Your Perfect Soundtrack for Long Smokey Nights
Tokyo-based beatmaker Bugseed is rapidly making a name for himself as a master of jazzy hip hop tracks with seemingly infinite groove. His smooth, instrumental Bohemian Beatnik LP is the perfect soundtrack for long smokey nights and the fomenting of mystic hip hop visions.
The free album garnered its share of buzz on beatcentric blogs. But his work on Tokyo Midnight Lunch for Ritmo Sportivo is the best example of what he can do. Here his agile jazz breaks provide a moody and rich backdrop for a stable of Japanese emcees with diverse styles and voices. Somehow it allows each of them a chance to truly shine whole gathering them into a cohesive whole. But, if you happen to be listening for it, his production can’t help but steal the show.
But Bugseed is as versatile as he is profound, Bohemian Beatnik and Tokyo Midnight Lunch might feel cool as the night winds and beguilingly old-school, but he can shift into an ultramodern gear, with lots of wobble and even a sunny, chillwave feel like he did for his contribution to Fancy Mike’s latest outing Sigma Chi Primavera.
The young producer’s Soundcloud page showcases his many facets. The curious can turn up house tracks and a variety of takes on his signature style — from uptempo to downright loungey. We’re partial to the stuttering rhythm on “Painted Lady,” an exclusive beat he made for Word is Bond’s Hope For Tomorrow compilation for Japan relief. It’s a refreshing change from his usual sinuous approach. Check out the sample here.
“Painted Lady” – Bugseed
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