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New one from First Word Records, recent visitor to Aoteaora, Mister Yosi Horikawa....
YOSI HORIKAWA - WHISPERS FROM AN ANGEL
"Fresh from last week's Souleance release, we're back with more great new music for your listening pleasure. Whispers from An Angel is the second release on First Word Records from Japanese producer Yosi Horikawa. After the delicate instrumental electronica of debut EP 'Wandering' this release sees a collaboration with fellow Red Bull Music Academy alumni Grayson Gilmour [NZ], Anenon & Jesse Boykins III. Originally recorded at Red Bull's studios in Madrid, the track remained unfinished for almost a year. It was too good to stay incomplete however and is the perfect release ahead of Yosi's debut album later this year.
Yosi's idiosyncratic production style is the ideal counterpoint to Jesse's soulful vocals and some subtle keyboard work from Grayson. With the addition of a tasteful saxophone solo from Anenon this is a track that is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. On the b-side is the instrumental 'Dots' - another intricate Yosi rhythm, with layer upon layer of strange pops and crackles slowly building into a trademark off-kilter beat.
The release is topped off with a remix from Anenon of the title track adding a brooding build and a more club-friendly beat - effortlessly taking the track into a new dimension. The lead track is also available on a limited edition 7" - due to huge demand we've put 'Bubbles' from the debut EP on the flip. So many of you wanted it on vinyl, we had to make it happen.
Listen / buy it here. It's shaping up to be a great year for Yosi after XLR8R named him as one of their artists to watch in 2013 and Time Out Tokyo picked 'Wandering' in their list of Japanese albums of 2012. For those that missed it you can also check out the stunning video project above from Yosi's recent trip to New Zealand...