Ten years ago, on Feburary 26th 2010, Japanese producer Seba Jun (better know as Nujabes), died in a fatal car accident in Tokyo. In his late 20s Nujabes managed to build a following in the undergound hip-hop scene. His low-fi jazz infused production is often compared to that of J Dilla’s. Nujabes subtly incorporated Japanese culture and aesthetics into his work, opening the doors for modern lo-fi movement which has been rapidly gaining popularity on YouTube in recent years. In his lifetime Nunjabes released 4 albums including a soundtrack (in collaboration with Fat Jon) to a classic Japanese animation “Samurai Champloo”. His most popular and, arguably, the most influential album is his second full-length project, Modal Soul, which released in 2005. Nunjabes’ final project was released in 2011, a year after his death.
In 10 years after his death Seba Jun’s music has created him a cult-like following among low fidelity hip-hop fans thanks to a sound that many artists today attempt to recreate. If you’re unfamiliar with his work check out the two playlists below that Spotify Japan has compiled in his memory.