單都足以令人尖叫。Fatman Scoop 將以他的嘻哈功架聯同紐約二人組合The Beatnuts、雷鬼達人Tony Touch、布 魯克林製作人Spinna和傳奇音樂人Mos Def 一起突襲星期五;星期六就有法國 音樂人Ariel Wizman、Melohman和 Sunlightsquare會為Basement Jaxx作 後援;星期日則有獲四次格林美提名的

Kenny Dope和Claptone擔綱演出。 三個日子,十五個音樂人,免費入 場,為你帶來一個近距離和獨一無二的 體驗,入場券十分有限。你必須密切留 意,可能我們會為你帶來驚喜!

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SXSW Music Conference And Festival

The Ultimate Destination for Indie Aficionados

13-22 MAR

試想像一個細小的城市一次過被一大 群地下搖滾人、創意藝術家及電影發燒友 攻陷。在這十天的時間,你可享受到健康 版本的德州燒烤、數以吨計的啤酒和一場 接一場的演唱會、電影和派對,這只是

SXSW其中一小部分的節目而已。 始於1987年德州奧斯汀,全名為 Southwest Music Conference and Festival。規模一年比一年大,由當初的

SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST IS SET TO OPEN IN MARCH DRAWING IN THE WORLD'S CREATIVE CONNOISSEURS magine a small city invaded by roving gangs of Indie Rockers, creative techies, and film nerds - all at once. Add healthy doses of Texas style BBQ, loads of beer, and a hectic schedule of concerts, screenings, and parties spread out over ten days, and that partially sums up the South by South West experience.

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Founded in Austin, Texas in 1987, and officially named the Southwest Music Conference and Festival, the yearly gathering has grown from a primarily music-focused event into something much more. The numbers speak for themselves – this year there are over 100 films having their world premier at the festival, and more than 2,000 regional, national and international bands will be performing. Attending the fest, your most difficult choice will be sifting through all your options! This March the attendance is expected to be close to 100,000 people, after 72,000 in 2014. SXSW is a cultural phenomenon, as well as a major marketing opportunity. Where the festival provides the chance for bands from around the world to gain widespread exposure, it has also expanded into a place where apps meant to reach a young, entertainment-focused market make their debut.

SXSW, which is set to take place from March 13th to March 22nd this year, is now divided into three sections - interactive, film, and music. As the worlds of music and technology continue to collide, the festival has become a leader in showcasing the possibilities of combining the two, offering a blueprint for the future. Each year, legendary acts rub elbows with obscure bands and young creatives of all stripes, forming a melting pot of talent rarely found in any one place at the same time. Last year, SXSW's entertainment included major names in addition to up-and-comers. The event featured performances by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga (who got vomited on), Cut Copy, Soundgarden, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, and a little known band named Coldplay. If you're into indie music, film, and cutting edge tech, as well as regional American cuisine, SXSW is definitely the destination for you.

小小音樂會演變至現在的音樂節日。 數量已說明一切——過百部電影將於 今年的音樂節中首次放映,更有來自超 過2,000個世界各地的國際級樂隊表演。 要從眾多選擇中取捨是這盛事最困難的地 方!而今年人數預計將會超過20,000人。

SXSW是一項文化盛事之餘,亦是新 進樂隊進行市場推廣的機會。大會為世界 各地的樂隊提供曝光機會,更是讓初出道 樂隊打入年青人娛樂市場的地方。

SXSW將於2015年3月13日至22日舉 行,現分為三個部分——互動、電影及音 樂。未來,音樂和科技將會繼續交錯,為 大家帶來更多新元素。音樂節率先展示未 來將兩者結合的可能性和藍圖。 每年,各著名 DJ 都會與樂隊新星合 作,各路地下電影人都會難得的匯集一 地,促進多方面的交流。 去年的表演者包括了很多熟悉的名 字和新力軍,有Kanye

West、Jay-Z、 Lady Gaga、Tyler The Creator、 CutCopy、Soundgarden、Kendrick Lamar,還有一隊名為Coldplay的樂隊。 如果你是地下音樂、電影和科技的 發燒友,而又同時想感受一下美式美 食,SXSW絕對不可錯過的節日。

Event details were correct at the time of publication, but make sure you check with the venue yourself. 活動詳情至截稿時為準,但請在出發前再確認一次。

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN KEYBOARDIST CHRIS GEDDES HELPS BOOM UNDERSTAND A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE COGS THAT MAKE THE BAND’S WHEELS TURN, THEIR LATEST RELEASE, GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE, AND THE ORIGINS OF THEIR QUIRKY ALBUM TITLES.

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cottish both by birth and at heart, famously zany and thought-provoking in music and lyricism, Belle and Sebastian is the restless puppy of the world’s indie pop family. The sixstrong band has now been on the scene for almost twenty years - bar a brief hiatus in 2012 when lead singer/ songwriter Stuart Murdoch leant over into the film industry to write and direct musical drama God Help The Girl (2014). With no aim of slowing down, and a slight regroup of band members, Belle and Sebastian started 2015 with the release of their latest album proper, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, which has captivated millions of fans across the world with its change in direction. Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance followed a new direction comparatively to any previous releases. Taking on Animal Collective and Washed Out producer Ben H. Allen III as producer, the group’s efforts guide listeners through a dancier, sexier pop/disco sonic experience. Single ‘The Party Line’ fades in like a big room house track, before exploding into a happy-golucky roller-disco style anthem. A Belle and Sebastian record minus one or two pensive numbers would be somewhat out of character, and thus somewhat unsurprisingly the album is flecked with gentler, prepossessing tracks. ‘The Cat With The Cream’ is reminiscent of the folksy melodies found in more traditional Belle and Sebastian times, when tracks like ‘Piazza New York Catcher’ rose to fame as go-to bedroom tracks for young libertines. “I think Girls in Peacetime is quite varied. I think it’s maybe more varied than the last couple of

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albums.” Keyboardist Chris Geddes - otherwise dubbed ‘Beans’ in light of his vegetarianism - is a founder and original member of the band, whose soft Scottish accent begins to piece together the songwriting process for the critically acclaimed release (it went to number nine in the UK charts). “I think we definitely didn’t want to feel that we had to make something that stuck to a traditional Belle and Sebastian; I think we just wanted to have some fun when we were making it.” When asked to define a traditional Belle and Sebastian songwriting session, Geddes replies, “I suppose the way we always did songs, at least when the band started out, is that it would all be based around Stuart playing the guitar. The rest of our instruments would enter one by one as the song went along. But we haven’t made a record like that in a long time.”

獨立靈魂中樞 Belle and Sebastian電子琴手Chris Geddes 為 BOOM 解構令樂隊不斷向前 的竅門和因由;他們最新唱片《Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance》及這張唱 片名稱起源的有趣故事。 兩位蘇格蘭音樂人天生擁有詼諧及

豪斯風格,曲風一轉變成樂天的的士高 音樂。Belle

and Sebastian的新作少

了兩分憂鬱,同時亦少了幾分以往的性 格,專輯充滿了更平易近人及令人回味 的音樂和懷舊民謠作品。《The Cat With

The Cream》是Belle and Sebastian傳 統風格;《Piazza New York Catcher》

大膽創新的音樂與歌詞天賦。Belle and Sebastian就像是地下流行音樂大家庭裡

則是年輕人睡前的必聽作品。

那隻不安於室的小狗。這隊六人勁旅已

張唱片跟《Girls in Peacetime》分別

Chris

Geddes說道:「之前的幾

屹立樂壇二十年,期間只在2012年因主

很大,是一張很與別不同的唱片。」他

要成員兼作曲人Stuart Murdoch投身影

是一名素食主義者,更是樂隊的創隊成

壇,編寫及導演歌舞片《God Help The

員,他以溫柔的蘇格蘭口音訴說著創作

Girl》時在小休過一會。他們並無意放慢 腳步,只輕微地重組了樂隊組合, Belle and Sebastian以最新專輯《Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance》迎接2015

和獲得好評的經過。「可以肯定的是我

年,並以全新路向俘虜全球粉絲。

們不想在Belle and Sebastian的傳統上 打轉,我們只求創作得開心。」當問到 如何定義Belle and Sebastian傳統創作 時,Geddes回答說:「樂隊初成立時,

《Girls in Peacetime Want to

我 們 的 創 作 全 都 以 Stuart 的 結 他 為 基

Dance》絕對與樂隊以前的作品有所不 同。由Animal Collective和Washed Out 的製作人監製,樂隊為樂迷帶來更

礎。然後在寫歌過程中,將其他樂器一

舞動更性感的流行和跳舞音樂體驗。單

Stuart Murdoch是Belle and Sebastian 的靈魂人物,他溫柔而苦中

曲《The Party Line》是一首由主流的

步一步的加進去歌曲當中。不過我們已 很久沒有這樣子寫歌了。」

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“WHEN THE BAND STARTED OUT, IT WOULD ALL BE BASED AROUND STUART PLAYING THE GUITAR.” Stuart Murdoch, the famed frontman whose tender and effortlessly bittersweet voice is part of the reason why Belle and Sebastian is adored by so many, is the creative mastermind behind the vast majority of the band’s repertoire. With time the process that drives the songwriting has changed significantly, though it still seems to be the case that Murdoch is the iron heart that powers the group. Geddes shares, “[Nowadays and for Girls in Peacetime] , Stuart tends to come in with some of his songs - some more fully-thronged than others - but generally we’re all in the rehearsal room together and we each have fragments we work on and jam out. For Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, he never really picked up an instrument. He would know in his head what the chords and melody of the song were and would just show us little sketches of it. Then the rest of us would kind of just start working on the rest of the music.” Girls in Peacetime dips here and there into the orchestral sound that berthed emotions in 2010 album Write About Love, though Geddes claims the band employed a certain

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amount of restraint with it in attempts to resolve the issues that came with changing the band’s line-up. “There was a vague intention - if not a kind of conscious decision - to be a little more self-sufficient on this one, and rely less on orchestral arrangements and stuff. There are one or two things on the record where the orchestration is still key to it but most of it is a selfcontained record.” Although Geddes does not speak of it as a challenge, the group faced a huge change when trumpeter, bassist and orchestral arranger Mick Cooke left the band at the end of 2013 - “on good terms”, as Cooke would later put it. “Losing Mick was a big deal for the band because he was in it right from the start, and losing his melodic trumpet solos means we go largely back to the old-school Belle and Sebastian sound. So not having his sounds as a kind of palette that we could use for the record is a change, and obviously a bit of a loss. But we have a new bass player, which has changed the dynamic a bit. In the past Stevie, Mick and Bobby used to kind of swap bass duties around between the three of them, and this time we knew that Dave, our new bassist, was going to do the bass on everything. Which meant Bobby and Stevie had more freedom to concentrate on guitars. Plus, having a real bassist on bass instead of guitarists makes a huge difference.” Successfully together for almost twenty years, it comes into question how Belle & Sebastian has dealt with constant commentary on the ratio between their critical success and commercial success. Says Geddes: “I think we can all understand that we’ve been a kind of underground success rather than a mainstream success. I mean, our music is kind

帶甜的歌聲是樂隊大受歡迎的眾多原因

《Girls

in

Peacetime》用上了

之一,更是樂隊一路以來創作領域的主

頗多的管弦樂,跟2010年的專輯

腦。即使Murdoch仍然是樂隊的創作靈

《Write

魂,但他們寫歌的過程隨著時間改變了

若。Geddes說樂隊為了解決成員經常變

很多。Geddes說:「現時,包括《Girls

動的問題而定下了若干的限制。「我們有

in

Peacetime》,Stuart都會提供幾首

一個含糊的想法,這並不是一個蓄意的

歌,有些會比較完整,但一般我們都會

決定,就是這張唱片會比較自給自足,

齊集在錄音室內,大家各自都有各自的

較少倚賴管弦樂編曲。唱片有一兩首作

部分,然後再合奏起來。如《Girls

品仍然著重管弦樂,但大部分都是自給

in

About Love》的情感有點相

Peacetime Want to Dance》,他就沒

自足的音樂,希望帶出不同。」

有真正拿起樂器。他腦海裡已經有作品

雖然 Geddes 並不視之為挑戰,但 2013年年尾,喇叭手、低音結他手兼管 弦樂編曲的Mick Cooke離隊,使樂隊需

的音調和旋律,並只會給我們一個初 稿,之後我們便會開始埋首創作。」


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Album

“I DON’T THINK WE’RE UNDER ANY ILLUSION AS TO WHY WE’RE NOT AS BIG AS BEYONCÉ OR SOMETHING”

Artist: Belle And Sebastian Title: Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance 1. Nobody’s Empire 2. Allie 3. The Party Line 4. The Power of Three 5. The Cat with the Cream 6. Enter Sylvia Plath 7. The Everlasting Muse 8. Perfect Couples 9. Ever Had a Little Faith? 10. Play for Today 11. The Book of You 12. Today (This Army’s for Peace) Release date: 25/01/2015 Label: Matador

of quirky and left-field, and our lyrics deal with stuff that’s maybe not within the usual parameters of pop songs. I don’t think we’re under any illusion as to why we’re not as big as Beyoncé or something. I think we’re just happy and realise how lucky we are to have an audience who have stuck with us for a long time. Especially considering how hard it is now for a new band to gain a new audience.” Left-field and quirky indeed, the urge to question the meaning behind Belle and Sebastian album titles is impossible to suppress. Geddes humours the question: “I mean, the single compilation Push Barman to Open Old Wounds was just a bit of graffiti on a fire exit in a club that we used to go to, and I think we all

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thought it was hilarious. Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant was a similar story. I think Stuart’s always on the lookout for a catchy phrase, or something that’s, well, quirky and ambiguous. Like, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance almost sounds like some sort of cryptic crossword clue; it’s just a phrase that popped into Stuart’s head. He’s always got this notebook on the go, always writing down ideas.” Belle and Sebastian play at the AsiaWorld-Arena on February 10th, brought to Hong Kong by Your Mum & Hostess Club. As one of the the world’s most beloved bands, and Murdoch one of the most revered creative minds, it would be in anyone’s best interest to go.

