Masayoshi Fujita, the Berlin-based Japanese vibraphone player, came to the attention of Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths in 2012. Not only because the vibraphone is an intriguing instrument, but also the way Masayoshi treats his instrument and draws ethereal and layered sounds, is what truly attracted him to Fujita’s work.
Having released more ambient-based/electronic recordings of the vibraphone under the alias el fog, Masayoshi became more interested in the sound of the vibraphone itself. He started to compose acoustic pieces and released his first solo album under his real name, titled Stories, in early 2013. His second album Apologues saw Fujita for the first time use an array of instruments besides his lead instrument – such as the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, French horn, accordion, piano and snare drum played by friends, but arranged by Masayoshi himself.
Guy Andrews is a London-based producer who is best known for creating textural electronic music, which combines an array of influences from post-rock, techno and ambient to afro beat-inspired genres. After a period of writing and producing ambient music under various aliases, Andrews’ first release under his own name came about in 2012 for the critically acclaimed Hemlock record label.
Since then he has gained support from tastemakers such as Massive Attack, Mary Anne Hobbs, Scuba, Untold and many more. Guy has since released on a number of acclaimed labels such as Hotflush and Pennyroyal, scored for world-renowned photographer Nadav Kander, as well as collaborated with Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja for a remix of his well respected Battle Box series. On March 4th 2016 Guy released his debut album Our Spaces on Houndstooth.
Record Store Day 2016 saw the release of their collaborative work Needle Six — a 27-minute BBC recording of an improvised session between Fujita and Andrews that took place at the prestigious Maida Vale Studios. Recorded as part of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction the performance continues the show’s tradition of introducing two musicians for the first time and documenting the unpredictable and compelling sounds, which unfold as both abandon their usual respective preparations and adopt a totally new approach.