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10th Anniversary

Kyoto Jazz Massive

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Album Review

In honor of their ten years of making and mixing hundreds of nu-jazz tracks, Kyoto Jazz Massive's label, Compost Records, put out a two-disc album of some of the highlights of the group's decade in the business. And of course, being that this is electronica music and that brothers Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino are producers, this is no set of originals culled from master copies and presented intact and unchanged. In true nu-jazz fashion, 10th Anniversary is a collection of remixes, covers, and tributes from and for some of the biggest names in the nu-jazz and house scene. Disc one, which contains a remix of "The Brightness of These Days" (originally on Spirit of the Sun) by British superstar Quantic as well as Kenny Dope's take on the classic "Shine" (which is also given a reworking by Jazztronik on disc two), would fit well with any house or club set, while the second disc, featuring work from the always excellent Da Lata (their cover of the Joao Bosco/Aldir Blanc song "Ronco da Cuica" is great and really organic sounding, despite all of the electronic instrumentation and production), Kenny Dope's Masters at Work partner Little Louie Vega (who does a cover of "Aphrodite"), and Toshio Matsuura (who makes "Behind the Shadow" very haunting and melancholic with subtle and affecting vocals and a soft theremin), focuses more on the nu-jazz side of Kyoto Jazz Massive's body of work, with lots of live instrumentation, swinging sax and piano solos, and beats that really move. It's a nice complement to the more processed Euro-lounge ideas explored on the first disc, and overall creates a really cohesive and interesting look into the career of one of the genre's biggest and longest-lasting names.

Customer Reviews

Any music love should hear this...

I will say that I can appreciate most types of music. Jazz is definitally one of them, however never really "got into it". Kyoto Jazz Massive on the other hand, is amazing, and I will eat up anything Kyoto Jazz Massive now. Beautiful, moving, energetic, emotional, feeling, entrancing. A few words that just begin to describe some of the amazing tracks on this compilation. Some ultimate favorites... Endless Flight, Mind Expansions, Tomorrow Never Comes, Ronco da Cuica, A Calamaria, Spireedom 2004. I almost named them all huh? And Nacel do Sol is an AMAZING chill-ax song. Anyways, snag this

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I only wanted to buy Ronco da Cuica and I have to buy the entire album for $25? Pure greed, this is ridiculous. Who decides these tracks are ablum only? The label? whoever it is then FU

Actually the Fourth in the Set...

KJM are one of my favorite electronic/nu-jazz/soul groups, hailing out of Japan. Featuring the Oshino's and Hajime Yoshizawa, they're loaded with direction and talent. In 2004, they released a hat-trick of cd's (red cover, white cover, black cover) celebrating 10 years of their music - one album was songs dedicated to them (white cover, titled 'For: KJM'), another were songs by KJM but re-interprted by others titled "Re:KJM" (red cover) and the last one was a mixed set of tracks remixed by KJM and mixed by KJM titled 'By: KJM" (Black cover). This one's like a combination of those three - but not mixed. It's got most of the highlights, and I wouldn't harp too much about the price b'cause the original three were Japanese imports that initially ranfor about $50 a pop! This one, the gold covered one, was released by Compost Records of Germany. Good effort & it'll save you some dough, although it doesn't have all the tracks.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The forerunners in Japanese nu-jazz, Kyoto Jazz Massive initially began in the early '90s when brothers Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino decided to start DJing together. After a number of singles were released, the group signed to German label Compost, who released Kyoto Jazz Massive's debut, Spirit of the Sun, in 2002. The next year, the brothers remixed tracks from the Compost, Jazzanova, and Sonar Kollectiv catalogs on Fueled for the Future, and in 2006 the label celebrated their decade in the game by...
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