要面對很大的轉變。「 Mick 的離隊是樂

為我們需要跟Beyoncé之類的主流著名

隊很大的損失。他自樂隊成立開始已一

歌手的知名度作比較。我們就是創作已

直與我們在一起,如今失去了他悅耳的

很快樂,且明白我們擁有長期的歌迷是

喇叭獨奏,代表我們要走回Belle

一件幸運的事。尤其是現在的樂隊要吸

and

Sebastian 懷舊的音樂路線,我們亦感 到有點迷失。不過新低音結他手同時亦

引新聽眾是一件非常困難的事。」 的確是怪裡怪氣,我們真的忍不

帶來一點動力。以往 Stevie , Mick 和

住要問Belle

Bobby三人會輪流負責低音結他部分, 如今新低音結他手Dave會負責全部的低 音結他,即是說 Bobby 和 Stevie 可更專

後的意思。Geddes不禁對這個問題

&

Sebastian唱片名稱背

失笑「Push Barman to Open Old Wounds」,只是我們常去的一間夜場走

注於結他部分。加上,有真正的低音結

火通道上的一個塗鴉,我們都覺得很有

他手而不是由結他手兼顧,對樂隊來說 他們待在一起有差不多二十年的時

趣。「Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant」都是類似的故事。如 《Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance》

間,現在要面對的是Belle & Sebastian

聽起來像猜字遊戲的提示,其實它只是

如何處理他們音樂上的好評及商業上成

突然出現在 Stuart 的腦海裡。而他亦隨

功的輕重。 Geddes 說:「我們認為我

身帶著一本記事簿,寫低他的想法。

們是在地下樂壇成功多於在主流樂壇成 功。我們的音樂都屬於非主流,而且歌

Your Mum和Hostess Club將於2月 10日把Belle and Sebastian帶到香港亞

詞亦不屬於一般流行曲的範疇。我不認

洲博覽館,萬勿錯過他們的表演!

是一個很大的分別和轉變。」


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Elegant & Fierce:

Michael Gira and the Dark Minds of Swans THE ECCENTRIC OVERLORD OF INDUSTRIAL ROCK GROUP SWANS DISCUSSES WITH JULES O’BRIEN THE BAND’S REFORMATION AND NEW ALBUM, TO BE KIND aiting for a Skype call from Michael Gira is about as calming as standing on the edge of a sky dive. The experimental pioneer – now at the turn of his sixties – is one of the more terrifying and exquisite minds in the rock world. A mellow voice calls through: “Hello, this is Michael Gira speaking.” The calm resonance of his New York City articulation is unexpected, given the live performance grumble that pigeonholed him in the can’t-sing category of great lead singers, (not that he cares), alongside Mark E. Smith of The Fall and Sex Pistols’ John Lydon. His kindly milieu defies common preconceptions of a truculent aggressor, adopted after reading tales of his propensity to crush crowds’ stage-clung fingers under boot-clad foot. He would often dive offstage to clobber headbangers to the ground whilst caterwauling tracks with titles like ‘Raping A Slave’, tongue freshly laced in a young Madonna’s spoiling saliva. Though that was the 80s, and Gira, then yet sour from almost five months in Israeli jail for cannabis possession when he was 15, is now the grounded founder of Young God Records, with artists like psych-folk pogonotrophist Devendra Banhart safely roosting under his milky wing. He speaks with certainty, with myriad solo work under his belt alongside four years of new Swans material – the latest album of

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which, To Be Kind, is arguably their best (and indisputably their most accessible) work yet. Gira is quick to point out that recorded material means next to nothing in terms of Swans – “you can’t even try to recreate whatever magical musical charge happens live” - but To Be Kind nonetheless defines the new musical approach pursued by Gira and his Swan-tourage since their reformation in 2010. A glut of band members orbited Gira between 1982 and 1998, when Swans

紐約黑 傳奇 等待與Michael Gira的Skype視訊通

野派作了一個樣完美的演繹,深信認識

話有如跳傘前的心情般。這位快將六十

在八十年代時,十五歲的 Michael Gira 因 藏 有 大 麻 在 以 色 列 監 獄 渡 過 五 個月,而當年的小伙子現已是 Young God Records的創辦人,旗下音樂人 有迷幻民謠歌手Devendra Banhart。

歲的實驗性音樂先驅是震攝全球的其中 一名主腦。突然從另一端傳來一把沙啞 的聲音:「你好,我是Michael Gira。」 他那種嗌破喉嚨的表演風格,使他跟

Sex Pistols的John Lydon及The Fall 的Mark E. Smith齊名,被歸類為不能唱

他的人都不會對此作出反對。

他語帶肯定地說,他眾多的單飛作品 加上 Swans 四年來的新作——最新專輯

但又十分出色的主音歌手,所以那平靜

《To Be Kind》,可說是他們最出色和

的紐約口音簡直是出乎意料。 Michael

最 易 入 耳 的 作 品 。 Gira 爽 快 地 指 出 ,

Gira 喜歡用腳踩向台下群眾指向台上的 手指,並且在演唱《Raping A Slave》

生命中出現了神級作品後,你是沒有

時與麥當娜濕吻,又或是衝到台 下將樂迷打至跌倒,對狂

所收錄的作品對 Swans 意義極大,「當 辦法將它再做一次的。」不過《To

Be Kind 》重新定義了 Gira 的音樂取向及 Swans自2010年重組後的巡迴表演。 1982 至 1998 期間,當時 Swans 因 著他們膽大妄為的音樂及表演風格而 迅速走紅, Gira 被一大堆樂隊隊友 團團圍著。經歷了磨人的音樂風 格後,他們的音樂漸漸變得更易 入耳,大部分亦因為 Gira 在另一 邊跟Jarboe Devereux的合作。 而 Gira 亦漸漸厭倦和討厭他們那 叛逆的型像,在1996年推出第十 張唱片《Soundtracks for the Blind》後,他們的時代亦相告終 結,兩年後更停止了巡迴表演。

Gira涉足了新領域,主要是和 多個不同音樂人組成較易入口的實 驗性樂隊Angels of Light。這類音 樂展現了 Swans時期的 Gira剛剛相反 的一面。Angels of Light在2001推出 了《How I Loved You》,這跟Swans 那不安於室的《Soundtrack

for the Blind 》截然不同。 2010 年, Gira 透過 《uh, desperation!》重組Swans。 「那時的我感到十分沮喪,我開始感到 與Angels of Light所製作的音樂,對我 並沒有什麼美感可言,我不知道應怎樣 繼續創作下去。另一方面,我和 Swans 的淵源久遠,我希望它能重見天日,嘗 試再從藝術角度出發。」


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rose to fame through seemingly unappeasable audacity in their music and live attitude. Their music ploughed through harrowing material that slowly - largely on account of Gira’s sidekick Jarboe Devereux – became more accessible melodically. Though with time Gira tired of and disagreed with the antagonistic reputation they upheld, and the era came to a close after tenth album Soundtracks for the Blind was unveiled in 1996 and, subsequently, touring ended two years afterwards. Gira went on to dip his foot into new territories – predominantly the lighter experimental project, Angels of Light, alongside another everchanging roster of musicians. The music showcased a reserved side of Gira unexplored in the Swans era: Angels of Light’s tender 2001 album How I Loved You and Swans’ unsettling Soundtrack for the Blind are essentially timbric antitheses. Though through - “uh, desperation!” – Gira reformed Swans in 2010. “Desperation, in the sense that I was in a place in my life where I’d been making music with this group Angels of Light, and it wasn’t really going anywhere aesthetically to me. There was this long history of Swans and I wanted to revivify it and try to drive it forward artistically.”

In the interest of working with a strong team, Gira gathered a lengthy list of musicians to help reboot Swans. “I needed people I wanted to spend time with, and of course people who had things to offer musically. Though I think the former had as much to do with it as the latter. We right away clicked as a group of people and that’s fortunate.” And so the current Swans line up was formed, in which guitarists Christoph Hahn and Norman Westberg, caveman-esque multiinstrumentalist/percussionist Thor Harris, bassist Christopher Pravdica, and drummer Phil Puleo accompany Gira’s bellowing voice. “[When we first spent time together in the studio] we would play one song I’d written for 12 hours, not just playing it over and over but playing it and trying new things and transforming it until it felt like a band song, something that needed to be played by these musicians in particular. Then of course it all came together as 2010 record My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky.” Gira seems doubtful that the line up will change any time soon: “Right now this group seems pretty fixed, and I enjoy the company of these gentlemen and they’re contributing a great deal to the sound, so for now, yeah, we together are Swans.”

為了與強勁的團隊合作, Gira 編寫

的樂隊組合短期內會有所改變:「現在

了一張很長的音樂人名單以助 Swans

這支樂隊總算隱定下來了,我亦十分喜

的重組。「我需要一些我想花時間跟他

歡跟 他們待在一起,他們為音樂付出了

們在一起的人,當然還有對音樂有所作

很多,現時,我們就是Swans。」

為的人,而兩者對我而言都十分重要。 幸運地,我們這群人很快就產生了微

在 Swans 的首張專輯《 Filth 》和 2014年的《To Be Kind》中,Gira都大

妙的化學作用。」 Swans 中的成員包括

膽地用上了陰沉的歌詞。他一度喜歡以

有結他手Christoph

Hahn和Norman We s t b e r g 、 樂 手 及 敲 擊 樂 手 T h o r Harris、貝斯手Christopher Pravdica 和鼓手Phil Puleo,當然還有Gira。

社團暴力、強姦(甚至戀屍癖)及兇殘

「我們第一次一起在錄音室工作

了,但Gira仍傾向放陰沉的想像到當中。

的謀殺來比喻社會;現在則歌頌小男孩 對愛的渴求,他自己也禁不住對那反差 大笑起來。那些歌詞旋律現在開花結果

時,合作了一首我花了十二小時去寫的

唱片情色及黑暗並重。 Gira 說作品

歌,我們不單重複去演奏,亦會在過程

如《Kirsten Supine》,對他尤為重要,

中作新嘗試,並將它改造,直至感覺成

歌曲影射了由Lars Von Trier執導的《世

為了一首為這群音樂人度身訂造的樂隊

紀末婚禮》中,Kirsten Dunst的其中一

音樂為止。其後當然集成了 2010 年的

幕,「她赤裸地躺在河邊的草地上,置身

唱片《My Father Will Guide Me up a

在那惡毒星球的光線底下,就這樣地躺

Rope to the Sky》。」Gira不認為現時

著。在我而言,這是一個充滿預言的影 像,同時又極端色情。它啟發了我幾句

“WE’D PLAY ONE SONG I’D WRITTEN FOR 12 HOURS, IT UNTIL IT FELT LIKE THAT NEEDED TO BE PLAYED BY [US]”

歌詞,我並不是故意要提及那電影,但 這些詞卻令我想起了那一幕。」 而那個畫在《To Be Kind》唱片封 面的嬰兒塑膠頭(相信很多人都在香港 街頭見過), Gira說:「這是我的喜好, 通常我都會選擇一個有代表性的標誌, 再將它放到正方形的中央。這次,我本 來認為會是一個女性的乳頭,而它將會 是金屬製的,所以需要對它有點要求。 我拿來了幾張照片,可是出來的效果 太過滑稽了,一點都不好看,並不是我 原本想要的效果。最後 Gira 決定用上由 一位他於七十年代認識的洛杉磯龐克藝 術家Bob

Biggs的畫作,他的「嬰兒頭

像」跟唱片簡直是絕配。「可能因為這是 一幅具挑釁性的畫像,所以我才覺得它

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Swans’ first album Filth (1983) and 2014’s six-sided tome To Be Kind are comparative to the extent that Gira delves fearlessly into stygian lyrical matter. Where he once keened candidly over gang violence, rape (even necrophilia) and horrifying murder as societal metaphors, he now sings odes to little boys who ‘just need love’, getting laughed at mockingly by demonic cackles. The lyrics and melodies have flowered, but the sepulchral tendencies of Gira’s imagination have most certainly not been quelled by time. Though the album explores eroticism as much as it does darkness. Track ‘Kirsten Supine’, which Gira explains to be particularly important to him, alludes to a scene in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst, where “she’s lying naked on this copse by a river and she’s just lying there, bathed in the light of that malevolent planet.” He continues, “To me that was such an apocalyptic image, but it was also extremely erotic. It just inspired me to write words; I didn’t want to tell about the movie but words just sort of arose thinking about that scene.” To explain the acrylic-painted baby heads pasted boldly on the front of the To Be Kind album (which many will have seen pasted all over Hong Kong), Gira divulges: “As is my

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predilection – and has been since the beginning of Swans and my label Young God Records – I usually look for a central iconic image, to put in the middle of the square. This time I thought it was going to be a woman’s nipple. It was going to be embossed so it would have some tactile qualities to it. ”He laughs, “I took some photos and, err, it didn’t look good – it looked comical, which I wasn’t really inclined towards.” Gira ultimately decided on images painted by L.A.-based punk artist Bob Biggs whom he met in the 70s, whose “implacable portraits of babies” seemed perfect. He continues, “I think perhaps I thought they’d be great because they’re sort of an aggressive image – in the sense that the babies are in your face, but they defy interpretation.” As much as most bands’ latest album reflects most accurately their status quo, Swans’ To Be Kind, according to Gira, is already dead material. “Most of our material has been played live before it’s recorded; by the time the album is finished it’s just kind of dead matter. It’s hard for me to listen back to a recording and get anything back from it, so I don’t ever listen back to my albums.” Continues Gira: “we try to remain in the present, which is not an easy undertaking actually. We’ll be

“BABIES ARE SORT OF AN AGGRESSIVE IMAGE IN THE SENSE THAT THEY ARE IN YOUR FACE, BUT DEFY INTERPRETATION.” recording in September this year, but the content of the new material will probably be something I’m not able to verbalise right now.” Attempts to verbalise the aesthetics of a Swans gig is indeed an impossible task. No longer as violent as in the 80s, Gira’s aim on stage is to reach a total state of transcendence through music – achieved famously through earsplitting volume and total immersion in slow, intense build-ups. “We listen for what’s happening between us and follow new directions as they arise. When it’s at its best, our music is transporting. I would like people to experience the same thing that we’re experiencing. We’re kind of vehicles for something bigger than ourselves when we perform live.” Factotum Productions brought Swans to Wan Chai in January, and the audience was left utterly wide-eyed.

