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It has been six years since Shizuoka-based DJ Okawari last released an album, but his timing in releasing new collection “Compass” couldn’t be better.

It’s a set of warm, calming hip-hop beats anchored by acoustic guitar and orchestral string swells, a comforting bit of escapism for 44 minutes. “Compass” doesn’t see DJ Okawari heading down any new paths, but rather refining his approach to instrumental hip-hop.

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