July 26, 2010

Artist of the Day: Samon Kawamura

“I dislike art that elevates itself above reality”, says Samon Kawamura. “When I make music I try to be honest most of all. There is just no other way for me.” With his debut-album “Translations” the 33 year-old producer and turntablist presents himself and his musical atmospheres – always authentic and organic, concentrated and relaxed.

Inspired by Jazz, alive and living in Hip Hop, all the while with the grasp of the instinctive composer and the intuitive storyteller, Samon Kawamura, who was raised in Tokyo and lives in Berlin , Germany, successfully squares the circle: “Translations” is elegant but with rough edges, devoid of a message but very meaningful; the music operates discreetly but insistingly, is comprehensible and profound, while spanning and connecting in short, concise episodes from Pete Rock to Pharoah Sanders, from Madlib to Marvin Gaye or Moondog, from J Dilla to Debussy. The qualities Samon Kawamura has refined behind artists as diverse as Marsmobil, Till Brönner, Lychee Lassi, Uri Caine, Joy Denalane, Max Herre or Nylon, now yield extremely individual and personal fruit. “If one should hear my music blindfolded, it would stand for itself”, Samon Kawamura notes in his shy, quiet manner. “It is definitely something to be taken seriously – my first calling card (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Samon Kawamura's music at:

Released Albums:
Samon Kawamura - Translations
Samon Kawamura - Unfold
Samon Kawamura - Unfold Outtakes Part 1 and 2 Berlin Vol. 1 and 2
Samon Kawamura - Unfold Outtakes Part 3 and 4 Berlin Vol. 1 and 2

(2010). Samon Kawamura. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Samon+Kawamura

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