好看。就好像很多嬰兒在你面前,但他 們不只是嬰兒那麼簡單。」 大部分樂隊在推出最新的唱片時都 會如實地反映出他們的最新狀態,而

Gira卻說Swans的《To Be Kind》中的 作品對聽眾來說已不是新鮮事了。「我 們大部分的作品在錄製之前都已經表演 過了。但我並不喜歡再聽回它們的錄 音,勾起那段音樂的回憶,所以我並不 會重聽自己的唱片的。今年九月,我們 將會再次錄歌,但這一刻我不懂得如何 用言語表達新作品的內容。」 要用言語來表達 Swans 表演的美感 更是不可能的任務。如果你抱著開放的 心態去看, Swans 的表演純粹是樂迷 見過最具挑釁性和刺激的體驗。 Gira 已 不像八十年代般暴力,他現在在台上以 通過音樂進入化境為目標,希望達到震 耳欲聾的音量及令台下的觀眾全情投入 於整場表演當中,緩慢而緊湊的前奏。 「我們會留意我們之間所發生的事,然 後跟隨新出現的方向。在適當的時候, 我們的音樂就會再次出現。我們希望讓 別人感受到我們感受到的。」


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Not So Cliché BOOM SITS DOWN WITH THE CLICHÉ RECORDS TEAM TO DISCUSS THEIR LATEST BRAINCHILD: BRAND NEW HOUSE AND TECHNO LABEL, FRAGRANT HARBOUR. nderground music is, thanks to organisations like Cliché Records, very much an integral part of the modern Hong Kong cultural scene. Cliché Records perches itself atop Queen’s Road West, with an almost symbolic view over a handshake between creative districts Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan. Inside the hushed confines of this office, the way Hong Kong night owls have been able to enjoy non-commercialised music has been majestically revolutionised. Cliché Records was born just three years ago, from the mutual desire between a group of young French friends to introduce their musical joies-de-vivre into Hong Kong’s LKFdriven nightlife. Now in the throes of 2015, the uber-cool collective has flowered into a multi-faceted establishment, boasting a tri-persona of booking agency, promotion company and birthplace of three record labels one of which, house/techno label Fragrant Harbour, will no doubt be a huge imprint in the years to follow.

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“We all met in Hong Kong, and were all used to listening to very different music - house, electro, etcetera.” Julie Mira sits across from Jean-François Amadei to talk all things Cliché, while Samy Stouky clicks away at his computer, no doubt booking the next major act into Asia. The fourth current member of Cliché is Ouissam Mokretar, who as original founder is still very much an integral part of the team. “It’s all definitely been based on friendship, then Ouissam got a residency at The Mira Hotel as DJ VISA, so we started promoting and doing parties at the hotel bar Vibes. We were surprised by the amount of people who turned up.” In no time Cliché were hosting parties all over the city, and crowds began to flock into every event. “It felt like then people had this real need; a real desire for different music,” Julie continues, “and people started following Cliché as a promoter they maybe didn’t know the DJs but they started to respect us as a brand through which they could discover new artists and have a great night.”

生活之樂 BOOM和Cliché Records成員討論

人數都覺得難以置信。」不久後,Cliché

他們最新的結晶品——全新豪斯及高科技

在城中各處舉辦派對,人們亦蜂擁到每一

音樂唱片公司Fragrant Harbour。

個派對。Julie說:「感覺就像他們很需要

多得如Cliché

Records般的組織,

酒店的酒吧 Vibe 舉行派對,而且對出席

這些東西,對另類音樂的真正渴求。他們

地下音樂已是香港現時不可缺少的部

之後開始彷彿是Cliché的推銷員一樣——

分。Cliché Records座落於皇后大道西,

即使他們並不認識那些DJ ,但開始對我

是西營盤和上環的交界。辦公室地方不算

們品牌有信心,相信會透過我們發掘新的

大,卻為香港貓頭鷹一族享受非商業地下

音樂人而渡過一個愉快的晚上。」

音樂起革命。Cliché

Records於三年前

開始時,Cliché

Records採用了不

由兩群法國藉的朋友成立,志在將他們

同的手法,如預約國際知名的 DJ 。「為

的「生活之樂」音樂帶到香港,由蘭桂芳

此一年我們只有兩場派對,一場是為國

作主導的夜生活當中帶給喜愛音樂的人。

際DJ而設的,另一場是為本地DJ而設。

在 2015 年,這幫人已在很多方面有

我們從亞州各地區邀請音樂人起家,之

所成就,如成立中介公司、市場推廣公司

後就有不同的場地想我們幫忙邀請各地

以及三間唱片公司的發源地——其中一間

DJ 到來。這就是我們成為了中介人的由

就是豪斯和高科技音樂唱片公司Fragrant

來。」Jean-François就是Amadei的真

Harbour,肯定是未來幾年的重點節目。 「我們全是在香港認識的,而且大

身,一頭灰髮的DJ 兼製作人,亦是他將 Fragrant Harbour由想法變成真實。現

家聽的音樂都十分不同——豪斯、電子音

在,這個香港唱片公司將計劃直捲歐洲。

樂等等。」Julie

Mira跟Jean-François Amadei 對著坐,說著 Cliché 的所有事 情,而Samy Stouky則埋首在電腦面前,

建立唱片公司其實很容易。音樂人只要安

Amadei提出了有趣的一點「現在要

看來是在預約下一隊帶來亞洲的著名音

上載一些音樂,就這樣,他就建立了一家

樂人。另外現任成員Ouissam Mokretar

唱片公司。之後就是吸引追隨者和建立知

是元老級成員,更是他們不可缺少的

名度。不同的是你需要創作出高質素的音

人物之一。「這一切都是以友誼作為基

樂以爭取知名度,所以你必需由一開始便

礎,Ouissam以DJ

VISA的身份在The

很出眾。我們與一般人不同的地方是,我

Mira Hotel駐場,所以我們開始推廣,在

們很清楚我們喜歡的音樂人類型,我們想

坐在睡房,設計好標誌和在Soundcloud


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“NOWADAYS IT’S INCREDIBLY EASY TO SET UP A LABEL. IT’S JUST THE PROBLEM OF BUILDING FOLLOWERS AND EARNING RESPECT”

要推出的音樂及想要推廣的品牌。不管該 音樂人有多出名,如果他們的音樂不是我 們想要的,我們也會斷然拒絕。」 雖然沒有宣之於口,Fragrant Harbour是始於對香港的敬意。「我們在 這裡都各有特別的故事,而且所有事情都 是從這裡開始。對我們來說,這就像是一 面亞洲的水晶球。就現時來說,歐洲是地 下音樂的中心,而我們就像以香港的角度

Cliché Records took a different approach in the beginning, by booking larger international names as opposed to local DJs. “It’s only this year that we’ve got two rosters, one for international DJs and one for local DJs. We gained a name for ourselves by booking artists from around Asia, then getting asked by venues to help secure DJs from around the world. So that’s the story behind how we also became a booking agency.” Jean-François is the man behind the moniker Amadei, the charcoal haired DJ and producer who propelled the idea of Fragrant Harbour into action. Now, the Hong Kong-inspired label is set to take Europe by storm. An interesting point is raised by Amadei: “Nowadays it’s incredibly easy to set up a label. You’ll get a musician sitting in his bedroom, making a logo and banging it up with some music on Soundcloud and, just like that, he’s made a label. It’s just the problem of building followers and earning respect.” He continues, “With Fragrant Harbour we have been lucky. We already have contacts and followers around the world. The difficult part is creating something really top quality to earn that respect, so you have to be really on top of the game, from day one. What makes us different is that we know exactly the kind of artists we like, what music we want to take on board, and the brand we want to circulate. We say no to artists if their demos don’t fit our vision, no matter how big they are.” Although it almost goes without saying, Fragrant Harbour is a loving

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去看待這件事。我們會像這特質以中文文 字表達在黑膠碟上,利用音樂人來港時所 拍下的照片作為唱片封面。」 第一張專輯,Renart的Élegies的封 面就是在Cliché邀請他來港到KEE Club 和 Oma 為他們的兩週年派對表演時所

homage to Hong Kong. “We all have a special story in the city, and everything started here. For us it’s kind of like looking through a sort of Asian prism; Europe in our opinion is the current centre of underground music at the moment, but we’re seeing it through this Hong Kong vision. We thought we’d push a visual identity by putting every bit of text on the vinyl in Chinese, and using photos taken by the actual artists when they visit on Hong Kong on the vinyl covers.” The cover for the first EP, Élegies by Renart, was taken by the eccentric Parisian himself when Cliché flew him into Hong Kong to play at their second anniversary party at KEE Club and Oma. Amadei chuckles, “Renart is… how should I put it… a stereotypical artiste. A few days before we had to send all the files to the vinyl pressing plant, he lost the original photo he took so we’ve had to slightly redesign the cover and print the photo smaller for our first release.” Though the EP is pretty and appears perfectly mysterious, with a whitewash image of city trees in Central tucked behind a grid of block white letters. Cliché has worked with a profusion of artists from around the world, whether booking them into clubs in Taipei or hosting nights at Socialito and KEE Club with artists

like Breakbot and French Kiwi Juice (who Samy has recently booked on the company’s biggest tour yet). But the artists they have taken on board seem to light up their faces at the first mention. For a label to be so passionate about their artists, not just in the interest of earning millions, is refreshing. “Renart means fox in French, but its the medieval spelling. I was interested in this guy because he does this very unique style of techno - not typical Paris, Berlin or Detroit techno, but his very own style. After a few months of gathering information on him I noticed he was on a compilation CD which is massive in Europe now, called Acid Arab, and I was so worried he’d be too busy after that but luckily I decided to contact him directly. Luckily I was able to book him in to play at our second anniversary party.” Fragrant Harbour is set to release two more works from different artists this year. Fulbert, the French house producer is next, and German wunderkind Ugly Drums later in the year. “Over the next five years I want to build a solid recognition for Cliché Records and Fragrant Harbour,” Jeff divulges. “I’ve been inspired by a lot of labels that I’ve been listening to, and hope we’ll build on that inspiration.” Keep an eye out this year for the FH launch party; date TBC.

拍的。Amadei笑說:「應該怎樣說呢? Renart 就是典型的藝術家,在我們要將 新聞稿發給唱片打印公司的數天前,他找 不到原來的照片,因此我們在封面設計上 要作輕微改動,把照相印得再細一點。」 即使如此,那張專輯仍然十分精美,更抹 上了幾分神秘感,並在一格白色的字母後 印上了一排位於中環的大樹。

Cliché 跟世界各地無數的音樂人合 作過,包括預約他們到台北的夜店或 與Breakbot和French Kiwi Juice(是

Samy最近辦理的,目前為公司最大型的 巡迴表演)等音樂人在 Socialito 及 KEE

Club 舉行派對,不過他們旗下的音樂人 第一次聽起來就比較平淡了。一間對旗 下音樂人如此充滿熱誠的唱片公司,而且 不是志在賺取第一桶金,實在難能可貴。 「Renart 法文解作狐狸,是中世紀的串 法。我對他感興趣是因為他的高科技音樂 有著很獨特的風格——不是典型的巴黎、 柏林或底特律的,是他自己的一套風格。 經過幾個月對他的資料搜集後,我發覺他 正在製作一張雜錦唱片,而那張雜錦唱片 《Acid Arab》現時在歐洲十分受歡迎。 我本來也很擔心他之後會太過忙碌,但幸 運地我還是決定直接與他聯絡。我們又很 幸運地預約了他來到我們的兩週年派對上 表演,帶來精彩的一晚。」

Fragrant

Harbour計劃今年為兩位

音樂人發作品。先是 Fulbert ,一位法 國的豪斯製作人;而來自德國的 Ugly Drums 則排在今年稍後的時間。 Jeff 說 :「 未 來 五 年 , 我 希 望 為 C l i c h é Records和Fragrant Harbour打好穩健基 礎。我受到很多我聽過的唱片公司啟發, 希望可從這些啟發中建立自己。」


ON THE DECKS

Hot Since 82

Burning Up BOOM HAS A Q&A WITH THE LATEST DJ/PRODUCER TO HEADLINE ONE OF THE LEGENDARY SMALL&TALL EVENTS: DALEY PADLEY, AKA. HOT SINCE 82.

ritain churns out top quality house music like butter, relentlessly infiltrating charts and festivals across the world with fresh sounds hot off the notorious UK student scene and beyond. BBC Radio 1 is the de facto birthplace for influential dance music, where Pete Tong, Annie Mac and their savvy colleagues dip their hands into the pick ’n’ mix and select the juiciest new names for late night radio. On the 17th August 2013, it was Hot Since 82 spinning a two-hour set on Pete Tong’s esteemed Essential Mix show. Within the first few minutes he left listeners in awe, pumping out a style of house music he had refined over years of hard work and residencies in his hometown Leeds, and Ibiza. From that point on, as both a brand and an artist, Hot Since 82 had hit the nail on the head. “Radio 1 is such a legacy here in the UK that it was pretty amazing for me,” Daley Padley, the man behind the moniker, divulges. The 30 year-old Yorkshireman is rarely photographed without a subtle smile on his face, and is notoriously chirpy in interviews. “It’s great that I’ve had the support of Pete Tong and Annie Mac in particular, but if I

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stopped making good music I think they’d stop playing it. Which is only right.” He’s the ultimate example of innovation, something that has become surprisingly hard to find with the growing commercialisation of house music. Coverage on BBC Radio 1 barely scrapes the surface of the media attention he has cultivated in just two years: in 2010 his release

自由的靈魂

做了長達兩小時的表演。他多年在老家利

英國不斷生產高品質的豪斯音樂,這

茲和伊比薩島駐場的經驗令他建立出一套

些在本地學生圈子中熱播的音樂無情地

獨特的豪斯音樂風格,就在表演開始的短

橫掃了世界各地音樂流行榜及著名音樂

短幾分鐘已經令聽眾們驚歎不已。由那時

節。 BBC 廣播一台絕對是最有影響力的

候開始,不論作為一個品牌或是一位音樂

舞蹈音樂發源地,連Pete Tong、Annie

人,Hot Since 82都是其中的佼佼者。

Mac和他們專業的同事也會為深夜

「BBC廣播一台就像是在英國當中的

電台精心挑選有潛力的新晉音樂人。

一個神話,對我來說,那是非常不可思議

2013年8月17日,在著名DJ Pete Tong 的Essential Mix Show中Hot Since 82

魂人物Daley

的存在。」在Hot Since 82大名背後的靈

Padley向我們透露。這位


ON THE DECKS

“IF I STOPPED MAKING GOOD MUSIC, I THINK THEY’D STOP PLAYING IT, WHICH IS ONLY RIGHT.”

