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AM444 meet Matthieu Chedid

Published January 6, 2014 by subcultureshanghai

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After months of keeping it under wraps, we are finally able to announce that AM444 (ChaCha & Jay.Soul) are working with French pop legend Matthieu Chedid aka -M-. Their first collar comes in the form of -M-‘s rework of AM444’s ‘ShenJingMoShao’. Give it a listen here, and read the official announcement below:

‘Following his first tour in China in 2010, French pop rock maverick Matthieu Chedid better known under his artist name –M- , was hungry for new sounds from the middle Kingdom. After listening to different Chinese artists Matthieu finally had a crush on AM444, the duet project of Shanghai based vocalist and MC, ChaCha, and Dutch producer Jay Soul. Matthieu said he got seduced and inspired at once by the voice and universe of ChaCha and the soul colors of Jay Soul. Even though they have never met, he felt he had something in common with ChaCha and spent weeks digging into all her past songs. –M- and ChaCha might not belong to the same world, -M- being often under the spotlights and ChaCha preferring the shadow of underground clubs and mostly working with dubstep and bass music artists.  However -M- decided to collaborate with her and Jay Soul and did  a remix version of “Shen Jing Mo Shao”, a tune from AM444’s first album “Eye Wonder”. Re-titled “Détache toi” in French (“Break away”), the tune perfectly blends ChaCha and Matthieu’s voices and adds the chemistry of elaborate guitar chords to Jay Soul’s dub-by tune.

Illustrator and animation artist Leilei was chosen to design the cover of Shenjing Moshao’s EP. He looked at many of –M- visual elements, loved his look and universe and came out with a beautiful and shimmering collage.’

Wood & Wires Afterhours: OBJEKT

Published November 1, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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Only 1 more day until the Sub-Culture X Split Works Afterhours at the Guinness Wood & Wires Festival! Artists are beginning to arrive in town and we are getting pretty excited for tomorrow night. Here’s a bit more on one of Sub-Culture’s favorite guests from the last couple of years, OBJEKT!

There isn’t a lot to go on with Objekt. After emerging in 2011 with a pair of mysterious, white label 12″ records, with just 4 tracks he solidified his position and reputation as one of the most talented and forward thinking producers in the scene. A third white label is being released in a weeks time. Apart from these amazing and now sought after 12″s, little more is known about Objekt. Here is his bio:

Adventures in machine music built to make subs rattle and feet wiggle; a convoluted mess of elektrology and teknology, 3-step, bass-core, post windmill, proto-minimal wankstep, gondola, shithouse, acid wonk, ambient gabber, no more, no less.

 

Saturday 2nd November

Guiness Wood & Wires Festival Afterhours – presented by Sub-Culture & Split Works

10.30pm till late – tickets 80rmb on the door

@ QSW Culture Center No. 179 Yichang Road near Jiangning Road

Wood & Wires Afterhours: Ikonika

Published October 31, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

 

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Only 2 more days now until the Guinness Wood & Wires Festival Afterhours! Here’s a bit of info on one of the acts we are most looking forward to, Hyperdub’s Ikonika!

Sara Abdel-Hamid aka Ikonika from South West London grew up listening to hardcore and post punk while her elder sisters obsessed about hip hop. So for her, Dilla and Dillinger Escape Plan were next-door neighbours from the get-go. After starting out producing hip hop, the dubstep bug bit her hard in 2006. Her musical tastes, ranging from Pretty Girls Make Graves to Burial, are reflected in her music: not in any kind of forced fusion of sounds, but in productions that move from the sweetly melodic to atonal clang effortlessly. This approach made her a natural addition to the Hyperdub roster, with Kode9 first inviting her to release a 12″ on the label before he coaxed her into thinking about what an Ikonika album might sound like. The results are as odd and iconic as anyone might have wished for. After further singles for Planet Mu and Hyperdub, she went on to release one of the best albums of 2010 ‘Contact, Love, Want, Have’, receiving glowing reviews from The Guardian, BBC, NME, FACT, Resident Advisor, Pitchfork among many more. In 2013 she released her second full length for Hyperdub, Aerotropolis, pushing her sound even further to create the perfect follow up to a near perfect debut.

Equally accomplished is Ikonika the DJ. Her technical proficiency has taken her to bookings at clubs and festivals all across the world. Her live and studio sets journey from classic House and Techno, to RnB bangers, to the freshest sounds of the underground. Her talent was recognised by DJ Mag with nominations for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ of 2009 and ‘Best DJ’ of 2010, in their ‘Best Of British’ awards. Ikonika also runs the label Hum + Buzz with Optimum (Night Slugs/Planet Mu). As well as releasing singles from the owners, it focuses on introducing bright new talent.

 

Saturday 2nd November

Guiness Wood & Wires Festival Afterhours – presented by Sub-Culture & Split Works

10.30pm till late – tickets 80rmb on the door

@ QSW Culture Center No. 179 Yichang Road near Jiangning Road

WOOD & WIRES AFTERHOURS: KINGDOM

Published October 30, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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This Saturday, Sub-Culture are collaborating with Split Works and presenting the after hours party at the Guiness Wood & Wires Festival. We are really excited about the line up we have put together and every day this week we will give a short intro to an artist who will play on the night. Today – Kingdom!

Los Angeles-based DJ / producer Kingdom rose to public acclaim with his debut single “Mind Reader” (released on Fool’s Gold in early 2010), a collaboration with big-voiced NYC diva Shyvonne. But even before “Mind Reader,” Kingdom had been deeply involved in Bok Bok & Lvis-1990′s London-based Night Slugs collective, having had his European debut at their second-ever club night. It was his mixtapes that first alerted Night Slugs’ attention. His debut 2006 mixtape fused grime, crunk, US club, and house with his unique adaptations of R&B vocals. On his debut Night Slugs EP That Mystic, Kingdom delivered five tracks that reference many of the aforementioned genres, but also possess a completely individual, otherworldly gleam.

