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SLV – Dagger Release Party!

Published October 14, 2013 by subcultureshanghai

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Saturday 19th October

SVBKVLT presents: SBKT001 Vinyl Release Party with S L V (live)

Line Up: SLV (live), TzuSing, Faded Ghost, Drunk Monk + guests

Entrance: 40rmb

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu

After months of preparation, Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label are excited to announce the release of the first in a series of limited edition 10” vinyls, featuring a new track by SLV entitled ‘Dagger’, and a remix by Helsinki’s might Desto! The worldwide release date is set for October 21st, but there will be limited copies of the vinyl available to buy on the night!

SBKT001: S L V – Dagger/Dagger (Desto Remix)

S L V is the collaborative project of producers Downstate (Shanghai) and Hamacide (Tokyo). After releasing their debut EP on Urban Waves in 2012, Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label are proud to kick off their new 10” series with ‘Dagger’, one of S L V’s strongest productions to date. A tough yet cinematic 80/160bpm cut, ‘Dagger’ see’s the two producers styles collide and compliment each other perfectly, creating a track aimed at the head as well as the feet. Finnish producer Desto (Signal Life, Rwina) takes on Dagger for the b-side, and amps up the pressure to maximum effect. Nordic footwork styles via East Asia!

Having already proved its potency on the dancefloor at clubs such as Fabric (London), The Shelter (Shanghai) and Ageha (Tokyo), SBKT001 has already got DJ support from Kode9, Perera Elsewhere (Jahcoozi), Puzzle (Leisure System), Doshy and Desto amongst others.

Black Plastic Discs

Published September 7, 2012 by subcultureshanghai

In recent years, vinyl culture has come back big time and recently there has been a whole load of amazing releases landing in shops around the world. Even in China vinyl collecting seems to be getting a lot more popular and I have been meeting a lot of collectors, both local and foreign, who are just as excited as me about the resurgence of the beautiful music format. As an avid vinyl collector and sucker for limited editions, the bank balance has taken a real hit in the last few weeks with a string of releases that are impossible not to buy on sight. Here are just a few of the things we’ve been excited about recently.

 

Flying Lotus – When The Quiet Comes – Collectors Edition

 

Probably one of the most anticipated albums of 2012, Flying Lotus’ 4th album ‘When The Quiet Comes’ is almost here, with its full release on October 1st. If the first track to be released from the album, ‘See Thru To U’ feat Erykah Badu, is anything to go by, this album is going to be very special indeed.

A limited ‘Collectors Edition’ is available now for preorder here. 180g vinyl with full colour inner sleeves, download redemption code and credit sheet in rigid gatefold sleeve, wrapped in black buckram embossed paper with tipped on cover image. An absolute must buy in our eyes.

Yesterday a short film by Kahlil Joseph previewing more tracks from the album was released and it sounds stunning. October 1st can’t come quick enough!

 

Mala – Mala In Cuba – Limited Box Set

Another heavily anticipated album is ‘Mala in Cuba’, an album instrumented by Giles Peterson and Havana Cultura by inviting Mala to travel to Cuba to record with contemporary Cuban artists and reconstruct the music to make it his own. Brownswood label boss Peterson described as the most important record he’s had a hand in since Roni Size’s 1997 landmark New Forms.

The album, released this coming Monday, comes in the form of a 4 x 12” boxset. Having already sold out at source as well as many other online stores on pre-order, be fast if you want to get one of these. It isn’t specified how limited the vinyl set is, but better safe than sorry, order now!

The album is now available to stream in full and is beyond what we expected it to sound like, and we expected a lot!

 

The Bug – Acid Ragga

Those of you who were lucky enough to attend our event with The Bug and Daddy Freddy earlier in the year will know that Kevin Martin is firing on all cylinders at the moment and his latest venture, a new 7” sub-label on Ninja Tune entitled Acid Ragga is some of the most exciting, nastiest, dancehall destroying music to appear in years. The first release came out a few weeks back, kicking off the series with the incredible ‘Can’t Take It No More’ with Daddy Freddy and backed with an Inga Copeland vocal on the same riddim called ‘Rise Up’.

The releases, as well as sounding great, look the business too. Pressed on florescent yellow vinyl, he first release features the work of Sub-Culture favourite Zeke Clough (Skull Disco), and the 2nd release ‘Ganja Baby’ is designed by King Midas Sounds’ Kiki Hitomi (both of these artists have designed Sub-Culture posters in the past). Bad!

 

Death Waltz Recording Company

Limited colour vinyl, horror soundtracks & art prints. These are probably 3 of our favouriite things, and the amazing Death Waltz Recording Company have answered our prayers and combined the 3 with incredible effect. As soon as we found out about this label the very limited subscription was bought without a second thought and so far has not disappointed. The first release on the label was, surprisingly, the first ever vinyl Fabio Frizzi’s soundtrack to Lucio Fulci’s ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’, possibly one of the best movie soundtracks ever made, and they have followed this up with a string of amazing soundtracks including Escape From New York, Donnie Darko and Let The Right One In.

The latest release, pictured above, is the soundtrack to the zombie classic ‘The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue’ and, for subscribers, comes on beautiful green and black vinyl, along with a huge poster and lithograph of the fresh artwork by Luke Insect. With the soundtracks to Halloween II and III, Prince Of Darkness, They Live and The Devil’s Business scheduled for release in the next few months, plus a partnership with Hammer Films, the second subscription is a no brainer!

