From underwater-like sways and flow, to Japanese vocals and smooth drum and bass, DJ Krush offers us a range of musical pleasure with his 2003 release, Message at the Depth.
"Trihedron" (featuring Opus) initiates this melodic journey with an ethereal intro that coasts into smooth d&b. Fresh and flawlessly smooth, this track builds little by little, setting a high standard for the entire album. "Toki No Tabiji" (Journey of Time) featuring Inden, catches the listener by surprise with the Japanese lyrics, but this intrigue easily turns into a supernatural understanding as the music and tones of the vocals sink in and penetrate on deeper levels.
Uniquely, this album deals with current events and the ongoing controversy of war. Specifically, "Song for John Walker" featuring Anticon, is explicit in its description of the average American household; the ridiculousness of the current situation in the Middle East and the blunt blame on the shoulders of some guy named GW. This general voice of literal and uninhibited reason is cleverly combined with powerful music that supports each word. The drum beats echo relentlessly as the bass churns, creating a wave-like world of steady flow. "Song for John Walker" impressed me initially with this same intensity, uniting forceful lyrics with a vibrating drumbeat and pulsating bass.
"Alepheva (Truthspeaking)" featuring Angelina Esparza, is another great example of direct examination of the effects of war. Alternately, "What About Tomorrow" featuring Abijah, speaks up for the innocent. This entire release exudes an overall air of intelligent consciousness and concern about the future of the world.
"But The World Moves On" (featuring D-Maadness & Masato Nakamura), is highlighted by a great Jazzy feel and marvelous instrumental samples, including a "Rose Rouge"-style flute. With continuous drum and bass supporting these grooves, this track was easily a favourite.
The Multimedia Component on the disc includes the video for "Alepheva", which, as previously mentioned, is a song of depth and understanding, narrated by the sweet and pure voice of Angelina Esparza. Esparza's beatific addition to this profound composition is executed tremendously. The video itself is as captivating as the music that serves as its platform. Many of these songs seem to be filled with a lot of rebellious anger, which Esparza counters with her innocence and realism.
This entire album speaks of intelligence and truth. It demonstrates the fact that the voice of one can be heard by many, and that many can be strengthened by one. Not to say that this album is at all preachy - it is more blatantly honest and direct about the issues that are covered. With the amazing techniques of DJ Krush as a solid backbone, it is difficult not to be affected.