Wow. This video and tune by Japanese guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, and producer Tomoyasu Hotei has been on repeat for me since I first saw it on YouTube. It features Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe on vocals, and it is totally and completely addictive.
The track is taken from ‘Strangers’ – Hotei’s debut album in the UK from 2015 – a release that also features collaborations with Iggy Pop, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, and Shea Seger.
Internationally, Hotei might be best known for the song, “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”, from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’, and he’s also collaborated with artists like David Bowie, INXS, Blondie, Asia, Joni Mitchell, and Chicago. He’s sold more than 40 million records in his native Japan and has played sold-out shows in the UK at both the Roundhouse and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
More about ‘Move It’:
Hotei comments on the video saying, “I wanted to make it simple, because Richard has a very strong character, and I think we have different characters. First, we wanted to try to do a story, but now it’s more like a focus on two characters on the same screen.”
The video was premiered on Metal Hammer who Richard explained his inspiration for the lyrics to, “I listened to it and the first image I had was this Bond character in my mind. I was seeing a guy going through streets and pushing everything away. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s interesting, let’s try that’. And we pretty much recorded the vocals in one or two days.”
‘Move It’ is released today as two-track single, featuring a “Hounds” remix of the song, done by Olly Burden, known for collaborating with The Prodigy on their most recent album.
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