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By Location
Hong Kong

Links
Hong Kong Dub Station

Celestial 天上

Celestial 天上 are a Hong Kong based collective who have produced a series of six albums:

“Spirit House”, released 1996, “Happy Valley 快活谷” 2001, “Hong Kong Dub Station 香港空轉”, 2004, “Electric Road 電器道” 2007, "Cloud Songs" 2009, and the sixth, "Return To The DubStation", released 2014.

Celestial was conceived by Peter Millward, a partner in Drum Music, where the last five Celestial albums have also been recorded. The first Celestial tracks were released in '92, and although they pre-dated the concept of “chill-out” or “down-tempo” music by several years, the idea for “Celestial” was born: a laid-back mix of Asian sounds over an empyreal electronic dubscape. Pete, who produces, arranges, mixes, plays guitar, bass, melodica, and keyboards, plus programming and various other bits of audio manipulation, is a long time Hong Kong resident, with his musical roots in the Punk and Dub Reggae of the ”70s. Indeed the term “dub” as referred to here, has more in common with masters such as Dennis Bovell (Blackbeard), Lee “Scratch” Perry and Scientist, than with modern Electronica.

Musicians who have been involved in Celestial over the years include; Sunny Yeung - shakuhachi master, Eugene Pao - Asia's top jazz guitarist, Hsin Hsiao Hung - Hong Kong's #1 erhu player, Sur Sudha - the musical ambassadors of Nepal, Eddie Chung - also a partner of Drum Music and now producer and deejay with Hong Kong‘s hottest rap group 24 Herberts, plus vocalists Angelita Li, May Chan, Mariella Gonzalez, Adrian Da Silva, Rita Tsang, LiYa, Elaine Liu and many more. The most recent album, "Return To The DubStation" features four new guests - Hisaki Yasuda on Kora, Kana Kobayashi on vocals, Jens Bunge on Harmonica, and Kumi Masunaga on percussion. Occasional visitors to the Celestial Studio (Hong Kong’s #1 music production house: Drum Music) have included Welsh rapper John Griffiths (of Llwybr Llaethog), Mandarin rapper Antonius Chen, deckmeister DJ Bodhi, percussionist (and Drum's architect) Johnny Kember and Zheng virtuoso Choy Kit Yee.