Push and Pull #25 w/ Swimful and Zean

Push and Pull July 2015 The Shelter Shanghai

For the last Push and Pull at The Shelter for a little we’re bringing in two of our favourite local producers.

First up we’ve got Zean, a long-term Push and Pull favourite who’s been quietly amassing an arsenal of trax that range from grime-inflected bangers to blissed-out beats.

Then we’ve got Swimful, best known for his work with Lil B and Main Attrakionz, whose recent grime experiments have been finding their way into the sets of Alta and Howell – he’s been preparing a few refixes especially for Push and Pull so don’t miss it.

Naaah and Alta in support with club trax, deep tech, gqom, dubstep and other good shit.

10pm – late
20 RMB

The Shelter
5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

Grime / Garage / Club Trax

2nd Birthday – 25th April @ The Shelter

25-4-15 2nd Birthday @ The Shelter

25-4-15 2nd Birthday @ The Shelter


We’ve been a bit slack at keeping the site updated. You might have noticed.

But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy. Tonight we’re marking 2 years of doing Push and Pull, and we’ve put together a stacked line up of great DJs: Howell, Siesta, Sleepless, Zean, Beardslap and, of course, our selves. Lots of b2b sets.

Ahead of the night we’ve been chatting to a few people about the origins and philosophy of the night.
Here’s our interview with City Weekend.
And we also spoke to Playlist, a Chinese-language music and culture guide focusing on Beijing and Shanghai that’s co-run by Microhate/DJ 10000 (中文).

Alta also put out a mix of gqom, this newish sound coming out of Durban in South Africa that we’ve been talking about recently. Doctor Jeep (Trouble & Bass, NYC) and Nargiz-approved, listen to that below:

Mixcloud link if you’re VPN-less.

AudioBoyz – Usuthu (Broken Dub Mix)
Soul-Chaos – Redemption
Nasty Boyz – 10 Pills
AudioBoyz – Gibbon 5
Rudeboyz – Work Mush Up
DJ Lag – 3 Step Beat
AudioBoyz – Power of Rhythm (2014 Remake)
DJ Lusiman ft. Camal Drumz – Vodka Touchin Remix
G Man – Stable Level
AudioBoyz – It’s a Gqom Thing (Original Mix)
Exception Boiz – Walk of Shame (Original Mix)
Menchess – Khumbula Ukubhenga
Soul-Chaos – Aziwe Ke
Infamous Boiz – Imoto Yama

See you tonight!

Push and Pull #17 w/ DJ Sleepless

Push & Pull_October 2014

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)


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

Push & Pull July

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.