Tokyo based XLII (pronounced ‘Slee’) is a respected figure in the Japanense electronic underground, confirmed by his celebrated ‘Raid System’ label/collective, his performances as one half of XXX$$$ (with DMC finalist DJ Sarasa), his work with hardware/software developers Native Instruments and his production work with DJ Kentato & Ninja Tune.
2012 saw his arrival on Civil Music with ‘Neon High’ his first extended player outside Japan.
Full of swagger to dancefloor bounce XLII’s music combines the energy of Japanese club music with his futuristic, innovative take on hip-hop. Sonically exceptional with substance and artistry in every bar he incorporates half/double time tempos, ‘up to no good’ beats, 808s, global melodies and gangsta leads to form diverse & dangerous dance weapons.
Born in the Ukraine, raised in London and resident in Tokyo for a decade XLII’s adventurous and energetic live shows showcase the latest hi-tech gear and technical expertise. Check for his latest European tour dates or catch him in Japan’s best clubs sharing the bill with top touring international talent.