The musical lovechild of Astrud Gilberto and Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Tokyo DJ Nujabes’ ethereal jazzed-out soundscapes are equally at home gazing out at a sunset over Ipanema Beach or relaxing at a rooftop barbecue in Brooklyn. Spearheading a beautiful new vein of hip-hop interpretation, Nujabes first began to gain deserved recognition as one of the main musical contributors to the 2004 anime series Samurai Champloo.
Imagine the RZA kicking back watching a Toshiro Mifune samurai flick with a caipirinha in hand and an old Azymuth record on in the background and you’ll start to get the idea. Tragically killed in a car accident in Tokyo at the age of 36, since his untimely death Nujabes (his name Seba Jun spelled backwards) has acquired a massive cult following across the world. So sit back, plug in your headphones and check out the links below.