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DJ Krush

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 leg of the Wildstyle tour, Krush moved into mobile DJ'ing, backing up rappers, and eventually solo production. Although his 1994 debut Krush (initially released only in Japan) freely mixed elements of R&B and acid jazz with the beefy breakbeat backbone of midtempo hip-hop, Krush's work has since tended more toward the abstract, applying heavy effects and sample manipulation to thick, smart breaks, layered, almost ambient textures, and subtle, inventive scratching.

Following Krush and Bad Brothers (a 1994 collaborative EP with acid jazz artist Ronny Jordan), Krush came to larger acclaim in the mid-'90s through his association with the London-based Mo'Wax label, which released his Strictly Turntablized in 1994 and Meiso in 1995, both reissued stateside by A&M. While Turntablized is closer to a collection of DJ tools, Meiso is a return of sorts to his earlier work, including rappers such as Guru and CL Smooth on a few tracks and incorporating a wider variety of instrumental sounds and atmospheres. The album also included the jaw-dropping nine-minute epic "Duality," which helped bring greater recognition to its guest artist, a young Californian by the name of DJ Shadow. Krush's profile in the jazz world was increased with the 1996 album Ki-Oku, a collaboration with avant-garde trumpeter Toshinori Kondo. He also contributed a 60-minute mix of the Ninja Tune back catalog to Cold Krush Cuts, a 1996 release with Coldcut and DJ Food. A mix retrospective called Holonic: The Self-Megamix appeared in 1997.

In addition to 1997's Milight, which included guest appearances by Mos Def and DJ Cam, Krush also featured on a number of various-artists collections, including Mo'Wax's celebrated Headz, as well as Altered Beats and Axiom Dub (both out on Bill Laswell's Axiom label). In 1998, Krush formed a trio called RYU with fellow Japanese hip-hop artists DJ Hide and DJ Sak, and the group released the album GA in 1999. Kakusei appeared on Mo'Wax/Columbia that year, followed by the mix album Code 4109 and single "Tragicomic" the next year. Zen from 2001 was filled with guest MCs and singers ranging from El-P and Mr. Len to Zap Mama and N'Dea Davenport, while The Message at the Depth from 2002 featured fewer vocalists (including Anti-Pop Consortium as well as the unrelated collective Anticon) and more instrumentals. Jaku (featuring guest MCs Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock) landed in 2004, and two years later the Stepping Stones collection featured Krush remixing highlights from his back catalog. The album was released as a double CD collection with one disc focusing on "Lyricism" and the other on "Soundscapes," and both discs were released individually as well. A mix CD called OuMuPo 6 also appeared in 2006, and a triple DVD DJ Krush retrospective was released in Japan in 2007.

Following these retrospective releases, Krush took a long break from releasing music. During this time, he scored a 2009 animated film called First Squad, and took part in Bill Laswell's ongoing Method of Defiance project, performing with them at the Montreux Jazz Festival and appearing on their 2010 album Incunabula. Krush celebrated the 20th anniversary of his solo career in 2011 with a commemorative concert in Tokyo. He also resumed his release schedule with a monthly series of digital singles issued by his own Es.U.Es Corporation. A few vinyl EPs containing tracks from the series were released in 2012. Krush continued working with Laswell, appearing on MoD's 2013 album Nahariama, and both individuals released a collaborative single, "Shuen," in 2014. Butterfly Effect, Krush's first proper solo album in over a decade, finally appeared in October of 2015. ~ Sean Cooper
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jaku

1. Still Island (with Shuuzan Morita

2. Road To Nowhere

3. Nosferatu (feat. Mr. Lif)

4. The Beginning

5. Transitions

6. Stormy feat. Ken Shima)

7. Univearth (with Tetsuro Naito)

8. Deck-athron (feat. Tatsuki)

9. Kill Switch (feat. Aesop Rock)

10. Pretense

11. Slit Of Cloud (feat. Akira Sakata)

12. Passage

13. Beyond Raging Waves (feat. Shinichi Kinoshita)

14. Distant Voices

15. Song 2

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Track List: The Message At The Depth

