Electrolist, by Shanghai Ultra of the VOID crew, gives a regular lowdown on the Shanghai electronic music scene, with picks, tips, news, and other rumors.
An amusing off-beat anecdote came to Electrolist’s attention this week. You may recall that, about 3 weeks ago, drum and bass kingpin LTJ Bukem was in Shanghai for a gig at Shelter. Also gigging in Shanghai that night, but at the opposite end of the music quality spectrum, were boy band Back Street Boys. Electrolist has it from a very solid source that the quartet, accompanied by their entourage which included a local fixer, decided to hit up Shanghai’s premier alternative clubbing spot, to check out LTJs set. They strolled up the freshly-re-paved-for-Expo Yongfu Lu, expecting to get in for free at the door.
But the Shelter, not exactly known for embracing the VIP concept, insisted the each member pay like everyone else. However, the Back Street Boys, world famous popstars and presumably not short of the 80 RMB entry fee, left in a huff. Word has it that a similar fate befell Linkin Park when they were in town for their Shanghai gig last year.
International talent again descends on the Shelter this weekend, as Inigo Kennedy makes his second appearance in Shanghai with Electrolists own crew, VOID. Inigo might not quite have the star profile of the Backstreet Boys but he could teach them a thing or two about DJing, and how to keep one’s head out of one’s arse.
Back in November 2008 on his last visit (check out an interview on that here), during most of his set he somehow managed to flawlessly play at least two tracks at the same time, and often three, but making it sound like it was just some jacking new track no-one had ever heard before. Quite a spellbinding performace, Inigo was a picture of concentration, eyes were closed for long periods.
China clearly left its mark on him as his re-appearance co-incides with the release of his China Rising remix EP. Inigo is also on something of a mini-China tour, and is also booked to play at Lantern in Beijing – scene of a recent Void crew infiltration gig. MHP, Nat Alexander and Shanghai Ultra support, with Inigo taking stage at around 1am.
Other news for clubbers this weekend is that the Shelter has now fixed its mobile phone reception problems, and no longer offers the convinent “I was at the Shelter” excuse when angry friends / signifcant others / fuck buddies / ayis ask why they couldn’t reach you late at night.
Recent arrival in Shanghai Conrank hits Not Me tonight, he’s something of a dedicated producer and produces a range of styles somewhere between drum and bass and dubstep. He’s also been working with beatboxer Killa Kella (who appeared in Shanghai a while back), although Killa Kella won’t be at Not Me. Conrank’s got an intriguing sound, check out his myspace. Hip Hop, Drum and Bass, Dubstep and “mashup” are on the agenda for that gig.
It’s been a while since Electrolist found something away from the independent scene worth reccomending, and the “Bar Rogue Closing Party” initially seemed a worthy cause for celebration, but the downside is that the event is at Bar Rogue itself and that the establishment will be re-opening next month. The view is always nice however and offers a convenient and effective means of seeing how work on the new Bund is progressing, so why not go posh for a night. 100 RMB earns you the privilege to get in.
That’s all for now. On the long range radar: Grandmaster Flash, and Buzz Goree of Underground Resistance, Detroit.
TONIGHT: Conrank (UK) @ Not Me, 21 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu 东平路21号，近衡山路 30 RMB
TONIGHT: Bar Rogue closing party @ Bar Rogue, 7F, 18 on the Bund, 中山东一路18号7楼 100 RMB.
SATURDAY: Void presents Inigo Kennedy, Escape from London China Tour @ The Shelter, No. 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu 永福路5号，近复兴西路. 50 RMB on the door.