The world is their home, and bass is their language: Buddysym and Zhi MC, better known jointly as SYMBIZ, are without a doubt one of the most exciting acts in the worldwide bass music scene. And literally “worldwide”: at home in the creative Berlin Kiez of Kreuzberg, SYMBIZ have not only gone to town at home clubs and festivals, but played everywhere where bass is the lingua franca. Their bass-heavy music brimming with Caribbean and African influences rouses dance fiends the world over.
As if it were a matter of course, SYMBIZ fuse their roots in Korea, Vietnam, China and Germany with music from Kingston, London or Accra. How well that works can be heard not only in their global collaborations and productions, or rather remixes for such diverse artists as Denyo (Beginner), Cassper Nyowest and DJ Vadim, but especially on their own releases. The two Broken Chinese EPs from 2016 and 2018 are packed with novel ideas, confronting us with a rather unusual language in the Western bass scene: Zhi MC intones his chants in Cantonese – and sounds so thrilling, mysterious and catchy that it doesn’t matter a whit whether you understand a word. The main thing is the vibe is right. And it is.
In addition to their work in the studio and on their own label, Yeeruh Records, SYMBIZ continue to pursue their passion for live performance – and ideally around the globe. So their upcoming Africa tour in April, organized by the Goethe-Institut, should set their bass strings humming.
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