Put the name aside, however, because Jaku is still fraught with delicious tension. Live shakuhachi flute, Kodo drums, turntable jabs and free jazz piano all punctuate his melancholic, melodic laments. Def Jux alums Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock contribute weighty verses to two tracks that are fueled by a slightly off-time rim shot, and hefty yet still spry dubby boom-bap. Jaku is a musical film noir done with samurai composure and yakuza flair, an elegantly ominous, cinematic multi-culti melange.
-- Tony Ware
DJ Krush plays Vinyl Sat., Oct. 23, 9 p.m. $15.