1. Trihedron (feat. OPUS)

2. Toki No Tabiji (Journey Of Time) (feat. INDEN)

3. Sanity Requiem

4. Supreme Team (feat. Anti-Pop Consortium)

5. The Blackhole

6. Song For John Walker (feat. Anticon)

7. O'you Hear That?

8. Alepheuo (truthspeaking) (feat. Angelina Esparza)

9. The Last Voices (feat. Sly & Robbie)

10. But The World Moves On (feat. D-MADNESS & Masoto Nakamura)

11. What About Tomorrow (feat. Abijah)

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Track List: Kakusei

1. Intro

2. Escapee

3. Parallel Distortion (feat. DJ Sak)

4. Inorganizm (feat. DJ Kensei)

5. Deltaforest

6. Crimson

7. The Dawn

8. Interlude

9. 85 Loop

10. Rust

11. 1200

12. Krushed Wall

13. The Kinetics

14. Final Home

15. No More

16. Outro

17. Final Home (Vocal Version)

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Track List: Milight

1. Intro

2. From Rino

3. Shin-Sekai

4. Jikan No Hasi 1

5. From Stash

6. Real

7. From Tragedy

8. Jugoya

9. Listen

10. From Shawn J. Period

11. Supanova

12. From Finsta Bundy

13. Jikan No Hashi 2

14. From DJ Cam

15. Le Temps

16. From Kemuri Production

17. Hitotsu No Mirai

18. From Futura 2000

19. From DJ Krush

20. Jikan No Hashi 3

21. From Lee Q

22. From Mos Def

23. Shinjiro

24. From Ken Duro Ifill

25. Light (Can You See It)

26. Mind Games

27. From Eri Ohno

28. Skin Against Skin

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Track List: Krush

1. Am 300 Tag

2. Keeping The Motion

3. Mixed Nuts

4. Roll & Tumble

5. Murder Of Soul

6. E.A.R.T.H./Sos

7. On The Dub-Ble

8. Another Day

9. Underneath The System

10. Edge Of Blue

11. Big City Lover

12. Down The Drain

13. Into The Water

14. Ruff-Neck Jam

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wenberep
He plays music. The music he plays is good music.
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Greetings..
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Hey everyone whuts up I realy like this band dj kush for life yea buddy
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Kool baby
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Dj. Krush,it's that you?.look for you at unsung...
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Real groovy
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Feddyish
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I can listen to this all day everyday. Keep the headz bobbin!
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The best way of life and I love it so much for me I love it when people are so cute when I
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Sexy
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Yes. Yes. Yes. Very well layered. Amazing textures.
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jessicablanc h a r d 5
Krushn it
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Very nice!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Arigato goziemashte dj Krush. You have kept headz bobbin for two decades with legit grooves and finite beats. Keep up the good work dude
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Damn, he's good.
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An all time classic. That groove man, that groove.
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:-B
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r_integral
Temple bells throbbing, xylophone waxing and waning, beat keeps the step, and that haunting melodic instrument usually played at a dirge: phenomenal music.
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Sean Cooper, surely you could have described DJ Krush much better in your article than, One of the few island-natio n throw-ups.
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very nice good
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Awesome.
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keagandelong
This relaxes me, a lot.
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serpantanony m o u s
Clas-sick!
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DJ KRUSH & MOS DEF
CLASSIC DUO CLASSIC HIP HOP X
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This one's for my bro, G Nathan aka. Krush!!
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Brilliant.;)
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traceekirvin 3
Little big planet
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#smoothchill b e a t s #bigupjapan!
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charlesbenoi t 7 4
He has been brilliant for 20 years !!
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legendary
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Dai sukidesu! Sugoi desune!
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he's brilliant you stupid a**holes
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Gone head wit yo bad self!
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yin for yang i walk the line between ghetto slang and stimulation of the mind
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jsvg1
Krush....wel l crushes it!
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Love the sounds of Krush always blending styles to create magic
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darkdreams18
LOVE
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Nice chill out track
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Nice track
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Check out the history of DJ Krush on YouTube.
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the zen master extracting sounds from the natural elements of the world....cre a t i n g vivid imagery with every beat...
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Sit back relax and chill to
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HE IS KRUSHING ORTHER DJ
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THESUPREAMKI N G
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It's so cool to see so many people appreciating . . , . , what to me is real! Peace
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He's an island-natio n throw-up, is he? Does that mean something?
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Thank you Mr Krush. Great job
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krysz99
Beautiful, with tidbits of surprise to make me smile, and comforting gentility.
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CHOICE!!!!! Peace
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