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DJ Krush Double Album Release Coming This Fall
DJ Krush has rejected the idea for a standard 'best of' record, instead opting to select previous songs and re-work the compositions for a double disc release on September 19th.Japan's most renowned beat-maker, DJ KRUSH, keeps moving forward, from his past which remains storied and shrouded in mystery to his current status as a DJ's DJ and a musician who continues to inspire new fans and fellow musicians alike. Keeping in line with his forward thinking reputation, DJ KRUSH has mutated the idea for a "best of" record for his label. He instead opted to personally rework songs from his back catalog for a double CD / vinyl release called "Stepping Stones: The Self-Remixed Best" coming out on Red Ink (Sony world wide).
"Lyricism" contains tracks that feature vocals by exceptionally talented artists Krush has worked with including The Roots, Mos Def, Zap Mama, CL Smooth, Company Flow, Esthero, Rino & Twigy and Aesop Rock. A newly recorded track with Kan is also included in this album (he is a member of the Japanese hip-hop group "MSC" that is getting lots of attention recently). This album perfectly illustrates the legacy that DJ KRUSH has built with a crew of talented contemporaries spread across the globe, with feet firmly planted in hip-hop's roots.
"Soundscapes" is a compilation of remixed instrumental tracks including the hit track Kemuri and collaborations with DJ Shadow, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thomson of the Roots, Kazufumi Kodama (trumpet player) and Shuzan Morita (Shakuhachi player), as well as two new tracks.
KRUSH was inspired to start DJing after watching the film "Wild Style" in the early 80's. He was one of the pioneers of trip-hop or downtempo music, and was heavily influential in the golden age of Mo Wax (he was the first Japanese artist on the label) right alongside DJ Shadow. In the era of bedroom producers and groups that are hot for one single and then fade into obscurity, for a producer / DJ to remain as relevant as Krush has remained for the past dozen years is not a small feat.