Dos Monos Announce Debut Album Dos City
Dot Got It is definitely no stranger to Japanese rap. And when an underground Japanese hip hop group like Dos Monos announces the release of their new album, we’re all ears.
Old school boom bap and jazz samples run through the data-mushing, noise-powered, industrial engines of neo-Tokyo hip hop – that’s the sound of Dos Monos in a nutshell. But why take our word for it when you can listen to Dos Monos’ debut album Dos City yourself? It’s not yet out, but thankfully, Tiny Mix Tapes reports that Dos City is slated for release on March 20, 2019. The Tokyo rap group’s first official album will be released under Deathbomb Arc, a stalwart label in industrial, experimental Asian hip hop. Until then, you can listen to Dos Monos’ many YouTube videos of songs that will be included in the album.
This new album release is significant news not just because we already know that Dos Monos are great, but also because Japanese music is not that well-represented in the US. Out of Japan’s wide variety of cultural exports, music – particularly hip hop – doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the west. However, all of that is about to change thanks to the efforts of both Dos Monos and Deathbomb Arc, whose well-documented presence in US and European music blogs are turning the sonic cultural tide. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that shows how Asian-based music and pop culture producers are rapidly tapping into the US market for new audiences.
Animated films from pioneers like Hayao Miyazaki have longed been championed in the film industry, which has led to more awareness and interest in Japanese culture. This is also reflected in how entertainment outlets across all platforms are more frequently referencing Japanese art, music, and literature. Digital provider Slingo Slots has several games that pay homage to Japanese pop culture including Fortune Girl (anime), Hanzo’s Dojo (history) and Shogun of Time (cyberpunk). Each game showcases an aspect of Japanese culture that has become increasingly popular to western audiences in recent years. The same can be said of the recent live-action anime remakes that were originally based on manga (comics), namely Ghost in the Shell and Alita: Battle Angel. The increased popularity of these entertainment genres is opening the door to a wider audience for Japanese music.
It’s hard enough for most young artists to break through in today’s saturated music scene. And for an experimental, industrial Tokyo-based Japanese/Korean rap trio, it’s even harder to get the word out. Yet thanks to the Asian cultural exports that came before it, Dos Monos has a greater chance of being noticed by western hip hop audiences and producers. The global music scene is absolutely full to the brim with new, brilliant, and up-and-coming talents. And Dos Monos might just be good enough to break through the noise, especially since Japanese culture is no longer that much of an alien concept to western audiences.
If you like what you’ve heard here, follow Dos Monos on Twitter. They also have a Souncloud account – it’s empty, but following the release of Dos City in March, it might soon feature new tracks from one of the most promising industrial rap trios to ever come out of Tokyo.