Zean has become a vital figure on the underground scene in Shanghai in recent years. After appearing on only the second Boiler Room session in Shanghai in October last year, Zean’s bold productions have since landed in the hands of many UK DJs championing the sounds of grime and new wave club music.
Shanghai’s burgeoning grime scene owes a lot to legendary nightclub The Shelter, which over the course of 8 years before its recent closure, incubated some of China’s most exciting club talent. Zean’s latest record Yongfu Rd, titled after the The club’s location, pays tribute to the establishment by reminding of the tremendous power that physical spaces can present when focused at the centre of a local scene.
Drawing from grime, club trax and gqom, Yongfu Rd sees Zean expand his sonic palette further into UK sounds while maintaining his own personality. His reinterpretations of external movements come from a confined angle, and it’s this restriction that helps him find his own voice.
Forthcoming on Push&Pull, the club-night-turned-label which helped expose The Shelter’s community to alternative underground styles, Yongfu Rd sees Zean announce himself in unforgiving manner, with an arsenal of club-ready weapons that fuse vigorous bleeps, tireless percussion and murky textures to lethal degree. Stream ‘Drapes’ in full below.
Zean’s Yongfu Rd EP is out July 14 on Push&Pull. Pre-order it here.
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