Meet the homegrown record label pushing Shanghai's vinyl revival

Eating Music and Beatween bring post-disco and hip hop producer Mndsgn to Arkham this week

Photograph: courtesy Eating Music

Over the past year, homegrown record label and music collective Eating Music has played an instrumental part in Shanghai’s vinyl revival. Executive producer and founder, Cookie Zhang, conceived of the project after a trip to LA to attend Low End Theory – a beat-based club night known for resisting the branding and superficiality of mainstream electronic music culture. With Eating Music, Zhang hoped to create something similar: a project that prioritised music over image and resisted a homogeneous soundscape.

This easily piggybacked off Daily Vinyl – her appointment-only record store/mixspace turned Taobao shop, known to sell obscure wax pressings from Asia and beyond. Although an embryonic time for the label, 2018 proved to be a busy, productive year; alongside regular showcases at Yona Café, the label put out Eating Music Campilation Vol. 1 – a compilation album forged out of their first summer label camp. To celebrate this year’s Spring Festival, the label released Eating with Friends, an eight-track download which features producers from across four continents.

Purchase of the album includes a download card with two bonus tracks, plus a pair of handmade bamboo chopsticks engraved with the label’s insignia (click here to buy). Eating Music x Beatween are bringing the post-disco and hip hop producer Mndsgn to Shanghai this week (Sat 23) for a live set at Arkham. There is a lot in store for Zhang and her music universe moving forward, and for us, by default

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