Who say’s Hong Kong doesn’t have live music?
All That Junk is coming onto land to bring you a rooftop party and a live music gig. We’ve got four indie rock bands. We’ve got two floors. Plus we’ve got two drinks, finger food and BYOB all night just for you.
The music rundown:
Date: Feb 11th, 2017
Place: After4 Studio, 101 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui
Cost: $200 early bird w/two drinks and finger food
$250 at the door
Byob all night and $30 drink tickets are available
To quote the great Chance the Rapper, “When the praises go up, the blessings come down.” Well, we must have praised the music Gods a lot due to all of the fantastic albums consistently falling in our laps. Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye have all dropped some of their best albums this year. Even the elusive Frank Oceandecided to emerge from his hidden studio to release two albums last month. All of this to say, that there may have been some killer hits that you missed during all of the surprise album releases.
All That Junk’sIn Case You Missed It’s mission is to inform you of the things that you might have failed to notice in music, movies, tv, and all things pop culture. Join us this week as we reveal tracks that haven’t gotten their fair shakes.
1. Best to You by Blood Orange
Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes has written for larger acts such as Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, and The Chemical Brothers which like other singer/songwriters could overshadow his solo career. But Hynes’ terrific album, Freetown Sound, looms over his prolific song writing career and will be on multiple Best Of lists in December.
2. Higher by Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen will never have another hit bigger than Call Me Maybe. This is a fact. However, Jepsen has a strong and loyal fan base, albeit smaller than most pop idols, that keeps her from being a definite one hit wonder. Higher is one of the catchiest tracks from Emotion B Side. After listening to the B sides, make sure to revisit the original album.
3. Collect on My Love ft. Alex Newell by the Knocks
Listen to this song. It is joyous and wonderful and yet you probably haven’t heard of it. That is all.
4. Parking Lot by Anderson.Paak
How many rappers do you know can jump on the drums halfway through performing? The answer is none and even if they did none can command the stage from behind their kit better than Anderson.Paak. You might’ve heard of him on Dr. Dre’sCompton but Paak’s latest album, Malibu is where he really shines. Our suggestion is to try to catch him live next time he’s in town.
5. Strive ft. Missy Elliott by A$AP Ferg
The latest album title from A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper, sounds like a catchy name for a self-help book, which is fitting since Strive featuring Missy Elliott is the most motivational song on this playlist.
6. Youth by Glass Animals
This band’s tracks have been described as a “tropical fantasyland” to just being down right wacky. Despite the noticeable shift in tone for their sophomore album, we hesitate to predict that they’ll be in a slump.
7. Real Love Baby by Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear was one of our favorite albums of 2015 and Real Love Baby plays like the track that got removed at the last minute. Father John Misty isn’t expected to release an album in the near future but this track will hold us over until then.
8. 33 God by Bon Iver
If the tracklisting is any indication, this is set to be one of Bon Iver’s weirdest albums but this song shows that it might be a good thing.
9. Fountain of Youth by Local Natives
I would enjoy this song even if the message wasn’t to listen to us kids. This song and other tracks from their upcoming third album display growth and a much needed change from the somber tracks of their sophomore outing.
10. Running with the Wolves by Aurora
In this case, we saved the youngest for last but we don’t say that to diminish the talent of this young artist hailing from Norway.
Keep An Eye Out For:
Warpaint, Heads Up Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam,I Had A Dream That You Were Mine Phantogram, Three
Thanks to the constant efforts of Lucas Luraka, the owner and DJ of Premium Sofa Club, this nightclub has become an affordable and immensely fun staple of Hong Kong nightlife so as Premium is about to relocate to a new location, All That Junk gets nostalgic and takes a quick peek back at the original club.
Be careful while climbing down the smoke-filled stairs to the club and remember to use the hand-rail. The tense beats pulsating from the thumping amplifiers are only further heightened by the iridescent lights radiated by the various ‘light machines’. Plush sofas and burnished tables adorn the candle-illuminated room.
The streets of Sheung Wan at midnight don’t usually come to mind when one thinks of a night out, but Premium Sofa Lounge begs to differ. If you walk too fast, you might just miss the open door leading to the underground club. The variety of genres rages from Italo, Cosmic, Balearic, Funk, Boogie, underground house and disco, new wave, acid, vaporwave, sometimes old school hip hop and French pop as well. It was a humid and gloomy Friday night when I decided to venture into this underground club for the first time. The concept of bringing your own booze and paying a minimal entry fee appealed to the miserly college student in me and I found myself descending down the white staircase into a smoky room.
The diversity of the people at the club was astounding – crammed with college students, exchange students, working professionals and travelers – quite a far cry from your atypical ‘LKF Bar’ crew – or as my acquaintance aptly described the crowd as ‘the hipster students at SCAD’. The DJs at Premium Sofa Lounge begin their set at midnight and the party continues into the wee hours of the morning, when the weary retire to bed but only the persistent remain. The club itself is conveniently located next to the Sheung Wan MTR station as well as the nearby 7-11, allowing revelers the benefit of tanking up on affordable alcohol and convenience of location, all for a reasonable entry price.
The owner of Premium is an eccentric man named Lucas, who I found constantly bustling all over the place and making wonderful small talk with the party-goers. He even went ahead to offer everyone freshly baked pizza at the end of the night, which is exactly what you need when the alcohol (et all the other substances) begins to wear off and the pain of the upcoming morning rears its ugly head.
All-in-all, Premium Sofa Club offers fantastic heady beats, a fantastic atmosphere and the chance to bring your own booze for a minimal entry free. The crowd at the club is chatty and friendly, with Lucas providing and caring for his customers all through the night. It’s particularly worth a visit during the nights where they host events, such as Heart of Darkness amongst others.