Saturday 28th August Bank Holiday Weekend
We are pleased to announce that headlining this years Creamfields Outdoor Stage are the undisputable Chemical Brothers. This will be the first time that Tom & Ed have ever performed live at Creamfields, and if you were one of the 1 billion people to have witnessed their performance at this years MTV Europe awards you wont want to miss this! Joining them on the main stage will be this years most talked about band the Scissor Sisters and the stunning and ubercool Goldfrapp performing live as the sun goes down plus the awesome Scratch Perverts and Dynamite MC delivering some raw cutting edge material. Recently added acts include A Man Called Adam and the highly acclaimed Mylo.
DJ A-Trak Live in Hong Kong - 06/03/04: As Hip Hop venues go, Club Ing is one of the main places for such events so the A-Trak party was planned for the night. The young freshed face DJ whipped up a fenzy of hip hop, rap and other vocal variations for the crowd, surrounded by the clubs cool decorations from Valentines Day, the previous month.
The only thing lacking was the crowd of people, many missed out his skills on the decks that night, but maybe it was a good thing that you could actually dance for a change I have enough space to move around.
DJ Galaxy came on after him to keep the Vibe going. In the front room DJ LadyStar was playing, nice tunes just unfortunate that most were there in the main room to see A-Trak.
Review By: Nick W
Placebo Live in Hong Kong- 10/03/04: This band who has been in the spotlight for around 8 years came to Hong Kong to perform for one night, where a number of people only found out a week before, turned out to give a great show to everyone in Hong Kong who made it to Hitec that night. The band played a variety of songs from their most recent to other variations, but not some of their classics that the fans were hoping. From our forums people complained about the pushing and shoving in the crowd, but what do you expect at a concert?! Free standing is free movement and the 2,000+ crowd (this is the figure that someone who works with the promoters told us)overall seemed to enjoy the show.
One of the first comments heard after the gig was that more International bands should come each month, hopefully we will get this in Hong Kong, but may take a bit of time.
Review By: Alyson Hau
Donât Call Mama: Rap battles have been getting popular in this city, as more and more hip-hopper are starting to stand out and create their own sound in their own language. If you have never heard Canto-rap before, you should, just to catch up with the trend. Unlike American rap, Canto-rap doesnât just have to be about cursing each other, it can be about respect, it can be about what MC really is. Though some of the contestants were not creative enough to say anything other than swear words, and someoneâs mom, but that has made the other ones stand out even more.
Through âDonât Call Mamaâ, we can see that Canto-rap may not rhyme like American rap, which every single line is melodic, of course, that seems to be ideal and catchy, while in Canto-rap, staying with the beat and getting the crowd into what you do seems to be the most important. Even though, honestly, I cannot say that I will pay a hundred bucks to buy their stuffâ¦ yet (if the contestants releases a CD), but I can see a pretty impressive future if more people in Hong Kong can get involved and get into it, itâs still taking baby steps, but itâs growing, and itâs all good while weâre getting there.
Rating : 7/10
Review by: Alyson Hau
Maksim In Hong Kong: Fans in Hong Kong would definitely be familiar with the name of Maksim, even just by saying âthe Piano Playerâ. This is already his third stay in Hong Kong, but itâs just his first âin concertâ performance. The main difference when comparing the other performances to this concert, is that he has a 6 piece orchestra, with a guitarist, an additional pianist, and a percussionist. So what you hear from those speakers in the Academy of Performing Arts, are whatâs been played live.
Starting the set off with his ever-so-famous âFlight of the Bumble Beeâ, showing off how fast his fingers can go on the keyboard, with the usual all black outfit and THE smile, Maksim has brought the cell-phone ringing crowd to silence, at least for the first few minutes. Capturing the audience with a string of collection from his debut album, he also threw in a surprise, a song that he has never played live before, âOcean Dreamâ, the theme for this coming Olympic Games.
The whole performance was captivating, but maybe because that was the first show in Hong Kong, or maybe itâs because of my brain is still addicted to the songs with the dance beats instead of a snare drum, didnât really feel right when the drums were covering the sound of everything elseâ¦ Apart from this, it was quite a night.
Rating : 8/10
Review By: Alyson Hau
Sinosphere: It was the first techno event in a long time in Hong Kong. April 30th, 2004 was going to be a night to remember as it marked the beginning of potentially future Sinosphere events to grace the streets of Hong Kong. Sinosphere was to be held at the prestigious Viceroy venue located in the Sun Hung Kai Centre in Wanchai district. Upon entry, it was clear many people had anticipated this event by sporting Technasia T-shirt's and warming up to the tech-house and electro sounds of Teng Boon. It was 12AM and the crowd was getting a bit more eager to hear the harder and pumping sounds of Amil Khan. 12AM came and went still without any signs of the anticipated DJ. Then 1AM came and a silhouette figure of a familiar face graced the DJ booth. It was Amil of Technasia preparing himself for a soon to be hard and thundering set of techno in its purest form. By this time, the venue was clearly getting packed as hot and sweaty dancers were put into a hypnotic state with Technasia's track selection.
