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KVLT02 – This Saturday

Published November 4, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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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.

VISIONIST & PUZZLE

Published June 27, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

Video by Kim Laughton

Tomorrow night at Shelter, and Saturday night at Dada Beijing, we are very excited to present one of the most exciting talents to come out of London in the last few years, VISIONIST! Below is a bit more info on Visionist and also our second special guest for the night, PUZZLE, but first off check out this deadly mix of 100% own productions he did for Dusk & Blackdown’s Rinse show.

South London based producer Visionist came up in uk scene in 2011 after gaining support from DJ Oneman with tunes such as ‘Come In’ & ‘Mr.67’. Over the last couple of years Visionist made serious waves and has since seen release on Dusk & Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings, Desto’s Signal Life and 92 Points. His music takes influence from many genres but is deeply rooted in UK Grime, where he began, and all with a dark, fresh twist of his own.

Visionist

With the track ‘Something Old, Something New’ being one of the highlights on Kode9’s recent Rinse Mix CD, and his new self released EP ‘Crying Angels’, a selection of remixes of classic Grime tracks plus the astonishing new cut ‘Your Eyes Were Green’, Visionist is quickly establishing a big name for himself and stands out among his peers. The next few months will see a 4 track EP released on Berlin’s Leisure System, as well as an EP for Rashad and Spinn’s Lit City!

But thats not all! Joining Visionist, as a special treat, we also have the return of Leisure System’s Puzzle!

With over 10 years experience of production and dj’ing, Puzzle is resident at the mighty Leisure System night at Berlin super club Berghain, and also co-runs the Leisure System record label. Having played some of the biggest clubs and festivals around, Sonar, Dimensions, Arma 17, RedBull Music Academy, Nitsa, XOYO, Shelter, Dada, Puzzle always brings a playful mix of genres to the dance floor while relentlessly throwing down bass heavy bangers. Leisure System records are just about to release an EP from Visionist, as well as the much anticipated new material from Dopplereffekt, so we are very excited to see what he has in store for us this time around!

SHACKLETON – This Saturday!

Published May 2, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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Saturday 4th May – Sub-Culture presents: Shackleton (live)

Line Up: Shackleton, Downstate (live), Faded Ghost, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec

Entrance: 60rmb

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu

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.

2012’s The Draw Bar Organ EP’s/Music For The Quiet Hour was some of his most inspired and groundbreaking work to date, and his new live show has taken his sound to a whole other level. Shackleton rarely travels, but his last 2 shows at The Shelter (2011 & 2010) made such an impact that he has agreed to come back once more with a brand new live show. Special guest support from Downstate (live).

This month’s deadly poster was designed by Shanghai’s Twin Horizon.

This Saturday – TES LA ROK!

Published April 9, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

Saturday 14th April – Sub-Culture present: Tes La Rok

Line Up: Tes La Rok, Drunk Monk, Maze, dji, Steven Lorenz, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec, George Wyndham

Entrance: 60rmb

After the sheer devastation caused by The Bug and Daddy Freddy last month, we are following up with another heavyweight guest of honor – 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.

For the past decade, Tes La Rok has been one of the pioneers in Helsinki undergound culture, running dances such as Slam It, Soulfuel, Back 2 Bass and Sub, as well as his show on basso radio along Sub-Culture favorite Desto.

 

 

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 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!

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!

Sub-Culture present The Bug & Daddy Freddy

Published February 29, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

Poster designed by Anna Gruter

Saturday 17th March 2012

Sub-Culture present: The Bug & Daddy Freddy (Ninja Tune/Rephlex – UK)

Line Up: The Bug & Daddy Freddy, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, dji, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec, George Wyndham + special guests

Entrance: TBC

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu, Shanghai

For the 3rd Sub-Culture of 2012 we are very excited to present Mr Kevin Martin aka The Bug, along side legendary Jamaican MC – Daddy Freddy!

The Bug

For some, The Bug is a relatively new name. A producer who, as of late, has been associated with London’s (and now internationally) vibrant Dub Step scene. However for a lot of others, it’s the current state of mutation for rogue producer Kevin Martin. From Techno Animal with Justin Broadwick of Godflesh and Razor X Production with The Rootsman to Pressure and King Midas Sound with Kiki Hitomi and Roger Robinson, Kevin’s discography spans labels as diverse as Rephlex, Ninja Tune, Virgin, Hyperdub and Grand Royal to name but a few.

