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CRADLE is a groundbreaking Japanese unit specializing and leading a beautiful revolution in mellow and jazzy Hip Hop track making.

Through their stunning first release “MAKE IT LAST (feat. Aloe Blacc (Emanon)” in 2005 CRADLE were immediately propelled into the spotlight through outstanding success in Japan. MAKE IT LAST was later released in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Their long-awaited debut album “ATTITUDE” streeted in June, 2006 and the albums immense popularity elevated CRADLE in the top tier of Japanese mellow Hip Hop artists, alongside the internationally acclaimed NUJABES and NOMAK at the forefront of the genre in Japan

As DJs CRADLE play with some of the biggest major and underground Hip Hop artists in Japan including NUJABES, DJ KRUSH, YASUHARU KONISHI (Pizzicato Five), SHUYA OKINO (Kyoto Jazz Massive, DJ KIYO, DJ JIN (Rhymester), DJ MILES (Breakestra), STARVING ARTIST CREW, DJ MITSU , THE BEATS (Gagle), DJ RYOW etc etc

Pursuing their dream sound (and also partly due to the risks and limitations using sampling) CRADLE (aka CRADLE ORCHESTRA) commenced working hard on creating their own unique “LIVE SOUND”, an exciting, new sound that they have always wanted to create.

By collaborating directly with some amazingly skilled and high profile musicians in Japan CRADLE now incorporate live violin, flute, piano, saxophone, bass, and many more instruments into their track making. This collaboration has resulted in the creation of amazingly beautiful and unique melodies with an incredibly original orchestra type sound……the CRADLE ORCHESTRA sound!


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  • ScottieDigital

    Velvet Ballads = GENIUS

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TheIronAce

    Velvet Ballads is brilliant.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Wise_Guy13

    The newest remix album is alright. Anan Ryoko's version of Don't Wake Me Up is fucking awesome

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • Furi-Kuri


    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jonpwnsu

    thanks for the clarification Ice_9. i've been confused about that as well

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Ice_9

    So if I got this right, Cradle is just DJ Chika & Inherit, while Cradle Orchestra is the extended lineup with the flute, violin etc. So Velvet Ballads and Transcended Elements is Cradle Orchestra, the other stuff like Attitude and Magical Journey are just Cradle.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Cognautic

    shit velvet ballads is goddamned amazing

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • NobodyROXas

    Delicious new album. Always with AMAZING guests.

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Tem1r

    New Album Is Very Good

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • leKipish

    есс! круто!

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • deepsource


    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mikesr1

    ваааа)))) малорики

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Johnbrutal138

    Great <3

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • eronak

    The tags for this group are all over the place... the pieces from 'Altitude' are labeled as 'Cradle' being the artist, while other albums like Aurora Collections and Velvet Ballads have 'Cradle Orchestra' listed.

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Djordiison

    Really nice

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • buzzshit

    dope as kiss

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Mr_Naxay

    ох крутые

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rhythmlily

    Ahh! I just started listening to them today! EARGASM. Must... get... album!

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • name_et_hoa

    man, found these guys through on of their mixes (when the sunshine comes by kero one) not disappointed.

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
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