It’s all New Jack Swing. Late 80s, early 90s. Kind of a niche genre somewhere between hip hop, r&b, and pop. This music is fun, and timeless.
Caution has been DJing for fifteen years. He’s a real DJ, and is unbelieveably skilled on vinyl with scratching, beat juggling, and everything else.
Caution moved to Shanghai from LA last year after America’s financial industry collapsed. He originally got flown out by a big Chinese club in Hangzhou (think Richbaby but more 土) but quit when he discovered what DJing in a big Chinese club is like.
DJ Caution calls New Jack Swing “Glam Rock for the ethnic community.” For a few years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, hip hop, r&b, dancing, fashion, and pop came together on tracks like “Poison” by BBD and “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown. It’s a bit faster than hip hop, and much more suitable for dancing than the angry gangster rap that was coming out at the same time, like NWA. Modern hip hop isn’t nearly as fun as these twenty year-old tracks.
Caution is going to play this kind of music on this Saturday’s LoveBang party at Dada, along with lots of hip hop from 10PM to midnight. LoveBang is a series of parties produced by Heatwolves, he says, “Basically I’m really sick of every party being “underground house” or “tropical bass” or some shit. This party is about playing some JAMS for people to get down. No pretension. …Over the past year, LoveBang brought the freshest dubstep, grime, juke, house and other music built around bass.”
About this mix Heatwolves explains “It’s pop, but def not pop you’ll hear in any club in China. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find this anywhere in America, outside of all-black clubs with an older audience. And that makes it pretty underground.
“Now it’s summer, and hot. We need to break out some party jams. Hip hop, funk, rock, and some pop. We’re not too cool to play Poison by BBD, “Return of the Mack,” or some Biggie. And without a hint of irony, shit might get crunk.”
Get ready then. Shake your wings and tale. Press play. And see you this Saturday at Dada.
1. Soul II Soul – “Back To Life (However You Want Me)”
2. Tara Kemp – “Hold You Tight”
3. Troy Taylor – “The Way You Move”
4. Skyy – Love All The Way”
5. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step”
6. Pebbles – “Giving You The Benefit”
7. Keith Sweat – “I Want Her”
8. Bell Biv DeVoe – “Do Me!”
9. Joe Public – “Live And Learn”
10. Portrait – “Here We Go Again”
11. Karyn White – “The Way You Love Me”
12. Jody Watley – “Real Love”
13. Bobby Brown – “She Ain’t Worth It”
14. Guy – “Groove Me”
15. Bell Biv DeVoe – “B.B.D (I Thought It Was Me)”
16. Teddy Riley w/Tammy Lucas – “Is It Good To You”
17. Hi-Five – “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)”
18. Color Me Badd – “I Wanna Sex You Up”