A mental-reset playlist by Yeti Out’s Arthur Bray

Three men standing on a roof in a city.

The Hong Kong member, DJ and Yeti Out cofounder shares the tracks that’ll get you through these extraordinary times

By Gavin Yeung   Image courtesy of Yeti Out   Friday 22 May, 2020   Short read

As a cofounder of Asian music collective, Yeti Out, Arthur Bray is a perennial fixture on the club and event circuit, spanning his home base of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Bali, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai (where his twin brother and fellow cofounder, Tom, lives). Needless to say, Bray’s normally jam-packed tour schedule, along with those of his Yeti Out peers, have been drastically reduced due to the various travel restrictions affecting the region. ‘Things are normally quite hectic. It took some time to switch gears, but now I’m really enjoying the slower pace, as there’s time to cook, read, and reflect on my own creative outlook – what needs to change when COVID-19 is over.’

Not everything has ground to a halt, though, with Yeti Out’s in-house record label, Silk Road Sounds, releasing a nine-track debut album by Cantonese post-punk band 南洋派對 N.Y.P.D. True to Yeti Out’s mission to bring a greater awareness to the underground music culture of Hong Kong and beyond, the band comprises a graffiti artist, streetwear designer, dream-pop musician, bartender and tattoo artist. It’s also based in the gritty industrial district of Tai Kok Tsui, where the city’s turbulent social and political narratives come to a head.

南洋派對 N.Y.P.D.’s ‘Indie Ching’ rubs shoulders with everything from Motown to Beastie Boys and modern EDM in a three-hour playlist that Bray has put together to guide Soho House members through the ambiguity of the present. Best enjoyed in the late morning and early afternoon, according to Bray, the mix of laid-back tunes and new oddities is designed to provide the structure you need to kick-start your day.

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