[TRIP-HOP ICON] No offense to Massive Attack and Portishead, but the finest trip-hop album comes not from Bristol but Japan. DJ Krush’s 1996 collaboration with avant-garde trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, Ki-Oku, coolly carves its way through Krush’s moonlit beats and Kondo’s fluttery-eyed solos. In 2012, Krush began exploring more uptempo breaks with a monthly single series, culminating in the cinematic “Yushin: Brave Heart.” Since then he’s maintained a tour schedule apropos of a 51-year-old icon. Pay your respects.
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