A Sides and Makoto team up for their sensational new LP, Aquarian Dreams. The two producers have each marked out stellar careers in drum & bass, and now come together for their finest work to date. A Sides album’s never fail to impress, and all of his releases down the years have been key moments in his musical progression. Makoto is no stranger to album releases either, with three previous studio albums and a host of EP’s and singles across a range of highly respected labels.
The album is set across fifteen tracks, and features guest contributions from many other established names. From Riya, to Tali and from Robert Manos to Spikey Tee, the vocal line-up on the album is second to none. And the flavours get started straight away, with the opening cut, Jupiter, featuring Robert Manos. Aquarian Dreams came about after the two producers put together several 12” projects for Eastside & Human Elements, as well as a collaboration with DJ Marky for Innerground Records. In July 2012 they collaborated again recording Searchin’, Uplifter, Articulate and Simplicity after which they decided it would be a great idea to work on a collaborative album project. Over the course of the next 3 years they got together in London and Tokyo completing further collaborations up until January 2015 where they finally completed the album in Tokyo. The new label name was born from their own imprints A Sides Eastside Recordings and Makoto’s Human Elements, giving you Eastern Elements.
Flowing breaks and aquatic samples start the record in the best possible way, alongside Manos’s soulful singing. Feelings of release and freedom will grab you straight away, as A Sides and Makoto really hit the high notes. Night Flight and Uplifter follow, with rangy, deep vibes on the former and the latter being the producer’s ode to the old school hardcore jungle vibes. You know you are in good hands with A Sides and Makoto, each playing to their strengths and bringing the best out of the other. Riya asks Where Do We Go?, a positive, life-affirming ode to determination and seeking answers, before Articulate and Resistance take us further into the perfect, emotion-filled picture which A Sides and Makoto paint on Aquarian Dreams. Hurt My Soul takes things up a notch, with rolling piano, sharp hi-hats and a funky 70s feel to it. Back In Your Arms has Tali on vocals, with her words surrounded by a floating, dream-like soundscape. The beats are clear, the keys on point, and the whole track lifts you up and takes you away. You Sexy Beast is all about the breaks, while Breathe offer some space age flavour with rasping basslines and incessant drums.
Street Level Funk, as the title suggests, lays it down hard, before the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Simplicity, which is augmented by the vocals of Spikey Tee. The original version of Searchin’ comes next, and Envision is the perfect summation of the feeling of the album. The record finishes with the DJ Marky remix of Searchin’.
Aquarian Dreams, the new album from A Sides & Makoto is just what you’ve been looking for. Dive in.
|27.06.2015||Finland||Helsinki||M Bar||A Sides|
|04.07.2015||Japan||Kochi||Music Cafe Beat||Makoto|
|04.08.2015||UK||London||The Piccadilly Institute||A Sides|
|11.09.2015||Italy||San Teodoro||Sun & Bass Festival||A Sides|
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A-SIDES A true veteran DJ, producer and engineer, A Sides has an epic collection of releases to his name making him one of the most prolific and versatile artists in drum & bass. Over the course of his extensive career, A Sides has never limited himself to a single style and has proved to be a highly capable selector whatever style he is drawing for. Reaching out with a sound that has truly global appeal, A Sides continues to tour the world over and 2014 has seen him grace the turntables in places like Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Austria as well as Fabric and Plan B in London. Upcoming shows are also scheduled to take place in Ireland, Sardinia, Dubai, Holland, Belgium and Russia. A Sides has been producing music since 1990 and has released well over 500 tracks to date across many of the scene’s biggest labels such as Metalheadz, Valve, True Playaz, Bingo, Innerground, Reinforced, Advanced, Liqweed Ganja, Spearhead and Hospital to name but a few. A Sides has a discography of truly epic proportions. He established his own label Eastside Records in 1996 and has since put out over 85 releases, including two compilation albums (Eastside Jamz Volumes 1 & 2) as well as A Sides solo albums "Follow The Groove" "Worldwide" "Mysterious Vibes" “Based Upon Bass” and the most recent album “Revisited” A highly accomplished engineer as well as an artist in his own right, A Sides has collaborated with the likes of Calibre, Makoto, DJ Marky, Break, Jo-S, Kemo, Deeizm, Mc Mc, Randall, Jenna G, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Omar, Shiela E, Vanessa Freeman, Goldie, Spikey Tee, Mayday, Kevin Field, Lady Leshurr and Nathan Haines (under the guise of Sci-Clone) His long-standing partnership with MC Fats has borne some of his biggest tracks to date, including the massive hit "What U Don’t Know" which featured on A Sides’ debut long-player in 2003. For most of 2013 and 2014 he was the figurehead behind a fundraising album for MC Fats who has been suffering with health problems related to diabetes. He has managed to put together an album with over 40 tracks from many high profile artists. Finally after hearing the track “Teardown 2K14” from his latest album “Revisited” on pirate radio station Kool FM A Sides was approached by the legendary musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson who invited him to record a special Worldwide Mix which was aired on Gilles Petersons Worldwide network in September 2014.
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. Upon hearing the soundtrack to The Last Emperor by the academy award winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Makoto was so inspired that he made a life changing decision - to pursue a career in music.
He went on to complete an Acoustic Engineering major at Nippon University, and having been introduced to drum and bass through listening to the radio shows of Giles Peterson on Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1, Makoto began experimenting with the genre through his own compositions. To him the appeal of this relatively new form of music was simple - drum and bass was just "very futuristic and cool". His productions were of such quality that they caught the attention of none other than the legendary LTJ Bukem, who went on to sign Makoto to his seminal Good Looking Records imprint in 1999.
To paraphrase a lyric from one of his most famous tracks, music has never let Makoto down. Since that fateful signing in 1999, Makoto has gone on to be one of the most highly respected artists in the genre, pushing his unique blend of fast breaks and soul drenched music to every corner of the globe as both a DJ and a producer. His discography includes 2 LPs, Live DJ Mix, a large number of EPs and numerous tracks featured on the world famous "Earth" and "Progression Sessions" compilation albums. Some of his most notable releases include his debut album "Human Elements", which was released in 2003 and was widely praised for bringing the feeling of 70s soul music into the 21st century, and "Progression Sessions: Japan Live 2003", which introduced his dynamic musical partnership with talented female vocalist Deeizm to the world. He achieved industry wide acclaim through his powerful collaboration with LTJ Bukem's ever present stage partner MC Conrad in 2005 through "Golden Girl". The track was widely praised and played by DJs across the many sub genres of drum and bass and became a certified genre anthem all over the world.