DJ Krush is one of the few non-American producers to have a major impact on the U.S. hip-hop scene. As a Japanese artist who doesn’t speak fluent English, he’s nevertheless recorded several albums considered classics among the beat/downtempo/electronic set, from 1994’s Strictly Turntablized to 2001’s Zen. His dusted free jazz beats demarcates an entire era in beat culture.
For the past two years Krush has been reminiscing on his glorious past, beginning with last year’s Stepping Stones: The Self-Remixed Best, followed by a fall tour that was heavy on memorable tracks like “Kemuri.” This year brings another retrospective in History of DJ Krush. Set to drop on September 18 via Red Ink/Sony, it’s a 3-DVD set featuring a 1996 tour documentary created around the time of 1996’s Milight, his first U.S.-distributed album; a documentary tracing his career; and a set of rare videos. The cherry on the cake, however, will be another North American tour. DJ Krush is one of the most compelling live acts in the DJ world, with compositional skills comparable to DJ Shadow.
The dates, which kick off in October, are below.
- 10/04: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
- 10/05: Le National, Montreal, QC
- 10/06: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
- 10/08: Mod Club, Toronto, ON
- 10/09: Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
- 10/11: Foundation, Minneapolis
- 10/12: Smart Bar, Chicago, IL
- 10/13: The Loft, Atlanta, GA
- 10/16: The Social, Orlando, FL
- 10/17: The Bishop, St. Petersburg, FL
- 10/19: Minc Lounge, Dallas, TX
- 10/20: Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
- 10/22: Holocene, Portland, OR
- 10/24: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
- 10/25: Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
- 10/26: Mighty, San Francisco, CA
- 10/28: Glass House, Pomona, CA
- 10/30: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
- 10/31: Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA