Tuesday, July 29, 2008
[Daly City, 2008]
David Wang is one funny pickle. Born in Taiwan to a rocket scientist and kindergarten teacher, he has been repping California under the name Mochipet since the age of 15. In the last few years, he has taken to wearing a purple dinosaur suit onstage, while issuing full-lengths dedicated to the arts of abstract techno, breakcore, and underground hip-hop. He’s like Kid Koala meets Venetian Snares or DJ Krush meets Bogdan Raczynski: you never know what he’s going to do next.
2007 saw Wang’s own Daly City imprint release Girls Love Breakcore. With the help of Doormouse, Otto Von Schirach, and Aaron Spectre, that record reconstituted Justin Timberlake, Invader Zim, and the act of sexually pleasing a miniature stallion into glitchy, high BPM, hardcore IDM that, for reasons evident in and of itself, was never really adored by an overwhelming percentage of females. Skip to six months later and, for fans of Girls Love Breakcore, he has gone upside our heads with a complete mind-bender.
Microphonepet comes out of extreme leftfield as one of the strongest hip-hop albums of 2008. It pools the cream of Mochi-beats as collected from 2003 to 2008 and pairs them with the finest MCs in underground rap today. Freestyle Fellowship’s Mykah9, Dopestyle (KutMasta Kurt), Casual and Opio of Hieroglyphics, oonceoonce, a couple of the Crown City Rockers and Living Legends, and many more all lend their precise vision and ballsy mic skills to a set of righteous, heavily electronic beats that run the style gamut from Prefuse 73 glitch-hop to De La Soul old school. There’s more flavor here than a year’s supply of Mr. Noodles.
"Girls & Boys & Toys" bends the bassline from Coldcut’s "Just For The Kick" into a warped dancehall chugger. Meanwhile, Jahcoozi spits musings on cruising for chicks, whenever Wang lets the constant cut-and-splice land on a beat and glide long enough for coherence. Mochi must have spent weeks dicing up those words, and the effort thoroughly pays off. The Dopestyle and Casual-aided "Mr. Malaise" dips in with an even more twisted bassline and a subtle touch of dub organ over a 4/4 beat, like Mr. Oizo discovering a hidden grime influence with much rejoicing.
The hip-hop here will equally please fans of the genre, early-’90s fundamentalists, and glitch fusion fanatics alike. Mochipet’s thick Rolodex blesses the work with an equal amount of vocal and thematic variety, far from the too-many-chefs syndrome that has plagued recent Prefuse 73 works. By itself, that’s merely great, but knowing Microphonepet came from a man who often butchers distorted electronics into 180 BPM nightmares makes this album a godsend. You have to wonder how much this Wang guy is capable of. We may be looking at the second coming of Luke Vibert, only with a better sense of humor.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Yo, I just got Myspaced with the most sensual silky sexy sweet Microphonepet Remix of "Take You Down" to date... Please have a listen tonight in bed with a nice box of chocolates and wine.
Clik here to listen: http://www.myspace.com/guindosilverclub
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Taste the Mochi
Mochipet -- the ever-fruitful laptop lothario. BY KIMBERLY CHUN
"SONIC REDUCER "If you build it, they will come!" A few famous first words from David Wang — otherwise known as the ever-fruitful laptop lothario Mochipet — when we spoke recently, and something to ponder as I gazed around his so-chill, so-frolicsome, and oh-so-free Fourth of July barbecue bash in Golden Gate Park. In a green, leafy nook near the fields where the buffalo roam, a DJ tent is up and housing such pals as Phon.o and Flying Skulls. Funk 'n' Chunk fire the grill with impressive flamethrower action, and Christian of the Tasty crew plunges fish-sauce-marinated chicks into the hot grease for Filipino fried chicken. Throw a Tecate on the whole thing, pet your mochi, and call it an awesome party despite the fact that, as Wang confides, "we did get started a little late because there were some rangers sniffing around." Wang is accustomed to building where few have ventured before — and as a collaborator extraordinaire who has worked with everyone from Spank Rock to Ellen Allien, he's brought together communities of sorts in the most unlikely of locales (hence the name of his label, Daly City Records). Earlier that week we chatted by phone in lieu of digging into Hong Kong deep-fried pork chops and a sweet, cheap Filipino breakfast ("It's like soul food for Asians — everything's either deep-fried or smoked") at Gateway restaurant near the literal and spiritual home of Daly City Records. The occasion is his forthcoming Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, an improv-y and likely collaborative performance, as well as a whopping release show at Club Six for his latest disc, Microphonepet (Daly City). A formidable gathering of all of Wang's work and collaborations since 2001, Microphonepet overwhelms with its awesome sonics, roving from "Tangle" with Salva and Epcot and "Get Your Whistle Wet" with the Hustle Heads, to "Vnecks" with 215 the Freshest Kids and "Lazy Days" with KFlay. Where has Wang been hiding his crazily deep-fried, deliciously bleepy hip-hop production skills all this time? "Guess it got to the point where last year I got 20 tracks, so I just put them out as a record, because some of them are really cool," he explains. "I thought they were really diverse and it would be a good segue to my next record."
Wang has been pouring plenty of energy into that coming disc, which may be released on Daly City or an imprint like Ninjatune. He describes it as more personal: he's skating progressive, jazz, and South American musical influences off trad Korean and Chinese sounds, and acoustic guitar off heavy electronics. "I've always written ... traditional songs but I've never really been comfortable releasing it," says Wang, who describes his early aural interests as veering toward jazz and salsa. "All my records before this have been experiments — me trying new things. But they haven't been as personal as this next record. I think of it as my first record, really. I'm a slow bloomer." *
MOCHIPET MCMF show with Yoko Solo, Patrice Scanlon, and Blanket Head
July 18, 8 p.m., $7
Million Fishes Gallery
2501 Bryant, SF
READ THE ARTICLE ON SFBG.COM
Also Aug. 9 Microphonepet release show with Raashan, Mike Boo, Cikee, Daddy Kev, Dopestyles, Kflay, and others
9 p.m., $10–$15
60 Sixth St., SF
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Daly City's latest release Preshish Moments "Let's Be Friends" is featured on Beatport.com! Have a listen and see why he won the SF Laptop & Machine Battles, the biggest one ever!
Microphonepet #5 in Arkansas! We have never been to Arkansas but apparently they love Microphonepet. We <3 you Fayetteville. =)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Check out 2 new Mochipet Mixes on Switzerland's Fairtilizer.com Website!
DOWNLOAD THE MIXES: http://fairtilizer.com/playlists/4037