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風花雪月: 尋愛

Bless You

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Although it was slightly before her time, Olivia Dawn Mok, better known as Xiaolin, has always been nostalgic for 1980s and early 90s Cantopop. And now the Hong Kong-based techno DJ and producer has initiated a vinyl-only three-part project, titled Moods for Love, to take old Cantonese love songs to a global audience. “Instead of trying to make techno club tracks in a pandemic,” she says of the Covid-era writing process, “I decided to make things I can listen to at home and feel warm and fuzzy. At one point, the influence of Hong Kong culture on the world stage was incredible and something we could be proud of,” says Mok, explaining how she went back and listened to Cantopop giants Prudence Liew Mei-Kwan, Anita Mui Yim-fong and Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing.

"Plastic Love" often comes to mind as the quintessential example of City-Pop, originally written and produced by Japanese power couple Tatsuro Yamashita and Mariya Takeuchi in 1984. Later in 1991 it was covered with new Cantonese lyrics by Anita Mui, and now, over 3 decades later, the pursuit to give this song new aesthetics continues with yet another cover with Anita Mui's Cantonese lyrics but with a completely different feel. What could be interpreted as relatively raw production methods is turned into a refreshing take on this classic Japanese 80's anthem. Originally recorded during golden age of Japanese technology with a highly polished sound, Xiaolin gives it a new twist with a rougher edge established by the drum machines and saturated bass echoing video game soundtracks from a bygone era, beautifully juxtaposed with her dreamy vocals. Also included, a karaoke instrumental version on the B-side. — (via Word & Sound)

Listen to:
Xin Ai (Searching For Love)(Club Mix): sample track
Xin Ai (Searching For Love) (Karaoke Version): sample track

Label: Bless You
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 2024
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Cantopop

File under: Global Sounds