DJ Krush

Japan’s founding father of instrumental hip-hop, DJ Krush, has lost none of his serene prowess since the mid-’80s. The man born Hideaki Ishi exploded onto the radar of most American fans a decade later, thanks to the classic albums Krush and Strictly Turntablized. He has worked with kindred spirits ranging from DJ Shadow to Ryuichi Sakamoto, as well as provided stunning backdrops for Mos Def, Mr. Lif and Black Thought. There’s been plenty of remix and soundtrack work over the years, and Krush even remixed his own best material for the career retrospective Stepping Stones. His records eerily run the gamut from drilling paranoia to chilling landscapes, a crisp drum sound the only common thread. Catch him at this, one of only five stateside dates. With Foscil and SunTzu Sound. DOUG WALLEN

Sun., Jan. 31, 8 p.m., 2010

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