‘Let It Ride’ was released on Noir Recordings and hit number 3 on the Beatport deep house chart. Though as much as his music is pigeonholed as deep house, Padley’s mixes, in truth, are not tied down to any subgenre at all. Indisputably a house producer (easy enough to categorise from the thematic use of backbeat percussion patterns), his music has a multitude of elements that transcend the boundaries of subgenre. With subtle layering and innovative sampling, his mixes feature traces of techno and even sometimes a big room house sound; his material appeals to the masses in dance music, while managing to sustain an underground reputation. With a hometown that boasts a nightlife teeming with students, Padley questions how far they’re responsible for the success of house music: “I think it’s young people in general. Leeds has a big university and that definitely helps the vibe in the city, but it’s also full of locals who just love house. Manchester is another northern city that has the same feel to it I think.” Though discussing his hometown is close to futile, given his repertoire of tours and festival headline slots. “It’s hard to say where the hottest spot for house is at the moment. There’s so much good music coming out of Germany, UK, Spain and Israel, but also South America’s stuff is as on point as ever.” As well as rising to fame as an artist, Hot Since 82 is also the name of Padley’s own imprint, set up in order to accommodate the mass of quality unsigned music he was beginning

to receive. “I was getting sent so much unsigned music that I thought it was time to set up a label myself, so some of this great stuff would get released and get the attention it deserved.” Padley has so far released his recruited music on both his album Little Black Book - which featured original Hot Since 82 compositions as well as mixes by artists on his label - and 2014 compilation album Knee Deep In Sound. When asked about future plans for the imprints, Padley replies, “I just want to continue building the label with really strong club music. I don’t have any current plans to release full artist albums but you never know!” In his eyes, the characteristics of the artists he chooses to work with or mix for are a combination of energy, talent, and originality. “Firstly it’s all about how they play. Any DJ playing with freedom to go anywhere musically is important. The same thing applies for production of course; Maceo Plex is someone who in recent times has really raised the bar in terms of making music that sounds so different and fresh.” 2015 has already been a huge year for Padley, and looks like it will continue to be an extremely busy one. “Lots more music to come this year, so stay tuned,” he tells us. If you didn’t catch him at Club 18 on the 7th, check out his new two-part music video by Scottish filmmaker Ciaran Lyons to check out his style, and whack him on your playlists. Hot Since 82 is on fire, and it doesn’t look like he’ll burn out any time soon.

三十歲的約克郡男生很少會在鏡頭前露出

以色列都有很多非常傑出的音樂製作,當

笑容,但這次訪問卻異常的開朗活潑。

然南美也是一貫的好。」

「得到Pete Tong跟Annie Mac的支持

除了作為藝人的名氣愈來愈大,Hot

真的很開心。但如果我不再做出好音樂的

Since

話,我知道他們也不會再播我的音樂,

不浪費他曾收到的既高品質但又寂寂無名

82也是Padley的自家品牌,為了

這是一定的。」他就是不停創新的最佳典

的音樂。「很多人都會寄他們自已製作的

範,在愈來愈商業化的豪斯音樂界是非常

音樂給我,我想是時候讓我自立品牌,令

少見的。在 BBC 廣播一台的點播為他只

這些好音樂可以發行繼而令更多的人可以

投入了兩年時間的音樂事業贏得傳媒的關

欣賞到它們。」到現時為止, Padley 把

注——2010年的作品《Let It Ride》在

徵務得來的作品收錄在他的專輯中,包

Beatport電子豪斯流行榜中排行第三。

括《Little Black Book》和2014發行的

縱使他的音樂多被稱作電子豪斯,說

《Knee Deep In Sound》。當被問到品

實在的,Padley 的混音作品不應該被歸

牌的未來發展時,Padley說:「我只希望

類為任何一個次流派。以一個豪斯音樂製

利用一些非常厲害的派對音樂繼續發展品

作人來說(可以簡單地由使用基調強節奏

牌。現在暫時還沒有計劃要製作一張完整

和後拍的敲擊模式來分類),他的音樂有

的專輯,但這其實也說不定!」在他的眼

多種超越次流派的元素。細緻的層次編排

中,他會願意去合作的藝人一定要具有魄

及創新的歌曲取材,他的混音歌曲包含了

力、才能和原創性。「首先,要看他們如

科技豪斯,甚至Big Room House的音

何演繹音樂。作為一個DJ 擁有自由的靈

樂元素;他的作品吸引到喜歡舞蹈音樂的

魂是非常的重要,當然同樣地,對音樂製

大眾,也維持到他在地下音樂界的名聲。

作來說也是一樣。Maceo Plex是近期一

他家鄉的夜生活通通都離不開學生

位能真正用清新及與眾不同的音樂令酒吧

們,Padley 被問到豪斯音樂的發展與他

的音樂提升到另一個層次。」

們的關聯。「我覺得大多部分的聽眾都是

2015年對於Padley來說很重要,看

年輕人。利茲有一間規模很大的大學,這

來將會是非常忙碌的一年。他說:「將

肯定會有助建立城市裡的音樂氣氛,而且

有很多音樂要發布,記得要留意我們的

大部分當地人都很喜歡豪斯音樂。曼徹斯

動向!」如果你沒能趕在Club

特則是另一個北部城市而同時具有相同的

他,千萬要在網上重溫由蘇格蘭藉導演

18中看到

感覺。」他曾經到過世界各地作巡迴演出

Ciaran

及參加音樂節,只談他的家鄉似乎說不過

然亦要把短片加到你的播放列表中!Hot

Lyons為他製作的音樂錄像,當

去。「實在很難說現在哪一個是豪斯音樂

Since 82最近真的超級火熱,也不見得他

最出名的地方。在德國、英國、西班牙和

的火紅指數會在短期之內減退。

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By: Yuri Tomiyama

BOOMSHACK:

The Food Truck Flava

BOOM SITS DOWN AND TALKS BURGERS WITH AUSTIN FRY, THE OWNER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, AND OLD-SCHOOL “SOUL-MAN” OF ROUNDHOUSE, MAVERICKS, AND BOOMSHACK.

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ailing from Austin Texas while spending a few years over in Europe, Mexico City, and Cambodia, needless to say Fry is an experienced “All Round Dude,” as his business card titles him. Inked up from his arms to his knuckles, his diverse collection of tattoos reflects the influences in his life that have made him successful. The inception of Boomshack had occurred in quite an unlikely venue – the first Hong Kong Tattoo Convention which he was involved in back in 2013. Fry partnered with Billy Pang, good friend and owner of Mong Kok sneaker spot Da Hood, who was looking to branch out into the F&B world. “I just had a booth with no name, but that’s where it all happened. I’m a huge fan of the food truck scene from the States, so I knew I wanted to do something like that, then at the tattoo convention the food started to evolve, I started to get an understanding of where I was headed, then by Clockenflap 2013 I had everything together. I had the logo, we had the chicken and waffles: it was a massive hit.” 2014 was then dedicated to looking for the perfect spot. “This is always the hardest part, especially with the rent being so crazy and everything

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in Hong Kong being about location. I just wanted to make sure we had the right place, and I was willing to wait for as long as it took. I really love this location, the street, the pavilion back there, all of it.” One glance at the menu will tell you that Fry does not cement his culinary style in a single cuisine and flawlessly fuses two to three with ease. Ingredients can range from Korean kimchi, Japanese edamame, local char siu – and don’t even get started with the Mexican and Spanish ingredients. Of course, you got the Southern classics like chicken and waffles, or a Tex-Mex burger. But he shows utmost respect for local culture seen in the King Kong burger, which is as Hong Kong as it gets: beef and spam patty, bok choy, provolone cheese, and homemade XO mayo. “There’s a lot of Austin Texas influence here, but at the same time, I don’t ever want to be that expat that comes and tries to force my culture on people. That’s why when you look at the menu you got the King Kong burger, which is my HK inspired burger. I try to pick out ingredients that in my mind, stand out here. And all my local friends love this burger, I’m also doing char siu, but I didn’t want to go 100%

香港遲來的快餐車文化 來自美國德州的 Boomshack 創辦

餐牌裡當然不少得美國南部經典菜色炸 雞窩芙和Tex-Mex漢堡;而它們的King

人,曾居住在歐洲、墨西哥城及柬蒲

Kong 漢堡絕對是 Fry 對香港本地文化的

寨,所得的人生經驗絕對能令他稱得

最高致敬,材料包括牛肉、午餐肉、白

上 如 他 在 名 片 上 形 容 自 己 為 —— 全 面

菜、波羅伏洛起司芝士( Provolone )

的「All

Round Dude」。他那些由手

及 自 家 製 的 XO 沙 律 汁 。「 我 們 的 食 物

擘一直伸延到指節上密麻麻的紋身,

裡都有很多美國德州的影子,但與此同

都是他多年來的收藏與歷練,並代表

時,我不想以一個外國人的身份去強迫

了他成功之路的印證。起初發起創辦

食客去迎合我的文化,所以King Kong

Boomshack 的念頭,竟是在意想不到 的場景。 2013年香港第一屆中國香港國 際紋身藝術展,當時 Fry 與好朋友 Billy Pang(彭峻峰)合作參展,Billy是旺角 波鞋街潮流店 Dahood 的老闆,亦有意

漢堡就是我以香港文化作靈感的創作。

開拓飲食業務。「當時我的攤位連名字也

我會對傳統食譜作稍微的改進。」

我會選用能突出本地文化的原料,而我 很多本地朋友都很愛這個漢堡。另外我 也在弄叉燒,但我不會百分百跟隨傳統 做法,我不需與街上好吃的叉燒爭寵,

沒有,但就是這樣開始了 Boomshack

當被問到有評論指這裡的漢堡比市

的概念。我是美國快餐車文化的粉絲,

面上細小時, Fry 的朋友突然插嘴道:

一直以來都想以這概念做些甚麼的。到

「但我以這裡兩份超棒漢堡的價錢,只

紋身展的時候,我開始有了點頭緒。直

能在附近買一份難吃的呢。」 Fry 笑著

到 2013年 Clockenflap音樂節時,一切

說:「對於某些評論,首先要看我們的定

已經準備就緒。我們不只有了名字,

價位。我選用的都是優質的牛肉,而且

也有了標誌,而炸雞窩芙更成為大熱。

這裡的漢堡扒是混合牛胸腩、牛肩及牛

」此後 Fry 於 2014 年努力在香港尋覓最

臂肉。芝士是上盛的外國入口芝士,用

好的落腳點。「地點在香港來說是非常 重要,加上這城市瘋狂的租金,找一個

的麵包也是獨特的,是我和梅窩 Village Bakery的Kit用多於一個月的時間研製的

地方給 Boomshack 開始是最困難的一

薯仔食譜所製成的。我們提供的是優質

步。我一心只希望能找到合適的地點,

的快餐,若你只想吃一份便宜的漢堡,

無論要等多久我都願意。而我非常喜歡

你大可以到其他地方去,而我只能說我

現在這裡的一切,這街巷和這簷蓬。」

們這裡的漢堡是全香港最好的。」

看一看 Boomshack 的餐牌,你會

我們不難看到競爭正在快速增長,

發現 Fry 不會以單一的烹調風格設計食

並逼在眼前,但Fry卻充滿信心,並不會

物,而是帶點 fusion 味道的創意料理。

因此放緩發展步伐。「我很好勝,雖然市

所用的材料包括韓國泡菜、日本枝豆、

場上充滿了漢堡包店是有點瘋狂,但是

本地叉燒,以及墨西哥和西班牙食材。

我十分歡迎他們加入這個市場(戰場),

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want to go in the family direction.” He recalls the massive success and positive reception from parents of the first time he launched a healthy kids’ menu at Maverick’s and plans to do the same with Boomshack. Fascinated by children’s drawings not bound by society’s norms, he plans to let the kids draw all over the walls with the launch. “At the same time on the late night side, it’s a place to relax and have fun away from the main street, a place for everybody, we don’t discriminate whether you’re a college kid or an older professional. Above all, the main thing about the place is that it’s a lot of fun.” Fuelled by a creative director with an impressive resume, the future of Boomshack looks bright. Fry plans to throw a block party this summer with both headliners and local acts, and if successful would become an annual event. He thinks ten steps ahead, as he tells us how he strategically built a larger production kitchen. He plans to open up small shops all around the city to deliver to straight from the main kitchen, as he’s big on consistency. He eventually hopes to open up the first food truck in Hong Kong which is in the works, but as for now Fry is content with it just being in the store. He finishes the interview with the following message to the people: “Just come out and try it, give it a shot. I think people will be pleasantly surprised. I have great staff, I do a lot of training, everybody knows how serious I take this. Again, at the end of the day it’s about having fun man.”

