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The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Nightclubs in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Nightclubs in Vietnam

Been too long since last Ladies’ Night? Up for some bad decisions and want a good excuse for having made them? Check out our judges’ selections of the best nightspots in Vietnam, and find the cure for what ails you (sobriety). ...

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Places to See Live Music in 2015

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Places to See Live Music in 2015

Okay, so we occasionally hype stuff up a bit, but damn 2014 was good to us live music fans.

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War - Struggle Around Saigon

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War - Struggle Around Saigon

For the next 14 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This wo...

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Beer Clubs in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Beer Clubs in Vietnam

If you’ve got a hip Facebook newsfeed, you’ll know that the world has been taking notice of Vietnam’s beer clubs, puke sinks and all. What do those of us living here make of this uniquely Vietnamese phenomenon? Well, we like it... sometimes. ...

Fragrant Path Green Tea Gardens

Fragrant Path Green Tea Gardens

To the northwest of Hanoi lies one of its best-kept secrets

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Restaurants in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Restaurants in Vietnam

As we put together our list of the top restaurants in this country’s two major cities — Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City — we decided to keep it simple.  ...

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Cafés in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Cafés in Vietnam

We knew this one would be tricky, as soon as we tried to schedule a meeting at Ho Chi Minh City’s The Workshop café. Waiting upstairs for everyone to arrive, a team member sent this text: “Lol i can’t afford workshop’s coffee, im on the sidewalk ou...

Freestylers

Freestylers

 

The Freestylers will perform live at The Hi-Fi on Friday Apr. 16.


Having rocked dancefloors around the world since the glory days of electronic music back in the mid-90s, this veteran British collective are past masters at building up a heady groove. More old-school hip hop, electro and ragga than big-beat techno (though they're often pigeon-holed that way), the Freestylers were formed by the trio of Matt Cantor, Aston Harvey and Andrew Galea. All three were British b-boys back in the day, and were heavily involved in Britain's dance scene by the late 1980s, both as DJs and producers. Era defining hits included Drop the Boom, a dancefloor smash on both sides of the Atlantic in 1997, Here We Go and Don’t Stop.

The success of the latter two hits gave the guys, now minus Galea who left in 1997, a platform to break the US, and their album We Rock Hard went on to sell over 150,000 stateside. Their growing prominence brought them to the attention of some of the biggest names in hip hop and they were asked to remix tracks by legends of the genre such as Afrika Bambaataa and the Jungle Brothers. The next few years saw the boys going from strength to strength. They mixed the big beat compilation album FSUK 2 and a Radio 1 Essential Mix featuring artists as diverse as Public Enemy and The Fall.

 

The Hi-Fi, 2nd Floor, 69 Dong Khoi, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City

 

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