May 19, 2012

V4YS Album Review - DJ Mitsu The Beats - Beat Installments (Jazzy Sport Recordings)

Cornerstones of the Japanese musical landscape, the archipelago's nu-jazz and electro/hip-hop scenes harbour a wide array of world-class artists and bands. Think of bands like Soil & Pimp Session, QuasimodeSleep Walker or Kyoto Jazz Massive and of producers like DJ Krush, DJ Muro, Grooveman Spot or DJ Kentaro ... just to name a few.

Bridging these Nu-Jazz and Hip-Hop worlds, DJ Mitsu The Beats has been establishing himself over the years not only as an outstanding DJ but also as a brillant producer able to design mind-blowing beats while also incorporating live instruments and vocals' soulful touch. Almost three years after his second LP A Word To The Wise, he is returning with a new project titled Beat Installments released on Tokyo-based Jazzy Sport label.

Fully instrumental (with the exception of a few vocals samples) this mini-LP gathers pure jazzy hip-hop cuts (Always Something, A Little Piano, Nightfall...) as well as tracks flirting with slo-mo/deep house (Slide, Silver, Snow Bunny...). Whatever the pace of the beats, each track offers a soulful backbone made of groovy bass lines and beautiful live instruments melodies (keyboards, electri guitar or trumpet). An extremely well-produced record that I highly reoommend you to xcheck out !

Below three extracts, Always Something, A Little Piano and Nightfall  :

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