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SVBKVLT Vol. 1

Published May 24, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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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!

Tracklist:

  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

SHACKLETON – This Saturday!

Published May 2, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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Saturday 4th May – Sub-Culture presents: Shackleton (live)

Line Up: Shackleton, Downstate (live), Faded Ghost, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec

Entrance: 60rmb

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu

Co-conspirator of the infamous Skull Disco, along-side Appleblim, Shackleton’s maverick take on big basslines and complex beats doesn’t fit easily in to any category. Thundering bass, tribal rhythms, snaking percussion, hypnotic melodies and dubwise sensibilities, his sound is like no other. Taking influences from the UK’s dubstep sound, Berlin’s techno expertise and drum and percussion rhythms from every corner of the globe, Shackleton produces a sound which is hard to describe but even harder to resist.

2012’s The Draw Bar Organ EP’s/Music For The Quiet Hour was some of his most inspired and groundbreaking work to date, and his new live show has taken his sound to a whole other level. Shackleton rarely travels, but his last 2 shows at The Shelter (2011 & 2010) made such an impact that he has agreed to come back once more with a brand new live show. Special guest support from Downstate (live).

This month’s deadly poster was designed by Shanghai’s Twin Horizon.

S L V Debut Release Out Now!!

Published December 6, 2012 by subcultureshanghai
S L V EP - artwork by Kim Laughton

S L V EP – artwork by Kim Laughton

One of the most exciting releases to come out of Shanghai for some time, S L V’s debut EP has just been released on Urban Waves Records. S L V comprises of two of Shanghai’s best producers, Downstate and Hamacide, and the combination of the 2 is devastating! I (Drunk Monk) have been dropping ‘Killers’ and ‘Clip Arp’ in my sets recently and each time I have had people ask me what tunes were (including Kode9!). SVBKVLT will be releasing a limited S L V 7″ early next year, but until then head over the Urban Wave’s Bandcamp and get downloading this (and dont be cheap, support and pay!)

Also, this Friday see the return of Hollow Point to The Shelter. Myself, Downstate and Hamacide are on the controls and are on straight up shoot-to-kill orders. Expect to hear the S L V EP get a proper first outing, as well as a whole bunch of new material and upfront killers. Kevlar recommended….

Hollow Point

 

Sub-Culture Tokyo Vol. 1

Published November 13, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

As well as our 5 year anniversary,November also sees us achieve a goal we’ve been striving for for years, the first Sub-Culture Tokyo event! We will be releasing full details next week, but here is the info on a special cd we have put together for the event. Performing at Sub-Culture Tokyo will be Faded Ghost (ChaCha), Downstate, Hamacide, Red-i and Soul Flower (B-Side, Manila), Skyfish (JP) and Drunk Monk, and we have compiled this cd, including a bunch of unreleased tracks, to give away at the event. The artwork was designed by our favourite Shanghainese artist Cheeri Wang, and it fits the vibe of the cd perfectly. We will have a handful of these this weekend at our anniversary events in Dada Beijing and The Shelter Shanghai, keep your eyes peeled! Here’s the tracklist

Sub-Culture Tokyo Vol. 1

1. Faded Ghost – Fake OST*

2. Red-I – Sound Boy Abduction

3. ChaCha & Disrupt – They Lie*

4. Hamacide – Buta (Hamacide Instrumental Remix)

5. Downstate – H E A P*

6. Red-I – Magnetic Frequency*

7. S L V (Downsate & Hamacide) – Clip Arp (Demo)*

8. Hamacide feat. ChaCha – You Me (Original Version)

9. Downstate – Old Open Mourning*

10. Hamacide and Chain Of Lakes – All Around

*previously unreleased

This Saturday’s Line Up

Published October 12, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Ok, so there have been a whole load of additions and announcements about this Saturday, lets break it down right here. As always, Idle Beats will be down with the brand new screen-print of the poster above, designed by Dan Nguyen AKA Demon Slayer!

 

10.00pm – 11.00pm: AM444 – ‘Rooms’ listening session

Fresh from the King Otis Studio via the Faded Ghost Studio, AM444’s debut full length album is finally finished and we are honored to present this preview listening session for all those that cant wait until the release party on Friday 26th October. At  10pm we will be playing the album in full for the first time in public. Get down early and be the first to hear ‘Rooms’!!

 

11.00pm – 12.00am – TightFace

 

A last minute and very welcome addition to the line up, One Handed Music’s TightFace is in Shanghai and has offered to drop a set for us! His beats are seriously dope and we’re still getting over the fact that he’s coming to play for us. Also, he’s in town researching and digging music for his radio show back in the UK. Any beatmakers out there, get down for his set and bring him a CDR of your freshest creations, you may get some London air play!

 

12.00am – 01.00am – Downstate (live) 

Our favourite Shanghai live act, Downstate’s sets never fail to blow us away each and every time. Ahead of his performance at Sub-Culture Tokyo (yeah, that’s what we said) we couldn’t think of any better act to open up for our heavyweight headliner. We are not sure what Downstate will do with his live set, we never are, we don’t think he is either, but whatever he does we know it will be deadly. Check the little live jam he put online the other day..

 

01.00am – 02.30am – PINCH 

Little introduction needed here. This is the 3rd time Pinch has played at Sub-Culture, and if we bring someone over from the UK 3 times you know we have our reasons why. Pinch is a true don in the UK bass scene and never fails to bring an sheer avalanche of sounds and frequencies like no one else. If you caught him last time we know you will be here this time, and if this is your first time to see the Tectonic head honcho, your in for a real treat! Strictly dubplate and vinyl, the way it should be!

