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Death Is Not The End compiles hybrid pop from Shanghai on this bumper new set.
Death Is Not The End turn their attention to shidaiqu music, a term that literally means "songs of the era" and describes the music that emerged in Shanghai in the 1920s as a fusion of pop, jazz, blues, showtunes, and traditional Chinese elements. It's music that defined an era of Chinese culture before communism, and "Waiting For Your Return" works like a historical guide, featuring what's referred to as the first shidaiqu record - Li Jinhui's 'Drizzle', featuring his daughter Li Minghui - and plenty of material from the 1930s and 1940s.
The compilation stops in the 1950s before the music was outlawed by the Chinese Communist Party, who deemed the genre "yellow music", banning nightclubs and production houses and destroying Western instruments. The genre wasn't done though, many performers moved to Hong Kong, where shidaiqu continued to grow through the next few decades. If you're looking to get a relatively digestible guide, this is a great starting point.