It’s five years since we first released Yosi Horikawa’s ‘Vapor’ album. To commemorate the occassion, we’re releasing the album on vinyl for the very first time, also including a previously unreleased bonus track, ‘Yoggo’.
The devil is in the details. And Yosi Horikawa understands this perhaps better than most musicians from his generation; crafting compositions with broad appeal that also withstand the most intricate scrutiny. Originality has always been a rare currency in the creative arts, and having honed his voice over the years Yosi has plenty of it to give to those willing to listen.
The RBMA graduate has collaborated with artists such as Jesse Boykins III, Dorian Concept & Daisuke Tanabe, performed at Glastonbury, Sónar, Mutek, Dimensions, Low End Theory, Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel & Boiler Room, featured in Time Out Tokyo, XLR8R, Dummy & more, and received acclaim and support from the likes of Benji B, Tom Ravenscroft, Fulgeance, DJ Food and Gilles Peterson, with whom he has worked with on several projects since the release of ‘Vapor’, for Brownswood, Worldwide Festival & Worldwide FM respectively, producing a regular feature, ‘Soundscape with Yosi Horikawa’.
Besides writing and producing music, Yosi is a highly skilled sound engineer, working with prestigious architects, fashion brands, and technology firms as well as designing speakers for bars and clubs. He’s also composed numerous jingles and theme songs for radio stations to science exhibitions. Such is his diversity and originality, he was the subject of an RBMA film documentary in 2014, ‘Layered Memories’.
Following his debut EP on Eklektik Records, two EPs were released on First Word prior to this, his debut album, ‘Vapor’. 17 tracks from the Japanese sound designer and producer that weave together diverse field recordings and sample sources, with rhythms and melodies, creating something that defies stylistic boxing. Echoes of dance music, hip hop and musique concrete can all be found amid the sounds of nature and everyday life that underpin the grooves of the music. ‘Vapor’ is an album in the old-fashioned sense, a tightly-woven sonic journey that benefits from repeat listens.
‘Vapor’ was named amongst 2013 Albums of the Year lists in Fact Magazine and The Japan Times.
Sound Colour VIbration.com: “A sonic masterpiece and an entirely new pathway in to the matrix of emerging electronic creativity. Every piece on the album sounds boundless and full of texture & colour imaginable”
Earmilk: “A serendipitous mishmash of electronic, hip hop beats, and a litany of genres that fall in that spectrum with a liberal dose of acoustic magic