Push and Pull #17 w/ DJ Sleepless

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This month DJ Sleepless from the Wooozy Offline parties graces the decks at Push and Pull. After we saw him play an opening set for Nguzunguzu that blended vintage Plasticman and the new wave of grime producers like Dark0, we knew we had to get him down for a set.

Push and Pull founders Alta and Naaah in support with the sounds of grime, garage, deep tech, club trax and UK funky.

Email pushandpullmusic@gmail.com for free entry all night – one name per email.

Grime / Garage / Club Trax
10pm – late
The Shelter – 5 Yongfu lu, near Fuxing Lu
20 RMB (free entry with email to pushandpullmusic@gmail.com – one name per email)

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Push and Pull #16 – Back to the residents

Push and Pull September 2014

For most of 2014 we’ve been bringing you some of our favourite Shanghai selectors, something we’re going to keep doing, but we feel that now it’s time to take it back to the core of what Push and Pull is all about: Alta and Naaah. So this month we’ve got Alta laying down a special set of OG grime – think 8 bar, sublow, eski and sino-grime stuff. Get down early for that though as that runs from 10 – 11, after which Naaah takes control for the rest of the night. This year has seen a lot of people from the Lit City-Night Slugs-Fade to Mind axis pass through the city, and he’ll definitely be dipping into that sound, so there’ll definitely be something for people who’ve been feeling those bookings and want to get warmed up for L-vis 1990 on Tuesday. He’ll also be running through tracks from London’s underground house scene, garage anthems and all the other styles we bring together at Push and Pull.

This month we’re also offering everyone spots on the guest list – all you’ve got to do is email us at pushandpullmusic@gmail.com or put yourself down as attending on the Facebook event.

Grime / Garage / Club Trax
The Shelter – 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Lu
10pm – 3am
20 RMB (free entry with email to pushandpullmusic@gmail.com)

The ’87 Raving Crew

Months ago I picked up an old second-hand copy of a book by the eminent sinologist Orville Schell called Discos and Democracy: China in the Throes of Reform. The book’s age and the fact it had ‘discos’ in the title was what caught my attention, and I was hoping it might shed some light on clubbing (I use the term loosely) in China during the 80s. Despite having it all this time, I only just got round to reading the discos chapter and I thought I’d share a few quotes here. Unfortunately, Schell doesn’t know too much about the music, so details are a bit light and he doesn’t fully appreciate the potential signficance of discos, saying late on in the relevant chapter that “the society’s inability to animate its own young people with goals both more self-referential and capable of providing the stuff from which higher aspirations and dreams could be fashioned [than disco] seemed to be tragic and dangerous”. For him, it’s just about a fascination with Western things, a rejection of China’s Maoist past and an interest in modernity, and it surely was those things as well, but you can’t help wondering what the other dynamics were. Anyway, the quotes:

For certain groups of young Chinese, the soul of this huge hotel complex [the Huating Sheraton in Shanghai] was Nicole’s, the world-class disco on the third floor, where at night the thump-thump-thump of an electric base [sic] reverberated through several floors of the building like the beat of a giant heart. It cast such a spell over Shanghai’s “with-it” dance-crazed youth that even people who had never entered the hotel spoke of it with awe.

One night as I arrived back under the hotel’s portico, the young cabdriver, who made his living team-driving a small, leased Romanian Dachia with a friend twenty-four hours a day, gazed reverently up at the third floor and said authoritatively, “That’s the best disco in Shanghai, and probably all of China.”

By 1984, when the Chinese government allowed dance halls to open in China for the first time in thirty-five years, Chinese youth had embraced “couples dancing” with an almost delirious enthusiasm. On recent trips to Shanghai I had discovered that almost every hotel in the city held nightly dances (with stiff admission prices of 6 to 10 yuan). Young people, dressed so stylishly that it was possible to imagine one was in Hong Kong or Taipei, flocked to these new socialist pleasure domes, almost all of which were drab old halls from the thirties cheered up only by incongruous strings of Christmas tree lights. At least they featured live bands, never mind that they played warp-speed disco versions of “Jingle Bells” and Stephen Foster spirituals. The fact that this mix often sounded more like circus music than dance music hardly bothered the youths ardently gyrating about the floor.”

…in March the Party even lifted a long-standing but largely ineffectual ban on what they had called “underground ballrooms.” By November, 1987, Canton alone was reported to to be host to over five hundred such ballrooms and seventy tea rooms featuring music, several of which had reputedly become hangouts for China’s nascent gay community. The beach resort city Qingdao bloomed with dancing spots. Even some small county cities now claimed to have six or seven dance halls as Chinese of all ages turned en masse to this new form of diversion.

By the spring of 1987 official newspapers had even begun running articles proclaiming the wondrous effects of disco. This led to an unlikely dissonance in the press: One page would feature an article on the virtues of “bitter struggle” and of youths going to the countryside to labor side by side with the peasants; an adjacent page would have an article proclaiming the virtues of disco.

