Japan for Sale, Volume 3 (Sony Music, 2003)
The Japan for Sale series showcases various current music styles produced in Japan. Most of the music on this album is too poppy for me, but there are some interesting discoveries among the bubble gum pop and post punk material.
The first great discovery is Goku, who combines jazz riffs with great electronic grooves and rapping. DJ Krush mixes electronic beats and scratching with sampled voices.
Loop Junktion creates a great concoction of funky jazz grooves with hip hop. And Kyoto Jazz Massive has developed a hybrid sound that combines exciting electronic beats with funk jazz.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.