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The Anatomy of Success

The Anatomy of Success

To try and sort out what separates the good from the truly awful, we spoke to a man who’s been involved in the launch of several malls, including Savico Megamall in Hanoi and Phu My Hung’s Crescent Mall in Ho Chi Minh City. He’s Chris Elkin, managi...

Art in Singapore

Art in Singapore

A trip to the Gillman Barracks reveals what is likely the most astonishing collection of contemporary art in Southeast Asia. Words by Nick Ross. Photos by Kyle Phanroy ...

22.5 Hours in Seoul

22.5 Hours in Seoul

A decade-long resident of South Korea, on a stopover to North America Glen Riley returned to the capital to look at it through different eyes ...

Halia Hanoi

Halia Hanoi

The Singaporean-inspired Halia is one of the few top-end restaurants on Xuan Dieu. But with so much local competition, how is it matching up? Photos by David Harris ...

Life’s Better Barbecued

Life’s Better Barbecued

Jon Aspin gets in conversation with Saigon’s grillmaster, Gavin Crossley. Photos by Glen Riley ...

Supersize Me

Supersize Me

For many expats living in Vietnam, finding clothes that fit can be an ongoing and sometimes emotional struggle. Hours can be spent perusing the crammed shelves of Hang Be, affectionately known as ‘Shoe Street’, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, only to end i...

Another Burner in the Wall

Another Burner in the Wall

Though they often don’t last a week, Saigon Outcast’s artistic experiments are having a permanent effect. Words by Ed Weinberg. Photos provided by Linh Nguyen and the artists ...

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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The Rise of the Convenience Store

The Rise of the Convenience Store

While in Hanoi they have yet to make an impact, in Saigon convenience stores are everywhere. So, have they changed the way people shop? Or is there something else at play? Words by Nick Ross

The Cycling Special: The Fitter

The Cycling Special: The Fitter

After months of chat, backchat and behind the scenes banter, Nick Ross is lucky enough to have the self-styled bamboo man, James Wolf, build a part-bamboo, part aluminium bike for him. Along with the bicycle comes the fit, an experience that is as impressive as the bicycle itself...

In the Water

In the Water

The rise in people getting asthma may not just be due to air pollution. As Nick Ross discovers, it may be something to do with the water. Photos by Kyle Phanroy and Nick Ross

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Nightclubs in Vietnam

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The 5 Stages of Vietnamese Architecture

The 5 Stages of Vietnamese Architecture

With all the change, destruction and reconstruction, there is a sense that Vietnam’s architectural traditions are being lost.

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