This month Push and Pull marks three years of bringing next level club sounds to Shanghai, and to celebrate we're inviting two of Tokyo's hottest grime MCs to come to our main home The Shelter and tear the roof down alongside some of Shanghai's finest DJs.
Since last year, grime has been on everyone's lips, but for all the talk of Skepta and Stormzy there are still a number of producers, MCs and crews making serious moves, and outside of the UK nowhere is this more true than Japan (in fact, the latter got to see it for himself at his show in Tokyo a few months back). Last year we had Sakana give us a taste of the JP grime sound, and now MCs Pakin and Dekishi will be joining us to show Japan's take on grime in its truest form.
Joining them will be founders Alta and Naaah, along with Push and Pull friends and affiliates Swimful, Zean and Kilo Vee.
Stormzy co-signed MC Pakin is Japan's most high-profile grime MC. Over the past 5 years his GUM events in Shibuya have brought grime to the land of the rising sun. But he's not confined to Japan. Trips to England have seen him hook up with Birmingham's Dark Elements crew, shoot a video with OG grime MC Devilman and appear on GRIMEREPORTTV's Youtube channel with a freestyle that has over 40,000 views. That's not to mention his appearance on Elijah and Skilliam's most recent Japan Grime Allstars mix from January 2016. Oh, and he was featured in a Vice expose on the Japanese grime scene too. Phew!
Dekishi has been honing his craft for years now, spitting over everything from UK garage to the hardest grime, carefully crafting himself a revered reputation in the process. His 2012 track 'Makenai' blew up in Japan with support from local rap radio and the following year he put out his album No Country 4 Young Men. More recently, in addition to an appearance on Elijah and Skilliam's first Japan Grime Allstars mix in 2015, he's been called one of the 25 Japanese hip-hop artists you need to know by Complex and his collaborations with UK producer Sake have been explosive.
Also playing on the night will be Shanghai-resident Swimful, who is hot off launch parties in China and Japan for his 'PM2.5' album, released on Svbkvlt earlier in the year. His combination of melody and gritty grime textures proved so powerful that it received support from J-Cush, Slackk and Murlo, and earned Swimful a guest mix on the world's biggest underground electronic music station, Rinse FM. Previous releases have seen him collaborate with the deranged genius of Lil' B.
He'll be joined by Zean, whose reputation is also soaring. Part of the Rankadank crew for years, he's also landed releases on Beijing's seminal Do Hits label, and Japan's Trekkie Trax, as well as his own guest mix on Plastician's Rinse FM show. Swimful and Zean will be combining powers and going back-to-back for a set of pure madness.
Kilo Vee is a new name on the scene, but has quickly proven his skill as a DJ, ably switching between peak-time energy, and warm-up restraint as if he's been doing it for decades. His selection is always razor sharp and forward-thinking: perfect for Push and Pull.
Push and Pull co-founders Naaah and Alta will also be spinning on the night, proving their reputation as some of the sharpest DJs and selectors in China.