AM444 is the music project of Chinese underground star ChaCha (RBMA 2011, Kode9/Hyperdub, Jimi Tenor, RSD, Clive Chin etc) and veteran Dutch
(Mr.Windmill, Cecilia Stalin, Corey, NineFifty etc).
We sound like Björk's Chinese relative hanging out with the Dutch step brother of J Dilla, or Grace Jones going a trippy boat journey with Little Dragon from Bristol to Shanghai.
Soulful, trippy and cleverly layered vocals in Mandarin crossbreeding with hip-hop, funk and electronica powered beats. AM444's sound is eclectic and increasingly hard to file under any one particular genre, but strangely familiar and accessible to all.
Red Bull Music Academy:
“Excellent, unsettling stuff from Jay.Soul and RBMA Alumna ChaCha on their new EP as AM444”
“Outstanding Shanghai trip-hop duo AM444’s new record maintains the band's reputation for making some of the best music coming out of this city.”
Ennio Styles (Stylin', 3RRR-FM, AUS)
“It all works really well for me on Lian, very hypnotic track.”
Zoë Baxter (Lucky Cat, Resonance FM, UK):
“Dark Show is an EP full of atmosphere; the darker side of life in the metropolis of Shanghai, a futuristic noir, a Blade Runner for the ears!”
On Dark Show: “(ChaCha’s) alluring vocals make you surprisingly comfortable with the idea of being tied up on her chain leash. But the vocals are only half of the goodness, cause that instrumental- mannnnn! Jay.Soul, where does your inspiration come from?!”
On Not What It Seems: “The weather’s warm, the sun is out, and I just got hit with the new AM444- can today get any better?? Not What It Seems is from AM444’s upcoming EP.. and God is it sexy. Dark, sinister and sensual, it’s the perfect track for those late night fun times.”
Phil Horneman (Wicked Jazz Sounds, Red Light Radio, NL):
“What a dope video! I’ll play the single on the show.”
Kerem Gokmen (Dubmission Radio, USA)
“My favorite tracks are Dark Show (original & remix) & Not What It Seems"
"The duo creates an incredible global feel, sampling sounds far beyond the borders of China or America. AM444 brazenly emit a dynamic avant-garde underground feel."
"AM444 make head-nodders for spaceships. They are undoubtedly one of the Chinese underground’s most exportable products. It’s only a matter of time before this rocket blasts off (..) The sound is, at alternating intervals, dark, hopeful, funky, tranced-out, beautiful, foreboding, buoyant, and back to dark and funky. It’s the drug equivalent of smoking opium, then taking a hit off a crack pipe, and following that up with some downers and a six-pack of Red Bull."
"Jay and ChaCha are two talented individuals at the top of their game, making music that reflects a vast palette of influences in a new and original way." (shanghai247.net)
Little Dragon, FKA Twigs, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Grace Jones, SOHN, Banks, Massive Attack, Portishead, Kaytranada, Moloko, J Dilla, Phantogram
OUR MUSIC IN FILM/TV/VIDEO etc:
Blackhat (2015, US), British Airways Inflight Programming (UK, 2015), Vogue China x Mario Testino (CN, 2013), Chen Man Portrait (CN, 2013), Burrow (AUS/CN, 2013), 影子愛人 [Repeat I Love You] (CN, 2012).