Kota Motomura [Composer, Keyboard, Programming]
Mutsumi Takeuchi [Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax]
Sawako Yanagida [Vocals]
SLEEVE ART: Ai Tsuchikawa
'Absolutely bonkers this release, absolutely loving it! The whole EP, it's like this kind of vibe. It's amazing. Will play another track on the show next week' TOM RAVENSCROFT (BBC 6MUSIC)
‘Loove this. Super music. :)’ LAURENT GARNIER
'The tracks are amazing! For real! Really very very good and weird music! I don’t know how when but i’ll try to support the whole album, is amazing!' BAWRUT
'This is great. Very high quality. Sometimes music is very hit or miss for me - this is a hit. This guy is very talented. Will play something on Rinse for sure' RED RACK EM
‘Sounds lovely. I really like it’ JIM STANTON (Horse Meat Disco)'This is ace, will support for sure' PHAT PHIL COOPER (Nu Northern Soul Sessions; Cafe del Mar, Ibiza)
‘Yeah I'd definitely play this. Aboy and Stars are the ones that caught my ear :)’ BILL BREWSTER (DJ History)
‘Interesting stuff’ Played on Beats in Space, 16.4.19 TIM SWEENEY (BIS)
'Thanks for the music. Yes is my favorite, I find Aboy interesting. Cheers from Milan' LEO MAS (Original Amnesia Resident & Ibiza Legend)
‘Really digging Stars and Satellites’ NICK THE RECORD
'All sound great. Think Aboy is my favourite' PHIL MISON (Balearic Legend)
'Nice work on this one - sounds like a lovely mini-album. Very trippy and hypnotic in all the right places. Thanks for sending!' THE REVENGE
'Cry Baby is the one for me just now thank you' JONNY ROCK (Brighton/Int.)
'These are f**king bonkers! Love it! SEAN JOHNSTON (A Love From Outer Space)
'Some nice bits here, I'm doing Pikes next month, these will come in handy' JOE MORRIS (Clandestino)
‘I like the first 2 tracks, they're very cool indeed. Congrats on the release’ CEDRIC ‘WOO’ LASSONDE (Beauty & The Beat)
'Lovely stuff this, particularly dig the Stars track but whole EP is great' CRAIG SMITH (6th Borough Project)
‘This sounds v interesting!’ ALI OOFT
'Aboy is a stunning piece of work. Like that a lot' PAUL WISE / PLACID
‘Thanks, that sounds really interesting. Particularly like the first track (reminds me of Durutti Column) and Stars’ BALEARIC MIKE
'Sounding nice. Balearic, New Age, Tropical Island vibes, with enough energy for the dancefloor, and a strait up banger' MARTIN ZERO (Various, Seoul/South Korea / Miami, FL/US)
'Oh my word - what another great release! And arrived just as I was arranging festival background playlists, so I wont even have to play it to enjoy it in the sun, where it deserves to be heard. HM keeps on serving aces' BEN OSBORNE (Slipped Disco/Noise of Art, LDN // Various, Int)
‘F**king awesome’ GILES WALKER (Various, Scotland)
'This is great' JACKSONVILLE (20/20 Vision, Hizou, Metamorphic, Inner Shift)
'Wicked tunes man' ARVEENE JUTHAN
‘Fab EP. Such a glorious noise with particular stand outs Yes and Cry Baby. The latter was played on my show this week and i'm looking to build a show with longer tracks as a Bank Holiday Special so i can play all ten minutes of Yes’ PAT BENSBERG (The Eccentric Selection, Phonic FM) 10.4.19
'Cry Baby is superb but what an interesting project. Love these soundscapes' YOGI HAUGHTON (Scottish Soulful Weekender)
'I love Stars.' GARETH SOMMERVILLE (Athens Of The North)
‘Wow, excellent EP! I will support through my Klassik Radio shows and playlists on Klassik Radio Select!’ DJ NARTAK (Klassik Radio, Lanzarote/SP)
'Thanks for sending - will play on my EH-FM radio show' COLVIN CRUICKSHANK (Snide Rhythms, Thinktank, EHFM)
This is beast, love the opener - will be bumping that as a go to ambient cut for sure! MATT BELCHER/PERCY MAIN (Lionoil, EHFM)
'Yes - lovely track, the whole thing' NIKKI KENT (Nik Nak, EHFM)
'It's really nice and something I would definitely use on the playlists, on the show or in the bar. Satellites is my fave' JAMIE THOMSON (Saturday Manatee/Radio Magnetic, Glasgow)
'Lovely this' DAVID ELDERS (Cab Vol/EDIN)
'Fantastic' Cap'n Goodtimes (Sneaky Pete's/EHFM, EDIN)
'Liking this very much, very eclectic but still cohesive... will play on the show on funky.sx 103.7FM' SPATIAL AWARENESS
'A great release' ERIK D'VIKING
TOM RAVENSCROFT played Yes on BBC 6MUSIC, 31.5.19: ow.ly/Lsne50uAqJC
TOM RAVENSCROFT played Aboy on BBC 6MUSIC, 10.6.19: ow.ly/kmyD50uKQuf
'This bonkers track' - 'Yes' featured in 'The 25 best songs of the month of May' on NIALLER9.COM: ow.ly/qoBt50uAgf2
