Chester Watson has released his latest album “A Japanese Horror Film”.
01 – Life Wrote Itself
02 – Transportation Interlude (feat. Kiminori Chiba)
03 – Taxi Ghost (feat. Ria and Sima Itayim)
04 – Porcelain Geisha (feat. FIfi Rong)
05 – Yokai (feat. Psymum, Kanisono, Fifi Rong & Kent Loon)
06 – Witch Hunter (feat. K Raydio)
07 – Kushiro (feat. K Raydio)
08 – Camp (feat. Kent Loon and SIma Itayin)
09 – Teleportation (feat. K Raydio)
10 – Nujabes
11 – Atlantic Interlude (feat. Manijanai)
12 – Atlantis (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)
13 – Hypnagogic Interlude (feat. Manijanai)
14 – Ronin
15 – Sunken Place (feat. Max Wonders and Sima Itayin)
16 – Fog (feat. Dua Saleh)
17 – Daydreams (feat. Dua Saleh)
We saw Chester Watson last year, when touring was still a thing, he supported Puma Blue at the Casbah in San Diego. And while we spoke briefly about the influence from Flying Lotus and the Brainfeeder label he mentioned that his forthcoming album did have additional inspirations and that it was something that he was really excited to release.
With his earlier releases the influences from Earl Sweatshirt and MF Doom were palpable and easy to see and now with his “A Japanese Horror Film” it would be kind of easy to think of some members from the Wu-Tang, from the fists of RZA to the swords of GZA.
The album, for lack of better terms, is a trip. An astral trip. A projection. It’s an album that needs to be listened from beginning to end, don’t skip a moment and ride the album out.
It’s an album that feels researched and that it takes the Japanese culture seriously, it’s not just kitsch or chic for the sake of being it, there’s an implied reverence to the samurai because there’s a care for it.
The album feels like a soundtrack. Maybe, like an alternate score to Ghost Dog or a follow up to The Bride.
Here’s a video for the opening song “Life Wrote Itself”: