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Sub-Culture Anniversary Pt. 2 – The Full Line Up

Published December 9, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


The final part of the Sub-Culture 4 year anniversary and the last Sub-Culture of 2011 is almost here, and we welcome back one of our favorite guests and head of one of our favourite record labels – Hyperdub’s KODE9!

As well as his always stunning DJ sets, as a special treat for our anniversary we are very excited to announce that KODE9 will also be playing a set of music by Burial from 10pm – 11pm. The doors to The Shelter will open one hour earlier than usual, at 9pm, and will remain open for one hour. At 10pm the doors will be closed, noone will be allowed in or out, the lights will be turned off and for the next hour you will hear new and unreleased music from ne of modern electronic music’s most celebrated artists – Burial. Please arrive before 10pm, this will be a very special experience and one which will not be repeated in Shanghai.

Here are the full details of the nights proceedings:


9pm – 10pm: R3 + VJ Chromaphase


R3 is one of the conspirators behind STD, one of China’s biggest independent promotion groups, as well as part owner of the newly opened Arcade bar on FuXing Lu. For his Sub-Culture debut, and also his final set of the year before he goes back home to sit on his arse and play playstation for a month or so, he will be steering away from his usual electro-nonsense and warm up the evening with a set of ambient and downbeat music along side visuals from VJ Chromaphase.

Designer and multi-support artist VJ Chromaphase has been VJing with French indie trip-hop group The Wipping Willow since 2007 and has performed all over Europe and Asia. This will be Chromaphase’s debut performance in The Shelter.


****Doors will close at 10pm****


10pm – 11pm: KODE9 plays Burial


Burial is one of modern electronic music’s most prolific and individual artists. Both his self-titled debut album and his Mercury award nominated second album ‘Untrue’ are certified classics and his recent collaborations with artists such as For-Tet, Thom Yorke and Massive Attack have caused serious waves in the electronic music scene around the world. Burial has not, and will most likely never perform live or DJ in public. The only person who can play a set of new, unreleased Burial music is Hyperdub label owner, and Burial’s manager, KODE9, but this in itself is not something which happens every day. KODE9 has only played a Burial set a handful of times, has never done this in the UK, and will only do so in special locations or occasions, such as the stunning Teatro Carignano in Turin in 2010 and to 5000 people at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona in 2011. Luckily for us, the idea of playing a Burial set in total darkness in a 2nd World War bomb shelter in Shanghai appeals to him and we are incredibly excited and honored to announce that he has agreed to play a one hour set of Burial’s music for our 4 year anniversary. This is maybe the 5th time this has ever happened world wide, certainly the only time it will ever happen in Shanghai, and more than likely the only time it will happen in Asia.


****Doors will reopen at 11pm****


11pm – 12pm: dji + George Wyndham (Harmonica) + Nick Muzyczka (Melodica)


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, get ready for some heavy dubbed out vibes.


12pm – 1am: Steven Lorenz + 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 soldier of positivity, man of one hundred voices and Sub-Culture veteran MC Didje. Didje has been around these parts for many years and has hosted some of the biggest events Shanghai has seen. His latest project with Demokracy’s Damscray entitled ‘Original Fools’ is about the blow up, and his recordings with Uprooted, Jahtari, Mungo’s HiFi and many more have been some of the best music to come out of Shanghai. Paired up with Steven Lorenz, expect some deadly Dubstep styles!


1am – 3am: Kode9 + ChaCha


Although born in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, Kode9 is genetically a junglist. He started DJing in 1990 at the age of 16, playing a fusion of reggae, breaks, hip hop, jazz, funk and house. He was subsequently swept up by the emergence of the breakbeat hardcore, jungle and drum’n’bass scenes, and has been rinsin’ breaks, ragga chat and bubblin’ basslines ever since. DJing across the UK during the 90s, from Edinburgh, to Coventry, Kode9 migrated to London in 1997, suffering infection to darker strains of the emergent 2step garage scene, and after forming his label/collective Hyperdub in 2004, electronic music would never be the same again.

