A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

DJ Krush – On the Dub-ble / Into the Water / Ruff Neck Jam

I discovered DJ Krush (Hideaki Ishi) back in the mid-90’s. He was one of the original turntablists in Japan. His music was my introduction to what I thought was Japanese rap, but is actually more akin to acid jazz or trip-hop. Ishi actually stays away from labels of that sort, feeling that categorization creates restrictions in his fanbase.

That aside, here are three instrumental tracks from his first album, Krush (1994). These were my favorite ones. I’m listening to them a little differently now, after reading music theory a bit and making some headway in playing bass. However, I’m finding it just as enjoyable 15 years later. 😉

This excerpt from “The History of Rock Music” (www.scaruffi.com) actually captures the essence of his first album’s sound very well:

“DJ Krush (Hideaki Ishi) is a Tokyo-born turntablist who started playing live with bands in 1992. His solo albums are mostly instrumental. They belong to hip-hop only in name: he builds soundscapes (not dance tracks) that are populated with snippets of melodies (usually keyboards), old-school beats, dub-like bass lines, Miles Davis-inspired horns phrases, turntable scratching and soulful diva crooning, and possess a strong jazz feeling.”

DJ Krush – On the Dub-ble

DJ Krush – Into the Water

DJ Krush – Ruff Neck Jam

I’d like to speak more about the bassists credited on the album, but they’re almost invisible on the internet:

Here are some links to further information about DJ Krush:


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