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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!!


Steven Lorenz and Esia meet Heatwolves – Tonight!!!

Published April 9, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Just a quick heads up for you all (especially as i forgot the bass around asia this week) that Sub-Culture Soldiers Steven Lorenz and Esia are joining Heatwolves at his monthly Love Bang party at Dada! I had the pleasure to play there last month and it was a lot of fun, I think I was spinning till like 5.30am! Anyway, if your in Shanghai get your weekly bass fix on 115 XingFu Lu tonight!

Next Sub-Culture – N1D and Achun (live)

Published February 1, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Saturday 12th February

Sub-Culture present: N1D and Achun (live)

Line Up: N1D, Achun (live), Deville, dji, Drunk Monk, ChaCha, Didje, Esia, Arminda

Music: Live Dubstep, Dub, DnB, Jungle

Entrance: 40rmb

For our second session of 2011, Sub-Culture welcome back Macau badboy N1D, and also welcome Macau’s second-in-command – Achun, with a live Dubstep set!!


N1D is one of the key players in the Dubstep scene of Hong Kong and Macau. Starting off in 2008 and representing Heavy Hong Kong, N1D is now plays as a major role in the Heavy Dubstep night, bringing the heaviest Macau sounds onto the underground dance floors of Hong Kong. He is also one of the very few Dubstep producers in Asia. In 2010 N1D founded his own crew “Healthy” with DJ Sannja, which is the first and the only Bass Music label organizing monthly D&B / Dubstep night in Macau.


Achun is a Macanese electronic musician. His music style is deeply influenced by post-punk, shoegaze, etc, and has now developed into the 140bpm Dubstep sound. Achun is going to smash up the dancefloor by his trademarking dark, explosive digital noise over the solid 140bpm in a well layered live set. He released one of his best tunes to date tune earlier this year – Deeper. The remix of “Deeper” by Macau Dubstep Badboy N1D can be heard on Kongkretebass Episode 111 and is included in HEAVY Hong Kong 4th birthday mixtape.

Sonic Boom!!! Tonight’s Line Up!

Published January 8, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Here’s tonight’s line up for Sub-Culture @ The Shelter:

10.00 – 11.00: Drunk Monk (HipHop/Beats)

11:00 – 12:30: Hamacide (HipHop/Beats)

12:30 – 02:00: Steven Lorenz (Dubstep)

02:00 – 03:00: Drunk Monk (Dubstep)

03:00 – 04:00: LON (DnB set)

04:00 – 05:00: Drunk Monk (Jungle/Dubstep)

MCs – Didje, ChaCha, Esia, Arminda

As always, IdleBeats will be at the back of the dancefloor with a nice selection of screen prints for sale, including tonight’s ‘Mr Fish’s Dinner’ print!

10pm start, 40rmb @ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu, near FuXing Lu!

See you there!!

Jack Sparrow (or not)

Published December 31, 2010 by subcultureshanghai

Jack Sparrow (or not)

In December, as part of the 3 year anniversary of Shelter, we booked one of our favourite artists of 2010 – Jack Sparrow. Unfortunately, due to some visa complication, Jack was unable to make the show, but luckily we still had a great turn out and, joined by Shanghai’s 1st lady of DnB Siesta, we mashed up the Shelter proper anyway. We are going to reschedule Jack Sparrow for some time early next year so keep an eye out. Check the poster, designed by Shanghai illustrator XiaoLongHua!

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