Yin: Catchy Mandarin Earworm from Shenzhen’s Thin City

A lovely bit of twee pop from Shenzhen's Thin City

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8:00 PM HKT, Fri February 22, 2019

Yin (音, “music”) is a weekly RADII feature that looks at Chinese songs spanning hip hop to folk to modern experimental, and everything in between. Drop us a line if you have a suggestion.

We’ve gone deep on rap in China all month, so let’s tip the scales in a different direction today. Here’s a lovely bit of twee pop from Shenzhen’s Thin City, who released a self-titled EP at the end of January:


This promo release — “the watermelon EP,” as the band calls it — comes ahead of a planned LP that Thin City will put out over the summer through Shenzhen underground label Boring Productions. EP opener “So Far No Beach” will also appear on the full-length, so click that for a sample, or enjoy my favorite track off the watermelon EP above: “不用停” (“Don’t Stop”), an infectious and tight piece of Mando-indie that aptly combines the band’s stated admiration for both Manchester post-punks The Fall and Beijing indie-pop confectioners par excellence, Hedgehog.

Find the full EP here, and keep tabs on the Boring Productions Bandcamp for Thin City’s LP release in a few months.

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