DJ Kaori

DJ Kaori's into the Mix, Vol. 2

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Having spent years at the top of the New York club scene, DJ Kaori returned to Tokyo to become a leading force in their club scene in the 2000s. Soon after returning, she embarked on a series of mix albums propelling her to the Oricon charts time after time. Her second album of American R&B, Inmix II (short for "In the Mix"), covers all of the bases of 2006's scene, from Kanye West to Rihanna to Mariah Carey to T-Pain, and all points in between. Between the rolling parade of hits are bumps for Kaori herself, and clever beat juggling maneuvers to keep the momentum flowing from one song to the next. In terms of the selection and flow of songs, Kaori easily holds her own in mixtape creation with the accepted masters (Funkmaster Flex and his ilk). The songs chosen are all from the high end of the Billboard charts and heavy radio rotation. The mixtape isn't the best showcase for her skills as a turntablist (skills which she does have), but it is a fine showcase for her ability to select a piece, to mix it with others, and to keep the energy level constantly high -- all qualities that have kept her on top of the club DJ rankings.