We’ve taken lots of time to praise Australian music recently, and now here’s another name to add alongside Ta-Ku, Flume, and the likes on the electronic/instrumental side of things. Rat & Co’s “Samurai” is a mellow, hip-hop influenced instrumental with a warm, organic side, probably thanks to the fact that they’re a four-piece and not just one producer sat on a laptop.
The video was shot in Tokyo at the Shibuya Crossing, the busiest crossing in the world, and it’s a weirdly transfixing accompaniment to the track. “Samurai” comes from Rat & Co’s sophomore album Binary, which you can listen to in full here. Frontman Josh Delaney said of the song:
Samurai is the opening track from our second album Binary and started out as a simple jam between myself and drummer Nic on just another average day in the studio. Once we had found the main vocal sample for the track, I was immediately reminded of my favourite Japanese historical characters, Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous swordsmen in Japan’s history. I then borrowed from the production styles of Japanese beat maker Nujabes, who is said to be the East’s answer to J Dilla. A few weeks later, the two guitarists John and Kaia put down their parts and we had our first finished track for album 2.