Recently Kingdom has built considerable influence with both his own discography and output from his groundbreaking label *Fade to Mind*. His first Fade to Mind EP: “Vertical XL”, has been praised as one of the most significant releases of the year, receiving glowing reviews by Pitchfork and Resident Advisor. The EP also features artwork from Shanghai’s Kim Laughton, who will be providing visuals at the afterhours session!

 

Saturday 2nd November

Guiness Wood & Wires Festival Afterhours – presented by Sub-Culture & Split Works

10.30pm till late – tickets 80rmb on the door

@ QSW Culture Center No. 179 Yichang Road near Jiangning Road

Wood & Wires Afterhours: Emika

Published October 29, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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This Saturday night, Sub-Culture are joining forces with Split Works to present the afterhours party for the Guiness Wood & Wires Festival. The line up is possibly the best an electronic stage that a Shanghai festival has seen, and features Emika, Objekt, Kingdom, Ikonika, ChaCha and Downstate. Throughout this week we will feature each of the artists to hopefully get you as excited as we are for the event. First up, Emika…

 

 

Today’s modern day composer can work in many different areas of sound with one click of a mouse. This is the single most influential factor in Emika’s artistic development. After years of musical education and having an entire studio in a box as her instrument, she feels it’s her duty to music to develop the art of song writing and recording on every level possible. A sound designer and composer who writes and records for herself from her bedroom in Berlin, her instruments are DIY soft synths, her voice, piano, and samples. Already highly-rated by everyone from Mary-Anne Hobbs to Thom Yorke and covered by media outlets as varied Resident Advisor and The Guardian, we are very excited to present Emika for the very first time in Shanghai.

 

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Emika is inspired by techno culture because “it’s a movement with sound and dancing at its very core. It’s not about idols or stars, its about sound and people coming together to dance and feel free.” She’s inspired by dubstep from Bristol and London since 2004 when she lived in these cities because of its meditational bass vibes: “originally it was deep spiritual music made by kids for kids.” These two influences twine together with her love of the great universal pop song, her abilities as a song writer, a classically-trained pianist and a singer, to make something completely unique. Emika’s signature sound has taken years to evolve and Berlin’s legendary engineer Rashad Becker worked with her on creating the special sound of her record.

 


Asked to name an inspiration from the past, Emika turns to Delia Derbyshire, the legendary Radiophonic Workshop composer who came up with the original theme for Dr Who, not so much for the sounds she makes as for her questing spirit. “It all comes from my imagination,” Emika explains. “My imagination is key, it’s a solo project, and the listener can feel this unity.”

 

Saturday 2nd November

Guiness Wood & Wires Festival Afterhours – presented by Sub-Culture & Split Works

10.30pm till late – tickets 80rmb on the door

@ QSW Culture Center No. 179 Yichang Road near Jiangning Road

SLV – Dagger Release Party!

Published October 14, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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Saturday 19th October

SVBKVLT presents: SBKT001 Vinyl Release Party with S L V (live)

Line Up: SLV (live), TzuSing, Faded Ghost, Drunk Monk + guests

Entrance: 40rmb

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu

After months of preparation, Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label are excited to announce the release of the first in a series of limited edition 10” vinyls, featuring a new track by SLV entitled ‘Dagger’, and a remix by Helsinki’s might Desto! The worldwide release date is set for October 21st, but there will be limited copies of the vinyl available to buy on the night!

SBKT001: S L V – Dagger/Dagger (Desto Remix)

S L V is the collaborative project of producers Downstate (Shanghai) and Hamacide (Tokyo). After releasing their debut EP on Urban Waves in 2012, Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label are proud to kick off their new 10” series with ‘Dagger’, one of S L V’s strongest productions to date. A tough yet cinematic 80/160bpm cut, ‘Dagger’ see’s the two producers styles collide and compliment each other perfectly, creating a track aimed at the head as well as the feet. Finnish producer Desto (Signal Life, Rwina) takes on Dagger for the b-side, and amps up the pressure to maximum effect. Nordic footwork styles via East Asia!

Having already proved its potency on the dancefloor at clubs such as Fabric (London), The Shelter (Shanghai) and Ageha (Tokyo), SBKT001 has already got DJ support from Kode9, Perera Elsewhere (Jahcoozi), Puzzle (Leisure System), Doshy and Desto amongst others.

SBKT001: SLV – Dagger / Dagger (Desto Remix)

Published October 7, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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As you may already know by now, SVBKVLT are releasing our first 10″ vinyl in a couple of weeks, and to say we are excited is an understatement! SLV’s ‘Dagger’ and the killer remix that Desto has done have been favorites at all our events in the last couple of months, and we are honored to be able to say that it has been getting DJ support from the likes of Kode9, Sasha Perera (Jahcoozi), Puzzle (Leisure System), On The Wire’s Steve Barker, Doshy, Desto and many more! We’ve had some really nice web support too, with XLR8R giving away SLV’s remix of Desto’s ‘Bonus Cave’ and Dummy Mag premiering ‘Dagger’ to the world last friday.

The vinyl will be released worldwide on October 21st, and will come as a limited edition 10″ vinyl (350 copies only, no repress) and digital, and we will have launch parties in Manila on Friday 18th October at the brand new spot ‘Black Market’ and at The Shelter in Shanghai on Saturday 19th October. There will be very limited quantities in Asia and so if you would like to reserve one please email subcultureshanghai@gmail.com, a proper preorder system will go up next week.

More news on the release coming very soon, but meanwhile check out the a-side above and, if your feeling it, please spread the word!

 

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