1. The late Seba Jun, known by his stage name Nujabes ( Seba Jun backwards) was an electronic and hip hop DJ/producer hailing from Japan. His style of hip hop was a unique blend of jazz samples and mellow hip hop beats. The product being ambient, loungey hip hop. Nujabes released four studio albums until his death in 2010. He died in a car crash in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 36. Nujabes’ fifth solo album was released posthumously in 2011 called Spiritual State. 

    This track is from his 2003 debut album Metaphorical Music featuring American rapper Cise Starr. 

    A documentary about the life and music of Nujabes is in the making. More info can be found at: 

    http://nujabesdocumentary.tumblr.com/


  2. This is an amazing tune that uses samples from the already awesome Radiohead song “Paranoid Android” and and mixes them into Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”. Produced by Max Tannone. There are heaps of these available for free download from his website as instrumentals or with vocals. Other notably well crafted mashups are “No Karma” and “99 Anthems”.

    Download instrumentals and Vocal versions at Max Tannone’s website:

    http://www.maxtannone.com/projects/jaydiohead/