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Jaku

DJ Krush

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Album Review

As electronica's golden-era operators moved closer to the middle of their careers (to say the end would be cruel), many showed signs of incorporating techniques that were too close to smooth jazz for comfort. There are times on DJ Krush's 13th when it appears that he too had fallen victim to middle age, regardless of the traditional Japanese music (mostly flute) used as justification. But it's not a total loss, as Krush, even at the height of his acclaim as the Japanese face of insider hip-hop, always found ways to connect his lotus flower-smooth style of production to Western headz grown up on edgier beats. Here, Krush does the trick by inviting two of indie hip-hop's hottest MCs, Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock, to appear on "Nosferatu" and "Kill Switch," respectively. And while Aesop's blunt delivery is too rough for the china-shop tunes Krush creates, Lif does an excellent job upping the tension on the line without snapping it. Jaku isn't entirely fragile, although the literal translation of "tranquility" holds consistently true. "Decks-athron," with turntablist Tatsuki, finds the two fiercely dueling on the ones and twos, passing through warps in time and space, then coming out on the other side to battle again. "Road to Nowhere," with its beats and sleigh bells, could be edged out as a Madlib leftover were it not for the fact that Tokyo's Major Force label did this stuff (and released it on Krush's original Mo' Wax home) years earlier. With seniority comes a certain entitlement. And Krush had earned his dues. [This edition of Jaku included bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Dark, complex... perfect!

This album is the best for background listening or to enjoy the music. Each song are unique! Perfect for Ambient lovers.

Biography

Born: 1962 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Japanese turntablist and producer DJ Krush is one of the few island-nation throw-ups to be embraced by the global hip-hop world. Releasing material through Sony in Japan, Mo'Wax and Virgin in the U.K., and Axiom, Shadow, and A&M in America, Krush's heady brand of experimental, (largely) instrumental hip-hop has been praised by everyone from hardcore underground hip-hop 'zines like The Bomb to the speckless offices of Rolling Stone and Spin. Beginning as a bedroom DJ in the mid-'80s following...
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