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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

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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!

RE-CAP: AM444

Published July 3, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

AM444 – Photo by Benoit Florencen

Ok, so it’s about time I get my arse into gear and start updating this blog with more than just event promo. Over the next few weeks we will be posting up a bunch of news and music and also recapping on what has been going on in the Sub-Culture world and beyond over the last few months. There is a lot to post up, but with their first 12” vinyl release at YuYinTang this weekend (more on that shortly) what better way to start than a brief review of what AM444 have been upto recently.

AM444 released their first mini-album ‘Eye Wonder’ back in April 2011. Shortly after Otis.Soul was born, Drunk Monk somehow managed to get a ring on Chacha’s finger, Jay went back to Holland for a while and Red Bull kidnapped ChaCha for a few weeks in Madrid until she escaped to Berlin. Because of all this, after their first live performance at The Shelter, AM444 disappeared for a short time.

 

AM444 live @ JZ club with Li XiaoQuan and Willow

Earlier this year, personal lives started to settle down a little and Jay and ChaCha got back into the studio to start work on their new album (due this October!), and they also got back on the road. After playing shows in ChengDu, ChongQing and Beijing, they finally played their first Shanghai show in exactly one year, but this time, instead of the murky depths of The Shelter, their return show was at Shanghai’s premier Jazz venue, JZ Club. We’d been chatting with Mark Elliot from JZ about AM444 performing there for and finally we set a date for Sunday 1st April. As a nice little bonus, a few weeks after we set the date we also realized that the following day was a holiday, and, as with every Sunday at JZ, it was a free event. They packed out JZ club and gave a killer performance alongside Li XiaoQuan on Trumpet and Willow on Sax. AM444 was back!

 

Reunion Island

Their next performance took them somewhere quite different. In early 2012 our friends at 86/33Link in Beijing contacted us and proposed AM444 to perform at the Iomma Conference and Sakifo Festival on Reunion Island. It was kind of a surreal offer, we had never imagined of travelling there, to perform or otherwise, and up until the day that ChaCha had her visa and we had flight tickets in hand it was hard to believe it was real. But…it was definitely real.

Reunion Island, a French owned island around 200km from Mauritius to the East of Madagascar, seems to be pretty unknown unless you live in the surrounding area or you’re from France. It was probably one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been. Perfect weather, black volcanic sand, crystal clear ocean, incredibly hospitable people, an amazing mix of cultures and religions, it was pretty special. AM444 performed twice on the island, once on a public stage in the centre of St Pierre, and once at the Sakifo Festival. Both performances could have been better attended (competing with Jeff Lang and Patrice didn’t help) but the people that did attend gave off some great energy and AM444 made a lot of new fans. They also got a great write up in the local news paper following their first performance, with the writer saying that they played far too early in the day and deserved a much bigger crowd!

 

AM444 live @ Reunion Island

The rest of the line up at the Sakifo Festival was pretty impressive, with acts such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Sharon Jones and The Dapkings, Saul Williams (who we met and was a thoroughly nice guy), Chinese Man and Calypso Rose, as well as some great local bands. Saying this though, we hardly saw any of this (apart from Sharon Jones who was amazing, and Ayo who was not so amazing) as we discovered something whilst on Reunion – Maloya!

Maloya, regarded as the African Blues music, originates from Reunion and has strong ties to the islands history of slavery. Often political, Maloya is usually sung in a minor key in Reunion Creole, uses mainly percussion instruments (many indigenous to Reunion) and incorporates a lot of call and response chanting. We had never heard anything like it and were instantly blown away. At the festival there was a fairly large hut made from leaves and dedicated to local musicians and Maloya music (as well as serving the best creole food at the festival) and that was where we spent pretty much most of our time. The energy in the tent at night was incredible, with people entering an almost trance like state and a whole host of local musicians jamming together creating some unreal rhythms. Combine that with several flavours of Charette, Reunion’s best (and only?) rum, as well as some local ‘produce’ and once you enter the hut you pretty much don’t leave all night.

 

Maloya Power! Photo by Patrick Loupy

There were many other great experiences on the island, eating at the family home of one of the local musicians, making a lot of great friends, swimming in an ocean where the sea bed is made of solid, volcanic rock which has been eroded into smooth ‘steps’ by the waves, seeing some of the most amazing sun sets and cloud formations. It was quite a trip, and one that we will hopefully be repeating very soon. Pierre and Leo at 8633Link, we cant thank you enough!

After returning from Reunion it took a while to come back down to reality, but soon after AM444 were set to play at this years Fete De La Musique Festival and also as part of a live showcase at the last Sub-Culture event, both on the same day. We were slightly worried about the Fete gig as we saw very little promotion for the event and also their time slot was early on in the afternoon and so we weren’t expecting much of a crowd, but to our surprise the venue was pretty much rammed from as soon as the doors opened and the response to the show was great. The crowd was probably 95% local, a lot of whom probably hadn’t heard AM444 before, and, apart from the unintentionally extended experimental intro, the show went really smooth and the crowd responded really well to it.

 

Sub-Culture Live poster – Designed by Kim Laughton

Later that evening AM444 played their first show in The Shelter for over 1 year, along side live acts Downstate, ROM and Lon, as part of the Sub-Culture live event. Although there were a few issues with the sound, the crowd was fantastic and AM444 played possibly their best live show yet! A full set of photos and review of Sub-Culture live will be posted up soon.

And so that brings us pretty much up to date with AM444. This weekend AM444 will be releasing 2 brand new tracks on their first 12” vinyl release along side 2 tracks from SF indie band Tussle courtesy of Uptown Records, Smalltown Supersound, Genjing Records and PAUSE:MUSIC. Also playing at YuYinTang that night will be Duck Fight Goose, Next Years Love and Wander Lust! This will be AM444’s last show until the Autumn, don’t miss!!

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!

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!

Locked In – King Midas Sound DJ Set – This Saturday

Published March 15, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

 

For Sub-Culture’s 4th anniversary last December, we were very lucky to have Kode9 agree to play a special set of Burial’s music early in the evening, as well as his Kode9 set later in the night. For the Burial set, we opened The Shelter one hour early (at 9pm) and at 10pm we locked the doors of The Shelter, turned off the lights, turned off the mobile phone signal and from 10 – 11pm, those who were lucky enough to get in on time experienced a very special and intimate hour of music. The response to this was great, and we had around 150 people inside the club for the set, and around 50 people outside who had arrived too late and had to wait until 11pm for the doors to reopen (the reason for turning off the phone signal is we didn’t want ourselves or the other people inside the club to get bombarded by phone calls and texts asking to get them in).  It was a full hour of uninterrupted, beautifully dark music with everyone in attendance knowing what they we’re coming to experience.

 

 

We said we would only do this again when an opportunity came to do something equally special. Now that time has come. 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.

 

 

So, this Saturday night, 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) 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.

 

 

As with our last lock in, doors to The Shelter open at 9pm with a very special warm up act (to be announce soon), and at 10pm the doors will be locked and its lights out, with doors reopening at 11pm. During the set you are welcome to leave The Shelter, but re-admittance will not be allowed until 11pm. This is a very special set and will not be repeated in Shanghai again, do not miss!

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