Dj Krush - Jaku
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Release Date: 07-09-2004

Featuring: Shuuzan Morita, Mr. Lif, Ken Shima, Tetsuro Naito, Tatsuki, Tobias Wilner, Aesop Rock, Akira Sakata, Shinichi Kinoshita

Recorded: Hal Studio, Kawasaki, Japan & Different Studios in Japan and the USA

 

 

Jaku (CD) Columbia Records (COL517578 2)

  1. Still Island With Shuuzan Morita
  2. Road To Nowhere
  3. Nosferatu With Mr. Lif
  4. The Beginning
  5. Transition
  6. Stormy Cloud With Ken Shima
  7. Univearth With Tetsuro Naito
  8. Decks-Athron With Tatsuki
  9. Kill Switch With Aesop Rock
  10. Pretense
  11. Slit Of Cloud With Akira Sakata
  12. Passage
  13. Beyond Raging Waves With Shinichi Kinoshita
  14. Distant Voices
  15. Song 2

 

Jaku (SACD) Sony Music Entertainment (SICL 10002)

  1. Still Island With Shuuzan Morita
  2. Road To Nowhere
  3. Nosferatu With Mr. Lif
  4. The Beginning
  5. Transition
  6. Stormy Cloud With Ken Shima
  7. Univearth With Tetsuro Naito
  8. Decks-Athron With Tatsuki
  9. Kill Switch With Aesop Rock
  10. Pretense
  11. Slit Of Cloud With Akira Sakata
  12. Passage
  13. Beyond Raging Waves With Shinichi Kinoshita
  14. Distant Voices
  15. Song 2
  16. Bonus 1
  17. Bonus 2

 

Jaku (CD) Red Ink (WK78102)

  1. Still Island With Shuuzan Morita
  2. Road To Nowhere
  3. Nosferatu With Mr. Lif
  4. The Beginning
  5. Transition
  6. Stormy Cloud With Ken Shima
  7. Univearth With Tetsuro Naito
  8. Decks-Athron With Tatsuki
  9. Kill Switch With Aesop Rock
  10. Pretense
  11. Slit Of Cloud With Akira Sakata
  12. Passage
  13. Beyond Raging Waves With Shinichi Kinoshita
  14. Distant Voices
  15. Song 2

 

Jaku (2x12”) Columbia Records 

   A01.  Still Island With Shuuzan Morita
   A02.  Road To Nowhere
   A03.  Nosferatu With Mr. Lif
   A04.  The Beginning
   B05.  Transition
   B06.  Stormy Cloud With Ken Shima
   B07.  Univearth With Tetsuro Naito
   B08.  Decks-Athron With Tatsuki

   C09.  Kill Switch With Aesop Rock
   C10.  Pretense
   C11.  Slit Of Cloud
   C12.  Passage
   D13.  Beyond Raging Waves With Shinichi Kinoshita
   D14.  Distant Voices
   D15.  Song 2

 

Jaku (CD) Promo

 

Reviews:

From the silhouetted image on the album's cover (which evokes ancient Japanese rice paper drawings) to the presence of shamisen and shakuhachi (note the trip-hop, tea garden sounds of "Beyond Raging Waves," for example), Japanese tradition plays a heavy role on this release. But Krush manages to look forward as he looks back, in part via his postmodern form-splicing (the album ranges from near-balladry-- "Stormy Cloud"--to industrial dirge--"Distant Voices"), and in part by including guests like top-shelf rappers Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock. Jaku continues Krush's mission to bridge East and West, past and future, sonic adventure and accessible listening, creating a global community within the space of a single CD.

Alternative Press (p.114): "Don some good headphones and revel in the kind of vivid, atmospheric soundscaping that inspires drug-induced visions." - 4 out of 5

CMJ (p.5): "Jaku is incredibly lush, using Krush's skeletal beats and electro to structure a fluttering mass of flutes and koto..."