Shingo Sekiguchi – Message
A rather awesome discovery I made yet again. This time it’s a track by Shingo Sekiguchi, a very, very impressive guitarist with a smooth jazzy/soulful style. This tune is off of his 2008 mini-album titled vusik which had a bunch of other very talented musicians accompanying him.
And if I’m getting this all correctly, the entire bunch eventually adopted the name vusik as the band name, instead of releasing music under Sekiguchi’s name… which I think is quite fair, considering how equally good they all are and the fact that the music is still the fruit of all of their efforts. They have released two more albums since the 2008’s debut, Cinematic scenery is here in 2009 and silent rain, silent sea in the beginning of 2012.
Shingo Sekiguchi also plays in a band called Ovall, with fellow bandmates Shingo Suzuki on bass/keys and mabanua on drums.
Ovall makes a bit more hip-hop influenced tunes compared to Sekiguchi’s vusik but still have an extremely smooth soulful/jazzy feel to it. In fact they’re all about mellowness. They’re good, definitely do check them out!
Shingo Suzuki and mabanua are both also respected producers, not only in Japan but worldwide, with Suzuki releasing his debut album The Abstract Truth (2008) to great acclaim and mabanua with his done already (2008) – both of which feature a wide selection of guest appearances by MCs worldwide, and are appreciated by hip-hop fans across the globe.