HOT & COLD (TORONTO, CANADA & BEIJING, CHINA)
Trans-national brothers Hot & Cold make clouds of psychedelic post-punk infused with electronic undertones. The tandem packs a serious punch, swirling bass guitar hooks around the sounds of what could be servile automatons gaining sentience for the first time, creating a complex musical backdrop to echoic vocalizations. There’s a tinge of Suicide and Spacemen 3, but the electronic freakout is entirely their own.
SKIP SKIP BEN BEN (TAIPEI, TAIWAN)
Shoegazey, folk-inspired melodies blend with bubblegum-sweet vocals to create their unique brand of Far East-tinged pop. The floating vocal melodies are anchored by drone-fuzz guitar riffs. It’s pretty incredible. They come highly recommended as awesome people/musicians/brain stimulants.