Review: Fresh from his impeccable cover of Lenny Fontana's 'Spread Love' earlier this summer Makoto returns with his first full EP in quite a long time. Four originals and one remix deep, as always with the Japanese groove wizard, each cut is a keeper. 'What You Need' is all about the big dusty soul sample and lush breezy drop, 'Osiris' sees him linking with fellow OG Danny Wheeler once again for a big stringy uplifter, 'Run It Back To Me' sees him linking up with singer du jour and North Quarter affiliate K S R for a lesson in pure soul while 'Freedom Reality' is a big emotional synth one for those moments we're all feeling now we're back in the raves. Complete with a very cheeky remix from man like Marky and you've got exactly what you need right here.
Review: Released in 1999 by Lenny Fontana, remixed by Nu:Tone in 2005; 'Spread Love' is an absolute anthem in both house and liquid circles and has been a standard ever since. Now it's story continues into the new decade as Makoto and Pete Simpson cover it with total respect and charm. Still like sticking your head in the middle of gospel choir, still one of the most positive tunes you could ever play, this special cover to mark Hospital's 25th anniversary is faithful in every way. Comes complete with a rough and ready amen slap-about 'Contact'. Spread the word.
I Don't Wanna Wake Up (feat Karina Ramage) - (4:13) 174 BPM
Sending Back Your Love (feat Pete Simpson) - (4:24) 174 BPM
Expand (feat A-Sides) - (4:15) 174 BPM
Salvation (feat DRS) - (4:08) 174 BPM
Primitive Galaxy - (3:48) 174 BPM
Amber's Song - (4:24) 174 BPM
Too Late (feat Robert Manos) - (4:16) 174 BPM
Desert Night - (6:04) 174 BPM
Silver Lining - (3:55) 174 BPM
Fancy Free - (4:35) 172 BPM
You Might Not Get Another Chance (feat Pete Simpson) - (6:29) 174 BPM
The Points - (4:14) 174 BPM
Wind Of Change (feat Karina Ramage) - (4:06) 174 BPM
Review: Japan's leading drum & bass ambassador Makoto shocked the world earlier this year with the surprise announcement he'd signed to Hospital. Then boom; before we know it, we're dealing with a whole album. His fifth so far, it's every bit as lavish and vibrant as you'd expect. From the soul searching vocal hurricane of Karina Ramage on "I Don't Wanna Wake Up" to the immense soul of the DRS-fronted title track via the epic ravey uplift of "Amber's Song" and the heads-down story-telling funk of "Fancy Free", there's a great balance of dancefloor edge and timeless songwriting running throughout as Makoto reminds us just how entrenched he is in drum & bass culture.
Review: The sixth release of Amsterdam record label Safe Trip brings together a few dozen ambient tracks from Japanese twin brothers Satoshi & Makoto from Kawasaki. The whole album's beats, melodies and musical phrases come from the Casio Cz-5000: which gives the record its name. Label chief Young Marco discovered their music via YouTube videos, which the two musicians had recorded in order to illustrate the possibilities of the aforementioned instrument and most of the material was said to be influenced by acts like The Orb and Yellow Magic Orchestra. According to the label, it is largely of an ambient nature, positive mood and possibly alien origin.
Review: Tis the season! Hospital get into the festival spirit with these three special gems from some of their nearest and dearest. Makoto follows up his album with another collabo stunner, this time with old friend Robert Manos; "Invisible" is a timeless piece of soul with big breezy pads, lilting chords, stand-up bass and beautiful vocals. It's backed by two long-awaited VIPs from two 2016 Hozzy bangers; Keeno's piano-charged heart-stopper "Futurism" gets a new barbed edge while Polaris's VIP of "The Light In Your Eyes" ensures the future sound of Canada remains very much in the future. See you on the other side.
Review: His last album Salvation seems like it landed only yesterday - it's actually been exactly two years. And during this time he's been neck deep in collaborations for this remarkable follow-up. Each track a creation with a kindred spirits. Key Hospital faces include Degs, Bop, Urbandawn, Whiney, S.P.Y, fellow souls on other label orbits such as Pola & Bryson, Technimatic, DJ Marky and old friends (Danny Wheeler, MC Conrad) The result brings out the best of all Makoto's sides and styles from hazy disco ("Miles Ahead" with Marky) dreamy cosmic funk ("Dive" with Polaris) and total soul bliss ("Merchant Blessing" with Conrad) And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Review: Two veritable influencers of yore join forces to create two ultimately ageless soul-flecked rollers. "Midnight Hour" is constructed around a lavish string sample that nods sweetly at the early 2000s liquid sound while "Sunshine" takes us deeper into the night with a searing electrified bassline and another perfectly crafted orchestrated sample.
Review: Marky and Makoto made this almost 10 years ago. Naturally it still stands up to today's production standards with ease as the rolling breaks, a sumptuous string and horn sample and juicy bass undulations fuse to create the epitome of a soulful roller. If this isn't in your collection yet, now is most certainly the time to jump on it. Lovely.