Hydeout Productions and Japanese artist Shing02 officially announced the release of Nujabes’ “Luv(sic) Part 5” on December 12th. The re-recording is built around an original production by Nujabes and Uyama Hiroto, so it’s not the same as Shing02’s unofficial version back in 2010.
“Luv(sic) Part 5″ will be available digitally and as a 12” vinyl record on Hydeout Productions. Read an excerpt of an official statement by Shing02 after the confirmed cover art below. ‘Parting’ is the theme of “Luv(sic) Part 5” and the track includes scratches by DJ A-1. The sixth edition of Luv(sic) is going to be released in February 2013, which will be the final installment of the infuential series by deceased Japanese producer Nujabes. Shing02: “At the time of his passing, we discovered that Nujabes had left a beat titled ‘Luv(sic) grand finale’ on his cellphone. The label tracked down the session files.”
Visit The Find on December 12th for all available info, links, order options and possible streams of “Luv(sic) Part 5”. The release takes place roughly a year after the posthumous album Spiritual State.
Update: Stream the full track here
Around 2006, I told Nujabes that instead of doing another sequel, I would rather do a trilogy with a theme: 4 will be about discovery, 5 about parting, 6 about reuniting.
He liked the idea.
We start exchanging beats for a couple of years and we finally find a good beat in what would become Part4. Although I was busy finishing my Japanese album, the lyrics to Part4 were mostly written around this time.
late 2009, I met a young beatboxer Jeff Resurreccion who was battling cancer. His favorite song was Luv(sic) part3.
When he passed in January 2010, the event led me to write Luv(sic) Part5. The first half the song was written exclusively about Jeff. Nujabes sent words of condolence to Jeff’s family as well. I convinced Nujabes that one of the beats he sent me previously should be Part5, to which he initially didn’t agree because it was too dark, but eventually he agreed.
In March 2010, we find out about Nujabes passing in February. Soon after, I finished writing Part4 and recorded at the Hydeout Studio in Kamakura.
Also at the time of his passing, we discovered that Nujabes had left a beat titled “Luv(sic) grand finale” on his cellphone. The label tracked down the session files.
Due to label circumstances, Part4 did not get released until June 2011, so I released Part5 in December of 2010 with a beat by Jumpster as a free tribute and remix project.
That brings us to 2012, we just finished:
a) re-recording Luv(sic) Part5 with original production by Nujabes (and Hiroto Uyama), scratches by DJ A-1.
b) recording Part6 (aka Grand Finale) with scratches by DJ Kou, harp by Rebekah Raff.
So our mission is to finish the versions we originally planned while he was still around, and Part6 will be the last installment.
The release date for these versions is undecided, since we still have to edit, mix, etc. I will keep you guys posted.
Now you know more than anybody out there!