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KVLT02 – This Saturday

Published November 4, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

kvlt shanghai

Saturday 9th November

Sub-Culture present: KVLT 02

Line Up: DJ Dragon (Bangkok), Red-I (Manila), Soul Flower (Manila), Jase (Saigon), ChaCha (Shanghai), Drunk Monk (Shanghai)

Entrance: 50rmb

@ The Shelter, 5 YongFu Lu

Sub-Culture are excited to bring the cream of Asia’s bass music promoters and DJs all together for the 2nd installment of KVLT, a series of events bringing together the various crews, producers and djs from around Asia. We have all known and worked with each other for many years, but this is the first time we have all met together and played at the same party, so you know we are all going to be bringing our A-game!

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DJ Dragon (Home Bass Communications, Dubway – Bangkok, Thailand)

Born in Bangkok Thailand in 1976 Dragon was raised in a family of artists and musicians. As a child he had a passion for playing drums and percussion but it wasn’t until he moved to live in Canada that he fell in love DJing and drum n bass music. After his completing his “education” Dragon moved back to Bangkok. It was here that Dragon realized that his ultimate goal in life was to spread Drum n Bass to the Thai audience. In 1997 he formed the Homebass Communications Crew with Mc Abu and DJ Wen. To date the crew have organized some of the best DnB events in the Kingdom having had guests such as l Double, Jon B, DJ SS, Aphrodite, Mickey Finn, Dread Bass, Ez Rollers and Ray Keith. The crew also hosted the Kingdoms longest running electronic music show called the Homebass Show on 104.5 fat radio. Fast forward to present day and Dragon is still spreading the vibes only this time with a record label and also Dubway Sessions the biggest Dubstep event in Thailand.

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Red-I & Soul Flower (B-Side, Dubplate, Irie Sunday – Manila, Philippines)

Founding member of B-Side and Dubplate Manila, Red-I is one of the corner stones of the Manila beat scene. Heavily influenced by reggae, dub, hiphop and bass-weight, after releasing numerous beat tapes over the last few years he finally released his debut LP earlier in 2012 – Jahdgement Day, a heavy-hitting 15 track behemoth of electronica, dub, bass and experimental sounds. Although his previous works are sample based dusty grooves, this album focuses more on space analog synth work and drum programs.

Partner in crime, Soul Flower, is one of Manila’s best kept secrets. One of the finest Djs in Asia, Soul Flower brings serious heavyweight sounds to the table. The pair have played with Sub-Culture in Tokyo as well as Shanghai and never fail to mash up the dance!

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Jase (The Beats – Saigon, Vietnam)

Jase is Vietnam’s original bass DJ. After buying his first pair of 1200’s whilst living in Australia in 2001, Jase moved back to Vietnam in 2007 and started ‘The Beats’, the now legendary bass movement in his native land, focusing on promoting beat based music and bringing international DJs to town such as Daedelus, DJ Premier, TokiMonsta, Doshy, Samiyam, Jamie Vex’d and many more. He also co-founded Saigon Rockers to push the Dub Reggae scene in Saigon. Its been a good few years since Jase last played with Sub-Culture, and we are very excited to see what sounds he brings with him!

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ChaCha (Sub-Culture, Chee Productions, AM444 – Shanghai, China)

ChaCha, from Guizhou, China, has been singing for over 10 years. Never scared to try new styles, ChaCha rhymes and sings on everything from trip hop and reggae to dubstep and drum and bass. Although she loves to perform with all these styles of music, her main passion is for trip hop and downbeat. A self-taught producer, her own productions are dark and moody, with influences from the likes of classic trip hop such as Dj Shadow, DJ Krush and Portishead to the more abstract, idm sounds of Boards of Canada and Tujiko Noriko. As well as member of Shanghai’s Uprooted Sunshine Soundsytem and Sub-Culture crew, ChaCha has recorded with the likes of Kode9, Clive Chin, Jahtari, Desto, Jimi Tenor, Adrian Sherwood, Hamacide, Rumi and Sickstar, as well as her AM444 project along side Jay.Soul. One of China’s brightest underground stars, ChaCha effortlessly switches up styles to fit the reggae, electronic, hip-hop and leftfield grooves she sings her sharp self-penned lyrics over. ChaCha was also the first ever mainland Chinese participant at Red Bull Music Academy last year in Madrid, and since then has started a new solo project under the moniker Faded Ghost, a dark, ethereal sound using vocal effects, loops, field recordings and synth work.

