Chinese Man, Scratch Bandits Crew, and Baja Frequencia drop the mega-collab in the form of their new single and video titled ‘The Drop’. I’ll start this by saying ‘Holy shit this punches you in the face from the start!’. And it really does! Like a force ghost hell-bent for revenge, ‘The Drop’ starts off strong with all those elements you love about each of these artists colliding like a crossfire of shotgun blasts and only goes up from there. This song is an ode to adrenaline.
What I take away with me after viewing the video is totally tongue-in-cheek, in a way. What I mean by that is I get the feeling that the video is trying to convey that we are all controlled by the environment around us and our emotions and perception are defined by what we experience or told to experience. The pool and the diving represents a choice. Do we jump and take the dive into independence and rationality knowing we may not survive the fall, or do we stay on the diving board and remain listless, suspended and non-moving. The choice is up to each and every one of us.
About ‘The Drop’
The music video for The Drop follows an anonymous figure who has appeared in a forsaken place. As soon as he arrives, the track begins to play and takes possession over his mind and body. The music acts as an invisible force and controls his movements as he explores and dances around the space to the rhythm of the track.
As he moves around in this strange environment, he discovers an abandoned pool with a huge diving board. The video finishes with him reaching the top of the diving board of the pool where he stops… time is suspended. What kind of invisible force between joy and despair drove him here? What is he up to at the end of his journey?
15 Year Anniversary Collaboration
Back in February 2019, three groups – Chinese Man, Scratch Bandits Crew and Baja Frequencia – retreated peacefully in the hills to compose together for a special anniversary. The idea: mix their diverse styles and inspirations by focusing on the spontaneity of their productions. The special occasion: the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the label Chinese Man Records (CMR) coming up in 2020! Not surprisingly, in a bit less than 10 days, 18 juicy tracks were composed.
Six months later, 15 pieces were finally retained in a new album which reflects this exclusive combo: the trip-hop of Chinese Man is mixed with tropical influences from Baja Frequencia and sprinkled with incredible scratches of Scratch Bandits Crew.