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1. Still Island
2. Road to Nowhere
3. Nosferatu
4. The Beginning
5. Transition
6. Stormy Cloud
7. Univearth
8. Decks-athron
9. Kill Switch
10. Pretense
11. Slit of Cloud
12. Passage
13. Beyond Raging Waves
14. Distant Voices
15. Song 2

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000295UZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The next two tracks are also extremely good.
z funk
Well truly the thing that stands out on this album is the production and engineering, much mor refined than his last effort.
M. Hoff
Listen through the CD, discover the tracks you like for future programming, then you'll see, this CD is phenomenal.
Kenneth M. Goodman

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Nobody does rap/electronica quite like DJ Krush -- downtempo, hip-hop, and exquisite beats. He's done amazing works with acid-jazz, beats, and complex rhythms. But this Japanese turntable pioneer has dropped all that in his eighth album, in favor of a more.... organic sound.

Instead, "Jaku" harkens back to Krush's roots -- that is, it mixes gentler, chiller beats with traditional Japanese music. It's an unlikely combination, but unsurprisingly Krush makes it work. The resulting music is cool, dark, clear and has that timeless vibe from the traditional instrumentation.

Elusive beats and soft shakuhachi flutes set the tone of the opener, "Still Island," followed by drums and bells and gritty hip-hop cameos by Mr. Lif and Aesop. The songs that follow vary wildly: Some are delicate, breezy and even ghostly, while others are beat-heavy and tripwire taut. "Decks-athron" is one of the few exceptions, with its futuristic beats and swippy effects.

By the last third of the album, the traditional instruments have gotten even more prominent, except for another brief foray into futurism. Shin'ichi Kinoshita and Akira Sakata add their vocals to nimble koto melodies. It ends with the pretty music-box melody "Song 2," which makes use of electrobeats in a more delicate way.

It's not the sort of music that Krush became famous for, and it might take a little while for his fans to adjust to this sound. But once they are used to it, it's impossible not to appreciate the innovative way that Krush melds trippy beats and hip-hop with flutes, piano, koto and chimes. It's a departure, but a very successful one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By z funk on December 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
(i would actually give this album about 4.6 stars simply because of the absence of japanese rap which really worked well on message). Ive been a Krush fan for a really long time. I actually didn't start buying his cd's until fairly recently, but i got into him from various ninja tune comps. I have all his official, US releases. The only one i dont have is strictly turntablized which is damn near impossible to find. ANYWAYS, I just got Jaku and it really is probably my favorite Krush cd. It seems like every one of his cds are very different from one another. Message at the depth was much darker and more experimental, but also excellent. Jaku, unlike some of his music, has a very japanese feel to it. The first song "still island" is the perfect intro. It slowly brings you in and is very japanese sounding, it's slower but not boring at all. The next 3 trakcs are all equally good, and then transition. This really stands out to me, even though its short, i really like the string arrangements, which Krush doesn't use very often. Then is Stormy Cloud with Ken Shima on piano. This is something Krush certainly hasn't done before, and it's one of the standout tracks on here, Laying classical piano over trip hop. The next two tracks are also extremely good. I'm just not spending the time to cover every track. Next is Kill switch with Aesop Rock. Aesop Rock is one of the most talented rappers around today, ill definitely say that. I do listen to alot of hip/hop (good hip hop) but i've never really gotten into aesop, but all his work with Krush is amazing. The next track "pretense" is also one of my favorites, it's got a pretty thick breakbeat running throughout. The whole song has sortof an eerie feeling about it, yet something about it feels upbeat and light.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on June 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Krush for years, and own most of his albums. If you are a lover of dark and atmospheric trip hop, then this album is for you. It is strong from start to finish, and incorporates beautiful japanese instruments, brooding beats, and smart lyrics. This is one of those albums that reaffirms your faith in good music.

I think that this album is Krush's most complete work. It surpasses "Zen," and takes the listener on a contemplative journey through towering soundscapes and dark valleys. I don't review many albums, but I believe that "Jaku" is a trip hop masterpiece.

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Format: Audio CD
For someone like DJ Krush, that has some 11-12 albums of Hypnotic And Cerebral beats, and instrumentals. Not forgetting his even more impressive collaborations with various vocalists that have always impressed with the performances, Krush is able to coax out of them. It was inevitable that a change of direction was at somepoint going to be on the cards. This change of direction is a 'return to his roots' approach, which means that he reverts to his Japanese roots, and brings forth a fair subtle, contemplative and tranquil albums then before, with the first two tracks ("Still Island with Shuuzan Morita" & "Road to Nowhere"), being two hushed and melodically serene tracks, full of flute, wind pipes ambient beats and on overall sound that reverts to Japanese artistic sensibilities. Possibly far more subtle than most krush fans will be used to, and arguably takes a little getting used to, and the Trip-Hop beats by which Krush made his name by are virtually non-existant here.

The vocalists that Krush works with and arguably contains some of his finest productions, are largely missing from this album, but there are two vocal collaborations here, and this the first one, with 'Definitive Jux' rapper "Mr Lif" on the superbly atmospheric "Nosferatu" harkens back to the more 'beat' orientated sound of old. Think Peak-era "Massive Attack" with Sinister Strings blunted, nocturnal beats over with Mr Lif, laying complex echoed raps, in which the whole track has a distinctly house-of-horrors styled edge, and this track most resembles Krush previous work, and thus a magnificent track. "Stormy Cloud" which features the considerably piano skill of 'Ken Shima', is most certainly one of my favourite tracks.
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