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Water (Incl. Yusuke Hiraoka, Dazzle Drums & Josh Milan Remixes)


Makin Moves
MAKIN011 | 2014-03-13  
Yusuke Hiraokas life began the moment he met dance music as a teenager.

A local radio show in Nagoya, Japan streamed live from Night Club and served as Yusukes first encounter with modern dance music. He spent his teenage years immersing himself in the pulsing energy and soul of techno, deep house and R&B, until he reached a tipping point. One fateful night at Space Lab Yellow in Tokyo, Yusuke saw Timmy Regisford perform live and was transformed, convinced to make music of his own.

Since then Yusuke has dedicated himself to Reason and Ableton and clocked in countless hours in the studio and behind the decks at clubs. Now Yusuke and Makin Moves are releasing Water, an EP that features Japanese vocalist Nanako and remixes by Dazzle Drums and Josh Milan.

Water is a culmination of Yusukes aspirations since he first fell in love with the driving thump of house music. A deeply soulful number, Yusuke aimed to craft a vocal house track in Japanese. While singing in English is standard fare in Japan, Yusuke wanted to re-contextualize this music with his own culture and language. After securing the production, in came Nanako, a powerful Japanese R&B singer, to take the track to the next level. Inspired by 90%u2019s R&B, Nanako adds urgency and spirit to the track in a way that can be felt regardless if the words are understood.

Inspired by the impermanence of flowing water as a metaphor for the restless human mind, Nanako sings to bring a sense of peace and calm to the listener as Yusukes undeniably rubbery bass lines and spirited keys push the body to dance. The Japanese coed duo Dazzle Drums takes the tune to the forefront of the dancefloor with their remix, while veteran house producer Josh Milan puts the drums front and center for his Honeycomb remix. Whether in the privacy of your bedroom or in a crowded dance floor, Yusuke and Nanakos Water will take you to a place of ease through a soulful musical journey.

Nanako is available as an exclusive promo via on 13th February, and then on all other digital stores from 13th March 2014.


Lyrics written and Composed by Nanako
Tracks 1 & 2 Remixed By Yusuke Hiraoka
Track 3 remixed by Dazzle Drums
Tracks 4 & 5 remixed by Josh Milan for Honeycomb Music
Exective production Matt Langrish-Smith & Jamesey D


Louie Vega (Master at Work, Vega Records) - This music is hot!
N'Dinga Gaba (Baltimore, USA) - nice package.. that honeycomb mix is something else.. nice slice of soul !!!
Tyrone Francis (BNY, USA) - dope package will support
Ron Trent (Chicago) - Nice release, Japanese vocal is hot
DJ Fresh (South Africa) - will mos def support
DJ Pope (Baltimore, USA) - Honeycomb and Dazzle Drums Mixes are hot!
Patrick Wilson (Oakland, USA) - Really feeling the Honeycomb Vocal! Full support!!
Danny Krivit (Body & Soul, USA) - Love the Dazzle Drums mix
Phatfrank (Italy) - Very nice package! Josh did a masterpiece remix. But the whole release is hot! THANKS
Ian Friday (Libation, NYC) - Liking the Dazzle Drums mix myself
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