I’ve just discovered that there is a Japanese hip-hop artist out there called Ronin Beats. He’s offering a free download of a short instrumental album called Ocean of Trees. I downloaded it and gave it a listen, and I really like it. It’s atmospheric and spooky sounding, but not light or ambient. I’m going to check out the rest of his stuff now.
I’m pretty eclectic music-wise, but I particularly like instrumental hip-hop when it comes to electronic music. And I’m also a big fan of Japanese hip-hop legend DJ Krush, whose influence I can definitely detect in this music. I actually met him at the urinals once at a gig he did in Canberra (DJ Krush, not Ronin Beats) but all I said was “great set, man.” It wasn’t really a good time to chat I suppose. We couldn’t exactly shake hands or anything. He did smile and nod though.
So it’s kind of neat that Ronin Beats and I share a similar name. I think this would be perfect music for playing in the background during any cyberpunk game, particularly track six, Death Valley. The album is also pretty serviceable when it comes to walking around a brooding wintery city with head phones on pretending that you are in a dystopian future. Surely I’m not the only one who does that?
Anyway hit him up and give it a listen here.
Till next time,