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Ash Day / Nohay – 1974-2010 A Tribute [to Nujabes]


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Ash Day / Nohay – 1974-2010 A Tribute [to Nujabes]


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A tribute release to the sounds of Nujabes, a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ best known for his signature brand of jazzy hip hop which has inspired the underground DJ scene in Japan and the world over. Nujabes passed in a traffic accident on 26 February 2010 and this album is a tribute to his sounds and beats, done by Ash Day and Nohay.

Recorded between April and October 2010 at La Chapelle Studios by Ash Day and at WUU studio by Nohay.

About Nujabes:

Jun Seba (1974-2010) born in the Nishi-Azabu district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ who recorded under the name Nujabes (ヌジャベス Nujabesu). Nujabes was an anagram of his name, being the reverse spelling of Seba Jun. He was the owner of the Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions. His style mixes hip hop, rap and jazz samples. Nujabes collaborated with other Japanese artists such as Uyama Hiroto, Shing02 (with whom he created the critically acclaimed "Luv(sic)" hexalogy), Minmi, and was also involved with America's underground hip hop scene through collaboration with CYNE, Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, and Terry Callier.

In his career he released five studio albums (Metaphorical Music in 2003, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure and Impression in 2004, Modal Soul in 2005, and Spiritual State which was incomplete upon his death released by Hydeout Productions in 2011).One of his most recognizable works is that of the background music for Shinichirō Watanabe's series Samurai Champloo. On February 26, 2010 Jun Seba died in a traffic accident.

Nujabes was best known for his approach to hip hop beats, often blending jazz influences into his songs creating a mellow, nostalgic and atmospheric sound. He sampled a wide range of instruments and genres to create a soothing vibe. In addition to Japanese artists like Uyama Hiroto, Shing02, L-Universe, and Minmi, Nujabes collaborated with various underground American hip hop acts such as CYNE, Cise Starr (as a solo apart from the hip-hop collective CYNE), Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, Terry Callier as well as British rapper Funky DL. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest, an experimental collaboration with Nao T.

Nujabes was one of the most prolific contributors to the background music and soundtracks of Samurai Champloo, an anime which blends a feudal Japan setting with modern anachronisms, especially in regard to hip hop culture such as graffiti and rapping.

Source: Wiki


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Ash Day / Nohay


1974-2010 A Tribute [to Nujabes]


Onryou Records


2 × Vinyl, LP



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Hip Hop, Electronica, Jazz


Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Instrumental

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