With a roster of people including Burial, Ikonika, The Bug, King Midas Sound, Darkstar, Zomby and many, many more, Hyperdub consistently puts out some of the most forward thinking and futuristic music out there. His latest album Black Smoke, which saw him once again together with The Spaceape and also included 4 tracks with Shanghai’s own ChaCha, took Kode9’s sound even further and cemented his, already huge, place in electronic music. A true pioneer and manipulator of soundwaves, once you’ve experienced one of Kode 9’s set, you will never be the same again!

Joining Kode9, fresh off her trip to Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid and Worldtronics festival in Berlin, will be the mind-melting voice of ChaCha. Very little is needed to be said about ChaCha. Uprooted Sunshine, AM444, KarmaKoma, collaberations with Kode9, Adrian Sherwood, Desto, Jimi Tenor, The Bug, Jahtari, Clive Chin, RSD and many, many more, ChaCha is the most prolific underground artist to come out of China in recent years. ChaCha has recorded and released multiple tracks with Kode9, and this night will see some of these tracks performed live for the very first time along side the man himself!


3am – 4am: Heatwolves


Ex-Baijiu Roboter and current Love Banger, Heatwolves has brought something to the Shanghai scene that its always missed….more Gucci Mane and Dipset! His sets cover everything from Dubstep and House to Footwork and Dirty South Hip-Hop, and his latest release with DJ Caution entitled ‘Super Ayi Cleaning Team’ saw a release party that blew the hinges off Dada Bar and brought together the sounds of bubblegum Chinese pop and dirty Witch House vibes, the perfect combination! Pure energy party vibes!


4am – 5am: Drunk Monk

That slightly scruffy, drunk guy you see at Shelter quite a lot.


Limited amounts of the Sub-Culture 4th Anniversary Poster by Nini Sum will be available on the night, as well as the last remaining Sub-Culture T-Shirts designed by Gregor Koerting. See you Saturday!!


Original Fools – Five MV

Published July 6, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


Ok, so if your friends  with Didjelirium on facebook you’ve probably already been subject to his relentless spamming campaign, but if not here is the new music video for the Original Fools track ‘Five’.

Original Fools consists of Sub-Culture’s MC Didje and Demokracy’s Damskray. They’ve been working hard over the last 6 months piecing together the Original Fools project and this video is the first fruits of their labour. Drawn and animated by Didje himself, this bass-propaganda video took almost 300 hours to complete! Keep your eye’s peeled on http://www.didjelirium.com for more Original Fools news coming soon!

Uprooted Sunshine hits Khazakhstan !

Published June 1, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


Uprooted Sunshine are spreading their wings even further this month with a special show in Almaty, Khazakhstan!! On the 10th June, Didje, Esia and Arminda from Uprooted Sunshine will meet Jammin’ Bus Soundsystem and Hadn’t Tea (nice name) at Da Freak Club in Almaty for a big old reggae blaze down! If your in the area make sure you get yourself down there! Here’s a fun and slightly bizarre promo video!


Jahtari X Uprooted Sunshine – Level Up!

Published March 22, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Level Up! – Artwork by Kim Laughton


In January 2010, Uprooted Sunshine were honored to host Distrupt and Soom T from the Jahtari camp for our first Shanghai By Bus session of this decade! If you don’t know Jahtari by now, check out their site here and a little intro on what they are about here. The session was huge, with Distrupt’s heavy 8-bit riddims shaking down The Shelter and Soom’s unparalleled  flow riding the sounds like no other! Before their visit to Shanghai, Distrupt sent over a few riddims for ChaCha to record on, and the result of which came in the ‘Bass Shelter’ EP which was released at the session.We still have a handful of these hand stamped, hand numbered cds left, so if you would like to buy one email us at subcultureshanghai@gmail.com.


Soom T – Shanghai, Jan 2010


During the session at The Shelter, The Uprooted MC’s (Didje, ChaCha, Esia and Arminda) stepped up to the mic and laid down some great verses on some tough Jahtari riddims, and it was immediately apparent that these tunes couldn’t just stay as late night freestyles so we had to lay them down in the studio. After a few months of rehearsals and studio sessions, the MC’s came up with 11 new Jahtari versions, each one a monster! If you caught Uprooted on their 5th Anniversary Tour of China with Clive Chin and Twice last year you will probably have heard some of these tracks already go off in the dance, some seriously heavy tunes! All the tracks were mastered by Kyle Ching.


