XLII (pronounced slee) is a respected figure on
Tokyo’s electronic underground. Pushing the latest
sounds, playing the biggest clubs and releasing
genre bending records via his celebrated ‘Raid
System’ label / collective that he runs with Broken
Haze has given him a cult status and avid
In the days immediately after the 2011 earthquake /
tsunami disaster “Nihon Kizuna” was born. A
compilation XLII has curated alongside Laurent
Fintoni, DJ Audace and Broken Haze that featured
over 50 tracks from labels like Ninja Tune, Planet
Mu, Civil Music, Hyperdub and more which topped
the iTunes charts and raised in excess of $40,000
for the Japanese Red Cross Earthquake relief efforts in Northern Japan.
In 2012 XLII was signed to one of London's top labels Civil Music, joining the roster alongside
artists like Om Unit, Starkey, Reso, Ital Tek and Pixelord. His first EP 'Neon High' with Civil
Music, was a huge hit and has earned him recognition as an intricately futuristic, energetic and
versatile musician. The same year he has coproduced DJ Kentaro's second album "Contrast"
and has taken to remix duties on the album's first single "Step In" which featured Foreign
Beggars. He has also made official remixes for people like Pixelord, Knight Riderz and featured
on releases from labels like Ninja Tune, Seclusiasis, Civil Music and IDT.
No stranger to European exposure, there have been many opportunities to experience XLII’s
distinct sound. For the last few years he has toured Europe regularly playing numerous shows
and festivals in UK, France, Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands and other countries, sharing the
stage with people like Redlight, Om Unit, Starkey, Kutmah, Take, Funkystepz and more.
He was invited to appear live on BBC Radio (UK), NTS (UK), Radio Campus (France), BLN.fm
(Germany), MTV Ukraine, Block.fm (Japan) etc. Copious amounts of released & forthcoming
material has been aired across main radio stations in dozens of countries and picked support &
plays from Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6Music, Ministry of Sound, Redbull Radio, Rinse FM, 1xtra,
Kutmah, Chrissy Murderbot, Toddla T, Mad Decent, Om Unit and Starkey to name just a few.
In Japan XLII has appeared on Dommune (Japanese Boiler Room) numerous times, has toured
Japan with people like DJ Kentaro, Foreign Beggars, Terror Danjah, Mz Bratt, Branko (Buraka
Som Sistema), Tokimonsta and appeared regularly in DJ Kentaro's Basscamp festival in Ageha,
Outlook Japan, Kaikoo Festival and has shared shared the stage with people like DJ Krush, Goth
Trad, Dexpistols, Hifana, Kireek (5x DMC World Champs), Mighty Crown, Red Spider, DJ Baku
and countless more.
In 2013 XLII has united with one of Japan's top female DJs DJ SARASA to create their new duo /
super group XXX$$$. Things kicked off with a bang with their first offer being an