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Album Review

DJ Krush's first stateside release is a fine affair; if Strictly Turntablized is the one most often raved about in the hip-hop underground with regard to his early work, that's not for this release's lack of trying. Working with a variety of his countrymen throughout, who tackle everything from guest vocals to a variety of instruments, Krush sets the late-night, smoky urban mood from the start and doesn't let up throughout. Funky beats are spare but effective, launching grooves that unfold just enough over the course of his tracks, edgy and slightly unnerving. Many of his best efforts come on brief link tracks, like "Underneath the System," with a queasy, drugged-out feeling that any number of trip-hop wannabes would have killed to create. While he has a definite sound and style, he also knows how to create any number of variations or twists with it, with fine results. His collaborations with vocalists and rappers show him holding back just a touch to allow them full room to breathe; it's more like he's the backing musician for them, an unexpected twist given that this is his album. "Keeping the Motion" features sweet R&B singing and reasonably okay MC work from Monday Michiru, adding some fine sass to the affair, while Carla Vallet's multilingual spoken word breaks and softly crooned chorus on "Murder of Soul" also has a nice bite. On the instrumental tip, his affinities to jazz are clear. The edgy, electronic burn of "Roll and Tumble" is broken up in a neat way by Kim Shima's piano and Takeharu Hayakawa's bass. Meanwhile, both Kazufumi Kodama's calmer trumpet on the lovely, echo-heavy "On the Dub-Bue" and Kobutaka Kuwabara's more aggressive work on "Edge of Blue" bring to mind what Miles Davis might have done had he lived well into the '90s.

Customer Reviews

His best

I enjoy this album the most, rating "On the Dub-ble" as the best song with its jazzy urban horn and reggae beat. This album has a more jazzy relaxed feel where his other albums feature a more rap/hip hop style to them.

Great talent, great album.

This album has some of Krush's best tracks ever. He blends jazz and hiphop to form a very chilled-out downtempo atmosphere. Most tracks have a solid baseline that keeps rhythm to the wild and sometimes hectic jazz instruments but he knows how to unite them together to form solid head-bobbing tracks. The songs I like especially are Edge of Blue and Roll & Tumble.

Definitive KRUSH

Classic thru and thru, fans of jazz, trip hop, downtempo goodness WILL NOT be upset. Good too finally see this up in itunes.....bought th ealbum 9 years ago only to get it lifted by someone who dug it so much to call it their own, i have no qualms about having to purchase this again.... hope more like minded heads will enjoy this for years to come


Born: July 29, 1962 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Japanese turntablist and producer DJ Krush is one of the few island-nation artists 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 the Japanese...
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