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SVBKVLT LAUNCH & POSTER EXHIBITION – THE EXHIBITION

Published April 18, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

 

shackleton poster by Zeke Clough

Shackleton (2010) – designed by Zeke Clough

Back in April 2010, Sub-Culture brought Shackleton to China for the first time. This was a big deal for us, we had wanted to book him since the early days of Shelter but as he rarely travels outside of Europe it wasn’t possible until he decided to do his first world tour in 2010. Understandably excited about the event, we wanted to make a special poster for the occasion and so contacted Skull Disco artist Zeke Clough to see if he would be interested in doing the design. To our delight he agreed and the result (above) totally blew us away. It was by far the best poster we had done for any of our events up until then and we felt that simply printing regular posters wasn’t enough. Around the time we had received the poster from Zeke Split Work’s Jue festival was in full swing and one of the events included a workshop from a new screen-printing studio called Idle Beats. I have been a collector of screen-prints for many years and so was excited to have finally found someone doing it in Shanghai and so contacted Nini Sum to see if she would be interested in collaborating and producing a print of Zeke’s poster. Nini was up for it and so for the event we produced a short run of hand-pulled posters.

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Clouds and Desto (2010) – designed by Gregor Koerting

We really enjoyed working together and so decided to do it again the following month when we hosted Clouds and Desto from Finland. Gregor Koerting had just joined Idle Beats and had an idea for a poster and so he designed our second screen print. Again, the project was a success and Gregor’s poster sold out pretty fast. And so we did it again the month after. And the month after that. And the month after that. We have now been working together for just over 3 years and have produced over 40 screen-prints designed by artists from all over the world.

 

designed by HR-FM

Scratcha DVA (2012) designed by HR-FM

This Sunday at On Stage sees the first time we have exhibited all the posters together. All available posters will be for sale at a special price just for the event, and Idle Beats have put together 20 mystery tubes for only 50rmb, containing a random poster from our collection! Get down early and grab a great piece of art for your wall!

2562 by Nini Sum and Gregor Koerting

2562 (2012) – designed by Nini Sum and Gregor Koerting

DETAILS :

Sunday 21st April – Sub-Culture + Idle Beats present: SVBKVLT Launch + Poster Exhibition

@ On Stage – A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu

2pm – Late ** Free Entry

Tes La Rok (2012) - designed by Lilly Xiao

Tes La Rok (2012) – designed by Lilly Xiao

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Red-I & Soul Flower (2011) – designed by TwoQee

Dubway Vs Sub-Cutlure (2010) - designed by Thun Puchpen

Dubway Vs Sub-Cutlure (2010) – designed by Thun Puchpen

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SVBKVLT LAUNCH & POSTER EXHIBITION – SHOPS

Published April 16, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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This Sunday sees the launch of a project we have been working hard on over the last 6 months – the inauguration of SVBKVLT!

SVBKVLT is Sub-Culture’s new clothing, art and music brand. Over the last 5 years we have been lucky enough to discover and meet a huge amount of very talented producers, artists and musicians from China, Asia and beyond. We started collaborating with Idle Beats to produce screen-printed posters almost 3 years ago and over this time have released a large series of art prints that we are very proud of and we thought it was about time we took things a little further and branch out into clothing, music and a lot more.

This Sunday we are holding a one-off special event at JZ clubs latest venue – On Stage. From 2pm until late we are taking over the venue with a group of specially selected market stalls from local independent groups, Idle Beats will be exhibiting all of the Sub-Culture posters from the last 3 years and there will be live performances and short movie showings throughout the day.

Throughout the week we will be posting up more details about SVBKVLT, the exhibition and the music for the launch, but first off here is a run down of the vendors participating on the day.

 

SVBKVLT

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First off, ourselves. We have been working hard over the last months and are just about ready to release the first wave of SVBKVLT products. Later in the week we will post up full details of the products being released, but for now we can announce that we will have 3 t-shirts (designed by Idle Beats, Manila’s Caliph8 and UK’s Gene Mutation), a SVBKVLT X Original Smoke Jacket, cassette tapes by Faded Ghost, Caliph8, Red-I and Floyd Cheung, 2 different SVBKVLT Slipmat designs and a pack of amazing stickers by Shanghai’s Cheeri Wang! More info on all of this soon

 

IDLE-BEATS

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Our partners in artistic crime, IDLE BEATS will be exhibiting all of the Sub-Culture screen prints form the 3 years (over 40 posters!!) and all prints will be available to buy on the day. Artists include Nini Sum, Gregor Koerting, Cheeri Wang, Optigram, Kim Laughton, Lily Xiao, Zeke Clough, Xiao LongHua, HR-FM, Demon Slayer and many more. They will also have a limited amount of mystery tubes, containing a random Sub-Culture poster for only 50rmb! Get down early and grab a great piece or art for less than a drink at most of Shanghai’s ‘classy’ establishments!

 

MENG QI MUSIC

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We are bringing electronic musician and scientist MENG QI down from Beijing especially for our launch party, and with him he will be bringing a selection of his hand-made synths, controllers, effects units, contact mics and more. Some of the most innovative electronic music gear coming out of China right now, MengQi will also be performing a live showcase using only his own gear. Producers, gear-heads and music geeks, get on this!

 

TIMEFLY

timefly2 Curated by Kim Laughton and TzuSing, TIMEFLY produce digitally printed garments featuring net artists such as Keven Heckart, Aisha, VM5T and Kim Laughton himself.

