All posts tagged Caliph8


Published May 24, 2013 by subcultureshanghai


As SVBKVLT is now online and picking up speed, we have put together a little compilation of choice cuts from our current releases as well as previews of forthcoming SVBKVLT material and some upfront tracks from some of our favorite local producers, including the first taste of Laura Ingalls’ killer cassette release, some fresh beats from Downstate and Hamacide, TzuSing’s first officially released track, a stunning preview of Bent Lynchpin’s (Caliph8’s band) forthcoming debut and SLV’v deadly VIP version of ‘Killers’, as well as a few other tracks featured on our first few cassette releases. The comp comes in the form of a digital download card, designed by Kim Laughton, and only 300 have been made, with around 150 already given out around Tokyo last weekend. We have put aside a bunch of these cards to give out to the first 100 people at this Saturday’s Sub-Culture / Stockholm Syndrome collab at Shelter with Jimmy Edgar. Get down early!


  1. Caliph8 – Mis-shapen Clouded Figure
  2. SLV – Killers VIP
  3. Hamacide – The Ghoul That Went West (demo)
  4. Downstate – Bodies
  5. Bent Lynchpin – Rude Mental
  6. TzuSing – Rabid4Love
  7. Red-I – Red Edit
  8. Laura Ingalls – 7 Oscillators Of Reason

Sub-Culture / Stockholm Syndrome with Sean Canty (Demdike Stare) + Caliph8

Published March 19, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

poster designed by Caliph8

Saturday 23rd March

Sub-Culture and Stockholm Syndrome present: Sean Canty (Demdike Stare, Pre-Cert /Dead-Cert) + Caliph8

@ The Shelter, 5 yongFu LU

Line Up: Sean Canty (A/V set), Caliph8,TzuSing, Drunk Monk, Faded Ghost, Kim Laughton

Entrance: 60rmb

Sub-Culture and Stockholm Syndrome join forces to bring you the first in a series of special events and are excited to present an A/V set Sean Canty, one half of Demdike Stare and Pre-Cert / Dead Cert Home Entertainment label boss!

Demdike Stare is the occult themed collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker. Using the stepping stones of vinyl and VHS history as inspiration, and obscure hardware as the means, Demdike Stare create ethereal music that emanates from the unconscious. Fusing starkly different musical backgrounds, Sean hails from the Finder’s Keeper’s stable, and Miles through his numerous techno orientated monikers, they blend the two distinct worlds and genre obfuscation becomes the norm.

Joining Sean for our first collaboration will be Manila’s master of beats – Caliph8! Caliph’s live mpc shows are something of legend in Asia, and his band ‘Bent Lynchpin’ are destined for big things very soon. SVBKVLT will be releasing Caliph’s entry to their beat cassette series on the night, get down early to grab one of only 40 copies!

SVBKVLT Beat Tapes

Published March 7, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

The Anatomy Of A Cassette

Sub-Culture took a few months break at the start of the year to get a few things in order for 2013, the beginnings of which unfold tonight…

Along side the Sub-Culture / BTS Radio collaboration tonight at The Shelter, we are also releasing our first cassette – the SVBKVLT beat tape series. The platform aims to bring together and highlight some of the best beat producers from around asia, wether they be already known and active in the scene or hidden in their bedrooms, in an attempt to give these beat makers more exposure and also to help bring together the beat scene in the east.

SVBKVLT Beat Tapes

Although the cassette is an almost obsolete media format these days, there is still a small but strong scene around the world still releasing music on tape. Im not sure wether its purely nostalgia, but the warm hiss of a tape adds a little something to the sound of certain genres and gives it a more personal, physical feel. Also, when I buy music I like to hold something, to read the linear notes, to have something tangible rather than just a digital file which holds no real value. Although the main point is to listen to the music, i like to own it too.

Of course, not everyone has a cassette player these days, we know this, and so each SVBKVLT beat tape will also come with a digital download of the cassette in your choice of format (Flac, Wav, MP3, etc), and next month we will also be releasing a limited edition SVBKVLT tape player so you can experience the cassettes as they are supposed to sound. Also, those of you in Shanghai, Sacco down at Uptown Records (115 PingWu Lu) is opening up an analogue dungeon down in his vinyl pit and stocking boomboxes, walkmans, reel to reel players and other obsolete oddities.