PHAT PHIL COOPER played Aboy, NU NORTHERN SOUL SESSION #122: bit.ly/2JTxuyv
TIM SWEENEY played Satellites, BEATS IN SPACE (WNYU 89.1FM, NYC) #986: bit.ly/2VOdW6b
PAT BENSBERG played Yes, Phonic FM, 22.4.19: bit.ly/2LYDNUi
PAT BENSBERG played Cry Baby, Phonic FM, 8.4.19: bit.ly/2HKM2hg
BILL BREWSTER played Stars, DJ HISTORY PODCAST #493: bit.ly/2JROSDY
Colvin Cruickshank played Kota next to Eno on the show' (Snide Rhythms, Thinktank, EHFM): bit.ly/2Xwi2MV
"Free floating on a moistened tropical air that blows between the rainforests and the Balearics, Tokyo artist Kota Motomura makes an impressive debut on the Hobbes Music imprint with his new exotic EP suite. Motomura moves fluidly but deeply through a myriad of House, Techno and electronic sub-styles to produce an often sauntering, bobbing cornucopia of lush entranced dance music.
...Motomura has been steadily, if without much fanfare, building a reputation for his unique experiments...
The four-track, expanding to six on the ‘download’ version, EP first touches down in a sonic paradise on the lapping tidal, glistening tranquil opener ‘Aboy’, and then dreamily travels inland to a greenery of bird calls, frogs and insect choruses on the bopping 808 beats chiming electro-pop progression ‘Yes’. Melting swaddled and wafting jazzy-lilt saxophone (courtesy of Mutsumi Takeuchi) and veiled diaphanous vocals (Sawako Yanagida) with deep beats and Chicago House style piano motifs, Motomura plays around merging Bossa Nova with orgasmic slow-fucking samples on the shaking ‘Status’, and weaves echoes of early Moby, Carl Craig and Felix da Housecat into an increasingly warping Morse code slice of classy dance music on ‘Cry Baby’. Of the bonus tracks, ‘Satellites’ (as you’d expect from its title) features a Sputnik circumnavigating orbit of transduced lunar broadcasts and submarine sonar bleeps, which gets more piercing and mad as it goes on, whilst ‘Return’ has an otherworldly X Files vibe to it.
In all a great showcase of the exotic, lush and more mysterious that propels the origins of House and Techno into curious, mostly subtropical directions." MONOLITH COCKTAIL monolithcocktail.com/2019/06
released June 14, 2019
Brand new Hobbes Music signing from Tokyo, Kota Motomura is a slightly mysterious character with an ear for idiosyncratic music that runs the gamut from Exotica and Jazz to House and Techno. Highly original, it all adds up to a confection perhaps best described as 'Balearic'.
Motomura started sending me demos in late 2017 (off the back of the success of international underground hit Web Of Intrigue and The Rags Of Time EP - HM008: bit.ly/2lgnRPO)
. The tracks he sent, Aboy and Yes, grabbed me immediately.
I was already enamoured by Japanese culture, following a couple of Far Eastern DJing tours, in Spring ‘17 & Autumn ‘16 (as per the choice of Tokyo's Sayori Wada to create the sleeve art for HM010: bit.ly/2ysrPsM)
. I asked Kota if he had any more demos and he sent me Stars, Cry Baby and Satellites... Ooft.
We had a couple more email exchanges, with me excitedly asking for more details from him re his creative process, the other musicians featured on the record etc etc. We quickly agreed on an EP release and then the line went dead... for more than six months.
When Motomura got back in touch, he explained that he had been sick (and would soon be returning to hospital). In any case, label scheduling and other commitments meant it hasn't been possible to release this music until now.
Kota's only had one record out before (way back in 2012), so this feels very much like the start of something fresh, exciting and new to me and, it seems, to him too - as reflected in his choice title for it.
To say i'm excited to be finally getting this music out is a bit of an understatement. I get the impression Kota feels the same way... :)
Kota Motomura is an artist from Tokyo. Born in 1983, he started playing the keyboard at 14 and studied Solfege under the tutelage of Master Masahiko Muraoka.
After being inspired by Ken Ishi's live show on TV, Kota started creating house/techno/dance music and won the Grand prize (Dance Category) in Sound & Recording magazine's 'KEN ISHII×MySpace KEN ISHII 15TH ANNIVERSARY Collaboration' contest, an event for the 15th anniversary of Ken Ishii's debut.
He has released one 12" previously via King Kung Foo Records.