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Champions of the vintage remix Chinese Man play to a sold out crowd.

French trip-hop collective Chinese Man return to the UK this January with live shows in Brighton, London and Bristol, Subba-Cultcha was there to catch the London date.


Chinese Man @ Brixton Electric

Chinese Man draw their influences from hip-hop, funk, dub, reggae and jazz and rose to fame to when their track ‘I’ve Got That Tune’ was chosen by Mercedes-Benz to feature in their promotional campaign, they have since been touring and their reputation for being one of the most exciting live DJ outfits has been growing, the anticipation at the sold out Brixton date was running feverishly high. According to the press release, ‘One-quarter Cantonese, two-thirds Manchou, the Chinese man appears to be from the Wu Tang Mountain, not far from Marseilles, France. In 2004, the Chinese man (as we affectionately call him) decided to send his disciples around the world to spread the Zen spirit with old music samples and supersonic bass! Thus, Sly, Zé Mateo and High Ku left their master, ready to face the mission they had been entrusted with.’ If that mission was to spread an infectious groove to all that come into contact with their music then their mission has been accomplished.
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Chinese Man photo by Sofia Simou

The night offered excellent value for money, starting at 10pm with Swingrowers who kicked the party off with their old skool electro swing version of
Pump Up The Jam and lasted well into the early hours Dutty Moonshine added to the mix some seriously dirty drum and bass styling’s but it was Chinese Man with Taiwan Mc & Youthstar that were the stars of the show. Coming on well after 1am, a dedicated crowd was ecstatic to their arrival. Flanked by interesting video projections their set was a heady mix of funk, electro swing, hip hop and beats. Their tracks like the infectious
I’ve Got That Tune demonstrated their ability to seamless meld different genres and styles together and make it effortlessly groovy. There is sometimes a danger that live DJ experiences can often feel a little bit like just listening to the records but the energy that Chinese Man bring to the performances this wasn’t the case for this show. For fans that have been wanting to see them live for years it was definitely worth the wait.