Faded Ghost - Ghost Ark

The first cassette to be released is by Shanghai’s Faded Ghost (aka ChaCha). The Ghost Ark EP was released late last year, but the hazy drones and vocal loops sound so good on an analogue cassette that we had to re-release it in this format. It also comes with a bonus SLV remix of ‘I Remember’, download card, artwork by Nini Sum and packaged in a hand-numbered card box in an edition of only 40! Get down to The Shelter early tonight to grab a copy!

The second SVBKVLT tape will be from Manila’s Caliph8 and will be released on Saturday March 23rd at our first collaboration with Stockholm Syndrome featuring Demdike Stare’s Sean Canty and Caliph8 himself, and this will be followed by releases from Hong Kong’s FLoyd Cheung and Manila’s Red-I in April.

All current and upcoming cassettes will also be available online from next week, and if you would like to pre-order or are interested in releasing a cassette with us you can email us at

Monday (ish) Mixtape: Caliph8 Live @ Malasimbo

Published June 7, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


Last week we got an email from Manila’s Caliph8 with a link to this amazing live recording of his set at last years Malasimbo festival at Puerto Galera, Philippines. We’ve been listening to this constantly for the last week and it just keeps getting better! Here’s what Caliph had to say about the mix:


I played this at the 1st Malasimbo Music Festival in Mount Malasimbo in the Phjilippines last Feb as part of a roster of performers which was headlined by DJ Krush. The set I played is inspired by the 60’s film noir movement. I also invoked certain influences from a lot of “cinematic-dusty-drums” type of beats from God Father Don, Lord Finesse, Showbiz, Howie B, J. Saul Kane. I did a lot of  cutting and effects manipulation, I also played the MPC on top of the blends. I played a track from Max Roach then swiftly moved into a drum solo on MPC using the drum kits I sampled from a track called “Percussion Discussion” with his collab with Mingus. I decided to this since the drum solos he was was ripping out were infectious, I just felt like doing a tribute solo to him on the fly, done with Hiphop sensibilities. I continued the set into a more eclectic vibe by playing a modal track from Boards of Canada then blended it with Suicide’s “Ghost Rider”.  Then I finished off with Al Stewart’s “Return to Earth, after the original track played, I played a loose beat where I sampled the song without drums, then I laced the drum kits on top live.





Bass Around Asia

Published January 11, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

The bass music scene around asia is growing month by month, with more and more international producers and DJs coming over as well as local crews popping up all over the place. Every week (if we remember) we will post up a list of all the events taking place around China and SE Asia so where ever you are hopefully you can get your weekly bass fix! If we’ve missed any events (which we probably have) please feel free to contact us at and we’ll make sure to add it to the list.

Above is a pic of my favorite flyer for this week, Dubway presents High Rankin, designed by Awattha Thanapanich


Friday 14th January – Uprooted Sunshine – Shanghai By Bus

Line Up: Killer Bob, dji, Drunk Monk, ChaCha, Esia, Arminda + guests

Entrance: 30rmb

@ The Shelter, Shanghai, China

Saturday 15th January – Sweatshop present: DJ Storm

Line Up: DJ Storm, Siesta, Milan J, Empfab, MC Stride, JJMC

Entrace: 60rmb

@ The Shelter, Shanghai, China


Friday 14th January – Fata Friday

Line Up: Subcoat, Jeez, N1D, Rolec

Entrance: $50

@ Otto Lounge, HongKong


Friday 14th January – Phat Funk

Line Up: Kik Crash, Azek, Instinct, Sky Gazing (Orawan & Delorean)

@ Café Democ, Bangkok, Thailand

Saturday 15th January – Dubway present: High Rankin

Line Up: High Rankin, Dragon, Hiroo, Jo Stitch, Mc Sinamon, VJ Gorb

Entrance: 300 baht, free before 11pm

@ Club Culture, Bangkok, Thailand


Friday 14th January – Dubplate Manila presents: Daedelus (Ninjatune)

Line Up: Daedelus, Don P, Mulan, Caliph8, Malek, Red-I, Soulflower, Timmy C

@ B-Side, Manila, Philippines

Sunday 16th January – Irie Sunday with RSD (Smith and Mighty)

Line Up: RSD, Milagros Dancehall Collective, Count Kutu, Red-I Soundsystem, Don-P, Papdom, Big Answer Sound, Greedy P

@ B-Side, Manila, Philippines


Tuesday 18th January – Monsoon presents: Daedelus

Line Up: Daedelus, Figure Of Speech, Shazat The Beatboxer, Cee, The:Donn

@ Laundry Bar, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia

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