new/ old/ hazy/ lo-fi boom-bap beats from Saikei Collective
September 2, 2015 7:39 PM   Subscribe

If you enjoy laid back/ hazy/ chilled/ lo-fi hip-hop type beats, you may well enjoy the sounds of the Saikei Collective, which is based in the Philippines but includes a fluid roster of like-minded cats* from around the world, making original beats and remixing some tracks you may recognize. Since April 2015, the collective has posted nine releases on Bandcamp, consisting of five compilations, one collection of "two-player" collaborations, and three solo releases.

*As far as I know, none of them are actually cats, but there's not a ton about them online, beyond their Soundcloud accounts, which are helpfully linked in their various releases. What they've made:

- Saikei Collection Vol. 1 (April 2015, 26 tracks)
- Saikei Collection Vol. 2 (May 2015, 44 tracks)
- Sankei Collection Vol. 3 (June 2015, 56 tracks)
- Sankei Collection Vol. 4 (Aug. 2015, 30 tracks)
- Saikei Collection Vol. 5 (Aug. 2015, 54 tracks)

- . t w o p l a y e r . (June 2015, 9 tracks)

- O.S.L - It Ain't Easy (June 2015)
- Kabocha - Tokyo Velvet (Aug. 2015, 7 tracks)
- proche. - Adventure Tape (Aug. 2015, 5 tracks)

Stay lo fi.
posted by filthy light thief (8 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
Regarding the remixes, they're scattered in the compilations, for whatever that's worth.

As for the name of the group, Saikei (栽景) literally translates as "planted landscape". Saikei is a descendant of the Japanese arts of bonsai, bonseki, and bonkei.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:43 PM on September 2, 2015

If you enjoy laid back/ hazy/ chilled/ lo-fi hip-hop type beats...

There are few things I enjoy more.

Sounds great so far—they almost have a shoegaze thing going on. Followed!
posted by escape from the potato planet at 8:15 PM on September 2, 2015

Oh, and the pictures in the Wikipedia article about saikei are beautiful. I learned about two neat things thanks to this post!
posted by escape from the potato planet at 8:16 PM on September 2, 2015

I am growing to like the lo fi. It's like listening to the radio on the AM side, where your mind has to supply the missing fi.
posted by otherchaz at 9:38 PM on September 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

I really like the lo-fi as well, and hope that Metafilterians will share other links to international lo-fi hip hop beats in this discussion
posted by mecran01 at 9:23 AM on September 3, 2015

ooh so good! Reminds me of Nujabes - wouldn't be surprised to find some of his tracks
posted by rebent at 7:21 PM on September 3, 2015

I hate to be the one to tell you, but Nujabes died back in 2010. There are a ton of tributes on Bandcamp alone, so you will definitely still hear that Nujabes vibe, but nothing new from him.
posted by filthy light thief at 6:10 PM on September 6, 2015

One problem with soundcloud is that you can see the drops coming before you even press play.
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 12:22 AM on September 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

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