我對自己的漢堡包充滿信心,我相信

劃在各區開設小店,把漢堡包直接從主

在香港無人可以媲美,因為我們的漢

廚房送到各區的銷售點,因為他非常著

堡包真的是與眾不同、非常獨特。」他

重食物水準的一致性。另外他亦正在籌

試圖走出和其他最近加入的漢堡包店不

備,希望最終能在香港開拓第一輛的快

同的方向,「我們不會走狂野的風格,

餐車。就現在的情況來說,Fry對於現在

如播放嘈雜的音樂或具挑逗意味的相

的店鋪也十分滿意。訪問尾聲,Fry想跟

片。我很堅決我們要走家庭路線。」他

各讀者說,「大家應該來試試我們這裡的

還記得當時在 Maverick’s 第一次推出健

漢堡包,因為 Boomshack 定必會為你

康兒童菜單時獲得巨大的成功,家長

帶來驚喜。我有一群很好的員工,非常

們對此的反應非常正面,因此他計劃在

著重專業的培訓,大家都會知道我對食

Boomshack 也這樣做。他非常欣賞兒

物質素的追求有多認真。因為我們最終

童的純真,他們繪畫出來的畫並不會受

的目標就是要讓客人感到快樂。」

到社會觀念的規範,所以他計劃當推出 兒童菜單的時候,會讓小孩子在牆壁 上隨意塗鴉。「另一方面,在深夜的時 候,這裡是一個放鬆和遠離煩囂街道的

Wellington Street

地方,不管是大學生還是專業人士, 我們也無任歡迎,因為這是一個屬於所 有人的地方。最重要的是,這是一個有 趣、讓大家放鬆和帶來開心的地方。」 由具有讓人留下深刻印象的創意總

Wo On Lane

D’ Ag ui lar St re et

traditional with it because theres so much good char siu here and I didn’t want to compete with them. There are subtle twists to traditional recipes that I’ve done.” When asked about some of the critics pointing out that the burgers were too small, Fry’s friend popped out and chimed in, “Well I could get two dope burgers here for the same price as one shitty one around the corner.” Laughing, Fry added, “To the critics, look at my price points. I use all premium cuts of meat. My burger blend is brisket, chuck, and rump. I use good imported cheeses, and my bread is special - made with a recipe from potatoes that me and Kit from Mui Wo Village Bakery perfected over a month. We’re serving quality stuff fast – if you want a cheap burger there’s other places to go but, pound for pound, I think we serve one of the best burgers in Hong Kong, no doubt about it.” But competition is growing fast and is down the corner – literally – but Fry is confident and simply takes it in stride. “I always welcome competition, I think it’s good. It’s getting a little crazy with that many burger joints but I welcome it, I have faith in my product. I think we put out a really good burger that could stand up to anybody else in Hong Kong. It’s really different and very unique.” He seeks to head in a different general direction as some of the other burger joints have adopted recently. “Where we stand out, we’re not going in a certain ‘risque’ direction, like the loud music or the provocative image. I definitely

監一手創辦, Boomshack 的前途一片 光明。 Fry 計劃在今年夏天與一些名人 和本地藝術界人士舉辦一個盛大的街頭 派對,如果成功的話,將成為一年一度 的盛事。長遠來說,他打算戰略性地建 立一個較大的生產主廚房。目前,他計

Boomshack Shop B, G/F, Wo On Building, 8-12 Wo On Lane, Central 中環蘭桂坊和安里8-12號和安樓地下B號舖 +852 2660 5977 www.boomshack.asia


ON THE ROCKS

By: Tiffany Ng

Djiboutii

A Hidden Gem in the Backstreets of Wan Chai DJIBOUTII OPENS ITS DOORS WITH COCKTAILS AND ORGANIC FOOD: THE PERFECT PLACE TO KICK BACK AND RELAX.

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and you don’t want to miss out the rotisserie chicken, which is fresh and juicy. As the founder Saam Lowni said, “Sophisticated but not pretentious, filling but not greasy or junk… more comforting, balanced and honest.” Djiboutii keeps a playful heart. They promise that the lunch set will be ready to go in 10 minutes (including takeaways). If they can’t make it, they will only charge you half price! Though all of the dishes are freshly made, and they still manage to keep the promise and challenge every customer. You can enjoy the good food and maybe you can get the half price discount as well! Djiboutii is also going to provide a Valentine’s Day dining experience to their supporters. Lovers can enjoy the perfect organic set dinner and Djiboutii will give you a free padlock, just like how they do on the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris or outside Seoul Tower in South Korea: lock up your love! They also offer free flow F&B for two hours for singles. Perhaps you can find your meant-to-be on Valentines Day! Who knows?

轉角後巷的世外桃源

整個套餐頓時變半價!試想一下,所有食

像灣仔西這一類的舊區,你總會找到

品都是新鮮即叫即造,你覺得他們可以履

一些令你驚喜的事物。這裡有本土味甚濃

行承諾,向每位食客挑戰嗎?如果你上班

的傳統舊式茶餐廳,也有充滿格調的咖啡

的地方恰巧在附近,不妨去挑戰一下他們

室,就算要把你困在灣仔一整天你也絕對

吧!除了可以一嘗美味的午餐之外,也有

不會走到悶。說到特別的東西,有一個新

可能(只是有可能)會得到半價優惠!

蒲點你是一定不可以錯過的。那個地方就

除了午餐的特別遊戲,Djiboutii亦將

像藏在蘭杜街後巷的世外桃源!因為在後

會推出情人節優惠。情侶們可以選擇情人

巷的關係是挺難發現的,可是他們有著一

節套餐「The Perfect」,用餐後更可以獲

個非常引人注目的招牌,一張猴子的臉跟

得愛情鎖一個,像在巴黎情人橋或韓國首

一個不尋常的名字Djiboutii。

爾塔外般把你們的愛情緊緊鎖著!還是單

當你踏進這家新開張的雞尾酒酒吧,

身的你也不用擔心,Djiboutii已替你想好

裡面的紫色燈光營造出神秘氣氛;那懷舊

了。他們準備了兩小時任飲任食的優惠給

的梳化舒服得讓你感到好像置身於家中

單身朋友們,或者你可以在今年情人節前

一樣。在結束一天忙碌的工作後,跟朋友

找到你生命中的另一半!

們來一杯Djiboutii的特色雞尾酒(或更 多!),我相信你可以在這裡呆一整晚。 如果你喜歡有機食品的話,那你就一 定要試一下Djiboutii的食物了。他們每天

Hennessy Road

都有自家烘焙的Za’atar麵包,還有新鮮 而又充滿肉汁的烤雞。就像創辦人Saam

Lowni所說:「精緻而不造作,有飽足感 但又不油膩,是平衡健康,用料誠實。」

’s en ue d Q Roa

istricts like western Wan Chai always have something that can take you by surprise. Ranging from traditional Chinese restaurants to stylish coffee shops, you won’t get bored even after a whole day there. When it comes to special things to do, there is one new spot you must not miss. It is like a hidden paradise in the back street of Landale Street, hard to find but impossible to miss; when you walk by, a unique logo jumps out at you – a mandrill face underneath an extraordinary name: Djiboutii. When you first step into this newly opened cocktail bar, you will be amazed by its mysterious atmosphere created by the purple lights on the ceiling, under the bar tables, and in every corner. The cosy vintage sofas immediately make you feel at home. Grab one of their signature cocktails and chill with your friends after an exhausting day at work. If you are an organic food lover, you’re in for a treat. Djiboutii has the best organic food in town. They bake their own Za’atar flatbread every day,

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他們要保證每一位走進餐廳的顧客都能享 用到健康又美味的食品。

Djiboutii有著一顆玩味的心。他們的 午餐時段有一個對客人的特別承諾,其實 像是一個打賭的遊戲,他們承諾會在十分 鐘內準備好午市套餐,假若超過十分鐘,

Djiboutii G/F, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai 灣仔蘭杜街2號地下 +852 9449 0777 www.djiboutii.com


NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND

By: Sync Sing Sin

Interview

The Groove Thief SYNC SING SIN SITS DOWN WITH DUB & REGGAE MAESTRO TO TALK HONG KONG’S MUSIC SCENE AND THE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS OF DUB MUSIC

hrowing parties or simply heading to them regularly does get you to know different people, and the biggest benefit is that you don’t have to text endlessly to confirm the meeting spot and time. I first met The Groove Thief in some party that he opened for. And eventually we ended up just bumping into each other on a regular basis and chit-chatting on social media, We ended up supporting each other’s events. Apart from spinning his dub

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selections, TGT also ran a monthly newsletter that covers everything worthy in the HK underground. I thought now would be the right time to grab him for an interview, before he went on to bigger things. So, tell us, what are the origins of The Groove Thief?

其中一個舉辦或去派對最有趣的地方 不用整天在電話中來回約定見面的時間

2011 年,在我來到香港以前,我在

地點。初次認識THE GROOVE THIEF的

南韓當過一陣子的夜場DJ,但很快我就

時候,他正在替一個派對作暖場表演;

知道自己是想往另類一點的方向發展。

其後我們就不停的在其他大大小小的活

來到香港之後,我去過一些低音派對,

動中碰面,再進展至有互相合作的機

但發現原來沒有太多DJ會放我喜歡的歌

會。除了自家的dub set以外,之前他還

曲。如是者我便發起了THE

每個月在網上來一份鉅細無遺的香港音 樂次文化NEWSLETTER。雖然在去年年

Prior to arriving in Hong Kong in 2011, I was a club DJ whilst living in South Korea, but I grew weary of

THE GROOVE THIEF是如何開始?

就是認識新朋友,而當中最大的好處是

底已劃上了休止符,但 TGT 早已積極籌 備下一階段的活動,就在他忙得連電話 都不能回之前,好好地做一個專訪罷。

GROOVE THIEF 的活動,然後與一些志同道合的 朋友一起成立了PARAGON SOUND SYSTEM ,再慢慢的發展到於 OMA 、 POMEGRANATE以及BAOMASS有自己 的RESIDENCY。


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“THE INFLUENCE OF DUB IS EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING JUST ABOUT EVERY MODERN GENRE OF MUSIC”

playing banal music, so I knew I want something different. After going to some local bass nights I felt there was a bit of a musical gap - I wasn’t hearing the styles I like being played much - so that’s when I established The Groove Thief. Later on I’ve found a crew [Paragon Sound System] with reliable like-minded promotion and performance partners, and a Thursday night residency at Oma, Pomegranate, and Baomass. What makes you stay in HK? Considering that this is not a really good place cultural-wise... Coming here was a bit arbitrary in a sense, so the city has definitely exceeded my expectations, and I’m still here due to the opportunities available in higher education. I disagree on the cultural point: of course the economic realities really put a lot of pressure on all creative endeavors, but that just makes their prevalence that much more impressive, there’s in fact a lot going on. However, it is true that a lot of concepts can’t gain traction here.e due to the costs, and the mainstream The scene usually seems to be just about profit, but still, HK has quality just not quantity How would you describe your style? Bass is key, but just because a song is heavy doesn’t mean it can’t have a full sound. That’s the magical blend found in so much Jamaican music. I do play mostly dub and reggae in a sense, but blend together in unexpected ways. Genres are just suggestions. With so many songs readily available: how

best to connect them for the crowd remains my biggest joy of DJing. How do you see the dub genre in HK? What makes you think we need dub here? There are so many misconceptions about dub. Roughly speaking, dub began as versions of songs without the vocals, which led the engineers to start experimenting with effects, the removal and alteration of elements, etc. With outdoor play on powerful soundsystems in mind, the natural progression was to bring the drums and bass to the fore while limiting the vocals so that deejays [MCs] could chat over the riddim. So dub is reggae, remixed using analog sound boards. That means the influence of dub is everywhere, including just about every popular modern genre of music. The need for dub itself comes down to respecting this foundation if you love music, you really ought to give dub a proper listen.

為甚麼決定留在香港呢?文化上這不

的聲軌加入音效等。由於當時牙買加的

的需求。至於文化,我的觀點是,種種

SOUNDSYSTEM活動都在室外舉行,所 以低音和鼓擊的部分都要擴大,再讓MC 們演出。所以「 DUB 」其實是「雷鬼」 在ANALOG混音台上做的REMIX版本。 由於雷鬼根源上的多樣性, DUB 的指涉 可謂非常豐富。至於香港是否需要 DUB

經濟上的阻撓都會對創意造成壓力,但

呢?為了要深入探索音樂的根源,我覺

也使到整個過程與成果都來得更有挑戰

得這是必須的,只要你喜歡音樂,也應

性。其實這裡有發生很多,只不過整體氛

該去聽一下DUB呢。

算是一個特別豐盛的地方呢。 當時的決定也只是一時之興,所以 對於我來說這裡是處處驚喜的。其中一 個令我留下的原因是這裡對於高等教育

圍以及主流派對的霸權讓他們保持低調。

You do your own edits too - would you mind sharing a trick or two for the ones who wanna start doing the same kinda thing? Yeah, they’re necessary for when you have a song with a weaker section you’d like to remove before playing. Proper production involves assembling lots of tiny detailed ‘puzzle pieces,’ but with edits the pieces are fewer and much bigger. For me, that’s more satisfying. Just do what you want the way you want to do it. Failed experiments are usually more valuable than successful ones.

我們有的是「質」,只是「量」還不夠。

你也會做自己的歌曲EDIT,可否分 享一下當中的竅門嗎?

你會怎樣形容自己的風格? 做 自 己 的 EDIT 就 可 以 對 歌 曲 有 更 我主力播放 DUB 與雷鬼。低音當然

好的控制,把當中較弱的部分去除,就

是重要的,但牙買家音樂最有趣的是,

好像玩拼圖一樣;與監製一首歌不同的

他們同時在音樂感上也豐富得很;我在

是,那些拼圖都相對簡單(笑)。我認為

放歌的時候就可以再考量一些特別的混

大家應去實驗一下,把心中所想的付諸

音方法,加上現時要購買音樂實在是非

實行,從嘗試中學習,因為那些失敗的

常容易,這帶來了很多的可能性呢。

經驗往往會比成功的讓你獲益更多呢。

你 認 為 DUB 在 香 港 的 接 受 程 度 高 嗎?你認為香港需要DUB嗎? 最初「DUB」的意思是指一些延 長的演奏版,以不同的混音方法為當中

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By: Nat King

racing the origins of trap, Dirty South, and Brazilian funk - three of the most exciting dance genres of the past decade - you find there’s a direct path leading back to the beachside city of Miami, Florida. America’s sunny state, known for oranges and Disney World, was also the birthplace of a particularly raw form of dance music called Miami Bass. Though relatively little-known, Miami Bass continues to have a large impact on music to this day.

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moving. The songs’ lyrics often had an anything goes (sometimes X-rated) approach, which became synonymous with Miami Bass. Similar to traditional hip hop groups, Miami Bass acts typically had an MC (or two) and a DJ. The scratching in Miami Bass music was often fast-paced (to match the up-tempo beats) and was a key ingredient of the songs. In fact, Bass legend DJ Magic Mike was a hitmaker who was often sought after for his clean, intricate scratching.

