Dance to Beijing's best scratchers and mixers with the winners of the
Time Out Beijing Bar & Club Awards 2014 Best DJ category
Howie Lee seems on the verge of a trueinternational breakthrough. Once known for turbo-charged electro bangers, the Beijing local has forged a new sonic identity over the last few years, following a foray into sound arts at the London College of Communication, with jazz and oriental touches featuring prominently in bassy tunes that now sound world-class. Top tastemakers have taken notice, with the likes Gilles Peterson and Lefto livening up their mixes with selections from his four-track EP, Eastside Sampler. And while it gives us a great deal of Beijing pride to hear his stuff on BBC 6 Music and Studio Brussel, the true pleasure comes in catching one of his monstrous, monthly sets at Dada, where, more so than anyother DJ in town, he makes a compelling case for staying out.
Last year’s winner and the three-time DMC China champion DJ Wordy continues his reign as the city’s most decorated DJ, taking our merit pick in this year’s awards. It’s always with an air of confidence that he mixes house, trap, hip-hop and funk, but cocky or not, you know your night is in well-practiced, fader-flicking hands.Wordy’s Hotpot parties at Migas are at once challenging and fun, with his trade mark variety. Dope is the word.
You guys voted electro impresario Pei Sun as your DJ of the year. As the driving force behind The Bye Bye Disco team, who regularly put on one of Dada’s most successful monthlies, Computer Love, she has a reputation for knowing how to get a crowd whipped up – her dance floor-friendly disco and electro jams make sure of that. For us, we love Pei for her complete lack of filter: ‘[Beijing’s female DJs] need to pay more attention to the music and less attention to what they are wearing,’ the motor mouth once said to Time Out.
The fact that the city’s best alternative club, Dada, has booked her to bring in the New Year speaks volumes for Pei’s talent.