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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

Sub-Culture 5 Year Anniversary

Published November 2, 2012 by subcultureshanghai


Sub-Culture 5th Anniversary feat. Kode9 (Hyperdub – UK)


Friday 16th November @ Dada Beijing – 206 GuLou Dong DaJie

Line Up: Kode9, Drunk Monk, Howie Lee, Sickstar

Entrance: 60rmb advance (available from smartbeijing.com and at Dada Beijing) – 80 on the door


Saturday 17th November @ The Shelter Shanghai – 5 YongFu Lu

Line Up: Kode9 (Hyperdub, UK), Acid Pony Club + TzuSing (live), dji with George Wyndham + Nick Muzyczka, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec + guests

Entrance: 60rmb


For November’s Sub-Culture session, we excited to bring one of our annual Shanghai guests to Beijing for his first show since 2009, and to Shanghai for his 3rd outing with Sub-Culture – Hyperdub head honcho and master of sonic warfare – KODE9!!

Kode9 vibrates parts other DJs can only dream of. His DJ sets and radio shows helped spread the early dubstep sound internationally, but his sets now weave together a bass heavy mix of house, garage, dubstep, grime, footwork and hip hop.

Originally from Glasgow, but based in South London since 2000, Kode9 set up the record label Hyperdub in 2004, infamous for unleashing artists such as Burial (and countless others) on the world. He has recorded 2 albums of his own with vocalist Spaceape; Memories of Future (2006) and Black Sun (2010) and released 2 DJ mix compilation, Dubstep Allstars vol.3 (Tempa 2006) and DJ Kicks (K7 2011). Kode9 has also released tracks on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, and remixed for Lee Scratch Perry for On U Sound, the Junior Boys for Domino, Battles for Warp, and Dabrye Feat. Doom for Ghostly. He has also worked extensively with China’s own ChaCha, releasing 2 12” singles and including 4 tracks on his latest album with Guizhou’s finest!

For 5years, he hosted the weekly Fwd>> show on Rinse FM, London’s leading pirate radio station, and was one of the rotating DJs at DMZ and Fwd>>, the seminal early dubstep nights in London. He now co-hosts the Hyperdub monthly show on Rinse FM with Scratcha DVA.

Kode9 has performed at Sonar Festival, Sonar Tokyo, Mutek, Glastonbury, Unsound, Melt and Coachella as well are gracing clubs nights across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia & New Zealand and South Africa with his unique selection skills.

** We are also very excited and honored to have the one and only Optigram design the poster for our birthday. Optigram is responsible for some of modern electronic musics most iconic images, from the majority of the Hyperdub artwork, to the Warp Records, Planet Mu and XLR8R logos (and many others), Aphex Twin’s Drukqs album cover, Squarepusher’s Ultravisitor album cover, all the Harmonic 313 artwork and much, much more. You can see more of his work atwww.optigram.net. As usual, there will be a limited run of screenprints of this poster but we have a feeling they wont be around for long. Get in touch if you would like to reserve one**

Upcoming Sub-Culture Events – Shanghai

Published September 3, 2012 by subcultureshanghai


Ok, we’ve been a bit quiet on here for some time now, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been doing anything. Finally subcultureshanghai.com has had a long over due lick of digital paint (thanks to Olivepixel) and we are ready to announce our upcoming events for the rest of the year! First off here are the dates for the Sub-Culture events in Shanghai. We will also be announcing our Beijing events and also a couple of special Sub-Cinema events in the next day or two, as well as getting back up to speed with the blog. All killer, no filler!

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!!

Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun – Out this week!!

Published April 11, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


After a long wait, the new album by Kode9 and The Spaceape – Black Sun is released this week and up for pre-order now. As we mentioned before, the album features Sub-Culture’s own ChaCha on 4 of the tracks, and also a collaboration with Flying Lotus! We’ve had the promo for a few weeks now and it gets better with every listen (and it was amazing on the first listen!!). Here’s what Boomkat has to say about the album:


‘Five years on from their debut album, Kode 9 and The Space Ape present another riveting missive from the underground on ‘Black Sun’. Since the release of ‘Memories Of The Future’ in 2006, Kode has adopted the mantle of UK Bass shamen, with a cardboard box for a headdress and the most forward/backward/sideways record case in the world, besides heading up a celebrated DJ Kicks session and A&Ring the impeccable Hyperdub label. All this has fed forward into ‘Black Sun’, twelve tracks of nextisms spanning myriad tempos and incorporating the influences of Chinese producer/MC, Cha Cha and an outstanding collaboration with Flying Lotus. OK, so you’ve probably gathered we’re avowed Kode 9 fans but ‘Black Sun’ has just exceeded our already high expectations. From the doom-laced intro of ‘Black Smoke’ he’s tweaking our endocrinal system with acrid Bubblin’ synth licks, urgent lyrics and martial rhythms begging the question “fight or flight?”. Stick around for ‘Promises’ and the contrast is acute, menace dissipated and replaced with lusciously artificial cybeR’n’Bass vibes followed into ‘Love Is The Drug’, adhering to a formula of dissonant synth cadence and dismantled House patterns spawned by his original ‘Black Sun’ 12″ back in 2009, itself re-kinked here as the ace ‘Black Sun (Partial Eclipse)’. However, the best tracks are those which take up Timbaland’s rhythmic ideas (before he became a muscle bound pop goon). The synapse-triggering drums and paranoid tension of ‘Neon Red Sign’ is just exquisite, especially when Cha Cha and Space Ape find the same crease, while ‘The Cure’ uses similar patterns in a bleepier context, spliced with deft techno stabs for the dance, and then there’s the junglist tuck-and-roll of ‘Otherman’, the hip-synched wriggle of ‘Green Son’ or the Grime-jacked force of ‘Bullet Against Bone’. Sh*t, we’ve not even mentioned the brilliantly woozy harmonic tunings that really define this album, but this is getting long now and you’ve probably got better things to do. Take it on trust or find out for yourself, either way this album is just completely essential.’

Kode9 & The Spaceape – Otherman/Love Is The Drug (feat ChaCha) – Out now!

Published March 31, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


The lead 12″ from Kode9 and Spaceape’s forthcoming album ‘Black Sun’ has just dropped into the record shops, with the stunning ‘Otherman’ backed with ‘Love Is The Drug’ feat ChaCha- two deadly tracks from the superb follow up to 2006’s ‘Memories Of The Future’!!

From Boomkat:

‘Hyperdub’s head honcho serves a first taster of his forthcoming ‘Black Sun’ LP with two mystikal entries featuring Space Ape and Cha Cha. Furthering his new, up-stepping sound from the ’09 single ‘Black Sun’, A-side ‘Otherman’ sails in on signature, wheezing melodica surrounded by melting synth drones before Tech-stepped swing drums and cone-imploding subs suck the air from the room, perhaps explaining Spaceape’s breathless, distanced vocal. Flipside, ‘Love Is The Drug’ introduces Cha Cha, an MC/Singer from Guizhou, China and in possession of a superbly sultry, spectral delivery, over a sleeker, heavy rolling riddim matched with melancholy synthlines twisted into mournful cadences. It’s standardly moody Kode 9 business and a class tease for the album (which is absolutely ace, as it goes). Really into this – highly recommended.’

Kode9 feat ChaCha – Time Patrol Dub

Published March 15, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

In anticipation for his forthcoming album with Spaceape, Kode9 has put the dub version of Time Patrol up for download over at XLR8R. You may have heard it already in Drunk Monk’s Kongkrete Bass mix, but the dub version takes out Spaceapes vocal and just leaves ChaCha’s haunted sounds floating around the beat. Massive! Download it here.

Kode9 and The Spaceape: Otherman / Love is the Drug (Feat Cha Cha)

Published February 17, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

HYP010: Kode9 and The SpaceapeOtherman / Love is the Drug (Feat Cha Cha)

Release Date: 4th April 2011

These two songs make up the lead single from Kode9 and the Spaceape’s second album ‘Black’ Sun’. Coming from oblique angles, these two songs introduce the breadth of the album.

Otherman opens with a sombre, arpeggiated march built from wavering analogue synth drones, lulling the listener until Spaceape’s cracked communique interrupts the flow with downtrodden descriptions, wrapped around lop-sided rhythms. Sombre, flatline funk.

Love is the Drug features the vocals of Cha Cha, a singer from Shanghai, who guests across 4 tracks from the album. Love is the Drug operates on a raw emotional level, over a droning synth and an aggressively coiling drum pattern with the sound of a pumping heartbeat at the centre. Cha Cha’s vocals drift into a sensual pattern as the melody sours under her, before confirming the suffocation of love, with Spaceape whispering over her shoulder.

Black Sun is released on 14th of April CD / LP / Digital


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