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Drunk Monk (Sub-Culture, SVBKVLT, The Shelter – Shanghai, China)

Drunk Monk is the founder of Shanghai’s The Shelter, Sub-Culture and the SVBKVLT label. A record collector from an early age due to his father obsession with vinyl, Drunk Monk has been pushing the music he loves for over 15 years. Responsible for bringing some of the most forward thinking electronic artists to China, as well as promoting local sounds and art through the now-closed PAUSE:MUSIC and his newly inaugurated SVBKVLT imprint. Depending on his alcohol intake on the night, Drunk Monk’s dj sets range from a heavy sonic assault to aural bliss, but are always packed full or rarities, exclusives and upfront sounds.

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Sub-Culture presents: 2562 / A Made Up Sound

Published March 28, 2013 by subcultureshanghai
Poster designed by Nini Sum

Poster designed by Nini Sum

Sub-Culture presents: 2562 / A Made Up Sound

Thursday 4th April – Dada Beijing / Friday 5th April – The Shelter Shanghai

Beijing Support: Yauman, Sickstar, Drunk Monk

Shanghai Support: Acid Pony Club (live), Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec

Sub-Culture is very excited to present 2562 aka A Made Up Sound!

Over the course of three landmark albums on Pinch’s mighty Tectonic label and his own When In Doubt imprint, Dave Huismans has laid out a singular and highly influential vision of broken rhythms, off time percussion, crazed sampling and field recording, re-inventing techno, disco and bass music at each and every turn.

Having released on Tectonic, Martyn’s 3024 and the legendary Clone Bassment Series, and with support across the board from the likes of Kode9 and Benji B to house/techno veterans Anthony Shake Shakir and Francois K, he is currently operating on his own label and continuing to stun audiences with his unique and destructive dj sets and fluid live shows. 2562 sounds like very little else out there…

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!

Sub-Culture X BTS Radio with Andrew Meza – This Thursday!!

Published March 5, 2013 by subcultureshanghai


meza-sh-posterA3Thursday 7th March – Sub-Culture X BTS Radio feat. Andrew Meza

Line Up: Andrew Meza, Hamacide, Faded Ghost, Drunk Monk

Entrance: 30rmb

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu

A special mid-week Sub-Culture in collaboration with LA’s BTS Radio featuring BTS head-honcho ANDREW MEZA!

Andrew Meza is a Los Angeles based DJ and creator of the genre defying mix-series, BTS Radio.

Since it’s start in 2003, BTS has become a worldwide brand and movement showcasing the most progressive artists around the world. Meza has toured internationally showcasing the “BTS” sound, landing somewhere between hip-hop and electronic, he’s largely credited to spearheading what some have dubbed, the “beat movement”.

With nods and co-signs from much of the who’s who on the independent circuit, including MF DOOM, Hudson Mohawke, Toro Y Moi and Flying Lotus, Meza is known as one of the most influential tastemakers, spotlighting underground talent and championing artist long before their respected acclaim and record deals.Meza has expanded BTS into a label, their latest release, “S.Maharba: Remixed” will be released February 19th.Other guest features on BTS have also included: 4Hero, Toro Y Moi, The Avalanches, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Four Tet, Teebs, Peanut Butter Wolf, Cinematic Orchestra, Kankick, DJ Mitsu, Exile, Samiyam, Rustie, Jneiro Jarel, Letherette, Micachu, and Mono/Poly among others.

*** This event wil also see the release of the first SVBKVLT cassette by Shanghai’s Faded Ghost AKA ChaCha. Limited to 45 copies only! ***

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

 

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?

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