Uprooted Sunshine 5th Anniversary Tour : Live @ YuGongYiShan, Beijing – Sept 2010 (Photo by CK)


Now the tracks are recorded, what to do with them? Uprooted’s king selector – Blaise Deville took the controls and has put together yet another killer Uprooted mixtape! Mixing together the Uprooted versions with some classic Jahtari goodness, a bunch of Shaw Brothers samples, a handful of drops and some slick cuts and mixes, we are proud and excited to bring you LEVEL UP! – A Jahtari X Uprooted mixtape!!


Blaise Deville –  Uprooted 5th Anniversary Tour – YangShuo 2010 (Photo by CK)


Level Up! is now up for download here (but be quick, limited to only 100 downloads) – and will be streaming on the Jahtari site very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a very special release later in the year, and the long over-due return of Jahtari in Shanghai!!


Sub-Culture present: Red-I and Soul Flower

Published February 19, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Saturday 5th March

Sub-Culture present: Red-I and Soul Flower (Dub-Plate Manila, B-side) + special guest

Line Up: Red-I, Astrid, Drunk Monk, Deville, dji, ChaCha, Didje, Esia, Arminda

Entrance: 60rmb

For 2011’s third Sub-Culture session we are excited to be joined by Manila’s finest – Red-I and Soul-Flower, plus a special return visit from one of our favourite guests from last year.


Red-I is a dj/producer who has always tried to bring something different to Manila.  His main influences for music is reggae and bass although he always keeps his dj sets eclectic.  Part of the Dub-Plate Manila team,  he has hosted and played along side Gaslamp Killer, Kode 9, Daedelus, Free The Robots, Tokimonsta, Nobody, D-Styles, Shortkut, and RSD.  He  has also won mutiple awards for Djing including the Philippine DMCs.


Soulflower is part of the Red-I Soundsystem which is a team that pushes experimental music, reggae and bass culture in Manila.  Her dj sets are known to be powerful, catchy and full of low frequency.  Her main influences are bass culture, dancehall, dubstep and new school beats.  Soulflower has always brought Manila something different to dance to.

Red-I and Soul-Flower will be going head to head with the Sub-Culture crew, plus we have a secret return visit from one of last years biggest guests at Sub-Culture! Keep your eyes peeled for more info soon….

*** This month’s poster was design by Beijing twins ‘TwoQee’. More info on them coming soon….***

Next Sub-Culture – N1D and Achun (live)

Published February 1, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Saturday 12th February

Sub-Culture present: N1D and Achun (live)

Line Up: N1D, Achun (live), Deville, dji, Drunk Monk, ChaCha, Didje, Esia, Arminda

Music: Live Dubstep, Dub, DnB, Jungle

Entrance: 40rmb

For our second session of 2011, Sub-Culture welcome back Macau badboy N1D, and also welcome Macau’s second-in-command – Achun, with a live Dubstep set!!


N1D is one of the key players in the Dubstep scene of Hong Kong and Macau. Starting off in 2008 and representing Heavy Hong Kong, N1D is now plays as a major role in the Heavy Dubstep night, bringing the heaviest Macau sounds onto the underground dance floors of Hong Kong. He is also one of the very few Dubstep producers in Asia. In 2010 N1D founded his own crew “Healthy” with DJ Sannja, which is the first and the only Bass Music label organizing monthly D&B / Dubstep night in Macau.



Achun is a Macanese electronic musician. His music style is deeply influenced by post-punk, shoegaze, etc, and has now developed into the 140bpm Dubstep sound. Achun is going to smash up the dancefloor by his trademarking dark, explosive digital noise over the solid 140bpm in a well layered live set. He released one of his best tunes to date tune earlier this year – Deeper. The remix of “Deeper” by Macau Dubstep Badboy N1D can be heard on Kongkretebass Episode 111 and is included in HEAVY Hong Kong 4th birthday mixtape.


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