火如荼。打鼓器材如Roland

邁阿密貝斯 如要追溯過去十年三個最精彩的舞蹈

音樂樣版器材Emu

TR-808和 SP-12取代了樂隊,

風格類型Trap,Dirty South和Brazilian Funk 的起源,很多線索都會直接指向位

將紐約的電子龐克音樂玩弄於指尖上。

於海灘旁的城市邁亞密。

這些機器是手動節奏製作器材。 Miami

那並不像現在的電腦音樂編製程式,

美國這一個充滿陽光的州份佛羅里達

Bass其中一個特點:電子鼓獨奏,

州,出名的除了是橙和迪士尼之外,還有

就是將機器如樂器般演奏。創作樂章

作為跳舞音樂Miami Bass的發源地。雖

時,Miami Bass製作人不會專注強勁效

然鮮為人知,不過Miami Bass仍然對現

果,然後將其加強。他們會抽取紐約電子

今音樂有著很大的影響。

龐克中最出色的拍子和合成音樂,並在其

它於八十年代中,由邁亞密的社區

Overtown和Liberty City的派對流傳出

之上加入大量的括碟、樣版和原唱饒舌, 從而成為全新的精彩作品。

來,原本是有人聲在有多種樂器的紐約 電子龐克音樂中饒舌。在戶外派對中,

Mr.

Miami Bass的先驅有Jim Jonsin、 Mixx、Kooley C、Jock D、

MIAMI BASS! THE NEXT KILLER BEAT YOU HEAR MIGHT ACTUALLY DATE BACK TO A TIME OF NEIGHBOURHOOD BLOCK PARTIES AND THE FIRST DRUM MACHINES, WRITES NAT KING Born out of the block parties in Miami’s Overtown and Liberty City neighborhoods in the mid-80’s, the music originally consisted of people rapping over instrumentals of New York electro-funk. At makeshift outdoor parties, DJs would play uptempo instrumental hits by the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, while neighborhood rappers would step up to the microphone and spit out rhymes. While New York hip hop lyrics began to get more political in the mid-80s, the emphasis in Miami was firmly on keeping the party

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By the time these neighborhood DJs and MCs began to enter recording studios to put their sounds on vinyl, a shift in technology was underway. Instead of a backing band, drum machines such as the Roland TR-808, and samplers like the Emu SP-12, put the sounds from New York’s electrofunk songs at their fingertips. Unlike the laptop-based music sequencing programs of today, these machines were literally hands-on beat-making devices. One of the most remarkable characteristics of Miami Bass is the electronic equivalent of drum solos, where the

DJ們會播放Afrika Bambaataa及the Soul Sonic Force的大熱作品,並由區內 的饒舌歌手在台上表演饒舌。 八十年代中,紐約嘻哈音樂的歌詞越

Afro-Rican、Dynamix II、Gucci Crew II、Gigolo Tony、Maggotron、Luke Skyywalker、MC ADE、The 2 Live Crew、Le Juan Love和DJ Laz。

趨政治化時,邁亞密卻強調派對停不了。

由於越來越多音樂人開始錄音工

歌詞五花八門(有時還兒童不宜),這成

作,要脫穎而出,其中一個方法就是鬥

就了Miami Bass的標記。

Bass

低音。根據紀錄片《The Bass That Ate Miami》,很多重低音的創作通常都是誤

音樂人都是一位或兩位MC,和一位

打誤撞而來的。早期製作人經常在錄音室

DJ。Miami

實驗,繼而發現強調低音的新方法。

跟傳統嘻哈音樂相似,Miami

Bass中的刮碟通常都很快

(以配合急促的節奏),而且是音樂作品 中的主要成份。其實,Bass 音樂的經典 傳奇DJ Magic Mike就是以他清脆而複雜 的刮碟風格而聞名全世界的。

當Miami Bass進入主流 當時,Miami Bass最多只局限在佛 羅里達州,而組合2 Live Crew卻因為一

當這群區內的DJ和MC開始進入錄音

些特別的原因而在全國走紅。包括製作新

室錄歌,製成黑膠碟時,科技已發展得如

興的音樂錄影,他們自我宣傳的本領、具


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INNOVATIONS IN EXTRA HEAVY BASS WERE OFTEN MADE BY ACCIDENT...

machines were being played just like a musical instrument. While creating instrumentals, Miami Bass producers zeroed in on particularly strong effects, and then intensified them. The genre essentially took the best beats and synthesizer sounds from New York electro-funk and built on top of them, adding heavy scratching, samples, and original raps, to create new, exciting works. Miami Bass pioneers include names like Jim Jonsin, Mr. Mixx, Kooley C, Jock D, Afro-Rican, Dynamix II, Maggotron, Gigolo Tony,

Luke Skyywalker, Gucci Crew II, MC ADE, The 2 Live Crew, Le Juan Love, and Cuban-American DJ Laz. As more artists began to record, one way of differentiating themselves was by competing on who could have the most bass. According to the documentary “The Bass That Ate Miami,” innovations in extra heavy bass were often made by accident. As early producers experimented and made mistakes in the studio, they discovered new ways to enhance the low end of the sonic spectrum. While much of Miami Bass music had initially been confined to Florida,

創新的音樂樣版、特別的歌詞和出色的拍 子,這些都是2 Live Crew比其他前人獲 得更成功的商業因素之一。 他們當中最燴炙人口和成功的作品 《Me So Horny》,取材自電影《烈血 焚城》,成為Billboard榜上的經典跳舞作 品。《Me So Horny》亦登上了Hot Rap

Tracks流行榜第一位,並在Billboard流 行榜上連續逗留三十週(即使因其成人歌 詞內容而不獲電台播放)。 可惜2 Live Crew的成功隨之而來的 是他們的音樂被當地的政府界定為色情類 別,受到政府部門的監管,因而令唱片累 積了很多的法律問題,其後更加被禁止在 唱片店中出售。而美國佛羅里達州更有東 主因在店內出售他們的唱片而被捕。

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DIPLO, ONE OF DANCE MUSIC’S MOST INFLUENTIAL DJ/PRODUCERS, HAS HIS ROOTS IN MIAMI BASS a unique combination of factors led to a group named the 2 Live Crew having a breakout nationwide hit. With the power of newly emerging music videos, a knack for selfpromotion, innovative sampling, outrageous lyrics, and a great beat, the 2 Live Crew were able to achieve commercial success that had eluded others before them. Their biggest single, “Me So Horny” which samples from the movie “Full Metal Jacket” became a dance floor classic and a Billboard hit. “Me So Horny” reached number one on the Hot Rap Tracks Chart, and stayed on the Billboard 100 for 30 straight weeks (despite not receiving radio airplay due to the adult lyrical content of the song.) The 2 Live Crew’s major success however also brought scrutiny from authorities and culminated in legal difficulties, as their music was declared obscene, and later banned from record stores. Florida shop owners who decided to sell the record were actually arrested! Once mainstream audiences got a taste of Miami Bass, other songs followed, and even surpassed the success of “Me So Horny” For example, “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team, sold over 4,000,000 copies and was second only to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1993. (This was due in part to the fact that with clean lyrics, the song could be played to wider audiences.) A number of producers – some dating back to the beginning of genre, have created recent international hits that continue to tap into the original Miami Bass sound.

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Essential

Miami Bass Classics

Diplo, one of the most influential DJ/producers of the past decade, has his roots in Miami Bass. The Florida native got his start playing bass-influenced mash-ups at the now legendary Hollertronix parties. Diplo’s production technique, which has been tapped by everyone from M.I.A. and Beyoncé, to G-Dragon, often includes generous sampling and a cultural collage that rides over a killer beat. At its core, the style is a continuation of Miami Bass traditions. The massive 2008 club hit “Move Shake Drop” by DJ Laz, featuring Flo Rida, Casely and Pitbull, is a direct update on the Miami Bass partyrocking formula. DJ Laz was an early Miami Bass pioneer and a radio DJ who helped popularize the genre. Even Southern stars from outside Florida honor Miami Bass. Bun B, and the Ying Ying Twins song “Git It” from 2005, was actually a direct remake of the 2 Live Crew classic track “Get It Girl” from 1986. The well-known 2009 Pop hit, “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas is another mainstream song that borrows heavily from the Miami Bass. Jim Jonsin, a Miami Bass pioneer, is still active in the industry and a major hitmaker, producing “Lollipop” for Lil Wayne, as well as hits for Pitbull, and Beyonce, among others. Perhaps the next killer beat you hear in the club might actually be part of something that dates back to a time of neighborhood block parties and the first drum machines. If you want to listen but don’t know where to begin, check out our selection of Miami Bass Classics. We dare you not to dance.

1. 2 Live Crew Throw The D 2. Afro-Rican Give It All You Got (Doggy Style) 3. DJ Jealous J & DJ Jock D (Cut It Up Def) Party Time 4. Dynamix II Featuring Too Tough Tee Just Give The D.J. A Break 5. Gucci Crew II Sally “That Girl” 6. Gigolo Tony Smurf Rock 7. D.J. LAZ Mami El Negro feat. Danny D 8. Maggotron Crushing Crew The Bass That Ate Miami 9. 2 Live Crew Get it Girl / Me So Horny 10. M.C. Boo .Feat. D.J. Magic Mike Drop The Bass (Club Version)

在主流樂迷聽過了Miami Bass後,

2008年DJ Laz跟Flo Rida、Casely

其他作品亦相繼冒起,有些更超越了

和Pitbull合作的派對作品《Move Shake

《Me So Horny》。例如Tag Team的

Drop 》就是直接以派對公式將 Miami Bass更新了一遍。DJ Laz是早期Miami Bass 的先驅,他是在早段時期幫助推 廣這種音樂的電台 DJ 。就連來自南部 的巨星亦十分喜歡Miami Bass。2005 年,Bun B和the Ying Ying Twins的作 品《Git It》就是直接重製2 Live Crew的 經典作品《Get It Girl》。 2009年流行曲熱作,The Black Eyed Peas的《Boom Boom Pow》是 另一首主流音樂借助Miami Bass的其中

《Whoomp! (There It Is) 》就賣了 四百多萬張唱片,僅次於Whitney Houston在1993年的《I Will Always Love You》。可是因為它的歌詞比之前的 歌簡潔和乾淨,可播放予廣大聽眾。 現代Miami Bass 多名製作了全球大熱作品的製作人 (包括Miami Bass起初的製作人),亦繼 續大玩和創作Miami Bass。 過去十年最具影響力 DJ 和製作人之 一的Diplo就是植根Miami

Bass。他在

Hollertronix這個派對傳奇所玩的串燒歌 則深受Bass影響。Diplo的製作功力受到 所有人注目,包括 M.I.A .、 Beyoncé 和 G-Dragon 。這種風格根本骨子裡就是 Miami Bass傳統的一個音樂延續。

一個代表。或許下一首你在夜場和派對中 聽到的拍子就是來自那些社區派對和第一 代打鼓機器的其中一部分。 如想了解更多Miami Bass的背景, 可上YouTube看看紀錄片《The

Bass That Ate Miami》,並一邊欣賞我們為你 揀選的Miami Bass經典。


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Top 10

Miya's Recommendations Cliché Records resident nu-disco/ house DJ guides you through her top 10 essential tracks this month Cliché Records駐場DJ為大家帶來 她最喜愛的十首歌曲: 1. Je T'Aime Borrowed Identity 2. Leon Vynehall Time 3. The White Lamb It's You (Ron Basejam Remix) 4. Detroit Swindle 64 Ways (ft. Mayer Hawthrone) 5. Kings of Tomorrow Fall For You (Sandy Riviera's Mix) 6. Bad Rabbits She's Bad (Gadi Mizrahi & Soul Clap Remix) 7. Prommer & Barck The Barking (San Soda Remix) 8. Moodymanc Joy 9. Crazy P Changes 10. Metro Area Miura

Essential Selection MODEL 500

THE CYCLIST

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

FLOURISH

Release Date 發行日期: 01/02/2015 Label 出版商: Metroplex

There is a common misconception that Model 500 is the alias of Juan Atkins. That one of the godfathers of Detroit Techno and electro is presumed to be sole face behind

Release Date 發行日期: 01/11/2015 Label 出版商: All City

Detroiters decades ago, but Digital Solutions is a magnificent record that much like Aphex Twin’s Syro seems to herald the ‘then and now’ all at once.

moniker is a testament to his reputation. As a live entity at least

很多人都誤以為Model

Model 500 functions as a four-

A t k i n s 的別名。他的藝名以外,唯一

piece

一個稱號是底特律高科技音樂及電子

comprising

Resistance’s

Underground

clandestine

Mike

音樂的教父之一。Model

500是Juan

500就像

Banks, DJ Skurge, Mike Taylor, as

Underground

well as Atkins himself. On record,

包括Mike Banks、DJ Skurge、Mike

however, Atkins may well be the

Taylor 以及Atkins 本人。Atkins 是個埋

man behind the mixing desk such

首混音台的人,而內裡的音樂可說是他

is his signature sound. Either way,

的招牌音樂。這是他二十年來的第三張唱

this is Model 500’s third album

片,這是他自1999年所推出的《Mind &

in 20 years, and their/his first in sixteen since 1999’s Mind & Body.

