Gota – It’s So Different Here

Gota Yashiki is both an independent acid jazz artist and drum/bass player, as a member of the band Simply Red. He was born in Kyoto, Japan, on 26 February 1962, where at a young age he learned how to play traditional Japanese drums. This interest in drumming propelled him into the music scene, and he moved to Tokyo in 1982 to join a reggae/dub band that became known as Mute Beat. Together with Mute Beat band member Kazufumi Kodama he worked on various projects and formed the duo Kodama & Gota.

In 1997, he released his first album in the United States entitled It's So Different Here. The albums hit single was a top ten Smooth Jazz track of the year. The album went to No. 15 on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the R&R chart. He also assisted Depeche Mode in the studio in 1997, appearing on their eagerly awaited 1997 album Ultra. Gota then helped produce Simply Red's album entitled Blue the following year in 1998 and subsequently assisted the following year's release Love and The Russian Winter. He released two albums in 1999, the first entitled Let's Get Started, and the second entitled Day & Night. His album The Best of Gota was released in 2002, and he worked on a joint project with Freemasons member and British producer James Wiltshire called B.E.D. (Beyond Every Definition) in the early 2000s. In 2004 to celebrate the first centenary of FIFA he made some arregements to the anthem composed by Franz Lambert in 1994 and is the one heard in all the FIFA officially sanctioned matches since then.

01. All Alone
02. Changes
03. European Comfort
04. Play Fair
05. Chillin’ Children
06. Live Wired Electro
07. Someday
08. Move
09. Sensual Wave
10. Give It A Try
11. Groove Ride
12. It’s So Different Here
Release Date: February 11, 1997

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