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Zen Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Song 1
  2. Zen Approach
  3. Danger of Love

Disc: 2

  1. Sonic Traveller
  2. Duck Chase
  3. Vision of Art

Disc: 3

  1. Day's End
  2. White Grace
  3. Candle Chant (A Tribute)

Disc: 4

  1. Endless Railway
  2. Whut'z Da Solution
  3. Paradise Bird Theorie


Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Music on Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00499SAAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
When his previous LP came out, his first under the label of Sony, I was worried about Krush's potential loss of his musical integrity. On the contrary, he made an album so minimal, even his long lasting funs were surprised. I didnt particularly got hooked to this LP but I respected Krush for doing what he really wanted despite the pressure by his new financiers. That was then. NOW?
I think that ZEN is the outcome of him breaking the mold in the previous one. Krush is more mature now and he has made an exceptional album that will satisfy everyone. Hardcore hip hop funs, trip hop nodders, average mom and pap, in-love girls, trendy company CEOs, old time hippies, etc. It is the epitomy of a commercial album but without any of the negative conotations this definition might bring to mind. It incorporates soul, ambient, techno and industrial elements, mixed with the usual Japanese ultra minimalism, all together but also on their own. In Zen you can find maybe the most sentimental instrumental track in many years, a marriage between scattered guitar strings and saxophone, while the 3rd track is soulful trip hop at its best. Listen to the track no 7 and realise that Japanese raping can be as smooth as velvet, on a heavenly piano melody. Relax and enjoy, albums like this one dont come out too often.
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Format: Audio CD
DJ Krush - Zen (2001)

The 5-star rating might be a little generous, but it's meant to reflect how worthy of purchase I think this CD is overall. I favor the more subdued, relaxing tunes. Some justifiably consider this release to be a bit inconsistent, but I also appreciate its diversity. Whatever you want to label this music - downtempo, acid jazz, hip hop - I don't think it fits easily into any particular category.

DJ Krush is especially effective at creating minimal soundscapes with subtle sophistication. Overall, this CD is laid-back and quite groove-worthy.

A few highlights (some impressions):

"Song 1" - very relaxing, kick-back hip-hop groove, very minimal with jazzy textures including a sweet trumpet.

"Zen Approach" - easy hip-hop funk beat with Black Thought from The Roots in full effect and shimmering background synths. Off the hook, baby!

"Danger of Love" - I'm a big Zap Mama fan and Marie Daulne (who IS Zap Mama) sings exquisitely on this smooth, catchy track. She also contributes some amazingly acrobatic vocals in the background, one of her most notable gifts.

"Sonic Traveler" - Starts off with background noises from a train station combined with subtle African rhythms and instruments before it launches off with a hyperkinetic drum machine. Actually employs bouncing ping pong balls as musical instruments - a fascinating instrumental!

"Vision of Art" - an ominous tone pervades over this spare track featuring an intense, ballsy rap performance.

"Day's End" - another very relaxing instrumental, similar to "Song 1" with a more "end-of-a-quiet-day" feel to it. Features more trumpet, a seductive acoustic guitar and that African instrument that I think is called a kora (?).
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Nippon trip-hop but not only. A real synphonia of music : sweet (Song 1, Sonic Traveler, With Grace) psychedelic (Endless Railway, Paradise Bird Theory) and the rest between the rap, funk, jazz. There is also a bonus track (the total songs are 13 and not 12) probably the less nice.
D.J. Krush made a big risk with a miscellaneus of sounds (infact people could be disoriented by the changes from a track to another) but the final result is perfect.
It's not a Cd to play single track, one you put on you have to finish it, it's like a classic synphonia!
Only with all songs togheter you can undrstand the total CD.
You can love it, dosen't mind with kind of music you are coming from...for sure you will love it..it's so sweet, so dark, so trip, so smart,..........so ZEN
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dj krush is as much of a visionary as many people say. in my opinion, krush is a true artist who has a strong vision that spans his releases. they all hold their own as powerful hip hop journeys through beats, haunting melodies, jazz loops, phat raps, impeccable cuts, thorough, thick mixes, and loving, bass-y beats. this new one is unlike anything i have heard from dj krush. i own all of his stuff and i can't say which is best but Zen seems to be the most diverse out of all of them. here, krush covers all the bases: pure trip hop, haunting jazz, r+b, rap, and krush's influence that pulses throughout. the dark, moody beats and the chilled out basslines mixed with sometimes spooky, sometimes upbeat vocals and other melodic elements.
now that i've analyzed it, i'd like to put my stamp of approval on this work of art. the cd as a whole stands very well. it always impresses me when an artist can bridge smoothly between potentially different concepts. truly, another 5-star krush home run.
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By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me say that I think Krush has a subtle sense of sonic possibilities that most folks just miss. If you expect "banging beats" or DJ Shadow, look elsewhere. For those of us on the low end, who also dig Bill Laswell, or DJ Food, or DJ Cheb i Sabbah or Imhotep or DJ Cam (at his best)... you know what I mean.
DJ Krush brings a spectrum of sound with his distinct mark hanging above like a moonlit night. Black Thought does a nice track (better than the Hardware track on his solo). The Zap Mama track is wonderful! Likewise, I really love the N'Dea Davenport and Kukoo Da tracks. There are countless gems on here, although it's the complete journey that captures Krush's genius.
Krush doesn't produce banging singles. He explores territory, and for those who have been following him, I highly suggest finding this LP as soon as you can... and putting it on repeat.
I rate it 4 stars, only because it takes a Kind of Blue to get 5.
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