New Music China – Hedgehog, The Foreigners and Sweaty and Cramped

Hedgehog (刺猬) – We Are Animals (我们是动物) and Longing For The Warm Spring (盼暖春来)

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After a wait of around three years, Hedgehog are back with a bang, bringing three new singles in quick succession.

The Beijingers bring their signature hard drumming and soaring guitars to bear on a pair of fantastic singles – We are the Animals, which interestingly makes use of a cowbell and sounds reminiscent of early noughties groups like The White Stripes.

Meanwhile, Longing for the Spring is apparently centred around the rejuvenation and opportunity to start again that The Spring Festival offers young weirdos. In that sense, the track is more emotional, with the vocals straining more towards an upper register, while being less direct than We are the Animals.

Record Label – Taihe Media Group

Release Date – January 29th and February 4th, 2018

Bandcamp URL – https://hedgehogrock.bandcamp.com/album/longing-for-the-coming-warm-spring-2018-new-single-no-3

The Foreigners (异国人) – Carsick Man in A Party House

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Taking aspects of old and more modern Britpop to task in this, their interestingly named, new track – Carsick Man in A Party House, The Foreigners are stepping up their game as per their experimentation with the genre.

We start with a fraught Libertines’esque plucked guitar intro before Charlatans-like vocals come on the scene to create a good old tuna melt of Brit-inspired fun. Actually this track reminded me somewhat of the Arctic Monkeys early stuff on albums like Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

I saw The Foreigners play in 191 Space with Gryphin not so long ago and they are a fantastic and charismatic live band. They told stories, threw cds into the crowd and put on a stunning and crunchy live show. Keep an eye out for them.

Release Date – March 29th, 2018

Xiami URL – 

https://www.xiami.com/album/2103513732?_uxid=A72D2C8A580DCEDDD8418A2077DADC5A

Sweaty and Cramped – Emotional, Too

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Sweaty and Cramped out of Hong Kong are back with their second ever Asian Emo Compilation. This collection of songs digs into old and new tunes from acts around the continent.

Accompanied by the caption “For the nerds, by the nerds,” this compilation is a fantastic insight into the DIY scene throughout Hong Kong, China and Japan. The quality of songs is pretty spectacular given that all of these musicians work on their art part time.

Grouped into two sides – Straight and Narrow – the album kicks off with a bang with Settle opening the door with some hard rocking Punk. Other highlights include Thin Ice by Nein or Gas Mus, Seven Winds by Wellsaid and Phony by by the end of summer.

Record Label- Sweaty and Cramped (HK)/Qiii Snacks Records (CH)/ Sango Records (JP)

Release Date –  February 14th, 2018

Bandcamp URL –  https://sweatyandcramped.bandcamp.com/album/emotional-too

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