 

Silent Servant – Negative Fascination

This release came online just yesterday and, although we don’t usually buy many techno releases, this one was bought on sight. After Sandwell District disbanded at the beginning of the year, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for Juan Mendez, aka Silent Servant, to release his debut album, and if the sound clips are anything to go by it does not disappoint. An edition of only 900, it looks like the initial limited white vinyl has already sold out, and I’d think quick if you want to get a copy of the regular version as this wont stick around for long. Go here, quick!

 

Digging In The Crates

Published August 15, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Been some time since we’ve hit up the record spots in Shanghai, but good to see that others have been sleeping too! Here’s a handful of things we picked up the other day, all for 5rmb!

 

General Caine – Don’t Stop / For Lovers Only 12″

One of the boxes we dug through was full of 80’s boogie funk and soul. Most of it wasnt that great, but here’s a nice little number we picked out, strictly for the lovers!

 

MTume – You, Me and He LP

Another one from that box. Nice album from MTume with a couple of great tracks. This track was used in Grand Theft Auto apparently

 

Dabrye – Instrmntl LP

This one I was particularly happy about finding. Mint condition copy of this classic beat album, very hard to find these days.

 

Primal Scream – Give Out But Don’t Give Up (Portishead RMX) 10″

Having just seen Portishead live in the UK (which was fantastic by the way), was nice to find an old Portishead track I’d never heard before from the Dummy days

 

Global Communication – 76:14 LP

Mark Pritchard and Tom Middletons landmark album from 1994. Possibly one of the best ambient albums ever made. Picked up not 1 but 2 brand new copies of this!

 

Patricia Smith – It Ain’t All That Easy 12″

Nice lovers 12 that doesnt come around all that often. Been finding quite a bit of 80’s lovers rock recently in Shanghai actually

Digging In The Crates with Jase and Pucci

Published May 30, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

A couple of weeks back Sub-Culture had the pleasure of hosting DJ Jase and VJ Pucci from The Beats – Saigon. They were in Shanghai for a few days, so a couple of days before the Shelter session (where they smashed it by the way!!) we went to the record spot to get our fingernails dirty. I hadn’t been for a while, and the place is a bit hit and miss, so I wasn’t really expecting much, but oh was I wrong! I picked up around 35 pieces, and Jase and Pucci had a whole box full! Here’s just a few of the picks that i dug out…

 

When we arrived at the record spot, I started digging through a few boxes and found a handful of brand new Trojan record re-issues. The guy running the shop noticed that I was quite excited and pulled out a whole bunch of Trojan 10″s, all brand new! Cloak and Dagger, above, is one of my favourite Perry productions and, funnily enough, my Dad gave me the album as a wedding present just a few weeks before (thats why the site has been a bit quiet of recent if you didnt know). This was one of the 10″s and it has 4 killer versions of the track.

 

Another Perry production, this one on a 12″. I have the album version of this on a 10″ but this is the 12″ version. Classic!

 

And another classic Perry cut. I remember my Dad used to play an ex-rated version of this by Prince Buster. I dropped this tune last week at Shelter and the pressing is really heavy! Really nice bass on this one. Also got Know Love on the flip, another great cut.

 

Back when i used to play a lot more hip hop, this one was a staple in my sets. Wu-Tang are pretty much my all time favourite hip-hop group and have heavily influenced my listening habits over the years. Nice to have this on a 12 again.

 

Slept on this when it first came out and been really getting into Steve Spacek recently, so well happy to find this. Absolute belter of an album!

 

Not particularly hard to find at all, but nice shiny new 12 of this. Great summer tune!

 

Other honorable mentions go to DJ Food – Kaleidoscope LP, EPMD – Strictly BusinessLP (original pressing!), DJ Shortkut – Blunted With A Beat Junkie LP and a Trojan comp called Rebel Music.

 

 

Digging In The Crates

Published January 17, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Being a vinyl addict, one of the things I most miss about the UK is digging for records. I used to spend hours every week in record shops, charity shops, at car boot sales – basically anywhere I could find records. When I first moved to Shanghai I couldn’t find anywhere at all that sold vinyl, apart from a couple of electronic markets that had a few boxes of LPs, but in the last couple of years more and more have been showing up in Shanghai and now there are a couple of really good spots to dig. From what I gather, most of the records come from GuangZhou, where there are warehouses full of old vinyl ready to be melted down. A few people have worked out that there is a demand for some of these records and so they buy them by the ton and ship them up to Shanghai. There has already been a few articles in mags and stuff about these spots, so I’m not going to go into locations, but as I go fairly regularly I’m going to post up some of my finds every now and again to show you what can be found here if you dig hard, and also to show off a bit hahaha.

Here’s a few things I’ve picked in the last week, all 5rmb (50p) each:

AutechrePeel Sessions 2 (Classic! Mint condition)

DJ Hype Roll The Beats (nice early Hype from ’94! Mint condition)

ToastyThe Knowledge (dope Dubstep track on Hot-Flush, slept on this when it first came out and have wanted it for ages)

Tokyo Ska Paradise OrchestraTheme To Lupin III (nice 12, with 2 remixes by Smith and Mighty)

Gravediggaz Double Suicide pack (Mommy, whats a grave digger?)

AtmosphereFord One + Ford Two ( both brand new and still in shrink wrap)

Handsome Boy Modelling School Rock and Roll/Holy Calamity (OG 12)

Also found an original test pressing of a Diamond D tune from 97, but I left it at the shop by mistake and have forgotten the track name. Will pick it up this week

 

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