Nicolay Music Presents “City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya”
What can I say? With Nicolay, I always expect something different, dynamic and beautiful and that’s exactly what I receive in return. Another example of how we are each other’s expectations. Today I have been swimming in an expansive ocean of new music — it’s refreshing to move from the shallow waters of BP3 to the risky territories of Raekwon and further beyond into the quiet chaos of Shibuya. It is this place where I choose to tread water — inhaling “Omotesando” and exhaling “Bullet Train”. As a “deeply personal homage to the Tokyo district of Shibuya that illustrates both the grandeur of Japan’s age-old heritage as well as the hectic city life of one of the world’s busiest metropolitan areas,” I have no doubt that one’s first-hand travel experience in Japan (particularly to Shibuya) would enrich and inform one’s listening experience. However, as a listener who can only dream of this place, I use the complex sounds and moods to conjure forth juxtaposing images — a blueprint for a city whose streets I have yet to wander. If the sampler is any indication of the quality of the 8 other tracks, we can and should expect big things. According to OkayPlayer, “[In Shibuya] the instrumental pieces are book-ended by several vocal songs written by Phonte and performed by Durham, North Carolina vocalist Carlitta Durand“. Shibuya drops September 15. Download now!