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MONDO GROSSO feat. Hikari Mitsushima
MONDO GROSSO feat. Hikari Mitsushima (ラビリンス - EP)
Tom:  One of the most remarkable realisations in life – one that I often have to remind myself – is when we discover that we are free to let our bodies move to music however we like without fear or shame. This song does that for me. Beyond that, I’ll let the music and video speak for themselves. Better with subtitles off.

Shinichi Osawa (Japanese: 大沢 伸一, Hepburn: Ōsawa Shin'ichi, born 7 February 1967), better known by his stage name Mondo Grosso, is a Japanese musician, DJ, record producer and composer signed onto Avex Trax's Rhythm Zone label. Over the course of his career he has worked in genres from acid jazz to house, with strong influences from underground club music. His current projects include the critically-acclaimed MONDO GROSSO (Italian for "big world"), RHYME SO, and Thousand Tears Orchestra. Born in 1967, the man from Sakura Hills began recording in 1989 and released his first MONDO GROSSO material during 1992-1993, including his self-titled debut album on Japan's For Life imprint. Its globetrotting flair (indebted to American disco and R&B, British acid jazz, Brazilian samba) led a vanguard of mature Japanese dance music also including United Future Organization and Pizzicato 5. Licensing agreements on several compilations resulted in MONDO GROSSO's "Souffles H" becoming a club hit in the West as well, and the second MG LP, Born Free, followed in 1995, with vocalist/collaborators including Monday Michiru and Jhelisa. Perhaps responding to the rather canned sound of Born Free, Shinichi Osawa enlisted a range of instrumentalists for 1997's Closer, including Salsoul Orchestra mainman Vince Montana Jr. plus session veterans like guitarist Chuck Loeb, keyboard player James Preston, and the East 4th Horns. He also formed his own label, For Real records, which released material by the Japanese vocalist Bird, as well as the fourth MONDO GROSSO LP, MG4.  Other albums include Next Wave in 2003, Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru in 2017 and Attune/Detune in 2018. As a producer/remixer, Osawa has worked with various artists such as Boys Noize, Benny Benassi, Alex Goher, Namie Amuro, Ayumi Hamasaki, Nobuchika Eri, JUJU and Tomohisa Yamashita. Osawa is active in a wide range of fields from creating music for advertisements, spatial music and soundtracks to producing an analog record-focused music bar.

Hikari Mitsushima

Hikari Mitsushima (満島 ひかり, Mitsushima Hikari, born 30 November 1985) is a Japanese actress, singer and model. Mitsushima began her music career in 1997 as a teenage idol singer in the J-pop groups Folder and Folder 5. She made her acting debut in the same year, starring as Shiori Uchiura / Little Girl in the kaiju film Rebirth of Mothra II. Her first television appearance came in 2005, when she played Elly in Ultraman Max. Her film career recommenced as Sayu Yagami in 2006's manga-adaptation thriller film Death Note, and in 2008 she starred as Yōko Ozawa in Love Exposure, a comedy-drama/art film directed by Sion Sono. Her performance in Love Exposure brought her critical attention and won her several awards. Since then Mitsushima has had starring roles in numerous films and television dramas. Mitsushima has made occasional vocal contributions to Japanese pop singles. She featured as a vocalist in the fictional band SRM on Stephanie's "Pride ~A Part of Me~", the title song for the 2009 Japanese drama film Pride. In 2017, she provided lead vocals for fictional band Doughnut's Hole's "Otona no Okite", the theme song for television drama Quartet, in which she starred as Suzume Sebuki. In the same year, she appeared as a featured vocalist in MONDO GROSSO's song "Labyrinth" and starred as a dancer in the music video, which has over 29 million views on YouTube as of June 2021.


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