Tokyo Tangents with Masaaki Hara

Japanese Abstract Beats

122 minsFirst aired 27 Dec 2018
Artwork by Henrik Büren

Masaaki Hara goes back to the mid-’90s and discovers weird beats from DJ Krush, Nobukazu Takemura and Riow Arai.

In this episode we’re featuring abstract beats, a style that broke out in the mid-’90s and early 2000s. DJ Krush was an iconic figurehead of the genre, which derived its instrumental beats from hip-hop. Those slow, heavy sounds captivated producers, and became the platform for a new kind of expression, gradually developing into something more edgy and experimental.

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