 

02.30 – 04.00 – Steven Lorenz with Esia, Arminda, Didje, ChaCha & Ubec

It’s pretty difficult to follow up the mighty Pinch, so we reckon the best way to do this is to fly over Sub-Culture MCs Esia and Arminda, reunite them with Didje and ChaCha, introduce them to Ubec, give them a bunch of microphones and throw them in the DJ booth with Steven Lorenz. Straight up rub-a-dubstep session!

 

04.00 – End – Drunk Monk

Getting drunk, making noise, embarrassing himself and sending DJs home on a stretcher since 1982. Will this boy ever grow up?

Sub-Culture Live – This Saturday

Published June 19, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Saturday 23rd June – Sub-Culture Live

Line Up: LON (live), AM444 (live), ROM (live), Downstate (live), Olivepixel (live visuals), Drunk Monk, dji, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec + guests

Entrance: 40rmb

 

After a string of international guests in 2012, Sub-Culture are bringing it back home with a showcase of some of Shanghai’s best live electronic acts!

 

LON

Finally returning from Vietnam, we are very pleased to welcome back one of the best electronic producers to have lived in Shanghai – LON. Armed with a full arsenal of new equipment, this is LON’s first live set since his return and we are very excited to see where his sound has gone.

 

AM444

 

After packing out JZ club last April, and recently returning from the Sakifo festival on Reunion Island, we finally present the long overdue return to The Shelter for ChaCha and Jay.Soul!

 

ROM

 

Post-apocalyptic head-fuck hip-hop. Rom is the future

 

DOWNSTATE

Tom Oliver is one of Shanghai’s most prolific producers. We aren’t sure what he is going to do this night, but we are sure it will leave you feeling pleasantly nauseous.

 

OLIVEPIXEL

Olivepixel spends most of his life on taobao buying strange analogue equipment to produce visuals to make you feel like you have taken hallucinogens, and then takes hallucinogens and makes visuals to try and make himself feel normal again.

 

Support from Drunk Monk, dji, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Ubec and Didje.

Big Tip – Antidote with Kuedo tomorrow night!

Published March 1, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

We would hope that anyone in Shanghai into good electronic music will know whats going down tomorrow night at The Shelter, but just in case you somehow missed out on what was one of the best albums of last year – Kuedo’s ‘Severant’, here’s a little intro into what Antidote is bringing to Shanghai this Friday!

 

 

If there is one artist that encapsulates the new found air of uninhibited creative expression in modern electronic music then surely that artist is Jamie Teasdale.   From his seminal work as one half of Vex’d, which paved the way for what is now known as Dubstep, to his barrier breaking work under the name Jamie Vex’d, to his new and highly praised moniker as Kuedo, Mr Teasdale has made some of the best electronic music in the past 10 years.

 

 

Making his name as part of the acclaimed duo Vex’d, whose brutal take on Dubstep helped define it in its infancy, Jamie Teasdale’s re-invention under his Kuedo moniker is nothing short of breath-taking. His early works under this pseudonym such as the acclaimed ‘Starfox’ on Planet Mu were colourful and warm, playful and exuberant and perfectly encapsulated the new found sense of freedom and release found as he removed himself from the restrictive and often nonsensical notions of ‘genre’. Not one to rest on his laurels however, he spent each subsequent release developing and evolving his sound, the pinnacle of which is his debut LP ‘Severant’ , also released on Planet Mu. More introspective and melancholic than his earlier works, the emotive, bladerunner-esque soundscapes represent the futuristic, sci-fi world he now inhabits, a world that he has singlehandedly created for himself.

 

 

His sets, both as a DJ and Live, also reflect his wildly diverse range of influences and inspirations. Hard Atlanta rap instruments and fervent footwork sit side by side with 80’s synth soundtracks, quasi disco and all manner of elements from the post-dubstep musical universe, brought together with seaming ease. What defines Kuedo is, paradoxically, the impossibility of defining him. A renaissance man of electronic music and beyond, here’s to the future…

 

 

Joining Kuedo on the night will be Downstate fresh off his album release last week, Hamacide (who released a great EP with ChaCha this week), Blaise Deville, Cavia and some 8-bit madness from Monkey Benders. Don’t really need to say much more, if your in Shanghai and like proper electronic music then this is where you need to be!

Hamacide & ChaCha – You Me EP

Published February 27, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

It already seems like this year is going to be one of the best years for Shanghai music releases! Last Saturday’s Downstate album release was a complete success, and Tom played an absolute belter of a live set! Big thanks to everyone who came down to support local music!

Fresh out of the studio this week is Hamacide and ChaCha’s new EP – You Me! A brand new track produced by Hamacide with ChaCha on vocals, and remixes by Downstate, Jared Turinsky, Lightswitch Lafayette and Hamacide himself, with beautiful artwork by Lily Xiao! Check it out below, and download it from here. Its a ‘name your price’ release, so you can download it for free but you could also throw them a bit of cash and show your support!

Here’s a bit more info from Hamacide:

‘ChaCha is one of the first people I saw perfom when I moved to Shanghai in 2010.  Since then, I have heard her on numerous recordings ranging in many different styles, and I knew I had to work with her on something.  In late 2011, just before ChaCha was about to head to Madrid for the Redbull Music Academy,  I asked her to do one track with me.  Originally I meant for the track to be on a future Hamacide LP, but I got the idea to get some of my friends from Shanghai and New York to re-interpretate this track. I then asked Lily Xiao, whose work I really loved, to do the cover art.’

Downstate – The Heartache Was Visable MV

Published February 20, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

This Saturday sees the 5th release on Shanghai’s PAUSE:MUSIC label, Downstate’s ‘Farewell Static’ LP. We’ve had this one repeat for a while now and its an absolute belter! Here is a little taster from the album, with a killer music video by Kim Laughton!

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