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SAMIYAM (live) @ The Shelter This Thursday!!

Published October 18, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

This Thursday (20th November) at Shelter sees Brainfeeder’s SAMIYAM take to The Shelter with a special live set with the Beat Conductorz crew!

Sam Baker, aka Samiyam, is currently one of the hottest beat makers around! From his collaborations with Flying Lotus as FLYamSAM, his legendary beat tape – Rap Beats Volume 1 to his brand new and highly regarded album ‘Sam Baker’s Album’, Sam’s beats have been causing a serious stir in the LA scene and beyond! He has released music on labels such as Kode 9’s Hyperdub, All City and Dublab and his debut album has just dropped on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint.

Samiyam will be performing a full live set featuring tracks from his latest album as well as fresh new beats, all along side the cream of Shanghai’s beat scene – Hamacide, Sig and Ceezy!!

Check out this fantastic mix from Samiyam live at Plastic People from 2009. The mix incoporates many of the tracks from his latest album. Heavy!!

Samiyam—FWD-Plastic-People-_21st-June-2

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North meets South: A Hip-Hop Connection

Published September 8, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

 

Kicking off at The Shelter this Friday is the first of 3 events by new collective ‘The Connection’. Headed by ChaCha (Uprooted/AM44/Sub-Culture) and Cookie (ROM/POP), the aim of ‘The Connection’ is to bring together artists from all over China to perform in one space together and to encourage them to collaborate and share knowledge and experience with each other. With so many events with big international guests this month (which I’m not complaining about of course) it’s great to see some events purely concentrating on the local scene and bringing artists from around China to Shanghai.

 

The first series of events are entitled ‘North Meets South: A Hip-Hop Connection’ and, as the title implies, is all about underground Chinese Hip-Hip. With the scene diluted by commercial RnB, Pop-Rap and, that dreaded genre, Mash-Up, Hip-Hop has kind of made a bad name for itself in China, but The Connection has decided to make a stand and connect up some of the most highly regarded underground artists from the North and South of China for a series of 3 events throughout September. Here is the schedule:

 

Friday 9th September – The Warm Up @ The Shelter

Thursday 22nd September – The Exchange @ The Shelter

Friday 23rd September – The Big Show @ Mao Live House

 

We will look into the latter 2 events nearer the time, but here’s the low down on this Friday’s launch at The Shelter.

 H2O and LJ

 

With one of the organizers, ChaCha, being from GuiZhou, it made perfect sense to kick of the months proceedings by connecting with the burgeoning GiuYang scene and bringing to Shanghai two of the cities most promising artists – H2O and LJ.

At the young age of 20, beat boxer H2O is already beginning to make a name for him self. Since he started beat-boxing 5 years ago, he has quickly mastered his art and his live shows are quickly becoming something quite special. Using a Loop Station, a Micro Korg, a Kaos Pad and a mic, H2O loops up beats and sounds, adding bass lines and synth stabs with the Korg and plays with vocal effects on the Kaos Pad to produce beats and tracks live in front of the audience. From Jazz to Drum and Bass, the sounds that he manages to produce are very impressive, and with LJ adding cuts and scratches over the top its quite a show!

 

LJ

 

LJ isn’t a stranger to the Shanghai scene. Once a semi-regular DJ here a while back, over the last few years he has been honing his skills in his home town of GiuYang and is now ready to come back to Shanghai and show everyone what he has learnt. LJ has some serious skills on the turntables, and he takes DJing very seriously. Its been a good few years since I’ve seen him play a set but he tells me he’s been mixing in a lot of Jungle to his Hip-Hop sets recently so its going to be interesting to see what he comes out with.

 

Joining the 2 GuiZhou guests will be local turntablists and DMC champs Cavia and HBD, beat conductor Ceezy and up and coming DJ, KutFresh. With a great line up for 1st in what is going to be a fantastic series of events in Shanghai, make sure you get your ass down to The Shelter this Friday and show some support for some of the most promising Chinese talent coming up at the moment!

Hamacide – BUTA (Beat Conductorz Remixes)

Published June 22, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

BUTA Remixes – Artwork by Toru

 

As promised, here’s some more musical gems leading up to this Friday’s event with Hamacide and the Oil Works crew!

The track ‘BUTA’ feat Reito first appeared on Hamacide’s debut album ‘Might Little Machine’. BUTA is the Japanese word ‘pig’. Reito (the vocalist on the track) has a bleak outlook on himself and society in general in this track.  He compares himself and the world around himself to a pigs in a pen, using abstract metaphors to describe how a pigs behavior is very similar to human nature.

Along side the original track we also have 3 remixes from The Shanghai Beat Conductorz aka SIG, Ceezy and Sickstar! Each of them bring their own flavor to the track, but each without losing the menace of the original! Grab the tracks right here!

Beat Conductorz! Tonight!

Published January 27, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

 

Tonight sees the first proper ‘4th Day’ edition of Beat Conductorz @ The Shelter. The 4th Day is a collection of like minded musicians, producers, artists and DJ’s who have taken over Thursday nights at The Shelter to bring Shanghai something a little different. Check http://www.4thday-shanghai.com for more info and weekly track downloads from Shanghai based producers.

Beat Conductorz are a crew of hiphop/beat producers, all based in Shanghai. Here’s the intro to the crew:

‘Beat Conductorz is a night that’s focused on local producers. The music is mainly hip hop, trip hop, and low end music. Fans of Flying Lotus, Mf Doom, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib, etc…should definitely come out to get your fix. The purpose of Beat Conductorz is to bring some of the most talented Shanghai based beat-makers out of their bedrooms to play some of their own productions for a live audience. Come and show some love for locally produced tunes mixed with some of your favorite tracks’

Nuff said really…..see you tonight!

 

Thursday 27th January – Beat Conductorz @ The Shelter, 5 Yong Fu Lu, Shanghai

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