Rooms

by AM444

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released 26 October 2012
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Little Dragon, Erykah Badu, Moloko, J Dilla, Jamie XX, Flying Lotus, RJD2, Esthero, Tricky, Pete Rock, Portishead etc.

REVIEWS:

"AM444 make head-nodders for spaceships (..) They are undoubtedly one of the Chinese underground’s most exportable products. It’s only a matter of time before this rocket blasts off (..) The sound is, at alternating intervals, dark, hopeful, funky, tranced-out, beautiful, foreboding, buoyant, and back to dark and funky. It’s the drug equivalent of smoking opium, then taking a hit off a crack pipe, and following that up with some downers and a six-pack of Red Bull." layabozi.com

"I don’t know how ChaCha and Jay.Soul found this musical chemistry (..) it’s some sort of otherworldly, non-physical connection that these two share. Listen to the hypnotic beats by Jay paired with the entrancing melodies of ChaCha - the two become one through music." fareastvibes.com

"AM444’s depth surprises me each time I put in my headphones. Like Eye Wonder, Rooms assaults your senses with its wide breadth of musical influence, breaking the boundaries of any one genre. (..) ChaCha continues to grow into a seasoned vocalist and is more transfixing than ever (..) JaySoul will coax you to the dance floor (..) His ingenious production, simultaneously fun, imaginative, haunting, and totally dance-worthy, combined with ChaCha’s heartache (check “Jing Mi De Hu Po”) send your own heart soaring to an ethereal world that you want to call home." inthejar.tumblr.com

"Jay and ChaCha are two talented individuals at the top of their game, making music that reflects a vast palette of influences in a new and original way. If anything, 'ROOMS' goes both darker (see 'Born, Burn') and more dance floor ('Jiu Kuai Yao Zhi Xi') in places than its predecessor, yet the strength of the production and emphasis on melody are constants." shanghai247.net

"There are no boundaries holding AM444 back, no rules to their game, and this is probably why they have so much fun playing it. Albums like that are rare these days – it’s dance/pop without all the nauseating cheese and ripping off fresh hits and following trends; it’s indie electronica – but without all the gloom and pretentious weirdness that’s trying to come off as fresh but is really oh so old; it pays homage to old school – but in such an effortless and organic way that results in the album’s fresh and fun sound." trippintherift.com

DJ/MEDIA SUPPORT:

Bamalovesoul.com, Steve Barker (BBC), Dubmission, Navator.com, The Bug, Pursuit Grooves, Scratcha DVA, Layabozi.com, Rich Medina, RBMA, FarEastVibes.com, Lucky Cat, Tripiin The Rift, In The Jar, Sauce81 (Cosmopolyphonic), etc.

LINER NOTES:

Since 2011’s Eye Wonder (also on Pause:Music), Chinese/Dutch duo AM444 have played numerous venues and festivals around China, travelled to Reunion Island, Africa to perform at SAKIFO, had radio play all over the globe, and released a split 12” vinyl record with San Francisco band Tussle & JD Twitch from Optimo. It's been a busy year so far, and all leading up to this – their second full release: Rooms.

Dutch producer Jay.Soul (Corey, Giovanca, Mr.Windmill etc) and Chinese singer ChaCha (Kode 9, Jimi Tenor, RBMA2011, etc) were giving very little away about the new album, but if you caught their live shows at JZ Festival, Fete De La Musique or The Shelter earlier in the year you would have heard a few previews of what to expect on ‘Rooms’. Dubbed out, funked up and heavy on the low end, paired with a cinematic feel and intricate layering of contrasting vocal parts, AM444’s sound is maturing into something which is very difficult to categorize, yet familiar and accessible to all.

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\\ all songs written & performed by AM444
\\ lyrics, melodies, all vocals by ChaCha
\\ music, all instruments by Jay.Soul

\\ produced, mixed and mastered by Jay.Soul at King Otis Studios in Shanghai & Amsterdam
\\ vocals recorded by ChaCha at Faded Ghost Studio in Shanghai

\\ artwork by Nini Sum (IdleBeats)

\\ big big thank you's: gaz & pause:music, alison & otis.soul, the shelter, nini & idlebeats, benoit (bureau36), pierre & leo (86/33link), kyle ching, mark elliot & jz, sakifo & reunion island crew (!!), sacco (uptown china), charlie and everyone who has supported, booked, written about, shared, liked, downloaded, streamed, bought, played, watched, listened or danced to AM444!!!

\\ web: am444.com | facebook.com/am444 | weibo.com/am444
\\ contact: info@am444.com
\\ bookings: subcultureshanghai@gmail.com

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AM444 上海市, China

AM444 is Chinese singer ChaCha (Red Bull Music Academy 2011, Kode9, Jimi Tenor, Desto, RSD, Clive Chin etc) and Dutch producer/dj Jay.Soul (Mr.Windmill, Cecilia Stalin, Sole Profit, Corey, NineFifty etc). Together they create eclectic, soulful Chinese language electronic music. Increasingly hard to classify but familiar and accessible to all. ... more

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Track Name: 各种人 (Ge Zhong Ren)
GE ZHONG REN
lyrics by ChaCha Yehaiyahan
music by Jay.Soul
all rights reserved 2012

MANDARIN CHINESE
各种人
修补时间的人
拨弄分秒的指针
大大小小的人
难以辨别的分身

寻找时间的人
隐去真实的身份
岁月于他无痕
只是转动的齿轮

向漩涡底部下沉
再下沉
边缘不断拉伸
再拉伸

擦肩而过的人
交换眼神的人
自言自语的人
不能入睡的人

颠倒黑白的人
患得患失的人
切断光线的人
进入梦境的人

抹去回忆的人
种植希望的人
紧紧相拥的人
亲吻双唇的人

已经离开的人
正在老去的人
逃避现实的人
被时间忘却的人

ENGLISH
The man who fixes time
Fiddles with the hands of the clock
Big and small men
Distinguishable from each other
 
The man who is looking for time
Identity hidden
Days and years passed
To him, time is just some large gears turning small ones
 
Sinking to the bottom
Deeper and deeper
Stretching the space
Wilder and wilder
He passed me
Exchanged a look with her
She started murmuring:
People can not sleep
Day and night, black and white upside down
What they have in hands
All from what they have been lost
Someone will come and cut the light
And go into your dream
And clean your memories
The tree man
Who you love to hold in bed
Go kiss his lips
Then leave.
Many many years later
I still remember her whisper