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This Saturday’s Line-Up

Published March 16, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

You know the drill. Sub-Culture this Saturday @ The Shelter. Doors open at 9pm. No admittance from 10pm – 11pm. Here is Saturday’s full line up:



9pm – 10pm: B6

As a special surprise to set the tone and quality for the evening, we are honored to have non other than Shanghai’s B6 join us for a special early evening semi-live ambient set before our lock down. B6 is one of China’s most celebrated electronic musicians, and this very rare appearance is the perfect way to open up a night of serious music.

***** Doors to The Shelter will be locked at 10pm. There will be no admittance from 10pm until 11pm. If you wish to leave The Shelter during this time you will not be allowed to re-enter until 11pm***


10pm – 11pm: King Midas Sound DJ Set

As you probably know, The Bug and Daddy Freddy are our guests for this month’s Sub-Culture. The Bug is one of the many pseudonyms of Kevin Martin, the multi talented frequency-fiend from the UK. As well as ‘The Bug’, Kevin’s other current project is King Midas Sound, a group consisting of Kiki Hitomi (Dokebi Q), poet Roger Robinson and himself. Signed to Kode 9’s Hyperdub, Ming Midas Sound released one of 2009’s best albums – ‘Waiting For You’, and their incredible 2011 remix project ‘Without You’, which included reworks by Flying Lotus, Mala, Kode9 and Kuedo to name but a few.  Much deeper than ‘The Bug’, beautifully heavy and hauntingly cerebral, the KMS sound has morphed and progressed over the last few years and is a serious force to be reckoned with. With Kevin already in town, we thought we would bring a little something extra to the table to make this, already immense event, just that bit more special. For the first time ever, Kevin will be playing a DJ set under the King Midas Sound banner.  It is something that he is very excited about as we were the first people to ever suggest this (they usually play live as a group) and so he is planning to make this debut something to remember. Dark drones, warped pop, ambient sound scapes and more, this is an exclusive chance to hear where the King Midas Sound came from, and where its heading.

***** Doors to The Shelter reopen at 11pm *****

11pm – 12pm: dji + George Wyndham + Nick Muzyczka

Quebec’s dji is one of the original members of Uprooted Sunshine/ Sub-Culture and has been djing in Shanghai for over 6 years. Known for his deep, sub heavy dub music, he always warms up the dance in the best way possible. Joining dji for this special anniversary set will be Uprooted’s newest member George Wyndham, on live harmonica, and Nick Muzyczka on Melodica. Dji and George stunned the crowd at Uprooted’s recent appearance in Manila, and with the addition of the very talented Nick on Melodica the trio have been killing it early hours at every Sub-Culture and Uprooted Sunshine night for the last few months. Get ready for some heavy dubbed out vibes.

 12pm – 1am: Steven Lorenz + ChaCha + Didje

Steven Lorenz is the newest addition to the Sub-Culture crew and over the last 2 years has honed his style and taste and has become an integral part of the Sub-Culture line up. Originally more into the straight up dance-floor style of Dubstep, recently he has got much deeper into the sound and his recent sets have been deep, dark and heavy, just how we like it! Think producers such as Pinch, Kryptic Minds, Vivek, Biome, etc and you get an idea of his sound. With his own productions with the Intransik Beats crew getting releases on multiple labels around the world, Steven’s sets always deliver.

Joining Steven will be the beautiful voice of ChaCha, and the many voices of Didje. ChaCha and Didje did an amazing set together with Steven a few months back and so we thought we would put the three of them together again for this special event. The perfect warm up for the audio assault coming up next…

1am – 2.30am: The Bug + Daddy Freddy

This is it. Brace yourselves for a true soundsystem experience like you’ve never seen (or felt) before. Ninja Tune recording artist THE BUG along side the legendary Jamaican MC DADDY FREDDY! Heavyweight riddims, booming bass, screeching sirens, gun shots and more, with a true lyrical mad man on the mic. This is a set you wont forget in a long, long time. No need for more explanation, BE THERE!!!

2.30am – late: Drunk Monk + Ubec + guests

Rounding off the night will be Sub-Culture warrior Drunk Monk alongside the mighty Ubec and a few other lyrical guests. If your system is able to continue after some serious Bug concussion, Drunk Monk will be dropping bombs in The Shelter till the early hours!

