10 Years of Sound from Shanghai’s YEHAIYAHAN, aka ChaCha (Exclusive Mix)

The stalwart Shanghai singer & producer takes us on a cinematic, 2-hour trek through her sonic memory ahead of her May 3 LA debut at RADII's china.wav showcase

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Long before she began releasing music under her given name, producer and vocalist Yehaiyahan was an unmistakable presence on Shanghai’s underground music scene. The Guizhou-born artist moved to China’s biggest city in 2005, and in 2007 took to the booth as part of legendary bass/dub crew Uprooted Sunshine, toasting crowds and honing her vocal chops under her best-known alias, ChaCha. In the early years of her career, many of them spent in long-gone Shanghai club LOgO, Yehaiyahan cut her teeth as a DJ, producer, and vocalist with the heavy sounds of the Uprooted Sunshine entourage, in the process brushing up against bass music luminaries like Clive Chin, The Bug, and Kode9.

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Over the following decade, Yehaiyahan has gone on to stack more collaborations, career milestones, alter-egos and unreleased studio sessions than I care to list here. Highlights include AM444, a genre-bending duo formed with Dutch producer Jay Soul in 2010; a slot at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy, where she was the first artist to represent China; vocal hooks sung for the cream of China’s underground hip hop crop, including MC Webber, J-Fever and Soulspeak; a mid-stream reinvention with the birth of her dark, haunted, experimental side project Faded Ghost; and another bold re-do, as she shed her longstanding ChaCha moniker last year to re-emerge under her real name, Yehaiyahan.

Like her kindred spirit and frequent collaborator Kai-Luen, for Yehaiyahan it’s more important to invest in new sounds than to cash in on old ones.

Ahead of Faded Ghost’s appearance at RADII’s china.wav event on May 3 at El Cid in Los Angeles, we asked her to put together a megamix highlighting personal favorites from her incredibly prodigious last decade of output. This cinematic, nearly two-hour trip through Yehaiyahan’s sonic memory includes a few unreleased tracks from both her upcoming debut solo album, as well as some Faded Ghost demos that will give you a good idea of what she has in store for her live performance on May 3.

Tracklist

01. Sunbiz & Kyle Chin – “No Chinese”
02. Sumurai Mal – “Lil Cherry & OneEye Lee”
03. IJAPA – “杀人戏剧” (Unreleased)
04. 阿龙 – “末日前相见” (Unreleased)
05. OTM – “Fall In” (Unreleased)
06. WordySoulspeak – “One More Day”
07. 白天不亮 – “I Wonder”
08. Soulspeak – “Flowers” (Unreleased)
09. Soulspeak – “Another Story”
10. RSD – “Can’t Forget”
11. Swimful – “Shanghai Blue”
12. 56Loop – “Miss U So Much” (Unreleased)
13. 阿龙 – “围城”
14. Believe ATL – Untitled (Unreleased)
15. Desto / Clouds / Jimi Tenor – “Time Bird”
16. Masak – “Collapsing”
17. Letta – “Nothing Left For Me” (Unreleased)
18. Kode9 & The Spaceape – “Love Is The Drug”
19. Mind : Body : Fitness – “Neige Neige” (Unreleased)
20. Hamacide – “Thirty Hours”
21. Hamacide – “YouMe (Jared Turinsky Quogue Remix)”
22. AM444 – “神经末梢”
23. AM444 – “各种人”
24. AM444 – “Lies (Jay.Soul Remix)”
25. AM444 – “神仙药”
26. AM444 – “就快要窒息”
27. AM444 – “Dark Show”
28. AM444 – “链”
29. YEHAIYAHAN – “Sleepless”
30. YEHAIYAHAN – “Under The Moonlight”
31. YEHAIYAHAN – “跌入梦里 (demo)”
32. YEHAIYAHAN – “Lost Your Mind (demo)”
33. Didjelirium – “不不不”
34. Adrian Sherwood – “爱就会有伤害” (Unreleased)
35. Zion Train – “I Believe” (Unreleased)
36. Jahtari – “Black Eyes Stranger”
37. High Tone – “Oh Why”
38. Faded Ghost – “Horror Movie OST” (Unreleased)
39. Faded Ghost – “Reverrrb The Shelter” (Unreleased)
40. Faded Ghost – “Talk To Me”
41. Faded Ghost – “Jawa Meditation”
42. Faded Ghost – “Little India”

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