Body 》後,距今十六年來的首張唱片。 人們經常認為樂隊和Atkins再不會有什麼

There was always a chance that the

突破,就像幾十年前底特律的人所想的一

Resistance的四人版

group, and Atkins, may have less

樣,不過《Digital Solutions》是一張異

to offer in a world whose future

常精彩的唱片,就像Aphex Twin的Syro

was imagined by the very same

一次過歌頌了過去和現在。

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This was released at the end of last year, but it’s so refreshingly singular and original in its inception that we thought it worth reviewing in February instead. Irish artists don’t receive the attention they so often deserve (hence this reviewer’s slow awakening to The Cyclist’s existence), and it seems that he certainly is no exception. What stands about most this record most though is the sound itself: dusty, lo-fi, filtered, warm, and fuzzy. Its traditional percussive patterns point towards the more strict syncopated beats found in house and Techno, but his insistence on passing some of the individual sounds through tape, thus processing and reprocessing, has given it a texture that is visceral in nature. It may be too experimental for some (cheap, even), but it’ll make you move. ‘Tape Grunge Rave’ couldn’t be a better title, with

its old-school piano stabs bringing to mind the Chicago sound of yesteryear. 這張專輯於去年年底已推出,但它的確是 一枝獨秀和破格創新,令我們不禁來到二 月也要對它評論一番。愛爾蘭的音樂人通 常都受到不應有的冷待,而Flourish亦不 例外(所以碟評人對《The Cyclist》的 存在都慢了兩拍)。這張專輯值得留意的 地方就是它的音樂本身:朦糊、低沉、經 過濾、溫暖和模糊不清。它的傳統敲擊樂 帶出了豪斯和高科技音樂中的切分音樂, 但他依然堅持透過加入一些個人元素,經 過處理,再處理,得出了一襲發自內心的 音質。或許對有些人來說,它太過實驗性 (或低檔次),但它卻令你不其然舞動。 《Tape Grunge Rave》是最貼切不過 的歌名,加上懷舊的鋼琴令人想起芝加哥 的懷舊音樂。如果喜歡這類型音樂的樂迷 就絕不可錯過這張愛爾蘭音樂人的專輯。


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APHEX TWIN

BJÖRK

COMPUTER CONTROLLED ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS PT 2 EP)

VULNICURA

Release Date 發行日期: 01/06/2015 Label 出版商: Warp

In true Aphex style the Cornish maestro has released a new EP that suggests it’s the second of two parts. But as far as things stand, it isn’t. There is no part one. More smoke and mirrors from Richard D. James. Last year saw him release Syro, his first full length in over thirteen years, and it proved to be an undoubted continuation of form. Both new and old in outlook no sixteen bars sounded the same - such is his complex and oft-schizophrenic approach to making music. And hot on the heels of that release is an EP that makes no bones about how it came to be. On 2001’s Druqks Aphex Twin experimented with computercontrolled instruments, most notably on the hauntingly beautiful Avril 14th - the two minute study on the piano that took fans by surprise in its

Release Date 發行日期: 01/26/2015 Label 出版商: One Little Indian

simplicity - and he’s done it again here. Any fan will snap this up immediately. Everyone else should too. It seems this is a man who will be around for a long time, and electronic music will be all the better for it. 來自康沃爾郡的音樂大師以真正的

Aphex 風格推出新一張專輯,聲稱這 是第二部。不過當你仔細想後便發現, 它並不是第二部。因為根本就沒有第一 部。這是Richard D. James的煙幕。 去年,他推出了大碟《 Syro 》,並說明 它是一個延續。外觀如新似舊,他那複 雜而分裂的音樂手法,沒有任何音樂 可相比。隨著那新鮮滾熱辣唱片的是 一張不知如何誕生的專輯。 2001 年的

Druqks,Aphex Twin對由電腦控制樂 器作了實驗,最受人注意的是那首動 聽的《Avril 14th》,今次他又再故技重 施。令每位粉絲都會立即將它收藏。然 而,其實任何人都應該這樣做。

The first thing you’ll notice on Björk’s ninth studio album are the strings, beginning with the opening track ‘Stonemilk’. By the time the melancholic orchestral number ‘Lionsong’ has kicked in it’s clear that as per usual it’s an album that is big in scope – musically at least. And while the main theme she confronts, namely a painful break-up, is wholly universal it’s also one of Björk’s most personal records to date, thus existing in both the general and the specific. It’s objective and subjective at the same time. In sharing this pain while wrapping it up in such a profoundly large sound somehow lets it free, and goes some way to vanquishing her demons. In true Björk fashion the record gets more experimental, and a little patchy, as it goes along. But her willingness

to push ahead with new sounds and styles is commendable no matter what the final outcome. Plus, lyrically, no word goes unnoticed; each lyric is unbelievably affecting, and if the music itself wasn't poignant enough, her delivery certainly is. Björk的第九張專輯裡,你第一件會留意 到的是第一首作品《 Stonemilk 》開首 的弦樂。之後當聽到憂鬱的管弦樂作品 《 Lionsong 》你就知道這專輯是一如 既往的深遠。今次所選取的題材,是一 次極痛的分離,亦是Björk至今最個人的 感受,所以從宏觀和微觀角度而言,它 都十分令人期待,它同時既帶客觀又帶 點主觀。分享著這份痛的同時,又以動 人的音樂教人放開它,征服恐懼。現實 中, Björk 在唱片中亦作了很多不同實 驗,聽到後面就會感覺到一點零碎。但 她那敢於嘗試新音樂的膽色,最後結果 如何,都是值得推介的。

VARIOUS

PROSUMER

M-PRINT: 20 YEARS OF M-PLANT MUSIC

FABRIC 79

Release Date 發行日期: 01/01/2015 Label 出版商: M-Plant

Officially the only ordained minister on the Resident Advisor Top DJ 100 list, Robert Hood comes from what’s known as the ‘second wave’ of Detroit Techno artists. For the uninitiated this may seem like an oxymoron (the sexual hedonism of the club and the puritanical leanings of the church?), but two things are at play here. First, the roots of African-American music lie in the church, while the old factories of the troubled Midwest city resembled spiritual houses; their cavernous spaces and rituals serving a congregation of workers for years. And it’s this sound of industry that Hood viscerally evokes in his stripped back minimal Techno. It’s brutal, cold, and relentless. But never one to tread the same ground, Hood also includes the disco re-fit ‘The Greatest Dancer’ as well as the spiritual house slammer

Release Date 發行日期: 12/08/2014 Label 出版商: Fabric

‘We Magnify His Name’. Whether producing under his own name, or as Monobox or Floorplan, Robert Hood, along with his label M-Plant, is an artist not to be taken lightly. Resident Advisor Top DJ 100排行榜 唯一官方授權大使,Robert

Hood是底

特律高科技第二波的音樂人。對於門外 漢,這是非常矛盾(派對上的性愛快樂主 義與教堂內的純潔),但這就是包含了兩 種音樂。首先是美國黑人音樂源於教堂, 而中西部城市的舊工廠看來就像充滿靈 魂的房子,那空間和儀式是工人們多年內 聚集的地方。Hood以最少的高科技音樂 真誠的再度打造出這工業音樂。它是殘 忍、冷漠及無情的。沒有人再次踏足這片 領地,Hood更加入了的士高音樂《The

Greatest

Dancer》和神聖的豪斯大熱

《We Magnify His Name》。Robert

Hood絕對是個不容忽視的音樂人!

The Fabric series has now run longer than the legendary ‘NOW!’ pop compilations. That may or may not be true, but at some point paid-for DJ mixes seem archaic in a world over-populated with free mixes on YouTube, Soundcloud, and FACT – among others. Perhaps people still collect the actual CDs (replete with artwork) and show them off to their houseguests as a sign of devotion. The Edinburgh-based Prosumer takes charge of Fabric’s 79th edition - "I mixed it in my living room, using vinyl and a computer" - and comes straight in with a plethora of appropriately sweaty house tracks. Unsurprising, given his Berlin origins. We get new and old cuts from the likes of Chez Damier, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, The New World Order, The Knife, Tuff City Kids and Axel Boman, and the mix

doesn’t let up from track one to the last. For anyone who wants a feeling for what a typical Saturday night sounds like at the famous London club, this is well worth checking out. Best to stick on at the peak of a heavy night, or loudly in your headphones. Fabric系列已比《NOW!》流行雜錦唱片 更長壽。這或真或假,但在YouTube、

Soundcloud及FACT等免費混音的世界 觀內,付鈔給DJ混音看來是已經十分過 時。或許有人還會收藏唱片因為充滿藝 術氣息,並可以在客人面前鉉耀他們的 付出。來自愛丁堡的Prosumer是第79張 由Fabric所負責的唱片,開宗明義收錄了 超多令人熱舞滴汗的豪斯作品。我們可 找到Chez Damier、Farley Jackmaster

Funk、The Knife和Axel Boman的新舊 作品,由第一首不停地播到最後一首。如 果你想感受一下倫敦夜場星期六晚上的氣 氛,這唱片絕對值得你一聽。

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By: Charlie Tamoto

SEIKO OOMORI

Asian Essential Selections YOYO SHAM HERE

默默的推出了第八張個人專輯與主打歌

專輯。專輯的音樂根本就是原宿影響

同名的《罪惡感》。我們一點都不詫異這

力深厚的滑浪搖滾、電子跳蹈音樂和

張大碟的主題,畢竟罪惡、無罪和有罪

高能量的音效樣本的大雜燴。第一次

都是A-Lin音樂路途上的不可缺少的流行

接觸的話,或許有點刺人耳目的,一

主題。一如以往,演繹流行情歌都是專

旦你投入在大森靖子的創造力,你便

屬於A-Lin的歌姬本色。她在《罪惡感》

會領會到美麗都一直存在於紊亂中。

一曲裡,她每一個有力的音韻都擊進聽

《Kyurukyuru》這快節拍的一曲最能表

者的心,痛苦不已。《罪惡感》是A-Lin

現大森靖子原始、搖曳和無處不在的聲

加盟Sony Music的首張專輯,最大變化

音。在《Yakiniku Date》裡讓人頭昏眼

的是從以往搖滾風格的快歌,換成這專

花的流行電子音樂元素,把她的魅力發

輯裡帶電子與跳舞風格的曲風,顯得其

揮得淋漓盡致。你要是想瞭解日本的狂

歌姬的女聲、氛圍與整體風格都格格不

熱地下音樂,便不能錯過大森靖子。

入。這瑕疵從以前張惠妹轉唱片公司的 時候就有遇到過。相信這次的曲風改變

一曲裡,心靈被民謠的曲調配上木吉

都有一個專業的團隊在背後幫忙,看來

他與沙錘聲隨隨被解脫。《 Mask 》與

A-Lin要開始多花點心思去奠定往後真正

《You and I》以莊嚴的鋼琴和小提琴表

屬於和合適自己的音樂風格。

MATE END OF THE WORLD

達生活的真理。岑寧兒純淨、悅耳和獨 特的歌聲為整張專輯增添一份原始感, 並擁有能慰藉人心的魔法。你根本不需 要理會在《HERE》中的是哪種語言,你

SEIKO OOMORI SENNOU

聽到的都是岑寧兒青澀的聲線的完整演 繹。這小女孩在未來的音樂路上一定發 光發亮。如果你還不認識岑寧兒,是時

Release Date 發行日期: 05/11/2015 Label 出版商: CJ E&M Entertainment

候認真聽一聽她的聲音了。 Release Date 發行日期: 01/27/2015 Label 出版商: Street Voice

Fans won’t be disappointed from

Indie Band Mate is back as a duo

A-LIN

with members Jung Joon Il and Im

GUILT

Heon Il. For their sophomore six-

Release Date 發行日期: 12/03/2015 Label 出版商: Avex

waiting almost three years for Yoyo Sham’s highly anticipated 11-track

an

untrained

track mini album, End of the World,

album. The time she took to create

To

this refreshingly honest album is

songwriter

the stuff the foundation of Hong

seem like she’s no better than a

Kong’s music scene should be built

cutesy idol group like AKB48. But if

on. Musically, Sham is akin to the

you listen closely, you’ll know that

greats like Tracy Chapman and Lisa

she’s quite the antithesis. Emerging

Seiko

ear,

singer-

Oomori

might

Release Date 發行日期: 1/02/2015 Label 出版商: Sony Music Entertainment (TW)

from the stylish underground Koenji

acoustic guitar and maracas lift the

Currently kicking ass on Chinese

the most ambitious albums to date

soul, while more solemn piano and

variety show I Am A Singer, Lin

in Japan with an edgy thrash of

violin pieces like ‘Mask’ and ‘You

has also dropped her eighth album,

Harajuku influenced by surf rock,

and I’ nourish it with truths. Sham’s

Guilt, which is also the title of her featured single. As always, Lin’s voice shines when it comes to ballads. She blasts out a power note with the force of a cannon and you can’t help but feel the hurt, especially in ‘Guilt’. Unusual is her direction for her upbeat tracks, which in the past have been rock-oriented. Instead, they’ve unfortunately turned in the direction of electro and dance, which are completely unsuitable for her voice and overall look. It’s clear that there is whole team dictating A-Lin's moves and it's not quite working for her.

EDM and a variable mix of high-

Hannigan. The urban folk sounds in ‘Twistable Turnable Man’, heavy with

pure, dulcet, singular voice gives the album a raw yet soothing quality. You can just about feel the integrity of ‘Here’, which is split 20% into English, 20% in Cantonese and the rest in Mandarin. But it doesn’t really matter which language she sings in, her velour voice resonates throughout all the tracks. We can’t wait for Sham to make even greater strides in the future. This girl deserves recognition. 歌迷們用了三年的時間等待岑寧兒的大 碟,這張十一首歌的專輯讓誰都不會失 望。岑寧兒自我和清新的聲音正是現在 香港歌壇缺少的。她的音樂就像是融合

scene, Oomori has released one of

energy sample beats. It can all seem a bit jarring at first, but once you get absorbed into Oomori’s creativity, you’ll know that beauty lies within chaos. ‘Kyurukyuru’ is an up-tempo beat that shows off Oomori’s raw,

the group has opted to pursue more ballads instead of rock. They start off with a grippingly depressing song, ‘Day’, where Jung and Im wail out an ocean of emotion. From there, the mist subsides and brighter, uplifting songs like ‘Thee’ and ‘India’ give us a bit of hope. ‘India’ is beautifully arranged soft-rock track that utilises an Indian flute for an intriguing blend. Our favourite has to be ‘Baby’, the only upbeat track on the album that’s funky and soulful. 韓國獨立音樂團隊 Mate 的回歸只剩下

Jung Joon Il與Im Heon Il兩名隊員。 我們不太清楚鼓手Lee Hyun Jae離隊 的原因和去向,大抵他應該去了演戲

wavering, unadhered voice. Her

吧。他們的第二迷你專輯《End of the

hysteria is her charm and in ‘Yakiniku

World 》輯錄了六首單曲,並選擇追求

Date’, she definitely lets it go off in

更多流行曲的演繹多於搖滾音樂。大碟

full drama over woozy synth pop.

頭炮是一首扣人心弦的《 Day 》, Jung

Definitely worth checking out.

