Sultry R&B electronic wonders, elegiac and shadowy alt rock out of Shanghai and a noise pop gem from Chengdu – here’s the newest from Joy Ginger, Dahlia Rosea, and Sinkers.
Dahlia Rosea玫瑰博士 – Clean净
One part Billy Corgan musing, one part The Cure melancholic nurturing, Shanghai alt rock quartet are a slow burn of poetic temperament and tender alternative rock and their debut release, Clean, off of Modern Sky, is a hell of an introduction to a band that we’ll surely be hearing more of in the future. It’s a disillusioned world that the quartet resides in, yet one that’s full of wistful, almost philosophical discourse that gives each track a crystalline edge. Assured, stylish, yet not without its mysteries, it’s an album that grows on you.
Sinkers – Restless Feeling
Wearing their 1990s independent rock influences proudly – from Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Sparklehorse, to Yo La Tengo, the noise pop trio out of Chengdu looks to capture the adolescent spirit of Chengdu on their debut EP, off of No-Fi Records. Ragged, loose, unassuming, with a keen pop sensibility, there’s an undeniable charm to the band’s slacker rock vibes that’ll either or strike a chord with you or not.
Joy Ginger – Love Is Illusion
‘Love is illusion; Love is blind’ and the Beijing electronic scene is ablaze with producers tapping into something devilishly delightful. Joy Ginger, who’s been slowly building the fanbase with a collection of airborne, suave, and sultry R&B laced numbers, goes all in on ‘reconstructing our contemporary love story in the every sleepless night’ with the Beijing based producer’s latest EP off of Street Voice and Babel Records. Sexy as all hell.