Mo Shang (莫尚)
Made in Taiwan
When Jean Marais moved to Taichung two years ago, he figured that the quickest way to get to grips with the unfamiliar city sounds was to take to the streets with his mini-disc player and record everything he heard.
Having amassed several hours of the city's most vibrant sounds, Marais then decided to take his folly to the next level and record an album featuring an eclectic mix of some Taichung sounds and electronica.
Entitled Made in Taiwan (
The fusion of street sounds, which range from the clatter of traffic to the hum of monks chanting and the reverberation of a public karaoke performance, with samples of Oriental instrumentation and ambient world beat-based electronica make Made in Taiwan an enticing listen and, thanks to Marais's studio smarts, one that never misses a beat.
His ambient creations might seem a bit over the top; but Marais isn't out to make a statement he's simply out to entertain. And regardless of theme, be it a funeral, dragon boats or learning Mandarin, all of the tunes are fresh, tight and, most importantly uncluttered. If it's simplistic, yet original localized chill-out you crave then, Made in Taiwan is not a bad place to begin.
Made in Taiwan is currently only available online from the websites www.soundclick.com/mosheng and www.cdbady.com/cd/mosheng.
Lobo 2 (蘿蔔二代)
White Wabbit (小白兔)
The second compilation album from local indie label White Wabbit, Lobo 2 (
The double CD is divided into two parts. CD1 is dubbed "Pure and Fresh Ballads" (
While band's like Nipples (
Some of the album's most memorable moments include Freckle's (雀斑) lo-fi feel-good bubble gum pop tune Softly, Green Eyes Velvet Underground mixed/post-rock soaked In Your Room, Banana Brave's (香蕉勇士) wonderfully rudimentary 1980s styled slice of electronica-cum-surf music Electronic Sensitivity, Peppermint's (薄荷葉) jerky and hypnotic folksy number Old Wang (老王頌) and Xien's (仙樂隊) Willy Girl, which is a rough and ready number on which the band creates a hybrid blend of early Wall of Voodoo and the Gang of Four.
Flood Records (褔樓)
One of the growing number of underground rap groups currently kicking up a racket in club land, the Tripoets (
The combo's underground standing means that the album certainly won't reach the number one slot in local music charts, but the material is tight, the backing music exceptional and ill Mo (