Jazztronik Studio Live Best – 19.12.2012 Release

Jazztronik - Studio Live Best Cover

Jazztronik – Studio Live Best Cover

I mentioned about Jazztronik’s newest offering coming out tomorrow. I just wanted to let you guys know that the entire album is available for listening over at soundcloud (Just today!). I mean the entire hour and fifteen minutes. If you are a Jazztronik fan, you would immediately notice that most of the tracks are well known hits. But, the live studio environment gives an absolutely fabulous feel to the tracks. Head over to soundcloud pronto and listen to the tracks. Just follow the link below for listening:

Jazztronik – Studio Live Best – Listen at Soundcloud

Release party was held at AIR in Tokyo Shibuya, Japan last Friday. It featured a host of guest vocals from Mika Arisaka, Sonomi Tameoka and Eliana.

Release Party featuring Jazztronik and Guest Vocals

Release Party featuring Jazztronik and Guest Vocals

Being a big fan of Jazztronik, it should be no surprise why I love this album as well. If you wanna have a Jazzy Christmas, then you should buy this great album tomorrow. In celebration of the album’s release tomorrow, here’s the timeless track Samurai played live at JZ Brat SOUND OF TOKYO on July 29th 2006.

Another picture from the release party. I saw this picture on Mika Arisaka’s Twitter photo stream.

Studio Live Best Release Party - As seen on Mika Arisaka's Twitter

Studio Live Best Release Party – As seen on Mika Arisaka’s Twitter

More Music

I am planning to post some tech related content tomorrow. But before I call it a night, thought of talking about some music. As usual, this one is also from the Japanese Lounge scene. When I am programming, I am always listening to music, mostly Jazz or Lounge from Japan. What is unique about lounge music originating from Japan is the role of the piano. Most of you would be aware of the importance of piano in Japanese culture. It is one of the most popular music instruments when it comes to learning. Piano compositions in Japan have been even given an academic treatment in a few cases. For instance, J. U. Garrett from Rice University wrote a thesis about Japanese piano compositions of the last hundred years. Apart from a fascinating read, it also provides a list of 3000 compositions ever since the first one appeared in 1900.  For those who are interested in this study, just follow the link below to download the thesis from Rice University Digital Scholarship Archive.

Japanese piano compositions of the last hundred years – J. U. Garrett

The track you are about to listen is called YAWNING CAT by the artist, Dr. Echo Logic. Soothing track to relax and simply chill. It’s part of the compilation, Tokyo Lounge – Dinner Time.

Tokyo Luxury Lounge - Dinner Time

Dr. Echo-Logic (Hirofumi Asamoto) is another one of my favorites. I love his PianoxDub album. You can get to his website to know more about him by clicking his picture.

Dr. Echo-Logic - Website

Now let’s come to the track. Have a listen and see if it is your kinda music. If yes, get the Tokyo Lounge album straightaway. It’s a great compilation album.

https://skinwalker.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/11-yawning-cat-dr-echo-logic.jpg

Till tomorrow folks.

 

Rant + Killer Music

Sorry about not having posted new stuff in a while folks. Tied up with a few things here and there. Currently on my way to Munich and have some time to update.

Today marks the first anniversary of me getting dumped by my ex in Starbucks. You tend to forget everything and move on but on a day like this, everything just keeps coming back, whether you like it or not! Anyway, this is gonna be the last time I am ever gonna mention about it, I promise.

Thankfully, I found some new music, thanks to my friend gutterslob (you may know him from crunchbang forums) that made me happy. He is an avid fan of the Japanese underground Jazz and lounge scene, just like I am. I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from him with a link to the album Kayabe from Bun/Fumitake Tamura.

Kayabe | Bun/Fumitake Tamura

If you are into this kind of music, Kayabe is a worthy addition. What’s even better is that the album is available absolutely free for download. Totally legal. Before posting the link, let me post a track from the album called, Searchin. Have a listen and see if it’s your kinda deal.

https://skinwalker.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/bun-fumitake-tamura-kayabe-13-searchin.jpg

Follow the link for downloading the album. I will continue to post music from the Japanese scene.

Kayabe – Fumitake Tamura

More coming up later…..

Today’s Music Fix – Moments in Love – G.O.L – Sensations of Tone

album-cover

I listened to this track on Groovesalad yesterday, and it was pretty smooth. Got hold of the album after a long search last night. Too bad G.O.L disbanded after their only album Sensations of Tone was released. This track is very smooth and worked great on me when I was working late night, testing some new shell scripts.

I am linking the track right here for you hearing pleasure. Let me know how you folks like the track.

It’s a very rare album, but if someone needs it, all you need to do is let me know with your comments. Happy listening.

https://skinwalker.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/moments_in_love.jpg

Today’s Ken Ishii Fix – Daybreak Reprise

cover

Am linking another Ken Ishii track here. This is from his Daybreak Reprise – Sunriser Remixed album. Ken Ishii is killing me with his totally awesome tracks. I started hearing his work only recently, so hating myself as to why I didn’t discover him earlier. But  I have almost all his albums, so its fine. And my ncmpcpp is populated with just his tracks. Anyway here is a Sunriser Remix track. It’s called Spirit Catcher’s Other View Mix.

https://skinwalker.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/2-sunriser-spirit-catchers-other-view-mix.jpg

Ken Ishii – Sample

jellytones
I do admit, I love me some techno. And of late have been listening to a lot of Ken Ishii, the rocking DJ from Japan. His tracks are mostly great, except for some of them that kind of cross over to the pop zone, which I don’t like. Listening to his tracks late at night when either coding or hacking LFS, certainly livens the mood a lot. I am posting one of my favorite Ken Ishii tracks here, so have a listen, while you are reading my other posts. The track is called EXTRA, and it’s from his album Jelly Tones, which was released 14 years ago, in 1995. I love this track. Enough said, happy listening.

https://skinwalker.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/ken-ishii-jelly-tones-01-extra.jpg

Song of the Day!

How ’bout another track from Soma FM? I listen to most of their playlists, but during coding, groovesalad, spacestation, and beatblender work the best! Groovesalad features a lot of tracks from Yoshinori Sunahara, the amazing Japanese dude who is widely popular for his funky mixes! Here’s a track from him, titled, ‘Love Beat’! You can also find a lot of his tracks on youtube as well!