The Bug & Daddy Freddy Poster by Anna Gruter

Published March 13, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

Ok so this weekend its the big one, one of the biggest events we’ve put on in a while – Ninja Tune’s THE BUG along side legendary Jamaican MC DADDY FREDDY! The pair have been on a tour of Asia, tearing up clubs and systems on their way, and this weekend sees the finale in China! We’ve got a whole load of stuff to post leading up to the big event, but first off here are some images direct from Idle Beats of the printing process for this month’s Sub-Culture poster designed by Anna Gruter, and is by far one of favorite posters yet! Was a hard job to follow up last month’s poster by Chairman Ca, but we think she nailed it! Look out for a competition on later in the week, and as always the screenprints will be available on the night for a special price of 150rmb (normal price is 200rmb)



Sub-Culture present The Bug & Daddy Freddy

Published February 29, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

Poster designed by Anna Gruter

Saturday 17th March 2012

Sub-Culture present: The Bug & Daddy Freddy (Ninja Tune/Rephlex – UK)

Line Up: The Bug & Daddy Freddy, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, dji, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec, George Wyndham + special guests

Entrance: TBC

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu, Shanghai

For the 3rd Sub-Culture of 2012 we are very excited to present Mr Kevin Martin aka The Bug, along side legendary Jamaican MC – Daddy Freddy!

The Bug

For some, The Bug is a relatively new name. A producer who, as of late, has been associated with London’s (and now internationally) vibrant Dub Step scene. However for a lot of others, it’s the current state of mutation for rogue producer Kevin Martin. From Techno Animal with Justin Broadwick of Godflesh and Razor X Production with The Rootsman to Pressure and King Midas Sound with Kiki Hitomi and Roger Robinson, Kevin’s discography spans labels as diverse as Rephlex, Ninja Tune, Virgin, Hyperdub and Grand Royal to name but a few.

The Bug first came to be in 1997, when Kevin collaborated with DJ Vadim on ‘Tapping The Conversation’. From 2001-2004 The Bug teamed up with UK dub veteran The Rootsman for a series of singles under the name Razor X Productions, which would frame the template for the first proper Bug full length, 2003’s ‘Pressure’ featuring classic dancehall M.C Daddy Freddy, New Flesh’s Toastie Taylor, along with The Rootsman, Roger Robinson, Paul St. Hilaire (aka. Tikiman), Wayne Lonesome, and more…

‘London Zoo’, the latest Bug album on Ninja Tune, features vocalists such as Warrior Queen, Flowdan, Tippa Irie and Ricky Ranking. London Zoo is a record that, although will be undoubtedly referenced to the dub-step scene, will also redefine and stand on its own as a celebration of the capitals urban cultural clash, uniquely detonating dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise onslaughts.

Having remixed Thom Yorke’s “Harrowdown Hill” to great critical acclaim at the Radiohead main-man’s request, Martin has also just completed a bass-bin shaking rework of Grace Jones at the request of the former model. Both of which are the latest additions to the previous list of illustrious mavericks that have sung the praises of The Bug… from Aphex Twin to Massive Attack, Adrian Sherwood to Andy Weatherall, Kid 606 to Jerry Dammers (The Specials), they have all recognized the freak-beat originality of Kevin Martin’s singular progress in bass culture.

Daddy Freddy

Daddy Freddy was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in the city’s Trenchtown district, just minutes away from Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One. One of his neighbors, legendary vocalist Ranking Joe, took Freddy under his wing and taught him the basic skills of performing. His natural skills on the mic quickly gained recognition from Lt Stichie (Natty Dread) and then with Sugar Minott, whose Soundsystem that he performed with quickly founded Freddy’s reputation in Jamaica. His first album, Body Lasher, was released in 1986 and had six top ten hits in Jamaica, including a number one with ‘Joker Lover’ alongside Pinchers.

After a successful tour of the US, Freddy moved to England in 1987 and began collaborating with Asher D, releasing the much sampled ‘Raggamuffin Hip-Hop’, as well as influencing and supporting UK reggae stars such as Top Cat, Tenor Fly and Prento Youth. Dr Dre, Cypress Hill and even Norman Cook have all requested collaberations with Freddy, whilst The Prodigy, Salt N Pepa and KRS One all sampled his unique voice. His fame rose even higher when, in 1989, he broke the world record for ‘Worlds Fastest Rapper’, a record that he smashed 4 times, taking it from 346 to 598 syllables per minute. Over the years, Freddy has worked with many of the very best in the industry, including Sly and Robbie, Michael Prophet, Rootsman, Mungo’s HiFi, Rebel MC and many more.

The Bug and Daddy Freddy are a deadly combination! Their track, Run The Place Red, which featured on The Bug’s ‘Pressure’ album was remixed by none other than Aphex Twin, and with their new collaboration ‘Armagideon’ on The Bug’s new ‘Swarm Riddim’ due for immanent release on Ninja Tune, brace yourself for a serious experience in sound system concussion! Warning – It will be loud, it will be heavy, it will get nasty!

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