The Bug first came to be in 1997, when Kevin collaborated with DJ Vadim on ‘Tapping The Conversation’. From 2001-2004 The Bug teamed up with UK dub veteran The Rootsman for a series of singles under the name Razor X Productions, which would frame the template for the first proper Bug full length, 2003’s ‘Pressure’ featuring classic dancehall M.C Daddy Freddy, New Flesh’s Toastie Taylor, along with The Rootsman, Roger Robinson, Paul St. Hilaire (aka. Tikiman), Wayne Lonesome, and more…

‘London Zoo’, the latest Bug album on Ninja Tune, features vocalists such as Warrior Queen, Flowdan, Tippa Irie and Ricky Ranking. London Zoo is a record that, although will be undoubtedly referenced to the dub-step scene, will also redefine and stand on its own as a celebration of the capitals urban cultural clash, uniquely detonating dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise onslaughts.

Having remixed Thom Yorke’s “Harrowdown Hill” to great critical acclaim at the Radiohead main-man’s request, Martin has also just completed a bass-bin shaking rework of Grace Jones at the request of the former model. Both of which are the latest additions to the previous list of illustrious mavericks that have sung the praises of The Bug… from Aphex Twin to Massive Attack, Adrian Sherwood to Andy Weatherall, Kid 606 to Jerry Dammers (The Specials), they have all recognized the freak-beat originality of Kevin Martin’s singular progress in bass culture.

Daddy Freddy

Daddy Freddy was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in the city’s Trenchtown district, just minutes away from Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One. One of his neighbors, legendary vocalist Ranking Joe, took Freddy under his wing and taught him the basic skills of performing. His natural skills on the mic quickly gained recognition from Lt Stichie (Natty Dread) and then with Sugar Minott, whose Soundsystem that he performed with quickly founded Freddy’s reputation in Jamaica. His first album, Body Lasher, was released in 1986 and had six top ten hits in Jamaica, including a number one with ‘Joker Lover’ alongside Pinchers.

After a successful tour of the US, Freddy moved to England in 1987 and began collaborating with Asher D, releasing the much sampled ‘Raggamuffin Hip-Hop’, as well as influencing and supporting UK reggae stars such as Top Cat, Tenor Fly and Prento Youth. Dr Dre, Cypress Hill and even Norman Cook have all requested collaberations with Freddy, whilst The Prodigy, Salt N Pepa and KRS One all sampled his unique voice. His fame rose even higher when, in 1989, he broke the world record for ‘Worlds Fastest Rapper’, a record that he smashed 4 times, taking it from 346 to 598 syllables per minute. Over the years, Freddy has worked with many of the very best in the industry, including Sly and Robbie, Michael Prophet, Rootsman, Mungo’s HiFi, Rebel MC and many more.

The Bug and Daddy Freddy are a deadly combination! Their track, Run The Place Red, which featured on The Bug’s ‘Pressure’ album was remixed by none other than Aphex Twin, and with their new collaboration ‘Armagideon’ on The Bug’s new ‘Swarm Riddim’ due for immanent release on Ninja Tune, brace yourself for a serious experience in sound system concussion! Warning – It will be loud, it will be heavy, it will get nasty!

This Weekend – Sub-Culture has you covered..

Published February 17, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

 

Busy weekend this week in Shanghai, lots of big, over priced parties going on. Here is a little guide of what we think you should do:

 

Step 1: This afternoon, get your head round this mix right here. Maybe give this a read, or this, or this, or this, or maybe this.

 

Step 2: Tonight, take it easy, Saturday is going to be a big one so save your energy. Get something good to eat and then head over to Arcade where Sub-Culture’s Drunk Monk will be dropping some musical niceness from 12 – 4am. Arcade do some fantastic drinks, and Drunk Monk gets paid with a bottle of rum, and he really shouldnt be drinking it all to himself, some come down and give him a hand with it!

 

Step 3: Sleep all day Saturday…

 

Step 4: Head to The Shelter Saturday night for Sub-Culture presents: Doc Daneeka! Serious dance-floor vibes all night long! Get down early to catch dji’s deep dub set with George Wyndham on harmonica, and if you’ve got a bit of extra cash buy one of these from the Idle Beats shop at the back of the dancefloor. It’s probably the most popular poster we have done so far so i dont think these will stick around for long. We were also saving some of these for a Sub-Culture poster exhibition, but we haven’t found the right venue just yet so the last remaining shirts will be on sale too!

 

Step 5: Recover…

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