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Cat of the Month: Trish

Cat of the Month: Trish

Weighing in at one year and two months — or 16.7 kitty years — Trish is one of the very rare females of the ginger persuasion. Add dreamy caramel eyes, a cute kinked tail and the map of Australia she’s got on her left side (minus Tasmania), and you...

Fifty Shades of Expat: He Says, She Says

Fifty Shades of Expat: He Says, She Says

Expats. We’re the full range of odd bodies, all with different outlooks on life, all from different walks. So with Word being the nice people that we are, we decided to take different types of stereotypical YOUs and put them in different situations...

Acacia Veranda Dining

Acacia Veranda Dining

The craziness of a Saturday night in District 1 is just a murmur eight floors below, as we take our seats in Acacia’s recently remodelled indoor/outdoor dining area. Gentle pockets of light illuminate cosy nooks of rattan and bamboo. Cool grey hues...

Fifty Shades of Expat

Fifty Shades of Expat

Expat stereotypes are everywhere, little cocoons of half-truth that we assign to large proportions of people who live overseas. ...

Fifty Shades of Expat: The Suit

Fifty Shades of Expat: The Suit

Who is the Suit? The Suit has been in Vietnam since you were in nappies, and he knows virtually everything there is to know about the country (except the language). He remembers when District 7 was all farmland, and when Noi Bai airport was slightl...

Fifty Shades of Expat: The Tanktop Romeo

Fifty Shades of Expat: The Tanktop Romeo

Who is the Tanktop Romeo?

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon

Simon Stanley eats his way through the city’s top banh mi joints... and chooses the best. Let the crumbs fall where they may. Photos by Francis Xavier ...

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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Five Ways to Sleep on a Train (and Other Secrets of the Hard Seats)

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