Sunday, 1 February 2009

Bebop and Champloo

Hi there, I just finished those pesky exams, and I'm feeling pretty damn happy about it, so it's time to post a "happysong".

It's the title song to Cowboy Bebop, probably the best anime series (japanese cartoon) ever. It's so good it's a genre of it's own.

I'm sorry to be talking about anime on a music blog, but the works of Shinichirō Watanabe are definately musically. He is renowned for blending together multiple genres in his anime and his trademarks are the importance of music as the universal language and the pacing in his works (and we do find those things important at ilictronix, don't we).

As you can tell from the first song, Cowboy Bebop mixes 1940s/1950s New York City film noir with Jazz music, classic cowboy western and Hong Kong action movies, all while being set in space.

The Seatbelts - Tank! (Luke Vibert Remix) [right click to download]

Next is a laidback hiphop song from Samurai Champloo, Watanabe's later work in which he mixes the cultures of hip-hop, Okinawa, modern-day Japan, and samurai action.

Tsutchie - Vagrancy [right click to download]

Whenever I'm talking about anime, most people look at me thinking, oh grow up and stop looking at pokemon.
A note to these people: Not all anime is childish, just try out ghost in the shell or the works of Watanabe and then you can say whatever you want to me.
To all the rest, just check it out, once you've seen Bebop and Champloo you'll never be satisfied by anything else, don't say I didn't warn you.

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

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