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Makoto: Top 5 remixes

Makoto Shimizu, more widely known simply as “Makoto”, is a testament to the international scope and power of electronic music. Born, raised and still based in Tokyo, Makoto was influenced at a young age by a wide variety of music ranging from classical to soul and funk.

Having first come to prominence in 1999 when he was signed to LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking label, Makoto has steadily, consistently carved out his own groove in the world of Drum and Bass, with his trademark expansive jazz and soul-inflected workouts garnering critical praise from all corners. Having worked with a veritable who’s who of the scene, with releases on Zinc’s Bingo Beats, Fabio’s Creative Source and numerous collaborations with DJ Marky, Makoto now releases his first EP on Apollo records.

As well as being known for his soulful production and exciting mixes Makoto is also praised for his array of remixes and bootlegs. Ahead of his set at Brixton on 26th September here’s a top 5 edits from Hospital HQ:

 

Pharrell – Happy (Makoto 170 edit)

Pharrell’s Happy is a track that instantly gets you moving and smiling. Makoto’s edit only accentuates this feeling. Turning this track from a sing along chart topper to a club anthem. Just when you’re sick of hearing the tune everywhere you go, Makota pulls out this edit which has been dropped at D+B summer parties all over the world.

 

Michael Jackson – Human Nature (Makoto & Specialist 2007 Remix)

Makoto takes an iconic track from the king of Pop and pairs the already soulful track with his own fantastic signature drums. Available to download free from his sound cloud. Grab your copy HERE

 

Lenzman Broken Dreams (Makoto Remix)

Lenzman is one of the most prolific producers out there at the moment and we’re all big fans here at Hospital HQ. Here, Makoto delivers his own interpretation of the hugely successful Broken Dreams by switching things up with a rising synth line and expertly delayed and vocal alongside a heavy helping of rolling drums, while most importantly maintaining all of the essence that made the original as amazing as it was.

 

S.P.Y & Marky feat. Miri- Days Go Slow (Makoto Remix)

S.P.Y and Marky as a pair are a Brazlian force not the reckoned with. This track sings out summer nights to me and we love Makotos playful edit.

 

London Elektricity – Rewind (Makoto Remix)

Last but most certainly not least we have Makoto’s epic re-rub of London Elektricity’s classic “Rewind” – part of the Future Sound Of Tokyo EP released in February 2007. This EP showcased some of the finest Japanese stars from all styles of DNB are represented here, from the deeper melodic sounds of Pentagon and Makoto, to the high energy dancefloor funk of ES9. Grab a copy HERE

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Posted 19th August 2014 in Blog, Features

Top 5: Old Skool Hospitality Acts – Brixton 26.09.14

B complex

Check out his Hospital Releases HERE

Hey! How are you? How does it feel to be apart of Hospital Records 18th Birthday celebrations?

Hey! I am doing great, it’s an honour to be invited for such event. Hospitalities are always special and this one even more so!

O2 Brixton is not your average club night booking. Do you get nervous and would you structure your set any differently?

Brixton is an awesome venue, first time I played there, I felt like I was playing an outdoor festival, that’s
how huge the building looked like to me. Having thousands of ravers party there only adds to the feeling! To be
honest last time I played in Brixton I got a bit too nervous, I started early and it was just filling up, and
I pushed too hard and started doing some mistakes, but it’s a great experience and I definitely learned from it,
you can’t just kill the dance floor, it’s important to get people in the mood first

What’s your favourite Hospital Records track from over the years? 

There’s loads, almost feels unfair to name just few. London Electricity – City is beautiful (and Apex’s remix),
High Contrast – If we Ever, Logistics – Together – some examples of what I always liked about Hospital sound.

Do you have a stand out moment from any previous Hospitality show?

Probably the time when I played John Lennon’s Imagine as the outro of my show in matter. I felt like it’s an appropriate
message and song for Hospital kind of vibe and rave culture. Wasn’t really sure till the very end wheter I should play it
or not, but it turned out great! People were singing, lighting up lighters and their phones, I think when people realised it’s
not some cheesy remix of it, they liked it even more. Still get goose bumps thinking about it, imagine!

Do you have a birthday message for the guys at Hospital?

Maybe a bit ordinary one, but it’s amazing Hospital is 18! Definitely one of the best labels in electronic music at the moment,
there’s a lot of hard work and lot of love behind it. I wish you guys to have the same passion and energy so that
the big H shines bright for the years to come.

Nu:Tone

Check out his Hospital Releases HERE

Hey! How are you? How does it feel to be apart of Hospital Records 18th Birthday celebrations?

It’s pretty crazy really – hard to believe it’s been 18 years, but as they say, time flies when you’re having fun…! It’s amazing to see what has grown out of that initial idea, but it’s even more impressive to see how much of the original personality and identity of Hospital is still there.

You’ve joined us at Hospitality Brixton quite a few times now! It’s not your average club night booking so do you approach your set in a different way? Do you get nervous?

