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Tokyo, Japan (1974 – 2010)

Jun Seba (瀬葉淳) (February 7, 1974-February 26, 2010) was a Japanese music producer who recorded under the name Nujabes (new-jah-behz; which is simply his real name spelled backwards). His music is known for a strong influence, frequently using samples from artists like Miles Davis and Yusef Lateef.

He was also an owner of “tribe”, a record store in Shibuya, Tokyo, and led record label Hyde-Out Productions. He released two albums in Japan, Metaphorical Music in 2003 and Modal Soul in 2005. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest, an collaboration with Nao Tokui (appearing on the Lady Brown 12”).

In addition to Japanese artists like Shing02 and MINMI, he has collaborated with underground American hip-hop acts CYNE, Apani B-Fly, Five Deez, Substantial, Fat Jon and British rapper Funky DL.

He has also contributed music to the soundtrack of Samurai Champloo, an anime which blends a setting in feudal Japan with modern anachronisms, especially music.

On March 17, 2010, it was announced on the Hyde-Out Productions website that Jun passed away on February 26, 2010 at the age of 36 after being involved in a serious car accident on the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. He was promptly transported to the hospital, where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. An English announcement was made on March 18 by friend and collaborator Shing02 on the Empire22 website:


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  • CousinEarl

    I miss this man so much.

    Yesterday 1:41am Reply
  • Bloodsekeer

    u r flower

    20 Sep 9:05pm Reply
  • NinjaTravisLee

    How is Counting Stars only at no.20? It is easily his best song

    17 Sep 11:39am Reply
  • Mohhito

    Check out Kubix remix on aruaria dance o:

    14 Sep 12:07pm Reply

    Modal Soul is finally on Spotify

    13 Sep 3:26pm Reply
  • Crystalseth

    Its so sad to have him gone.

    26 Aug 5:51am Reply
  • halfam

    Does anyone know any sites/labels that releases stuff like his? Excluding Cult Classic Records

    25 Aug 12:25pm Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    @kawanr: Vaporwave is not crap and in some cases can be just as great as many of Nujabes pieces, just requires enough exposure to the genre.

    15 Aug 11:12pm Reply
  • PPPsn

    ты будешь жить всегда

    15 Aug 8:31pm Reply
  • Feli_

    rip his stuff is heavenly, make me feel so free

    13 Aug 11:45pm Reply
  • BrutalWarCry

    Luv (sic.) part 3 is so fuckin good

    6 Aug 5:01am Reply
  • QuintonDempsey

    @fishfawn hell no

    6 Aug 1:35am Reply
  • kawanr

    @fishfawn: wut dude, why do you think that? nujabes is just awesome and vaporwave is just crap

    2 Aug 2:02am Reply
  • CaptainRaidFM

    one of the best producers hands down

    2 Aug 2:01am Reply
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    1 Aug 3:35pm Reply
  • IntoTheOrchard

    Losing my mind so maybe you can help me find/The way to go so I can be leaving this pain behind/Trying to sleep, "Sleep is the cousin of death"/Said a wise man from Queensbridge, on beats he blessed/Trying to rest, instead I rest my head /On a pillow of hardships, misery is the bed/On my back, I lie, I can see the skies...

    19 Jul 11:52pm Reply
  • Str1ke1AL

    Все 3 альбома очень годные, особенно Modal Soul.

    11 Jul 7:01pm Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    @fishfawn: Vaporwave has a small relation to hip hop/trip hop in the use of samples, heavy drums and "mellow" sound which are not unique to vaporwave. Kinda sounds similar but Vaporwave just carries a different mood all around and Nujabes doesn't really have that 80 90's VHS/Cassette/slightly off tune vibrato Vaporwave is known for.

    4 Jul 7:33pm Reply
  • Swerveaction

    Deserves the love <3

    1 Jul 2:09am Reply
  • aceytoja1

    fishfawn no, Nujabes is good.

    29 Jun 12:44pm Reply
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