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Nujabes

Jazz rap from Japan

Whatever people want to classify him as, Nujabes has a sentiment of jazz. Our first look at him on here was almost five years back, within the blog’s first few months running, but I’ve known about Nujabes for years before that.

He came out with a few albums in the early 2000’s that were perfectly in tune with my style of hip hop at the time. Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Jurassic 5 type music.

Ever since the blog started in 2009 my taste has gone to a broader base of electronic. But Nujabes was the first electronic producer focusing on the jazzy side of things and taking hooking it up with some complimentary American MCing. And with that Japanese flavor, it made Nujabes stand out just above the best – for me.

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Late Night Jazz

Nothing like jazz at night

Do not listen to this if it’s before 9pm! Sorry for shouting if it is. Or if you’re in a retrospective mood, that’s acceptable too.

The jazz here isn’t in its traditional sense. It’s inspired by hip hop, the kickdrum mostly, which is kinda funny because it’s really the other way around. It’s got a few other genres mixed in there too.

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Grifta · The Lost

More downtempo'd brass for your ears

I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole brass classification thing, alright maybe not fully yet. I know this isn’t the sax at least, or at least I’m pretty sure. I should have been a musician so I could have properly learned this musician mumbo jumbo, now I’m just in it purely for the sound.

Grifta’s ‘The Lost’ has got all the emotion I see with any brass infused track with a downtempo Nujabes like find. It’s still puzzling to me how much emotion brass instruments have over all others to me, something only vocals supersede. Can’t wait for Grifta’s next gift.

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The Space Captain · Easier (feat. Maralisa)

with trumpets so smooth I thought it was sax

I can feel jazz creepin up on the electro scene this coming year. I thought it was going to be rap, but a lot more jazz brass has been popping up. And if I have to wait any longer for hip hop’s revival, I don’t mind so much if it’s with jazz.

Space Captain’s ‘Easier’ features vocals by Maralisa and I don’t know who compliments whom better. Space Captain puts on a fine jazzy beat, but these vocals really capture the feeling. I guess what will tell is who can reinterpret their own sound and make it something more beautiful next time. Could happen together again, but it’s much harder the second time.

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Klingande · Jubel

There is really nothin' like the saxophone

The melody isn’t half bad, the wobbles work well and the girl is good for a few cuts in, but that sax is what carries this tune. My obsession with the saxiness has gone back to one of our very first posts (3 minutes in, woof) and far before that. It’s the only instrument that can consistently replace the vocals as the backbone of a piece. And in ‘Jubel,’ the sax is its stature.

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Les Sins · Grind

Girl I gotta

Just another one of those ponder your life type nights and what tune to top it off. Toro y Moi’s other project, Les Sins, has one smooth little shit of a song, ‘Grind,’ which turns especially smooth when the vocals kick in.

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Outerattik · Nineties Man

Experimentations with jazz + tronic

‘Ninties Man’ starts off as a sombre jazztronic track to tune out to, but intensifies at just the right moment (wait for the drop it) to turn into one growing acid [jazz] trip. It’s one experimental ride, so don’t cling to it too tight… then again so is most of this site.

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Wick-it the Instigator · Grey Sky (feat. Heather Jones)

From mashups to this? Oh, happy daze.

I’ve known Wick-it for making some superb mashups & bass’d out remixes, but creating shit from scratch is a whole new ball game. I’ve seen many cross the line from mashups to originals and it’s not usually pretty. But the Instigator puts down one pretty piece this time.

‘Grey Sky’ over takes Wick-it’s Weathermaker EP with a whole new level of strange bass. The jazz influenced, soul samples combined with that abstract bass is more than enough to praise, but slap down Heather Jones on the mic and her hymns bring this beyond praise.

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Four80East · Wake & Bake

from the Snoopadelic Files

Found this on Snoop Dogg’s SoundCloud and loved every minute of it. I had no idea who it was at the time, Snoop like too many other SoundClouders didn’t put up the info, but I finally dug it up. What a smooth jazzy, downtempo piece that’s perfect for a good morning sesh. Best way to start your day!

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Dave Greening & Dave McKeown · Bliss

Step back & appreciate the wonder in even the simplest moments

David & Dave’s “Bliss,” kinda makes me sad, ironically, but in a good way – one that lets you step back and appreciate the wonder in the ethereal.

Glad we got a sax in here ’cause otherwise I don’t know where I’d classify this, Jazz is still quite iffy. But I’d love to see more like it, it’s the only way we’ll keep modern music classy.

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