Hifana is a Japanese breakbeat musical duo, composed of KEIZOmachine! (Keizo Fukuda) and Juicy (Jun Miyata). The group formed in 1998 in the Tokyo neighborhood of Kichijoji. Hifana is notable for using a variety of devices and instruments, both in the studio and during their five performances which they play without pre-recordings, including: turntables, Akai MPC sampler, Roland HandSonic (percussion multi-pad), DJM-909 battle mixer, DJM-800 mixer, DVJ (DVD/CD) decks which they helped to develop with Pioneer, and a set of drums with timbales, cymbals, woodblocks and cowbells. They also spend many hours playing with pairs of asalato, a West African percussion instrument.
This latest Serato Pressings release features new and classic loops compiled by the duo themselves. From drum breaks to sound effects, “Half and Hanbun” allows DJ’s to quickly switch from the Serato control tone to any of the 16 scratch loops available, and incorporate their own sounds into their set/routine seamlessly.
Manufactured by STOKYO, “Half and Hanbun” is sourced from the purest vinyl, most commonly referred to as “virgin vinyl”. The neon colors are UV reactive, so when used in conjunction with a black light, the record illuminates before your eyes. Detailed album artwork by Japanese artist, Maharo. Hifana’s “Half and Hanbun” is truly a unique break record and one of a kind Serato Pressing.