I approach every set individually to be honest, but Brixton often ends up being one of those shows where you pull out some specials – a few exclusives! As far as getting nervous, I think the day you don’t get nervous is the day to pack it in.

What’s your favourite Hospital Records track from over the years?

Part of me – Klute, Move On – Seba & Paradox, Global Love – Calibre Remix, Lovesick – High Contrast

Do you have a stand out moment from any previous Hospitality show?

Playing b2b with S.P.Y. in the boxing ring was pretty insane… Hospital had brought in some kind of next-level Funktion 1 system, and the bass on the stage was out of this world. Check out this video clip on instagram.

Do you have a birthday message for the guys at Hospital?

Happy Birthday you old bastards! Here’s to another 18 years!!

Dynamite MC

Check out his Hospital Releases HERE

Hey! How are you? How does it feel to be apart of Hospital Records 18th Birthday celebrations?

Feels amazing, so many good party’s but this one is definitely gonna stand out, everyone always remembers their 18th ;)

You’ve joined us at Hospitality Brixton quite a few times now! It’s not your average club night booking. Do you get nervous performing on a stage that has played host to many huge acts over the years?

I always get nervous, not because of the venue or venue size its just always how its been for me, its actually more nerve wracking the smaller the venue is. Its weird, but i take it as a good sign, I convert that nervous energy into stage action!

What’s your favourite Hospital Records track from over the years?

Danny Breaks – Volume1 – Logistics Remix

High contrast – The first note is silent

Danny Byrd – Make it weighty

Etherwood- Spoken

Do you have a stand out moment from any previous Hospitality show?

Wow, so many good moments, first one that comes to mind is Grafix’s birthday at Razmataz, Barcelona. I got us all to come to front of stage for the last one and we danced like maniacs, it was really funny, a great night.

Do you have a birthday message for the guys at Hospital?

Here’s to 18 more, wheelchair access to the stage maybe required but we’ll do it with style! ;)

Cyantific

Check out his Hospital Releases HERE

Hey! How are you? How does it feel to be apart of Hospital Records 18th Birthday celebrations?

I’m good, thank you. It’s always an honour to be a part of these birthday events.

You’ve joined us at Hospitality Brixton quite a few times now! It’s not your average club night booking so do you approach your set in a different way? Do you get nervous?

No, I don’t approach it any differently to any other show. I feel you should always put everything into preparing for any gig. I don’t really get nervous, it’s more excitement when you get into the venue and see the stage, the lighting and of course the crowd.

What’s your favourite Hospital Records track from over the years?


Right now it’s Metrik – Want My Love. The back catalogue is way too deep to choose just one.

Do you have a stand out moment from any previous Hospitality show?

There’s a load, but one that springs to mind right now is doing Snowbombing. I think it was a Hospitality showcase. Myself, Logistics, High Contrast and London Elektricity. We were due to go on after an indie band in a packed arena. The problem was the indie band had gone off stage early, much to the audible disappointment of the crowd. Naturally we elected Matt to go on first. Surprisingly the DnB went down really well. We all played a short set, then played B2B2B2B for at least 90 minutes. It was a real moment.

What does the the next few months hold for Cyantific?

A lot of remix work (I’m doing one right now). A single on CYN Music this month, and an all new podcast.

Do you have a birthday message for the guys & gals at Hospital?

Thanks for having me as a guest at your event. Many happy returns, and the best of luck for the future. Peace!

London Elektricity

Check out his Hospital Releases HERE

Hey! How are you? How does it feel to be celebrating 18 years in the game?

I’m fine thanks, it’s good to be back after a week camping in Wales. The last 18 years have been a journey of epic proportions. I still feel shocked when i think of how much Hospital has changed, and how big Hospitality has become after our humble beginnings at Herbal (RIP).

You’ve joined us at Hospitality Brixton quite a few times now! It’s not your average club night booking so do you approach your set in a different way? Do you get nervous?

I get nervous every time I DJ, whatever the event. Nerves are good – they raise your adrenalin levels and help you perform better, and differently every time. Brixton is massive. I remember the first time I played there, it was with the London Elek live band and we did One Nation – we felt like the jazz impostors on a proper rave line up. It worked though. These days I love the feeling on stage at Brixton, and it has become a home from home.

What’s your favourite Hospital Records track from over the years?


Haha – this chops and changes on a daily basis. Today my 2 favourite Hospital tracks are Laughing Gas by Dagga and Colourwheel by Logistics. I’d come up with a totally different pair tomorrow though ;)

Do you have a stand out moment from any previous Hospitality show?

So many moments come to mind! last week we did Let It Roll in the Czech Republic, and I have to say the crowd were in fine voice – after a bit of encouragement I’d say they sang better than any crowd I’ve played to this year. And yes, I think the crowd should sing along sometimes. It’s not fair to expect the MC and the DJ to do all the work at a gig!

 

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Posted 12th August 2014 in Blog, Interviews

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