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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.

Clouds and Desto Subculture

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


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


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

See,Saw – Nini Sum Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong

Published October 17, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

See, Saw By Nini Sum

Thursday, October 25 – Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fine artist, illustrator, toy sculptor, print maker and the founder of screen printing studio Idlebeats, Nini Sum is a lady with many hats, for whom any juggling act would prompt a seesaw sprouting into imagination. Lately, the little device is swinging a lot, throwing up a series of surreal and quietly subversive images linking what she saw and what she sees.

Combining figurative drawings, surrealism and abstract painting with her favorite personal symbology, Sum’s works represent a visual and tangible interplay between philosophy, fantasy and the world of dreams. Enter it and one will find a string of free associative ideas through to “the shadow side” – the collective unconscious where what we see is muddled by our tactile sensory and what is saw is blurred with perceived reality.

“Painting to me is an expression of images and scenes that consciousness brought in. The process of creation is filled up with struggle and lonesomeness, but that’s the rare path to inner peace and pure bliss if you are being truly honest with the flow of the sublime.”- Nini Sum

Born 1986 in Nanjing, the Shanghai-based artist is a Visual Communication graduate at Jiangnan University. Her recent show include Spot Light- China Youth Art Exhibition 2012.

Identity Art Gallery 53 Tung Street
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 11.00am to 7.00pm
For further information please contact the gallery at
+852 2540 5353 or visit:

AM444 – ‘Rooms’ Artwork by Nini Sum

Published October 11, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

Today we are very excited to unveil the beautiful new artwork for AM444’s upcoming album ‘Rooms’ by Nini Sum. Nini, who also designed AM444’s first release ‘Eye Wonder’, has spent the last month making something very special for this release, and we are stunned by the final results. The cover (above) is a large scale oil painting and will also be part of Nini’s first solo exhibition in HongKong at the Identity Art Gallery which opens on the 25th October.

This Saturday at the Sub-Culture event at The Shelter we will also have a special pre-listening session for ‘Rooms’. At 10pm we will be playing the whole album, in full, for the very first time. If you can’t wait to hear what Jay.Soul and ChaCha have been working so hard on these last 6 months, get down early to Shelter and be the first in town to hear it! More details on this coming very soon.

Thursday 10th May – Sub-Culture presents: 2562

Published April 25, 2012 by subcultureshanghai


Thursday 10th May – Sub-Culture presents: 2562 (When In Doubt/Tectonic)

Line Up: 2562, Drunk Monk, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec + guests TBC

Entrance: 40rmb

Mid-week Sub-Culture transmission!! 2562!!!!

Imagine a head-on collision between freestyle rhythms, soundsystem shaking bass, emotive chords and unusual sampling tactics… or just forget about it. The music of 2562 – aka Berlin-based Dutchman Dave Huismans, the number being his former zipcode in The Hague – keeps surprising anyone with a keen ear for new electronic music right because it escapes the usual categories.

Pacey and futuristic bass transmissions such as ‘Kameleon’, ‘Techno Dread’, ‘Flashback’ and ‘Dinosaur’, released on DJ Pinch’s highly respected Tectonic label, found their way onto the decks of everyone from Kode9, Benji B and Mary Anne Hobbs to house/techno veterans Anthony Shake Shakir, Francois K and Laurent Garnier.

Known for a true love of dj’ing, tight mixing skills and wide selection in an uptempo style, 2562 is not another producer-turned-dj, but a proper selector since years, who enjoys making a trip out of a set, mixing up brand new cuts fresh from the studio with unexpected house and techno gems. He plays regularly at high profile clubs such as Berghain/Panoramabar (Berlin), Fabric (London) and The Bunker (New York), as well as bass-strongholds Subloaded, FWD, Sub Dub and numerous festivals and underground nights all over the world – from Australia to Japan and from the USA to Russia.

With his new imprint, When In Doubt, 2562 is pushing his sound even further and making it even harder to categorize his unique take on electronic music. Sub-Culture have been waiting for this event for a long long time now, and we are sure it will not disappoint!

Faded Ghost – Ghost Ark EP

Published January 24, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

Faded Ghost – Ghost Ark EP – Artwork by Nini Sum

Since ChaCha attended Red Bull Music Academy back in November, her musical knowledge, style and skills have grown beyond what we ever could have imagined. ChaCha’s new solo project, Faded Ghost, is her latest experiments into sound and the results are fantastic. As a little taster she has posted up a free EP of fresh material, a gift for you all for Chinese New Year! Check it!!


Sub-Culture 4th Anniversary Pt. 1 – SHACKLETON – This Friday

Published November 21, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


Friday 25th November – Sub-Culture 4 Year Anniversary Pt 1 – Shackleton (live)

Line Up: Shackleton (live), Drunk Monk, dji, Steven Lorenz, Didje + guests

Entrance: 60rmb

For the last 4 years Sub-Culture has been bringing some of the most interesting and forward thinking acts that Shanghai has experienced. To celebrate our 4th year in Shanghai we are excited to bring 2 of our favorite artists back to Shanghai, one in November and one in December. For part one of the celebrations we are very excited to bring back one of the best acts ever to play at Sub-Culture – SHACKLETON!

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. Very rarely leaving Europe, this is a very special opportunity to experience one of Shackleton’s amazing live sets! If you saw him last time we know you will be here this time, and if you missed it make sure you don’t miss out twice!

*** Saturday 10th December – Sub-Culture 4 Year Anniversary Pt 2: KODE9 ***

AM444 – Eye Wonder Screenprint by Nini Sum

Published June 17, 2011 by subcultureshanghai


Our good friends at Idle Beats have recently released a beautiful screenprint version of the AM444 – Eye Wonder artwork designed by Nini Sum. It’s a four colour screenprint with one layer of matt gold on ivory white paper and measures 78cm x 40cm. There are only 66 of these beauties made and each one costs 300rmb. As a special offer for a limited time, if you quote ‘’ when you purchase one we will throw in a free copy of AM444’s debut release – Eye Wonder. Judging by sales so far these prints aren’t going to be around for long so act fast!! Click here to buy!



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