Get to know Shanghai's excellent SVBKVLT label at the latest edition of Hyperdub's monthly party series.
Chen Tianzhuo - 'G.H.O.S.T.'
Our friends from Shanghai based label Svbcvlt and All Club pull up for October's Ø
Shanghai native 33EMYBW (Wu Shanmin) has been an active member in the Chinese music scene for over a decade. A core member of Shanghai’s most well known experimental rock/electronic band ‘Duck Fight Goose’, over the years 33 has been a member of numerous bands including 33 Island, Boojii and Muscle Snog. In 2015, 33EMYBW released her first solo single "EMSYGYDL" on SVBKVLT’s ‘Downpour’ compilation and in 2017 released her debut album ‘Medusa’ on Beijing’s D Force Records. As well as regularly playing throughout China, she has performed at CTM Festival and Sinotronics Festival in Germany, China Drifting Festival in Switzerland and SXSW.
Her 2018 album ‘Golem', released on SVBKVLT, was met with critical acclaim and was voted one of the best electronic albums of 2018 by Bandcamp, as well as gaining support and praise from the likes of Kode9, Desto, Akito, 8ulentina and many more. Her latest album, entitled 'Arthropods', will be released on 11th October and features remixes from Ikonika, Don Zilla and Lechuga Zafiro. The project will be premiered at Unsound Krakow 2019, followed by shows in London, Milan and Zurich.
GOOOOOSE is the side project of Han Han, front man of one of China’s most well-known experimental rock/electronica band “Duck Fight Goose” and also owner of the experimental record label Miniless Recordings. His multi- instrumental approach of making music usually leads the audience into a place where ambient soundscape, heavily synthesized texture and syncopated rhythms find their harmony, yet still fighting with each other sometimes.
His latest album ‘Rusted Silicon’ on Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label, including remixes from Samuel Kerridge, Nahash and Sote, has gained praise from across the board, with Boomkat saying ‘Brilliantly following his nose along ribboning routes of rhythmic investigation, Gooooose plays on a sweet spot between the sort of frenetic late ‘90s/early ‘00s breaksploitation of V. Snares, AFX of Hrvatski, and the kind of clipped, hypermodern computer music you’d expect to find on FLUF or from Co La’.
Apart from making music, Han Han is also a visual artist and software developer. GOOOOOSE is a spiritual cave of Han Han, he currently lives in Shanghai. There are 5 Os.
Mun Sing is the juddering solo project of Giant Swan‘s Harry Wright.
Mun Sing’s uncompromising ingenuity of sonic weaponry explores bone rattling, fragmented cyber grime and radioactive trap templates. An attack of fluctuating polyrhythms that pan from left to right creating a delirious effect. Amplified dissonant noise. Syncopated and visceral neo-EBM drum patterns that disintegrate, dissolve and accelerate then starkly shrink with an adrenaline fuelled industrial intensity.
Mun Sing is Wright’s tool to challenge the conventions and aesthetics of modern day club culture. To experiment with ideas of inclusivity and positivity, influenced by mainstream pop music by injecting pop’s marketing methods into the more serious, austere club world. Dance routines, obnoxious visuals and brash costumes all feature in the live show, where Mun Sing uses these elements as a means to highlight inclusivity, movement and fun.
Osheyack is a producer and musician based in Shanghai who’s work fuses elements of IDM with gabber, techno, ambient and drone music across a broad spectrum, and is an integral member of the city’s burgeoning electronic music scene that centers around ALL Club. His debut album, Sadomodernism, was released on Bedouin Records in 2018, following 2 EP releases for SVBKVLT and a single for Country Music. He has recently played alongside DJ Stingray at Compufunk (Osaka), NYE at WWW (Tokyo), and Saule (Berlin), as well as soundtracking the Pronounce AW19 show, and is premiering a new project ‘Memory Hierarchy’ at Unsound Krakow 2019.
Yen Tech is the alias of Korean American artist and producer Nick Newlin. His work to date is a mutating assemblage: ranging from experimental performance pieces to dystopian Rap albums and self-aware Pop music videos. Newlin’s “quasi-satirical take on hi-tech pop machismo” is a kind of semi-personal mythology, or world-building; where extropian and post-human themes are often delivered under the guise of digestible genre studies. This meta-fiction like approach to performance and music-making creates a continuously shifting output; where Yen Tech, as an avatar, always remains the central character. “It resembles something closer to immersive theater, or next-gen gaming - an inescapable, hi-res fantasy that I’ve trapped myself in.” Newlin's says of his debut 2016 album Mobis. “On the surface it functions purely as entertainment - but at its core I want to hint at something more brutal and allegoric.”
Yen Tech has performed for events at Art Basel, The Berlin Biennale, Wetware Festival, and Creamcake Berlin, among others. In 2019, Yen Tech will debut his sophomore release, entitled 'Hypercanto', at Unsound Krakow, followed by select Europe dates.