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spiritual state (Japan Version)

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Product Title: spiritual state (Japan Version) spiritual state (日本版) spiritual state (日本版) spiritual state (日本版) spiritual state (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Nujabes Nujabes Nujabes Nujabes  Nujabes
Release Date: 2011-12-03
Publisher Product Code: HPD-13
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025091115

Product Information / Track List

nujabesが目指した遥か地平線の先、それは人と人とのスピリット(魂)が 激しく共鳴し合いその眩い光が無限に広がる奇跡の光景が広がっている。完成されることのなかったこのアルバムは、そのピース一つ一つが繋ぎ合わされ、それぞれの心象の中で完成を迎える。「metaphorical music」「modal soul」と過去2枚のアルバムをリリースし、現代の音楽業界の流れと別に、宣伝活動を行わずに純粋に音=作品のリリースを続ける稀有のレーベル「hydeout productions」主宰でもあるnujabes の6年ぶりの3rd アルバム にしてラストアルバムである。

01. spiritual state featuring Uyama Hiroto
02. Sky is Tumbling featuring Cise Star
03. Gone Are The Day featuring Uyama Hiroto
04. spirale
05. City Light featuring Substantial & Pase Rock
06. Color of Autumn
07. Down on the Side
08. Yes featuring Pase Rock
09. Rainy Way Back Home
10. far fowls
11. fellows
12. Waiting for the clouds
13. prayer
14. Island featuring Uyama Hiroto&haruka nakamu

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March 16, 2012

A final hynotic trip into Nujabes' world
Before his death in February 2010, Nujabes - real name Seba Jun - was a prominent and respected underground hip-hop producer. Released nearly two years after his death, Spiritual State comprises of incomplete material left behind by the talented musician. The material was then compiled and completed by frequent collaborators at his record label Hydeout.

Spiritual State remains faithful to the signature Nujabes sound - hip-hop beats infused with acid jazz compositions. The album slowly eases listeners into its tone with opening track Spiritual State (completed by fellow hip-hop producer Uyama Hiroto), which features a strong piano and light percussion presence - not exactly typical hip-hop material.

Spiritual State does finally get into its groove with Sky is Tumbling (Track 2), which has frequent collaborator Cise Star (of CYNE) on rap vocals. The song is a better representation of the album's general tone and atmosphere, which is essentially an evolved version of acid jazz. In Nujabes' music, the English-language rap lyrics and other hip-hop elements are only part of Nujabe's complex musical structure.

In fact, it's Nujabes' complex arrangement style that sets his easy listening jazz compositions and arrangements apart from his contemporaries. Unlike typical hip-hop music that hits listeners with aggressive beats, the hip-hop flavor in Spiritual State and the rest of Nujabes' works is exactly that - a flavor. It is only one of the several elements at work in each song, meaning that Nujabes' works can appeal to a broad spectrum of music fans with its addictive hooks, rich arrangements, and of course, smooth beats.

Rather than just pointing out several individual tracks worth recommending, Spiritual State is better experienced from beginning to end. Despite different compositions, the album has a unified style that remains consistent from beginning to end, perhaps with the exception of the samba-style Yes and the exotic Far Fowls. After several listens, Spiritual State becomes more than just music; it becomes a long hypnotic trip into Nujabes' world - a world that will sadly never produce new works again. However, what's great about music is that they live on forever once they're complete, and it's never too late to discover the greatness of Nujabes.

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