Label: SMEJ Associated Records - AICT 132 • Format: CD Mixed • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic, Jazz • Style: Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, Hip Hop
Japanese turntablist and hip-hop innovator DJ Krush had a precise plan when he entered the studio to create Code, his recently released mix-CD. Code, despite featuring hip-hop tracks from all over the globe, captures all that is DJ Krush: fresh, downtempo grooves, subtle turntable solos and an influx of vocal styles from several continents.
Featured artists include soulful diva Esthero from DJ Krush's album Kakusei and underground hip-hop artists such as Gravity and the 45 King. I spin and mix whatever records I think are interesting. When the group disbanded inCoffee Talk - DJ Krush - Code4109 Krush launched a solo career that has established him as one of the premier instrumental hip-hop musicians in the world.
Such albums as Strictly TurntablizedMilight and last year's Kakusei are landmarks of precise production, with thought-provoking spare textures woven through beats that leave space for contemplation.
Despite notoriety as a club DJ, DJ Krush had never recorded a mix album although a mixed compilation of his own tracks, Holonic: The Self Megamix, was Coffee Talk - DJ Krush - Code4109 last yearso Tuesday's release of Code has the dance and underground-hip-hop worlds buzzing. He came up with that truly unique sound. I wanted to leave something using only turntables and a mixer, 'cause that's Walt Disney With The Disneyland Concert Orchestra - Walt Disney Takes You To Disneyland I come from.
The minute I heard the lyrics and that dope beat, I just loved them. There's been some interesting things going on outside of Tokyo for a while now, and currently I've been hearing lots of good and interesting young DJs and rappers in Tokyo, too. DJ Krush will be touring the U. He's also working on a new studio album that he plans to finish by the end of the year.
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