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Listen Now: Nujabes’ Posthumous Album “Spiritual State”

Nujabes Spiritual State Album

It’s been a year and a half since acclaimed Japanese music producer Jun Seba a.k.a. Nujabes passed away in a tragic car accident. But as expected of the musical virtuoso—known for his smooth blends of jazz and hip-hop—he left behind a large body of work – much of it unpublished. Spiritual State is his much-anticipated third and final full-length album, released this week by his very own record label Hydeout Productions.

From The Find Magazine:

These two minutes give you a good taste of the album’s atmosphere and the common theme of ‘Spiritual State’. Both instrumental material with the trademark piano-based influences, as well as tracks complemented with vocals by the likes of Cise Star, Substantial and Pase Rock. Also listen to Spiral, a full song that was uploaded on Youtube by Digi Crates Records yesterday, Yes featuring Pase Rock, and Down On The Side.

It sounds like a promising outcome for fans of Nujabes who are patiently waiting for a new official full-length release since ‘Modal Soul’. But it also raises a question: how much of this material is actually made by the hands of Jun Seba, and what is added and finished after his tragic death?

We have several previews of the album, which are embedded below:

“Spiritual State” (feat. Uyama Hiroto)

“Down On The Side”

Full Tracklist: 

1. Spiritual State (ft. Uyama Hiroto)
2. Sky Is Tumbling (ft. Cise Star)
3. Gone Are The Day (ft. Uyama Hiroto)
4. Spirale
5. City Light (ft. Substantial & Pase Rock)
6. Color Of Autumn
7. Down On The Side
8. Yes (ft. Pase Rock)
9. Rainy Way Back Home
10. Far Fowls
11. Fellows
12. Waiting For The Clouds (ft. Substantial)
13. Prayer
14. Island (ft. Uyama Hiroto & Haruka Nakamura)

A review of Spiritual State will be forthcoming. In the meantime, for those of you who are interested in picking up a copy of the album for yourself, check out the following links:

Order: Japan / USA & Canada / International / Discogs



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  • David

    Thanks for posting this, it’s always horrible when someone amazingly talented dies before their time but this seems like fitting tribute. The cover art is mesmerising.