Jun ‘Nujabes’ Seba could be viewed as Japan’s answer to James ‘Jay Dee/J Dilla’ Yancey and the Luv(sic) series he did with the emcee Shing02 is still highly regarded as the best work Nujabes ever released.
On the anniversary of the fabled producer/DJ’s untimely demise, fans of the Luv(sic) saga were given what would appear to be Nujabes’ last bow: the Grand Finale. He was always known for his incredibly beautiful samples, daring to allow his beats to not only give you a reason to bob your head but encourage you to spread your wings and soar. It had been said by Shing02 himself that the beat was found on Nujabes’ mobile phone. Once found, Hydeout Productions set to work to track down the session files and then finish Luv(sic) once and for all.
I’m delighted to announce that Grand Finale is indeed finished, available for streaming, and continues that trend of the familiar boom-bap drums Nujabes used; smooth low-ends; and a sample so beautiful, you’d think it were taken straight out of a van Gogh painting. Shing02 continues to produce top form on the mic and provides the dope narrative that fans have always enjoyed. While I’m sure people are no doubt pleased to see a new Nujabes creation – even posthumously – it’s sure to bring a tear to the eye of many, knowing that this was quite possibly the very last thing he ever did.
Rest In Beats, Jun Seba (7 February 1974 – 26 February 2010)