House and Tech-House was on rotation for the first half hour before Amil began to bring in more of a funky sound to the decks. Soon tracks like Rino Cerrone's "Rilis 7", The Advent/Subjective's "Tremmer", and Technasia's own "Acid Storm" and "Undisputed Life" could be heard ravaging the speaker walls sending dancers into a state of frenzy. Being the first techno event i have attended in Hong Kong, i must say that overall it was a very good night.
The venue was spacious and had a balcony with a harbour view, the sound system was crisp and clear, the lighting was dark, and the crowd was intimate and having a great time. Sounds of Detroit, hard techno, and electro could be heard screaming the whole night. At 4AM, i was getting a bit fatigue from all the dancing and decided to call it a night, thinking to myself as i left that i sincerely hoped that this would mark the beginning of future Sinosphere events to come.
Review by: philip leung
!!!: Louden Up Now (Punk-Funk) âAnd you can tell the President to suck my fucking dick. Does that sound intelligent? Like I give a fu*king frickâ.Chatting to Skrufff recently !!! guitarist Mario Andreone admitted the 7 piece punk-funk pioneers now wished theyâd named checked President Reagan on their reactionary latest single Pardon My Freedom, though any band that can rhyme dick with âfrickâ is clearly already aware that the devilâs in the detail.
And itâs the detail, or rather the 10 songs included here, which will carry them beyond being âthe trendiest of New York hipstersâ (NME) after a year in which theyâve already effortlessly surpassed erstwhile contemporaries like DFA and The Rapture.
Essentially a collection of loosely structured jam-style punk-funk workouts, the record is both surprisingly listenable as well as cheerfully upbeat, its serious political messages offset with humour and intelligence that compares favourably with the wit of their spiritual 80s forefathers; namely Talking Heads and original agit-pop provocateurs Gang Of Four.
Breakthrough single Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard remains a highlight as does live favourite Shitscheissemerde though the whole album trundles along happily, reflecting the bandâs chemistry which theyâve clearly now got hold of.
Another reason !!! are set for great things is the sheer brilliance of their live shows (all 7 players are superb musicians as well as clearly great mates) and while Louden Up Now doesnât quite capture that magic, itâs nevertheless a worthy musical snap shot of a band clearly going places. Louden Up Now is out now on Warp.
01. When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Crazee
02. Pardon My Freedom
03. Dear Can
04. The Kings Weed
05. Hello, Is This Thing On?
06. Shit Scheisse
07. Merde pt. 2
08. Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard
09. Space Island
Review by: Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
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Courtney Love â Americaâs Sweetheart (Rock): With a history that extends beyond the years of most listeners, she is an artist with a story to tell. Making her musical debut in 1994 with the group Hole, she became most famous for her marriage to grunge alternative legend Kurt Cobain. However, when he committed suicide in 1994 Courtney Love was forced to make a stance of her own and that she did, releasing some of the most emotionally charged rock music of the time.
Her long awaited and eagerly anticipated solo debut is finally here. After a six-year hiatus Love's "America's Sweetheart" brings the same raw rock that listeners fell in love with from Hole. Again writing her own music, with minor assistance from 4 Non Blondes Linda Perry, whose lyricism is rapidly becoming legendary, the tracks are filled with Love's characteristic angst. However, this time the songs are telling us a little more, and opening a window into life on the edge in Los Angeles. From "All the drugs" and "Sunset Strip" we are given a chance to understand the, as of yet unshared, secrets of the troubled life of Courtney Love.
This disc receives my highest ranking, it has been recommended to my friends and family and now I am recommending it to you. If you ever wanted to know what real unabridged rock was, here is your chance. And of course if you were ever a Hole fan then you probably already own this CD and agree that it could be one of the best of 2004.
02. But Julian, Iâm a Little Older Than You
03. Hold On To Me
04. Sunset Strip
05. All The Drugs
06. Almost Golden
07. Iâll Do Anything
09. Life Despite God
11. Zeplin Song
12. Never Gonna Be The Same
Review By: Melissa B.
Kelis - Tasty (Various): With her third and most stunning album yet, "Tasty", this "delicious Harlem darling" has returned. Since signing with Virgin in 1998 Kelis is now just proving her true natual abilities.
With her first two albums created with the guidance and support of Neptunesâ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, "Tasty" displays this 24-year olds real ambition, co-writing five of the tracks and acting as the executive producer.
Kelis has a strong musical background, beginning at a young age with influence from her father, who was a jazz musician, and growing up singing in the church choir and playing violin, piano and saxophone.
The guest appearances on this new album have been kept to a minimum, but the choice of support is noteworthy, having two tracks supported by Andre 3000 of everybody's favorite hip hop duo Outkast. Also heard on this disc is the hot and flawless single "Milkshake", which has just entered its fourth consecutive week at number two on the Official UK's singles charts and shows no sign of stopping there.
Filled with the succulent sounds of R&B, hip hop, and soul this album is bound to be a success. Exuding confidence and filled with sexually laced lyrics that are spoken with such innocence it leaves the listener wanting to play it over and over again.
02. Trick Me
04. Keep It Down
05. In Public (feat. Nas)
07. Protect My Heart
08. Millionaire (feat. Andre 3000)
09. Glow (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
10. Sugar Honey Iced Tea
11. Attention (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
12. Rolling Through the Hood
13. Stick Up
Review By: Melissa B.