 

DOUBLE DRAGON

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Ran by Chinese comic artists XiaoLongHua and TwoQee, Double Dragon sells underground Chinese comic books, hand-made toys, handkerchiefs and other oddities

UPTOWN RECORDS

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Fresh from celebrating National Record Store Day the day before, Uptown Records will be bringing a fresh selection of vinyl plus a selection of goods from their analogue dungeon including Boom-boxes, Record players and more. Sub-Culture will also be bringing down some vinyl rarities to sell, as well as a bunch of records and cds from some of our favorite artists from around asia

 

DETAILS :

Sunday 21st April – Sub-Culture + Idle Beats present: SVBKVLT Launch + Poster Exhibition

@ On Stage – A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu

2pm – Late ** Free Entry

Sub-Culture X Zeke Clough T-Shirt

Published November 14, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

Some of you may have seen pictures of our new t-shirt that we’ve been throwing around online the last few day so we thought it was about time we gave out a bit more info on it.

The shirt, made for our 5-year anniversary, is designed by Manchester’s Zeke Clough, the artist responsible for Shackleton’s ‘Skull Disco’ and ‘Woe To The Septic Heart’ artwork, as well as the artwork for the first release on ‘Acid Ragga’, the deadly new label from The Bug.

 Sub-Culture presents Shackleton (April 2010) – Designed by Zeke Clough

Zeke is one of our favorite artists in the scene right now, and this isn’t the first time Sub-Culture has collaborated with him. Back in April 2010 we brought Shackleton over to China for the very firs time. It was a pretty big thing for us as Shackleton doesn’t travel around so often, and previous to this tour he very rarely flew. We wanted to do something a bit more substantial for the poster, and as the Skull Disco releases have some of the best artwork in the ‘bass’ scene, we thought it would be great to get Zeke to design the poster for the event. We got in touch with Zeke and he agreed to do the design, and when he sent it over to us we were blown away with what he did. Around the same time, Split Works were putting on the first Jue Festival and one of the events involved a screen-printing workshop by Idle Beats. We’d never heard of Idle Beats at that time (it had only just started up and was still operated from Nini’s home) but we sent an email to them to see if she would be interested to collaborate with us and screen-print the poster. Both Idle Beats and us were really happy with the results and how it was received and since then we have been working closely together and producing hand made event posters and art prints every month for over 2 and a half years.

Acid Ragga 001 – Designed by Zeke Clough

This t-shirt, as well as marking our 5 years in the scene, is also the beginning of a larger project we will start next year – SVBKVLT Clothing. We’ve been wanting to start making t-shirts for a while, and dabbled in it a couple of years ago but weren’t totally satisfied with the results. Its actually pretty difficult to find decent shirts in Shanghai. This time we wanted to do it properly, and after asking around for contacts, we hooked up with Carlos Gibbs at The Texture Company and were really impressed with how they runs things. We chose the material, the cut and the printing technique and we are more than happy with how they turned out.

SNOW 2 HEXULA VS ANTIGRAVITON – designed by Zeke Clough

The t-shirts are screen-printed on 180gsm, 100% cotton shirts and come in black with white print or white with black print, in sizes from S to XL. They are packaged in hand screen-printed, hand numbered envelopes (printed by Drunk Monk during his first workshop at Idle Beats) and come with the Sub-Culture Tokyo CD and some SVBKVLT stickers.

Limited to 50 pieces in each colour, they cost 150rmb each. To pre-order please email subcultureshanghai@gmail.com. The shirts will be released and for sale this Friday @ Dada Beijing and Saturday @ The Shelter Shanghai at our anniversary events.

Sub-Culture X Idle Beats X Optigram by Didjelirium

Published November 9, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Check this great little video about how Idle-Beats make their wonderful screen-printed posters. The video was made by Sub-Culture MC Didjelirium. He is a freelance video artist/animator, hit him up at didjelirium@gmail.com!

Poster design by Optigram – http://www.optigram.net

Printed by Idle Beats – http://www.idlebeats.com

Video by Didjelirium

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?

Oil Works in Shanghai

Published September 7, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

With so much going on these days in Shanghai its easy for, shall we say, the less hardened promoter to have their events lost in the hype of other events in the city and not get the recognition and coverage it deserves. Today and tonight see one of these events, the return of Fukouka’s Oil Works crew to Shanghai, celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Sub-Culture brought Oil Works over in June 2011 for the release of Hamacide’s ‘Might Little Machine’ remix album. This year the crew are celebrating 10 years in the game and so Toru from Boobies Tattoo Studio has brought them over for an exhibition at Kin starting this afternoon and a party at The Shelter this evening.

Yesterday we went over to Idle Beats new studio (which is great by the way) to check out the Popy Oil print they have produced for today’s exhibition. The print. entitled ‘Hello Yello’, comes in various colourways and styles, including hollographic paper and also some great versions on top of old Idle Beats test prints. There are some real beauties in their, all one offs, so id get down to Kin today as soon as possible if you want to grab the best versions. Here’s a few pics of how its looking.

 

 

Yesterday evening we also popped in to Kin to say hello to Popy and Zorzi from Oil Works crew and to have a quick preview of the exhibition. A lot of the pieces weren’t yet hung whilst we were there, but we did manage to see a few of the images and they are looking great. They have also brought a whole bunch of really nice Oil Works shirts, cds and vinyl, books and a weird mexican wrestling/gimp mask. Here’s a few pics of what we saw.

 

 

The Oil Works exhibition kicks off this afternoon at Kin (64 MaoMing/Yanan) and the big event is at The Shelter tonight (5 YongFu/FaHuaZhen) with Olive Oil (live), Zorzi, 44 (live) from Xiamen and Hamacide. Olive Oil’s live set was fantastic last time and we are very excited to see what he has in store for this 10 year anniversary bash, and we are also very interested in seeing, for the first time in Shangai, 44’s live performance. All of this will be joined by the great visual work of Popy Oil. SO, if you can pull yourself away from all the hype, come down to Shelter tonight and experience some serious quality live electronic music and visuals.

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!

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