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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.

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AM444 + Drunk Monk at Sakifo 2012 – Reunion Island!

Published May 29, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

We’ve been pretty bad at keeping the blog updated so this probably isn’t going to make a huge difference, but we will be away for a while as ChaCha, Jay.Soul and Drunk Monk are going to play at the Sakifo Festival on Reunion Island! We’ve known about this for a while but it hasnt actually felt real until a few days ago when we finally got visas! AM444 will be performing twice on the island, once at the Iomma festival and once at Sakifo (along side Sharon Jones and The DapKinggs, Earth Wind and Fire, Saul Williams, Chinese Man, Patrice, and w hole bunch more!), and Drunk Monk will be djing at an afterparty or two. Full report when we get back!!

The Line Up – Saturday – Sub-Culture with Tes La Rok

Published April 13, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Big Sub-Culture this Saturday!! You know the drill – 10pm till late @ The Shelter, 5 YongFu Lu! Here’s the full details of line up:

 

 

10.00 – 11.30: 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.

 

 

11.30 – 12.30: DJ Maze

DJ Maze, from Copenhagen via HangZhou, is a name which is becoming more and more familiar in the Shanghai scene. A regular selector at Uprooted’s Shanghai By Bus event as well as guest spots at Love Bang and Shanghai Yard events, Maze brings some serious heat to the table with a killer vinyl collection of roots and dancehall. He’s played with Uprooted many times but this is his first set at Sub-Culture. Strictly sound-system style!

 

 

12.30 – 01.30: 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. Deadly combination!!!

 

 

01.30 – 03.00: Tes La Rok

We’ve been wanting to lock down this booking for years now, finally Sub-Culture are joined by original badman TES LA ROK!!

Tes La Rok is a DJ and music producer from Helsinki, Finland. He was one of the first international names to break through onto the dubstep scene, and has been featured on a variety of albums such as Soul Jazz’ Steppa’s Delight, Dubstep Allstars 5, Mary-Anne Hobbs’ Evangeline and Mixmag 25 Year Anniversary Mix by Laurent Garnier. He is also the owner of Noppa Recordings, a dubstep label featuring some of the most innovative artists from around the world.

His remix of Uncle Sam’s Round The World Girls on Argon Records in 2007 quickly achieved anthem status, being played in clubs everywhere and winning best 12” in the dubstepforum.com awards. With his new project, Trusta, about to launch on Loefah’s Swamp81 label, Tes’ sound continues to morph and change as the ever-evolving bass scene changes with him. One for the real heads!

 

 

03:00 – End: 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. Heavyweight vibes till sunrise!

AM444 live @ JZ Club – This Sunday!!

Published March 28, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Sunday 1st April – Sub-Culture presents: AM444 with Li XiaoChuan & Friends (live)

@ JZ club, 49 FuXing Lu, near YongFu Lu

Line Up: AM444 (live), Li XiaoChuan (trumpet) + guest musicians. Support DJ: Drunk Monk

Entrance: FREE

Starts at 9pm

It’s hard to believe its been a whole year since AM444’s ‘Eye Wonder’ release party. Weddings, babies and Red Bull Music Academies all arrived pretty soon after their debut performance, which blew minds at The Shelter exactly 1 year to the day, and so we’ve been waiting to find the best opportunity for their 2nd full live show in Shanghai. We didn’t want to delve into the darkness of The Shelter for their second show, we thought it deserved something a little more special than that, so finally we are excited to present AM444’s new live show on stage at Shanghai premier Jazz venue, JZ CLUB, for an intimate evening alongside the serious horn skills of Li XiaoChuan, as well as a few other surprise guest musicians!!

 

 

AM444 is the Shanghai based project of singer ChaCha and producer Jay.Soul. Their debut album ‘Eye Wonder’ was the first release on Shanghai’s PAUSE:MUSIC and made a huge impact on local and international scene, selling out almost instantly and leaving fans pining for more.

ChaCha (Guizhou, China) is one of China’s brightest underground stars. Besides being part of reggae crew Uprooted Sunshine she also records with the likes of Kode9, Clive Chin, Jahtari, Desto, Jimi Tenor, Sickstar & Sunbiz and was part of  RBMA 2012. ChaCha effortlessly switches up styles to fit the electronic, trip-hop, dub and leftfield grooves she sings her sharp self-penned lyrics over.

Jay.Soul is a versatile music producer and DJ from Amsterdam. He has made a wide range of tracks, both solo and for others, incl: Mr Windmill, Cecilia Stalin Sole Profit, Corey, Ninefifty. He’s remixed Giovanca, Nas, Michael Franti & Spearhead, O.Boogie, The Proov, Roots Manuva and also composes music for commercials, film, websites, theatre and your momma!

 

 

Their new live performance takes their music to a whole other level, with ChaCha on vocals, effects and keys, and Jay on Decks, Bass, Guitar and Synth. Seen as they have been welcomed to play at the legendary JZ Club, we couldn’t help but take advantage of the opportunity to play with some of Shanghai’s most talented musicians, and so joining AM444 on stage will be Li XiaoChuan on Trumpet as well as a few surprise guests! A lot of people have been waiting for this night, and we assure you you won’t be disappointed.

To warm up the evening, Drunk Monk will be dusting off some vinyl treats especially for JZ Club. No booming bass or grimey UK sounds this time, straight up rare grooves, jazz classics and soul dipped goodness!

 

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!

Next Sub-Culture – Sat 18th Feb – Doc Daneeka

Published January 15, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Saturday 18th February

Sub-Culture presents: Doc Daneeka (Ten Thousand Yen/50 Weapons/Ramp – UK)

Line Up: Doc Daneeka, Deville, Siesta, Drunk Monk, dji, ChaCha, Didje

Entrance: 50rmb

For the second Sub-Culture of 2012 we are excited to be joined by Welsh badman – Doc Daneeka!

It’s not common for an artist based in Wales to become the toast of underground music, but Doc Daneeka is just that. With releases on Ramp, Fabric, 50 Weapons, PTN, & Well Rounded in the bag, Doc Daneeka has started his own boutique label, Ten Thousand Yen, releasing other fresh artists like XXXY and Julio Bashmore as well as his own unique material. Bookings all around the world and being accepted into Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid 2011 (along with Sub-Culture’s own ChaCha) has solidified Daneeka’s reputation for his tight productions, and his energetic DJ sets are some of the most sought after performances by clubs all around the world.

Delivering scorching mixes for the likes of Fact Mag & Xlr8r, trademark rattling drums and punchy low end characterise this producers unclassifiable DJ sets, as well as countless unreleased dubs.

Doc Daneeka makes some of the best house music around right now – with peers in Hackman, Roska and Julio Bashmore, he favours syncopated beats and polyrhythms over linear drive, and has remixed Delphic, Digital Mystikz and more in the past to great effect. His releases for PTN have shown eight slabs of colourful house almost impossible to avoid getting physical to. His much talked about debut album with Benjamin Damage, entitled ‘THEY!LIVE”, is just about to drop on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint and is receiving praise from all corners of the music world. Doc Daneeka is delivering the goods, while wearing the weight of internet expectation. UK Dance music’s health and sound has never been so rude!

Stockholm Syndrome – Tonight @ Dada

Published January 13, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Friday 13th January – Stockholm Syndrome

Sonic explorations for internal conflict. A surgical selection of House, Electro, New/Dark/Cold/Synth Wave, Industrial, Techno, EBM, Disco on this theme.

DNK MNK, Zammo, Tzusing

@ Dada – 115 XingFu Lu

Interview with TzuSing here.

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