In fact, such dancing places were fast becoming a regulation part of all the Western-style hotels… In Beijing, there was the Cosmos Club at the Great Wall Sheraton, Juliana’s at the Lido Holiday Inn, the Xanadu at the Shangri-La Hotel, and the Glasshouse at the Kunlun Hotel, which ran ads proclaiming, “Latest sounds, Latest Lighting, Disco Night Fever!”

As living symbols of modernity in a country where modernization had replaced revolution as an animating ideal, discos, with their strobe lights, high-tech sound systems, up-to-date music, and svelte cosmopolitan styling, proved irresistible.

- Alta

Push and Pull #14 w/ Beardslap

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It’s that time – we’re back at The Shelter again tonight and we’re bringing Phreaktion’s Beardslap with us for Shanghai’s only night dedicated to grime, garage and club trax. Beardslap is also part of the new Galvanism live electronic music project alongside Dmandoneit. They’re showing of the fruits of their labours this Saturday at LOgO – if you’ve not got any plans, pass through to show some support.

Beardslap has also done a mix for us – Boxed grime, r’n’b bootlegs, garage, bassline and all that good stuff. Stream that below.

Push and Pull Mix #4 - Beardslap by Push And Pull on Mixcloud

Push and Pull Mix #3 – Alta

Push and Pull Mix #3 - Alta by Push And Pull on Mixcloud

It’s been awhile, but here’s the latest mix from us ahead of our rave at The Shelter this Saturday. It turns out that WordPress isn’t really feeling Mixcloud so there’s no embed of this, which means you have to click here. Mixed live on 1200s by Alta, it’s a nice overview of some of the tracks we’ve been feeling over the last few months plus some new bits as well. Watch out for some of the blends. Track list below.

Logos – Cloudbursting
MikeQ & DJ Sliink – The Bitch
Trap Door – Luv Thang (Ra’s Al Fatale Relick)
x5 Dubs – Drunk in Love
Naaah – 2much
Deadbeat – Wheel It Up
Mumdance – Springtime
Jam City – Worst Illusion
Wizzbit – Darkest One (Sirpixalot Remake)
Flava D – Plate VIP
MssingNo – Skeezers
Grobbie – Light Speed
Bok Bok – Melba’s Call (feat. Kelela)
Island – Fantasy VIP
Air Max ’97 – Progress and Memory
DJ Marfox – Lucky Punch
TRC feat. Ruth – You and Me (Murlo Remix)

Push and Pull #13 w/ Robjamdj, Zean & MC Jado

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Pow. On the 21st we’re doing our first Saturday at The Shelter and we’re bringing along some sick local talent for it.

You may know Robjamdj already from when he played for us back in February. We love this guy’s tunes, which he mixes in that proper UK style, and we’re sure you will too.

We’ve also got Zean from the Rankadank crew. You might have seen him down at Dada for Rankadank’s Electric East party where he usually lays down some beatboxing, but recently he’s really upped his game with his production work and is starting to come through as a DJ as well. He just dropped his new EP Forget the Frame – check that here.

Rounding out the line-up we’ve got MC Jado. For the longest time it’s felt like there’s been a dearth of MCs in Shanghai, but in the last few months Jado has really raised the levels and he’s been spitting on sets at some of the best raves and alongside the likes of Tippa Irie. He’s a local Shanghainese guy and it’s great to see more Chinese people getting involved. He’s really enthusiastic about everything from jungle to reggae to grime and totally gets the music we do.

One last thing, keep an eye out for flyers around town for discount entry.

Facebook event right here.

Jackin’ / Grime / Garage / 4×4
30 RMB (20 RMB with flyer)
10pm – laaaate

 

Push and Pull #12 with Heatwolves

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It’s that time again: we’re back at The Shelter for Push and Pull on Thursday 22nd, the first of two times we’re playing there next week (we’ll post about the second one soon). This month we’ve got 热狼 aka Dr Wolf aka Heatwolves gracing the decks for us. You probably know him from his Love Bang parties at Dada with DJ Caution and the pool parties they threw last summer – hopefully we’ll see some more of those this year. (Incidentally, erstwhile Push and Pull member Arthur Fox played a sick set at the first one they did last year, who remembers that?) He was also involved with the Heijiao Shehui nights at LOgO last year. The whole Love Bang idea is ‘a house party in a club’, and Heatwolves’ sets are usually up front and range across a number of genres and tempos. Maybe expect him to go a little deeper next Thursday while still retaining the dancefloor vibes.

We wrote a ridiculous write up for this event full of fire and heat-based puns, which you can check here on Facebook or over on Resident Advisor. If you think you can do any better, send us your puns to pushandpullmusic@gmail.com or post them on the Facebook wall and if they’re good enough we’ll throw you on the guest list.

Been getting some really good feedback for this poster, designed as ever by our man Tom Brennan. Makes me think of Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli – it might be the blues.

Jackin’ / Grime / Garage / 4×4
20 RMB
10pm – 3am