與 Im 的哀鳴比海洋還要來的抑鬱。隨 後的《 Thee 》與《 India 》把情緒稍

對一雙未經訓練的耳朵來說,創作歌手

微平靜下來,並帶來了多一點希望。

大森靖子的音樂聽起來會與可愛偶像組

《 India 》裡把印度長笛優美的編曲在

合 AKB48 的無異。但當你細聽下,你

一起,輕輕的搖滾把耐人尋味的東方美

會發覺兩種其實是完全不同的音樂。從

融合到更高的境界。最得我們歡心的

了Tracy Chapman 與Lisa Hannigan的

正當大家都在追看A-Lin在中國歌手競賽

新興時尚的高圓寺地下音樂場面出發,

算是專輯裡唯一一首帶點歡樂氛圍的

靈魂。在《Twistable Turnable Man》

節目《我是歌手》的非凡演出時,她已

大森靖子推出了在日本最雄心勃勃的

《Baby》,帶點放克和騷靈的感覺。

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February Chinese Zodiac Rat

Rabbit

1996 / 1984 / 1972 / 1960 / 1948 / 1936

1999 / 1987 / 1975 / 1963 / 1951 / 1939

For the rat this February will continue to be a good month, and slowly finding your sense of direction again will make you feel very excited! For work you will start to see some light , and someone will show up to offer you some good chances, which will most likely lead to something great! As for relationships you might encounter a weird situation, where you feel like a stranger - to enhance your luck you must go party on the Kowloon side, and make sure you wear tons of red. Try to make sure you’re out by 9pm for even more luck!

For the rabbit this is going to be a good month for you. Not only is it a good start to the good year of 2015, but it’s also a good time to look for some good parties and gatherings! With friends and for relationships you will feel very popular, and it’s good to go to different parties for better luck. And to keep this goodness going please wear red, purple and pink, and be out by 9pm. Remember that friends are worth more than anything: hang out with your buddies more often, listen to their advice, and go find parties and events in Causeway Bay!

屬鼠的朋友今個月運勢會較好,慢慢找回自己的方向。工作方面有貴人相助,為你

屬兔的朋友今個月運氣也不錯,是新一年一個很好的開始,而且也是出街玩樂和盡

帶來一些機會,走向不錯的結局。感情方面你會遇到奇怪的事情,令你感到另一半

興的好時機。今個月你將會很受歡迎,多去些派對也不錯!想增強運勢的話應多穿

十分陌生。提升運氣的方法是多去九龍區,穿紅色衣物而且九時前出門。

粉紅和紫色,記得九時前出門,多和朋友去銅鑼灣區。

Ox

Dragon

1997 / 1985 / 1973 / 1961 / 1949 / 1937

2000 / 1988 / 1976 / 1964 / 1952 / 1940

For the cow, this month seems to be very exhausting, since you have to be moving around and travelling to different places almost all the time, but believe that this is actually going to bring you good things! For work you will find some changes, but you will come to realise that it is time for a change. And as for relationships you must remember that couples usually fight, so it’s entirely normal to be in disagreement once in a while with your loved ones. Just give each other time! For good luck you must go to Central for drinks!

For the dragon it’s not exactly a good start of the month for you, but as the Chinese would say, ‘first bitter and sweet later’, meaning that no matter how hard it seems right now there will always be a good ending to it so just hold on and ride out the storm; things will get better! For work you will feel a bit stressed, and getting unnecessary issues mostly from your coworkers or friends. It’s better to make sure all the small details for work are looked after by you and yourself only. Be out by 11pm, and you should party in Wan chai!

屬牛的朋友今個月會較為疲累,因為要四出奔波,不斷到很多不同地方可能未嘗不

屬龍的朋友今個月一般般,但古語有云「先苦後甜」,所以不用擔心,因為最後結

是一件好事。工作方面不穩,或公司內部會有變動,但也是時候轉變一下了。感情

果也是好的。工作方面有點辛苦而且與同事之間有些不愉快事情發生,小心留意小

方面緊記要忍讓,給另一半多一點空間。提升運氣的方法是多到中環玩樂。

細節,打醒十二分精神。緊記十一前時出門,可多到灣仔一帶參加派對。

Tiger

Snake

1998 / 1986 / 1974 / 1962 / 1950 / 1938

2001 / 1989 / 1977 / 1965 / 1953 / 1941

For the tigers this month is going to be a bit more tough, as there’s going to be harder work in both your career, relationship and overall life in general, meaning there are signs of challenges and bumpy paths ahead. But don’t worry, as you will be learning a lot this February, things that will be quite useful for your future, and you will learn that sometimes you learn faster through hard times! For a good time please go to Central for parties with your buddies, and remember to wear blue and white for good luck. Try to be out by 10pm!

For the snake people, you will be seeing a very good start to this new year , which means finding a lot more opportunities offered to you, and remember to choose wisely and carefully - don’t get too overly excited! For relationships it’s best to keep calm, especially when you get into small fights with your partner, avoid it becoming something bigger than necessary! You might also easily get sick. Pay attention to what you eat, what you drink and most importantly exercise! Party in Kowloon for good luck and be out by 10pm!

屬虎的朋友,這個二月將會十分忙碌,工作和感情方面也有很多事情需要處理,這

屬蛇的朋友今個月是一個好開始,你將會得到很多新機會,但緊記謹慎選擇。感情

也代表前景有著很多挑戰和不穩定。你會學到很多有用的東西,對將來大有用處。

方面需冷靜處理,尤其當與另一半發生衝突的話,理應心平氣和,免得小事化大!

想增強運勢的話可多穿多藍和白色,十時前出門到蘭桂坊。

今個月亦很容易病倒,小心飲食,多做運動。多去九龍區玩樂並於十時前出門。

All opinions expressed in this article are solely Thierry Chow’s opinions and do not reflect the opinions of BOOM Magazine. 本文章所有內容均是由風水師周亦彤所提供,並不代表本雜誌立場。

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February Chinese Zodiac Horse

Rooster

2002 / 1990 / 1978 / 1966 / 1954 / 1942

2005 / 1993 / 1981 / 1969 / 1957 / 1945

For the horse it is going to be a good start for you. Things will only get better and better, and prepare to have more chances and opportunities opening up for you! For relationships it is also quite a good month - you may hear good news or good news is on its way, but be careful saying the wrong things to someone you meet for the first time! At work there will be small complications, and someone will say something bad behind your back, but best to ignore these things . For good luck wear yellow and orange, and party in Macau!

For the rooster, you will find yourself running around a lot this month, and finding yourself doing so not even really knowing why, which make you feel exhausted mentally and physically. In relationships you will find good news , but avoid small conflicts with your partner, or else they will feel quite fed up of the things building up to it . For work it is ok to feel trapped or confused once in a while, just remember to have some time to clear your head, because it’s a long road ahead. Wear black for good luck, and be out by 11pm.

屬馬的朋友今個月會是一個很好的開始,運勢越來越好,亦會有很多機會!感情方

屬雞的朋友今個月要四處走,十分忙碌。感情方面會有好消息,但要小心有小爭

面不錯,將會有一些好消息。工作方面則有些小麻煩,提防有小人打小報告,但別

執或不和,應多忍讓!工作方面會有迷失感覺或是感到壓力,緊記有空時要整理

理會,做好自己本份便足夠了。多穿黃色和橙色,可選擇到澳門派對盡興。

好思緒,因為前面還有漫漫長路!多穿黑色衣物和在十一時前出門有助提升運勢。

Sheep

Dog

2003 / 1991 / 1979 / 1967 / 1955 / 1943

2006 / 1994 / 1982 / 1970 / 1958 / 1946

For sheep folk this month is quite interesting and mostly joyful. You might run into someone that you may have already forgotten about, or someone coming from another country to visit you. For your relationship it’s best to enjoy and when there’s a bumpy road ahead, remain calm and remember to go with your heart! Work will be alright, keep up the good work. It’s like they say: “when you put enough effort in, you can turn steel into a tiny needle”! Be out by 8pm and you may go to a couple areas for good luck. Dress in pink or blue for good luck.

For the doggies this month is going to be a bit harder and quite stressful overall, and that’s mostly for your general luck. Work will be stressful, your relationship might be a bit rocky, but as long as you keep a clear head then you will be fine. For health be careful feeling unwell easily; take care and rest well! You will find yourself needing your friend’s help, and it’s ok to listen to their advice, because it may come in very handy. Be out by 9pm, make sure you spend more time with friends and family, and hang out on the Kowloon side .

屬羊的朋友今個月運氣不錯,你可能會遇上一位很久不見的老朋友,或是有朋友從

屬狗的人今個月辛苦你了,不論在工作和感情方面都有壓力,但不用擔心,只要

遠方前來探訪。感情方面有點阻滯,但緊記隨心而行就可以了。工作方面——「只

保持頭腦清醒便可以了。身體方面容易有小毛病,緊記健康第一!今個月亦會發

要有恆心,鐵柱磨成針」。八時前出門,多穿粉紅和藍色會為你帶來好運。

現原來朋友的意見也是非常重要的。九時前出門,和朋友多到九龍區。

Monkey

Pig

2004 / 1992 / 1980 / 1968 / 1956 / 1944

2007 / 1995 / 1983 / 1971 / 1959 / 1947

For the monkey January was stressful, and this February will only get more stressful as work is piling up. Remember to stay calm and ask others for help if necessary - it’s never good to keep stress to yourself! It’s important to remember the key to a healthy life is the balance you have; take breaks if you need to! For relationships you will hear good news , but also remember to reflect on yourself a bit more often. For good luck go to parties in the Soho area, and try to be out by 11pm, wearing bold colours such as red and purple!

For the pig this is going to be a great month and great start to the year: things are looking brighter and brighter! For relationships you will hear some very good news, and will find yourself meeting the right kinds of people. For work there are tons of opportunities, and make sure you take your time to find the best match for yourself relationship wise. There’s a famous saying, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, and this quote will come in very useful for you! Be out by 10pm, and hang out with friends more often; Wan Chai is the best this Feb!

屬猴的朋友今個月會忙碌得很。身體方面緊記身心平衡是很重要的,作息時間應

屬豬的朋友今個月運氣不錯,而且前景十分樂觀!感情方面會有好消息,而且容易

定時!感情方面會有好消息,有時間記得要好好反思自己,你會得到正面的效

遇到合適的異性。工作機會很多,可慢慢選擇一些最適合自己的,不要單看表面,

果。想提升運氣就多到蘇豪區玩樂,十一時前出門和多穿紅和紫色。

要多深入了解一下。在十時前出門,多與朋友去灣仔區能增強運勢。

All opinions expressed in this article are solely Thierry Chow’s opinions and do not reflect the opinions of BOOM Magazine. 本文章所有內容均是由風水師周亦彤所提供,並不代表本雜誌立場。

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Macau Soul +853 2836 5182

Tsim Sha Tsui

Moonwalker +853 2875 1326

The Kitchen +852 3717 2299

MP3 Bar Lounge +853 2875 1306

Pulse Bar +852 2529 1901

Ozone Bar +852 2263 2263

Mugs Talk +853 2897 2691

The Queen Victoria +852 2529 7800

Prelude - The Music Store +852 2375 8668

Roadhouse +853 2875 2945

Rock Bar +852 3579 2653

Prime T.S.T +852 3523 0088

Sanshiro +853 2875 1228

Scratch +852 2529 8080

Primo +852 3996 9579

Sky 21 +853 2822 2122

Sol Passion Music DJ School +852 6106 0406

W Hotel +852 3717 2222

Toni & Guy - AIA +853 2871 8877

WOO BAR @ W Hotel +852 3717 2222

Vasco +853 8793 3831

Pizza Bar +852 2527 2095 Players Sports Bar & Grill +852 2294 0388

Spicy Fingers +852 2861 3588 Splash Bar +852 2528 3500

Others

Typhoon +852 2527 2077

8Five2 Shop Outlet, Kwun Tong +852 2344 3982

Uptown 90 Bar & Grill +852 3101 3036 The White Stag +852 2866 4244 Xperience +852 2143 6008

Causeway Bay 8Five2 Shop +852 2573 9872 Basheer Bookshop +852 2126 7533

Il Café +853 2883 8372 Inn Side Bar +853 2883 1233 Irish Bar +853 2882 0708 Jaya +853 2880 2000 Juice Bar +853 2884 3680 La Prime Salon +853 8868 1618 Lax Café +853 2884 3093 Le Cesar +852 2884 3061 McSorleys +853 2882 8198 Mezza 9 +853 8868 1920 Mini Bar and Lounge +853 2883 0638

Macau Taipa

Palms +853 8113 1200

38 Lounge +853 2886 8868

L16 Thai & Japanese Cuisine, Admiralty +852 2522 6333

Beijing Kitchen +853 8868 1930

The Upper House, Admiralty +852 2918 1838

Hive +853 2883 1711

Old Taipa Tavern +853 2882 5221

Bar Azul +853 2881 8888

Man Sing HiFi & Video Limited, Sham Shui Po +852 3597 7376

Hard Rock Hotel +853 8868 3338

Windsor Lounge +853 2888 9988

East Hong Kong, Taikoo +852 3968 3968

Les Artistes Café, Tin Hau +852 3426 8918

Grand Hyatt Lobby Lounge +853 8868 1131

Bellini Lounge +853 8983 3388 Café Deco +853 2882 8888 City Café +853 8868 6697 Club Cubic +853 6638 4999

Portal Wine Bar +853 2882 7109 Private Party +853 6657 1727 R Bar +853 8868 6694 Rock Spa +853 8868 3318 Savory Crab +853 2885 5945 Sheraton Macao Hotel +853 2880 2000

Cuppa Coffee +852 2882 5201

Toni & Guy Galaxy +853 8883 3757

Brunch club & Supper +852 2890 2125

Macau Pennisula

Cafe Corridor +852 2892 2927

Café Little Tokyo +853 2872 2645

EDO Japanese Restaurant +853 8688 6616

Wave +853 8868 6640

Café on The Corner +852 2882 7135

Casablanca +853 2875 1281

Flame Bar +853 8868 6695

Overseas

Census Lounge +852 3110 2290

Club China +853 2872 2766

Fogo Samba +853 2882 8499

Home Hotel (Taipei) +886 8789 0111

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BOOM MAGAZINE


Boom Magazine 026 - February 2015  

It’s only early in the year, but 2015 is already looking to have fire in its belly.

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