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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.


Track Listing

Tracks from Krush are below. If a track is available for purchase, you may add it to your cart by clicking on the Add to Cart icon. Use the drop-down menu to select either MP3 or Lossless file format.

Track Title Select Format:
AM 300 Tag (MP3)
Keeping the Motion (MP3)
Mixed Nuts (MP3)
Roll & Tumble (MP3)
Murder of Soul (MP3)
E.A.R.T.H. SOS (MP3)
On the Dub-ble (MP3)
Another Day (MP3)
Underneath the System (MP3)
Edge of Blue (MP3)
Big City Lover (MP3)
Down the Drain (MP3)
Into the Water (MP3)
Ruff-Neck Jam (MP3)
Pain Series (1): Hot Coffee (MP3)
AM 300 Tag (Digital Lossless)
Keeping the Motion (Digital Lossless)
Mixed Nuts (Digital Lossless)
Murder of Soul (Digital Lossless)
E.A.R.T.H. SOS (Digital Lossless)
On the Dub-ble (Digital Lossless)
Another Day (Digital Lossless)
Underneath the System (Digital Lossless)
Edge of Blue (Digital Lossless)
Down the Drain (Digital Lossless)
Big City Lover (Digital Lossless)
Into the Water (Digital Lossless)
Ruff-Neck Jam (Digital Lossless)
Roll & Tumble (Digital Lossless)

Digital Downloads:
Full-length albums and individual tracks are made available as digital downloads for your convenience. MP3 format is a high-quality digital audio format that sounds excellent. The lossless (AIFF or M4A) format is as close as you can get to CD quality. Lossless files have a significantly larger filesize than MP3s. Therefore, it is recommended that you download these items only when connected to the internet via a high-speed broadband connection.

Please note, that if an item is listed as "Pre-Order", you will not receive the digital copy of the album until the official day of release.

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