• makoto Salvation (double 12" + CD, £18.75)

    label: hospital

    Makoto, a man who’s been instrumental in Japan’s drum & bass movement since the birth of the genre, now signed exclusively to Hospital Records presenting his fifth solo album ‘Salvation’. A perfect fit bringing that trademark sound across 14 tracks of authentic soul and rolling jazz inspirited drum & bass. ‘I Don’t Wanna Wake Up’ featuring the outstanding vocals of Karina Ramage is the perfect summertime roller. Delightfully hypnotic, this will be a staple selection for any DJ worth their salt over the coming months, catching its premiere on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 slot. Makoto also empowers Karina’s topline prowess on the hauntingly beautiful ‘Winds Of Change’. Following suit, the vocally driven ‘Salvation’ ft DRS balances an elegant ambiance with grittier elements. Switching to ‘Primitive Galaxy’ which focuses more on high-energy dancefloor impact but still with his distinctive bassline groove and melodic stabs. A jazzy riff takes the lead in ‘Fancy Free’ with celestial vocals and staccato drums, invoking a euphoric trance that all liquid tracks strive for. Already having an enriched history across Good Lookin’ and his own imprint Human Elements, Makoto is a leader in the art of funk, soul and jazz entrenched drum & bass. Following his recent European tour Makoto will make a welcomed return to our shores this summer at Mysteryland, Lockdown Festival and Hospitality In The Park. Tracks: Black Narcissus / I Don’t Wanna Wake Up (feat. Karina Ramage) / Sending Back Your Love (feat. Pete Simpson) / Expand (feat. A-Sides) / Salvation (feat. DRS) / Primitive Galaxy / Amber’s Song / Too Late (feat. Robert Manos) / Desert Night / Silver Lining / Fancy Free / You Might Not Get Another Chance (feat. Pete Simpson) / The Points / Wind Of Change (feat. Karina Ramage)


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