Artist: DJ Okawari
Label: Libyus Music
Genre: Instrumental Hip Hop
Japanese DJ from Shizuoka. You can tell he has got a little bit of a Nujabes influence. Strong Asian flavours, uses a lot of piano/keyboard, and draws from some ‘nature’ samples to create the mood.
His second full album, Mirror, has more vocals than this album and is a little more jazzy. There are a couple tracks here and there that basically sound the same, but overall still a good listen if you’re trying to relax with some nice beats. I’ll do a critique of Mirror in another post.
He’s got a few more releases that are a couple tracks each, which are also featured in the full-length albums (just with separate covers), and a mix done for Libyus Music with tracks by Fat Jon, Force of Nature, and some others as well.
I love the cover art for all of his records. Here’s the cover for Diorama:
02.Chocolate with agehah
03.Bluebird Story with Jumelles
05.Colors of Life
07.One for U
08.Aurora with Eri Kamiya
To be honest, I like most of this album a lot, but it has been a long time since I’ve listened to this again, so I can’t single anything out in particular for you even though I’ve just gone through the whole album again. That said, it is much easier to spot out the things I don’t like about the album, as I will proceed to do (and oddly enough, they’re both tracks with vocals).
“Chocolate” featuring agehah is for the most part a goodtrack. I just find it a little weird, maybe because agehah says some things like “Your mother loves me, your father loves me” near the opening of the track (and a couple other places), and sometimes she sounds like she’s out of breath. Maybe that’s just her style, I don’t know.
Also on this album, the track “Aurora” featuring Eri Kamiya has a melody that is ridiculously repetitive, and it starts to grind a bit. Yes, hip hop is repetitive at times, but it’s not a broken record. I can’t sit through more than a minute of this 5-minute track.
Overall, this is a good record if you want something to relax to and use as background music, but I don’t think it’s really hard enough to jam to, and it doesn’t stand out in any particular way. It’s still nice and easy listening.